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Preschool Central

Welcome to Preschool Central at the Lake Norman 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!


Parent Handbook
Parent Handbook
Parent FAQs
Teacher Classroom List
Teacher/Classroom List
Supply List
Supply List
Food/Snack Info
Pick Up
Payment Procedures
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 >>
Parent FAQs
You’ll find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions and get some quick details about our program in our preschool guide called, What to Expect.

Does your child need medication? Please fill out our Medication Authorization Form and return it to the branch.
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.
Ratios are very important to the success of any preschool, and ours at Lake Norman YMCA Preschool are significantly lower than the state requires. In addition to a low Teacher - Student ratio, we also take pride that our class sizes are low to further protect and enhance your child’s school experience. Smaller class sizes allow each child a more personalized learning environment. 

CLASS: Adventurous Ones
  • Teacher - Student Ratio: 1 to 4
  • Maximum Class Size: 12
CLASS: Toddling Two
  • Teacher - Student Ratio: 1 to 6 
  • Maximum Class Size: 18
CLASS: Terrific Three
  • Teacher - Student Ratio: 1 to 7
  • Maximum Class Size: 21
CLASS: Fabulous Four
  • Teacher - Student Ratio: 1 to 10
  • Maximum Class Size: 20
Honora Ruggiero, Lake Norman YMCA’s Director of Operations
Oversees all programs within the Lake Norman Branch
Liz LaVecchia, Early Childhood Director
Manages all day-to-day operations of the preschool and supervision of staff
Sara Black, Drop-In Child Care Coordinator
Helps provide learning experiences in a safe, fun environment

Michelle Jackson, Age Group Team Leader | Adventurous Ones and Toddling Twos 
Responsible for the curriculum and daily operation of the classrooms, and they are your first point of contact for questions or concerns

Kimberly White, Age Group Team Leader | Terrific Threes and Fabulous Fours 
Responsible for the curriculum and daily operation of the classrooms, and they are your first point of contact for questions or concerns
Supply List
Throughout the school year we use a lot of supplies for communication, crafts, gross motor and daily care. We are asking for your help with some items that you would purchase but also from things that you would use a daily basis. These items will be used throughout the year for your child’s classroom.
Aside from the communal supplies listed below, we ask that you LABEL ALL your child’s personal belongings with his or her name. We can’t emphasize enough the importance of this, as all too often teachers are unable to determine the owner of unlabeled items.
Please send the following items to preschool with your child at the orientation meeting or on their first day of school:

  • 1 change of clothes labeled in a zip-lock bag          
  • 1 box of tissues
  • 3 containers of baby wipes                          
  • 1 bottle of hand SOAP 
  • 2 plain white short-sleeve t-shirts                        
  • 2 plastic poly 2-pocket portfolio with fasteners
  • 1 change of clothes labeled in a zip-lock bag          
  • 1 box of tissues
  • 2 containers of baby wipes                          
  • 1 bottle of hand SOAP
  • 2 plastic poly 2-pocket portfolio with fasteners       
  • 2 white short-sleeve t-shirts
  • 1 change of clothes labeled in a zip-lock bag          
  • 1 box of tissues
  • 2 containers of baby wipes                          
  • 2 white short-sleeve t-shirts
  • 1 container of Play-doh                                       
  • 2 plastic poly 2-pocket portfolio with fasteners
  • 1 change of clothes labeled in a zip-lock bag          
  • 1 box of tissues
  • 1 container of baby wipes                            
  • 1 bottle of hand SOAP
  • 1 bottle of hand sanitizer                           
  • 2 white short-sleeve t-shirts
  • 1 men’s white, short sleeved, collared dress shirt   
  • 1 family picture
  • 1 RED plastic poly 2-pocket portfolio with fasteners (Read Every Day folder)
  • 1 plastic poly 2-pocket portfolio with fasteners (Daily Work folder)
Never forget an important days or event by downloading and printing our 2017 - 2018 Preschool Calendar.
Food / Snack Info
Please pack a nutritious lunch each day for your preschooler. Teachers will monitor the students during lunch each day to insure safety and assist with opening containers. However, they will NOT be responsible for the order or amount your child chooses to eat of his or her lunch items nor will lunches be heated. You are encouraged to use insulated containers to keep your child’s lunch appropriately hot or cold.

The Lake Norman Preschool program is a peanut-sensitive facility and we ask that you do not send peanut products. While we’re 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.

Families also have an option to order lunch through Mama’s Pizza in Cornelius.  If you wish to do so, visit their website at lakenorman.hotlunch.com and create an account by selecting “New User.”  This is a third party option and is separate cost from our Y program. If you have any questions regarding this option, please call Mama’s directly at 704 892 3305.
Pick Up 
Throughout the school year we offer a drive-up service for dropping off and picking up your child. This process will require some time and patience to master. During the first few weeks of school, we ask for your patience and understanding as the children adjust and you as parents figure out the routine. This system may be a new experience for your child and we understand that they may feel excited or scared. However, our system has been a success for many years and we are confident that your children will soon be comfortable with the process.
Please take advantage of this service; it will make it easier for your child to transition to preschool. For the safety of all children, we will not allow Parents to freely enter the Preschool hallways and classrooms during drop-off (8:30 AM until 9:00 AM) and pick-up (12:05 PM until 12:30 PM). 

The drop-off service begins at 8:30 AM until 9:00 AM. Here are some important rules and guidelines for dropping off your child:
  • Enter the YMCA parking lot and make your 2nd possible right, then make your first left.
  • Follow the perimeter of the lot on the left side of the roadway around the cul-de-sac. Stop at the first available cone (#1, 2, 3, 4 or 5). 
  • Preschool Staff will be there to open the left passenger door and allow your preschooler to exit the car — they will then bring him/her to their classroom. 
  • Children will need to be ready to exit the car with all their daily items.
  • For the safety of all, please remain in cars! 
  • Once the child has exited the car, follow the road to the end of the parking lot and then make a right at the stop sign.
Pick-up starts at 12:05 PM until 12:30 PM. Here are some important rules and guidelines for picking up your child:
  • Enter the YMCA parking lot and make your 2nd possible right, then make your first left.
  • Follow the perimeter of the roadway on the left side and STOP just after the speed bump.
  • A Preschool staff member will check your photo ID. After your ID has been checked, follow the cul-de-sac on the left side of the roadway to your cone number (#1, 2, 3, 4 or 5).
  • Preschool staff will walk your child to the car and will remain at the car until the child is buckled in.
  • Once the child has buckled in, follow the road, straight, to the end of the parking lot.  Then make a right at the stop sign.
Interested in carpooling? Please fill out our Carpool Form and return it to the branch.

If you wish to pick up your child prior to regular time, please go directly to your child’s classroom before 12:00 PM. Teachers will have rosters allowing them to verify photo IDs and custody authorization. Be prepared to give your child’s photo ID and show photo ID.
We will grant a five-minute grace period for late pick-ups. If you arrive after the staff member has left the parking lot, you are late. If you’re late, you must park your car and proceed to the Sales & Service Center. They will call the Preschool Office to notify us of your arrival. After the grace period, a $1.00 per minute fee is assessed and payment is expected upon your arrival. This fee will be collected at the Sales & Service Center.
If your child is not picked up after 30 minutes, we may call the local authorities.  Chronic late pick-ups may result in dismissal from preschool. Preschool students may not participate in the following programs or a combination of the following programs for more than four hours in a 24-hour period in a Charlotte YMCA or a combination of Charlotte YMCA’s: Children’s Enrichment Programs and Unlicensed Preschool.
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.
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.
Payment Procedures
Registration fees and supply fees are due at the time of registration and are non-refundable.
  • $75 for Members
  • $100 for Non-Members
  • $80 for 1s, 2s and 3s
  • $110 for 4s
  • Program Adjustment Rate
Tuition for the entire year is divided into NINE equal monthly payments by debit/credit card or bank draft. The first payment is due in August and the last due in April. Member and non-member rates are determined based on the child’s YMCA membership status. All balances must be paid in full in order for a child to attend. If your membership status or program adjusted rate changes before or during the school year, your monthly payment will be adjusted accordingly. Anyone starting after the initial draft period may be subject to a different monthly tuition payment.
Monthly payments received after the scheduled due dates will be charged an additional $25 fee.

Cancellations or withdrawal from the preschool program will require a 15 days written notice. Parents will be responsible for paying for all days of service through the end of the 15 days notice period.

Financial assistance is giving through our My Y Pricing program, making preschool affordable for all. Please see our Sales and Service team for more information concerning the My Y Pricing program.
Contact Us
Contact Us
Liz LaVecchia , Early Childhood Director
704 716 4435 | liz.lavecchia@ymcacharlotte.org   

Honora Ruggiero, Operations Director
704 716 4432 | honora.ruggiero@ymcacharlotte.org 

Kyna Badger, Program Registrar
704 716 4409 | kyna.badger@ymcacharlotte.org 

For more information, please stop by or contact:
Sales & Service Center | (P) 704 716 4400 | (F) 704 716 4401