Now enrolling for 2019-20 DCFS-Licensed Programs!

At the Sage YMCA, we regard each child as a unique individual, to be understood, guided, encouraged and valued. Our programs provide children the ability to learn through play, and confidently explore and build a positive self-image. Our teachers are professionally trained and DCFS-certified, with continual professional development to ensure the best and most current practices in the classroom. We are proud to implement The Creative Curriculum, which is fully aligned with state and national Early Learning Standards. The curriculum focuses on the interests of the children, which creates the study topics of our lessons.

The Creative Curriculum develops social, emotional and physical development, language, literacy, math and cognitive skills. The curriculum also includes science, social studies and the arts to develop the whole child based on their individual developmental needs. Our all day and half day program options give children an opportunity to fully engage and explore in a child centered environment that supports the unique needs of each child.

Half-Day Preschool 2019-20

Class Age(s) Days Registration
Guppies 2 1/2 - 3yrs T, Th Click here
Snappers 3 M,W,F Click here
Marlins 3 1/2 - 4 T, W, Th Click here
Sharks 4 M, T, W, Th Click here 
Stingrays  4 -5 M - F Click here

*Guppies class does not include weekly swim lessons. Children do not need to be potty trained

Full-Day Preschool 2019-20

Ages 3-5 M-F (4 or 5 days per week enrollment only)

Register early; availability is limited! All preschool classes include a weekly swim lesson and daily gym time. All children must be potty trained. No pull-ups.

For more information on the Sage YMCA preschool or to schedule your personal tour, please call Barbie Fredrick at 815.526.1632 or email


Tots with Parent (ages 9 months-2)

Our Parent-Tot classes promote early development and provide a strong foundation for a child’s critical first years. Weekly classes help your child achieve new milestones and prepare them for more advanced challenges during each stage of growth. As a participating parent you will be right there to celebrate every discovery with smiles, hugs and giggles.

Super Tots (Parent Optional) (ages 2-3)

Our Super Tot classes promote Early Learning development and independence. We believe in creating an environment that will inspire each child to reach his or her fullest potential in the areas of social, emotional, physical and academic development. Parent attendance is optional, but all parents must stay in the Sage Y during class time and be available for toilet needs. Click here to register


One of the newer educational terms that we see frequently in the news is STEM education. But what exactly is STEM education and is it appropriate for preschoolers? STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. Preschoolers spontaneously engage in STEM activities indoors and outdoors. This program will enhance children’s opportunities to engage in STEM learning and develop their critical thinking skills. Click here to register


Lil Movers Children will have fun learning the basics of dance with this introductory dance class. In this Creative Dance based class, we will work on rhythms, coordination, flexibility, self-expression and confidence. It also teaches listening skills and dance class etiquette. Click here to register


The Sage YMCA Before and After School Program is designed to meet the developmental needs of school age children with an emphasis on experiential learning, social and emotional support, and promotion of healthy living while meeting the needs of families. Our programs are conveniently located in various area schools, with flexible drop-off and pick-up times. The program is offered Monday through Friday, and your child can attend in the morning, afternoon, or both. There is also the option of attending 3 or 5 days per week. For school location information, registrations dates, or for information on fees: 815.526.1679 or


School Days Out

We will hold School Days Out programs at the Sage YMCA for major holidays, breaks and some other non-school days. The programs will run from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration is separate from the Before and After School Program and the children must be paid and registered in advance for these days. These programs include crafts, games, swimming, sports and more. For holiday breaks that include multiple days out of school, field trips will also be taken! Click here to register

Snow Days

Snow Days at the Y are offered November 3, 2019 - March 1, 2020. We are prepared to provide last-minute care for your child during an emergency school closure (contingent upon our ability to remain open)! For more information on days offered: 815.526.1679 or




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