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Preschool CentralWelcome to Preschool Central at the Lowe's YMCA!

Preschool Central is your one-stop information center providing all the details and information you need so you’ll know what to expect and your child will be prepared for a wonderful year of learning and growth. We strive to create a worry-free experience where parents feel secure about their children in our care. We’re excited to nurture and teach your child at preschool this year!

PRESCHOOL INFORMATION

Parent Handbook
Parent Handbook
Teacher Classroom List
Teacher/Classroom List
Supply List
Supply List
Schedule
Schedule / Calendar
Snack
Food / Snack Info
Add Ons
Program Add-Ons
Pick Up
Drop-Off / Pick-Up
Payment
Payment Procedures
Contact
Contact Us


Parent Handbook
Parent Handbook
This is your go-to guide for everything you and your Preschooler need to know to be prepared and have an awesome Preschool experience! Read the Parent Handbook >>
 
Teacher Classroom List
Teacher / Classroom List
Our preschool is staffed with capable and caring teachers who are eager to work with your child. Each are trained in early child development and exemplify outstanding character, compassion and love for children.

FAIR VIEW STAFF 
  • Lead Teacher: - Sheri Deas
  • 1-year-olds: Sharon Ellerby
  • 2-year-olds: Torie Campbell and TBA
  • 3-year-olds: Iris Rodriguez and Lew Ann Meadows
  • 4-year-olds: Kim Hager and Michelle Comunale
LOWE'S ONSITE STAFF 
  • 2-year-olds: Amy Gibbons and Cindy Bregoli
  • 3-year-olds: Keela Hutchinson and Michelle White
  • Younger 4-year-olds: Debbie Nicholson and Jyoti Sharma
  • Older 4-year-olds: Amy Hudson and Shea Cooke 
Lowe’s YMCA Preschool Coordinator: Jennifer McKnight
Family Services Director: Danielle Crimi
Supply List
WHAT TO BRING
Your child will need to bring a LARGE backpack every day with the following:
  • Minimum of three diapers and wipes (if your child is in diapers)
  • Change of clothes (including socks and shoes — no flip-flops please)
  • Nutritious and peanut free snack and a drink in a labeled lunch box or bag
  • Plastic 2-pocket folder with 3 prongs for daily communication between home and preschool
  • Young children may bring something for security, such as a pacifier or blanket
Please monitor these supplies daily and replenish as needed. We ask that y ou label everything your child brings to and from the Y.

WHAT NOT TO BRING 
Since toys from home can be lost or cause friction among children, please do not let your child bring them to school. We are not responsible for anything that is lost, stolen or broken during the program.
 
Schedule
Preschool begins daily at 9:00 AM and ends at 12:00 PM.

IMPORTANT DATES
  • September 5 and 6: First day(s) of Preschool
  • October 6: Teacher Workday (No School)
  • October 30: Teacher Workday (No School)
  • November 10: Holiday (No School)
  • November 22 - 24: Thanksgiving Break (No School)
  • December 19: Last day before Christmas Break
  • December 20 – January 2: Christmas Break
  • January 3 and 4: Return to school
  • January 15: Holiday (No School)
  • January 22: Teacher Workday
  • *January 23: Teacher Workday/*Snow Make up Day
  • *February 9: Teacher Workday/*Snow Make Up Day
  • *March 12: Teacher Workday/*Snow Make Up Day
  • March 30 – April 6: Spring Break (No School)
  • May 24 and 25: Last Days of School
Food
Food / Snack Info
All classes have a scheduled snack time daily. Please send a small, nutritious and peanut-free snack for your child to enjoy during this time. Water bottles are a great beverage selection for small children. If your child uses a spill-proof cup, please label and supply a beverage in that cup everyday
 
Add Ons
Program Add-Ons
Extend your child’s preschool day with fun and educational day activities. Take a look the following options that are available as Add-Ons:
 
LUNCH BUNCH | Fair View Location
  • 3- and 4-year-olds
  • Four 1-Day Sessions
  • Registration opens in September
Starting in October on Wednesdays from 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM, we offer a monthly program called “Lunch Bunch” to help your child learn, grow and have fun at our preschool. Children bring their own lunch and enjoy a bonus learning session with their classmates. These sessions help preschool students use their imagination, fine and large motor skills, and creativity.
 
FEES
$25 for 4 sessions
$15 for 2 sessions of your choice
 
WEEKLY SESSION THEMES AND DESCRIPTIONS 
  • Mad Scientist: Exciting science activities will teach preschoolers cool science facts using hands on activities.
  • Brain Academy: Engaging academic sessions will work with the preschoolers on writing, letter recognition, math and reading.
  • Energy Express: Preschoolers will be up and moving as they work on sports skills, music and movement and fitness activities.
  • Kids Concoctions: Hands on learning activities will allow preschoolers to be creative while cooking or making an elaborative and fun art project.
Please note that we will need at least 5 students in each session to facilitate the class. If you pay and we do not meet our numbers, money will be refunded or credited to your account.
 
SPORTS CLINICS
  • 3- and 4-year-olds
  • Two 6-Week Fall Sessions | Two 6-Week Spring Sessions
 Help your child explore a new sport! Each session is offered for 6 weeks on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday (or both). Children are prepared to play at the league level. YMCA trained staff lead players in drills and games designed to develop the fundamental skills required for the sport. Register at the Sales & Service Center.
 
WINTER "MELT" | Lowe’s Onsite Location
  • Moving, Eating, and Learning Together
  • 3- and 4-year-olds
  • 2 Sessions, 5 weeks each
  • Registration opens in November
Winter “MELT” is a winter-only preschool add-on program designed to help your child learn, grow and have fun at our preschool. Children bring their lunch to school and enjoy a bonus session with their classmates where they learn and move. These sessions help preschool students use their imagination, fine and large motor skills and creativity. 
 
WEEKLY SESSION THEMES AND DESCRIPTIONS 
  • Mad Scientist: Exciting science activities will teach preschoolers cool science facts using hands on activities.
  • Brain Academy: Engaging academic sessions will work with the preschoolers on writing, letter recognition, math and reading.
  • Energy Express: Preschoolers will be up and moving as they work on sports skills, music and movement and fitness activities.
  • Kids Concoctions: Hands on learning activities will allow preschoolers to be creative while cooking or making an elaborative and fun art project.
  • Optional Swim Lesson: You can add a swimming lesson on one of your registered sessions. The swim lesson will be provided by a YMCA swim instructor. We are limited to 6 preschoolers per day. A sign-up genius will be offered when registration and payment are received in order for the parent to choose their preferred day.
Please note that we will need at least 5 preschoolers per day to facilitate the class.  If you pay and we do not meet our numbers, money will be refunded or credited to your account.
 
If you have questions about our Add-Ons, please contact Jennifer at 704 516 0663.
 
Pick Up 
Preschool begins daily at 9:00 AM and ends at 12:00 PM. Drop-off and pick-up procedures are different for our two locations, and specific information will be given to you at the open house. To ensure the safety of all children in our programs, we need your most current information. The quickest and easiest way is to go to your account on the website and update your information online. You can also update your information at the branch.
 
Please keep these helpful drop-off and pick-up tips and guidelines in mind:
  • Preschool arrival and dismissal procedures will require time and patience
  • Be understanding that during the first few weeks of school everyone is adjusting to a new routine
  • Do not talk on your cell phone while in line to pick up your child — this is both a safety issue and a beneficial time to talk about your child’s day at school
  • Each parent will be asked to show a personal identification card that presents a picture and name. If an alternate person will be providing transportation for your child they will be verified on the personal information sheet and asked for identification.
  • Be sure to have the proper seat in your car for preschoolers being picked up — child safety seats are required by law
LATE PICK-UP 
Preschool ends at 12:00 PM. A 10-minute grace period will be granted for late pick-ups. After the grace period is over a $1 per minute fee will be charged. Payment is expected prior to future attendance. Chronic late pick-ups may be grounds for dismissal from preschool. If a child is not picked up after one hour without contact from a parent or guardian, local authorities will be called. 
  
 
Payment
Payment Procedures
Tuition is due the fifteenth of each month beginning August 15 and ending April 15th. All fees must be paid at the membership desk at the Lowe’s YMCA or through a bank draft each month. Review our Parent Handbook for more information on payment procedures and policies. 
 
Contact Us
Contact Us
Jennifer McKnight, Preschool Coordinator
704 516 0663 

Danielle Crimi
Family Services Director
704 716 4043 | dcrimi@ymcacharlotte.org 
 
Kyna Badger, Program Registrar
kyna.badger@ymcacharlotte.org

For more information, please stop by or contact:
Sales & Service Center | 704 716 4000