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Preschool Central

Welcome 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!


Parent Handbook
Parent Handbook
Parent FAQs
Teacher Classroom List
Teacher/Classroom List
Supply List
Supply List
Schedule / Calendar
Food / Snack Info
Pick Up
Authorized 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
Parent FAQs
  • Please label everything your child is bringing to and from the Y.
  • Please leave all electronics at home. We are not responsible for anything that is lost, stolen or broken during the program.
  • Please send a snack and a refillable water bottle each day with your child. We are not serving snack.
  • The parent handbook is a valuable source for more detailed information or you may contact Jennifer McKnight with any other questions. 
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.

Staff for each room will not be decided until August.
  • 2 year olds: Jessica Jacob and Natalie Ison
  • 3 year olds: Keela Hutchinson and Michelle White
  • 3 year olds: Zoe Bolinsky and Ginesca Hicks
  • Younger 4 year olds: Jyoti Sharma and Debbie Nicholson
  • Older 4 year olds: Amy Gibbons and Jamie Van Cleave
  • Lead: Debbie Nicholson
Lowe’s YMCA Preschool Coordinator: Jennifer McKnight
Family Services Director: Danielle Crimi
Supply List
Your child will need a LARGE backpack daily.  In your child’s backpack please bring:
  • Preschoolers in the two year old classroom need to bring a minimum of three diapers and wipes (if your child is in diapers).
  • All preschoolers need to bring a complete change of clothes (including socks and shoes). For our two year olds who are in the new to potty training, we also recommend placing a pair of flip flops.
  • A nutritious snack and a drink in a lunch box or bag. We are peanut and nut free.
Please monitor these supplies daily and replenish as needed.
Since toys from home can be lost or cause friction among children, please do not let your child bring them to school. A young child may bring something for security, such as a pacifier or blanket. These will be placed in your child’s backpack at the first available opportunity.

  • August 12 & 13: First day(s) of Preschool
  • September 2: Holiday (No School)
  • September 30: Teacher Workday
  • October 14 & 15: Fall Break                       
  • November 11: Holiday (No School)
  • November 27 – 29: Thanksgiving Break (No School)
  • December 19: Last day before Christmas Break
  • December 20 – January 3: Winter Break
  • January 6 & 7: Return to school
  • January 20: Holiday (No School)
  • February 14*: Teacher Workday/Snow Make Up
  • March 9 – 13: Spring Break (No School)
  • March 16*: Teacher Workday/Snow Make Up
  • April 10: Holiday (No School)
  • April 13 – 14: Easter Break
  • May 21 & 22: Last Days of School 
The inclement weather policy for the Lowe's YMCA Preschool is as follows:
  • If the Iredell Statesville School (ISS) system is delayed for one or two hours, then the Lowe's YMCA Preschool will open one hour later and close at regular time.
  • If the Iredell Statesville School (ISS) system is delayed for more than two hours, then the Lowe's YMCA Preschool will be closed. 
  • If the Iredell Statesville School (ISS) system is closed, then the Lowe’s YMCA Preschool will be closed.  
The Lowe’s YMCA Preschool program will offer a limited amount of preschool make-up days that are marked with an (*) on the preschool calendar.  Preschool make up days will occur if Iredell Statesville Schools are operating on the same make-up day also.  Due to the length of our preschool year, there are only a limited number of make-up days that can be offered.  There are no refunds for weather cancellations.

If you have any questions about preschool openings:
  1. The Preschool Coordinator will email all preschool families in the case of preschool delays or closings.
  2. For other program updates, you may check our website for weather messages. The messages will be updated hourly. 
Food / Snack Info
All classes have a scheduled snack time daily.  Please send a small nutritious, peanut free and nut 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 every day.
We value regular communication with our preschool families and want to keep you informed of all that’s happening in our preschool program and your child’s classroom. Your child’s teacher will send home weekly newsletters, either in your child’s folder or electronically.  This will provide you with important reminders, announcements, important dates, as well as more details on your preschooler’s week.
Pick Up 
Preschool begins daily at 9:00 AM and ends at 12:00 PM. 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 while 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
  • Your preschooler will be escorted by one of the preschool teachers to you so that you can secure your child in their car seat. 
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 Procedures
Bank Draft or Debit/Credit Card Draft: Monthly bank drafts will occur on the 15th of the month beginning on August 15 and ending on April 15 for 9 total payments.
Contact Us
Contact Us
Jennifer McKnight, Preschool Coordinator

Danielle Crimi
Family Services Director
704 716 4043 | dcrimi@ymcacharlotte.org 
Kyna Badger, Program Registrar (All draft and money questions)
704 716 4409 | kyna.badger@ymcacharlotte.org

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