Preschool, Head Start & Early Learning Programs

The first five years of a child’s life are crucial for lifelong success. At the Y, our DCFS-licensed preschool programs encourage children to discover their creativity while learning the problem-solving and social skills that will prepare them for the first day of Kindergarten and beyond. We’ll introduce your child to literacy, art, music, math, and science through hands-on activities. Our early childhood educators use the Creative Curriculum (based on the Illinois Early Learning Standards) and undergo continual professional development to ensure our classrooms are using the best possible practices. To learn more, contact Director Bobbie Dickens at or 773.326.2570.

Before & After School Care

Ever wish your child’s school hours lined up better with your work hours? Our before school care lets you stay flexible. In our programs, parents have peace of mind, knowing their child is in a supportive environment focused on developing their true potential. To sign up or learn more, contact Youth Director Stanley Wilkerson at or 773.326.2581.

School Days Out

Like most parents, you’re probably already making plans for this year’s holidays. But what about all those days in between, when school is out, but adults have to go back to work? When schools are closed, working parents can turn to the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s School Days Out program to keep children ages 5-12 safe, engaged, and learning — including weather-related closings and Spring and Winter Breaks. You don’t even have to be a YMCA member to attend! From as early as 7 a.m. to as late as 6 p.m., we offer a full day of entertainment, including field trips, games, creative art experiences, and more. To register for a School Day Out, visit our website or call 773.326.2581. Click here to register




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