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Preschool Central

Welcome to Preschool Central at the Sally'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
Teacher Classroom List
Teacher/Classroom List
Supply List
Supply List
Schedule / Calendar
Food / Snack Info
Pick Up
Drop-Off / 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 >>
Teacher Classroom List
Teacher / Classroom List
What’s the key ingredient to a great Preschool? Great staff! We start by hiring teachers with excellent character, strong values, enthusiasm and a passion for working with children. Before school starts, we add more than 30 hours of instruction in training such as child development, dealing with discipline and positive reinforcement. We look for leaders who exemplify outstanding character, compassion and love of children.

Our ratios are very important to the preschool and 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. This will allow each child a more personalized learning environment.

Toddling 2s
  • Lead Teacher: Victoria Bayne
  • Ratio: 1 to 6
  • Class Size: 18
Terrific 3s
  • Lead Teacher: Kelley Garden
  • Ratio: 1 to 7
  • Class Size: 21
Fantastic 4s
  • Lead Teacher: Noemi Gerena
  • Ratio: 1 to 10
  • Class Size: 20
As an aspect of the YMCA’s focus, Youth Development, we strive to help preschoolers learn and grow through carefully planned, Christian and mission-focused curriculum that teaches the following four pillars:
  1. Healthy choices
  2. Building relationships
  3. Skill development
  4. Servant leadership
Through this we will achieve our goal to provide a safe, wholesome Christian environment so that your child may achieve their greatest God-given potential. Each child will experience age-appropriate opportunities that will help them grow physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.
Supply List
Children should bring a backpack and their lunch for the day with a change of clothes labeled in a zip-lock bag. Those that are not potty trained need to bring two labeled diapers each day they attend. Parents are responsible for providing diapers — we do not have extra diapers.
For the first day of school, all children should also bring:
  • One box of tissues
  • Two containers of baby wipes
  • One bottle of hand soap
  • One bottle of hand sanitizer
  • One box of zip-lock sandwich bags
  • Two boxes of zip-lock gallon bags
  • Two poly 2-pocket portfolios with fasteners
Toys from home can be lost or cause friction among children. Please encourage your child to leave all toys and personal items at home.

Since we learn through play and discover many new things, stains may occur.  We ask that you dress them in clothing that is simple, comfortable, washable, and easy for your child to manage. Rubber soled shoes are a must during running and outdoor activities. If clothing is stained, we will dress your child in their extra set of clothes and the soiled clothing returned to you in their backpack. Don’t forget to send an extra set of clothing back if this happens.

We cannot emphasize enough the importance of labeling ALL your child’s personal belongings. Very often if an item is not labeled, teachers are unable to determine its owner. So, if your child brings it to school, make sure that their name is clearly written on it (shoes, socks, diapers, coats, utensils, drink cups, etc). This means that you label EVERYTHING!
Program Hours: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Drop-Off: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Pick-Up: 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Review the calendar >>
Food / Snack Info
It is the parent’s responsibility to pack a nutritious lunch each day for their 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.
While the YMCA of Greater Charlotte is committed to a peanut allergy friendly facility, we cannot guarantee that peanuts 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 peanut allergens. If your child has ANY food allergies, please let us know.  
Pick Up 
Our program begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 1:00 PM.
This service or “Rides In” is from your child’s class start time 8:30 AM until 9:00 AM.
  • Our staff and parent volunteers will bring your child from your car into their designated classrooms where attendance is taken.
  • When you enter the YMCA parking lot, continue to the front of the building entrance doors to pick up your child (Look for signs to help you learn the traffic pattern at the beginning of the year.)
  • Teachers will open the door, on the RIGHT SIDE of the car, to allow your child to exit the car and then bring him/her to their class.
This service or “Rides Out” starts at 1:00 PM until 1:30 PM.
  • Drive up to the building entrance doors and a preschool staff member will greet you in the parking lot in front of the front door and asked you for your child’s first and last name, room and photo ID.
  • Then we will bring your child to you, for you to secure them in their car seat or booster seat.
  • Once child is picked up follow the road and circle around passed the gravel parking lot and exit.
On your application you listed the individuals who are authorized to pick up your child. Anyone picking up a child must present a valid photo id at pick-up. This will be checked at car-line or by the teachers, if you are walking in to pick-up. You MUST have this id with you every time you pick-up! If your child is going home with a friend (who’s parent may not be one of your authorized pick-up contacts) please send a written note with the name of the person who is picking your child up and give it to the program director or your child’s teacher.
Please also note that if your child is being picked up by another individual, that individual must have an appropriate child safety seat. By law, we are not able to release a child to a vehicle that does not have an appropriate car seat.
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
Requested Class (Must be class age by August 31) | Package Tuition Monthly Pricing
  • Toddling Two’s (Meets TUE & THU) | Member $114 / Non-Member $151
  • Terrific Three’s (Meets MON, WED & FRI) | Member $156 / Non-Member $211
  • Fantastic Four’s (4-day Meets MON - THU) | Member $198 / Non-Member $274
  • Fantastic Four’s (Meets MON - FRI) | Member $224 / Non-Member $315
As part of our My Y Pricing rate structure, an adjusted program rate is available to all who qualify. Both Members and Program Participants must provide income verification at the Sales and Service Desk in order to receive an adjusted program 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 August 15, 2017 and the last due April 15, 2018. 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.
We value regular communication with our parents and want to keep you informed of all that’s happening in our program. Keep your eyes peeled for our bi-weekly newsletter that will come home with  your child. In it you’ll find important reminders and program highlights. Read our Newsletter >>
Contact Us
Contact Us
Lance Friday, Youth Development Director
704 716 4505 | lance.friday@ymcacharlotte.org

Ryan Swengros, Senior Program Director
704 716 7309ryan.swengros@ymcacharlotte.org
For more information, please stop by or contact:
Sales & Service Center | 704 716 7300