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Preschool CentralWelcome to Preschool Central at the Harris 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
Newsletter
Newsletter
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
Lead teachers will contact families to introduce themselves and provide parents with additional information about upcoming events. Find out who will be teaching your child this year >>
 
Supply List
These are communal supplies; no need to label anything but your child’s change of clothes. Learn more about what to bring >>
 
Schedule
School hours are 9:15 AM - 1:00 PM.
  • Drop off: Children can be dropped off from 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM. Children will not be allowed in the classroom prior to 9:15 AM.
  • Pick up: Preschool pick up is between 12:45 PM – 1:00 PM. A late fee of $1/minute will be automatically charged to your credit card on file.
First day of school: Tuesday, September 5
  • Ease in schedule for Toddlers, Two and T3’s first week of school is 9:30 AM-11:30 AM, send a snack (no lunch).
  • All other classes begin 9:15 AM – 1:00 PM.
All students will attend from 9:15 AM - 1:00 PM beginning September 11.

Review the calendar >>
 
Food
Food / Snack Info
The Harris YMCA Preschool Academy is a Nut-Free school. This step was taken in an effort to provide a safe environment for children in our school who have severe nut allergies. Please do not send any peanut and/or tree nut products in your child’s lunch or snack.
 
While the YMCA is committed to be a tree nut friendly facility, we cannot guarantee that nuts will not find their way into our facility. We ask that you continue to take every precaution to protect yourself and your children from unwanted exposure to allergies.
 
Newsletter
Newsletter
Please check back soon for a newsletter update.
 
Add Ons
Program Add-Ons
Extend your child’s preschool day with fun and educational day activities. Early Bird Club and Preschool Clubs/Sports Clinic Sessions are available as Add-Ons. Please note, clubs must have a minimum of 3 participants to run. Learn more >>
 
Pick Up 
DROP-OFF (9:15 AM - 9:30 AM)
  • A staff member will greet your car and assist your child out of the car beginning at 9:15 AM.
  • Please do not let your child out of the car until a staff member opens the door.
  • The staff member will direct your child to his/her classroom. We ask that PARENTS PLEASE STAY IN THE CAR. We need to keep the carpool line moving.
PICK-UP (12:45 PM - 1:00 PM)
  • You will receive a sign with your child’s name to display in your windshield during pickup.
  • As you near the Preschool entrance, show your sign and we will bring your child to you.
  • Please DO NOT get out of your car.
  • A staff member will put your child in the car. For liability reasons, staff
  • members CANNOT strap your child in you car. PLEASE PULL forward to a parking space or fire lane to buckle your child. This helps make our carpool line run smoother and faster.
LATE ARRIVAL
It is very important that your child arrives to school on time. So many important things happen at the beginning of the day; your child does not want to miss them. If you are late to school (after 9:30 AM), you will need to park and walk your child into the building. You may not enter the classrooms from the outside classroom doors. Please bring your child into the main entrance and check your child in with the coordinator or director prior to going to the classroom.


Preschool pickup is between 12:45 PM and 1:00 PM. Please make every effort to be on time. You will be charged $1 for every minute you are late. The late fee will automatically be drafted from your credit card on file. Chronic late pick-ups will be grounds for dismissal from the program. If you arrive after 1:05 PM, you will have to walk into the building to pick up your child. Please enter through the main doors of the Harris YMCA. If a child is not picked up after 10 minutes, we will call someone on your emergency list. (This YMCA of Greater Charlotte policy is also followed by camp and after school programs.) Should you have any questions, please contact the director.
 
EARLY SIGN OUT
If you wish to pick up or drop off your child prior to regular time (ex - due to a doctor’s appointment), please inform your child’s teacher, in advance. You will have to come into the building to pick up.
 
AUTHORIZATION
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.
 
Participants will only be released to the legal guardian or a person listed on the approved pick up form. Every adult must present a photo ID at carpool pick up. In the event that a child will be picked up by someone not on the approved list, a parent must send a note including the person’s name picking up (as seen on the photo ID). To help speed up our carpool process, please have your ID ready as you arrive in the carpool line.
 
Payment
Payment Procedures
Nine equal monthly payments will be drafted from your account number on file on the 15th of every month. The first payment will take place on August 15th. Please contact Emily Keziah at 704 716 6813 or emily.keziah@ymcacharlotte.org if your credit card information has changed since registration or if you have any questions.
 
Contact Us
Contact Us
Meaghan Hinckley, Director of Early Childhood Development
704 716 6851 | meaghan.hinckley@ymcacharlotte.org   

Megan Ryan, Preschool Coordinator
megan.ryan@ymcacharlotte.org 
 
Emily Keziah, Monthly Payments / Tax Information
704 716 6835emily.keziah@ymcacharlotte.org
 
For more information, please stop by or contact:
Sales & Service Center | 704 716 6800