Preschool | West Suburban YMCA

Child Care

Preschool Center for Youth Development

The West Suburban YMCA’s Preschool Center for Youth Development is committed to making a difference in the lives of every child and family who choose the Y.

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is a developmental one - meeting individual needs and giving equal emphasis to the cognitive, social, emotional, language and physical aspects of early childhood development. Our program is designed to nurture individual differences and the growth of the whole child. Our Preschool is inspiring - a place where young children learn, play and grow while developing self-esteem through the Y's core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.



Our curriculum is well-balanced with planned learning experiences that support social, emotional, physical, cognitive and language development. Students are challenged, respected and nurtured in a joyful climate. Our classroom is buzzing with individual, small and large group activities, including literacy; vocabulary; reading; introductory math concepts of numbers, shapes, and measurements; science; social studies; art; and sensory activities. We align our activities with the Common Core Standards and Massachusetts State Guidelines for Early Learning.

Program Highlights

  • Year-round, full-day program (7am-6pm)

  • Safe teacher-child ratios

  • Ongoing professional development for our educators

  • Large, bright and open classroom with secure entrance

  • Outdoor playground and turf field

  • Full gymnasium

  • 30-minute weekly YMCA Swim Lesson

  • Parent volunteer opportunities

  • YMCA scholarships available and/or MA State Child Care Vouchers Accepted

Sample Daily Schedule
7:00 - 9:00 am Arrival Time  / Free Choice
9:00 - 10:00 am

Outdoor Time

10:00 - 10:15 am Morning Snack
10:15 - 11:00 am Group Meeting Time
11:00 - 12:00 pm Activities of the Day
12:00 - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 - 1:00 pm Clean Up, Brush Teeth, Table Toys
1:00 - 3:00 pm Rest Time
3:15 - 3:45pm Afternoon Snack / Books
3:45 - 4:00 pm Group Meeting Time
4:00 - 4:30 pm Afternoon Activities
4:30 - 5:30 pm Outdoors / Gross Motor Activities
5:30 - 6:00 pm Quiet Activities
6:00 pm Departure

For more information about preschool, please contact Tricia Mansfield, Preschool and Family Services Director, at or 617-244-6050 ext. 3022.

Financial Aid Request Form

To apply for Financial Assistance for Membership, Programs, Child Care and Camps, download this form and return to Kristen Hydinger in the Y's Finance Department. Please email Kristen at for more information.

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