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Preschool Central

Welcome to Preschool Central at the Morrison YMCA Children's Academy!

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
Add Ons
Program Add-Ons
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 >>
Parent FAQs
You’ll find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions and get some quick details about our program by reading our Children’s Academy FAQs.

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.
  • Marie Duty, Children’s Academy Director
  • Agnes Woodcook, Children’s Academy Program Coordinator
  • Seema Krakker, Children’s Academy Curriculum Coordinator

THE EXPLORERS | 18-24 months
(Teacher to Child Ratio 1:4, Class Size 12 children)
The Explorers, reflects the stage of discovery and curiosity and our program focuses on exploratory play. It encourages toddlers to solve problems, develop language, and practice self-help skills. The Explorer curriculum incorporates theme related activities that promote language and communication skills, large and small motor development, emerging social skills, and cognitive development through sensory activities.

(Teacher to Child Ratio 1:5, Class Size 15 children)
The Navigators provides children with a fun, loving and imaginative environment. Two year olds are terrific learners and our curriculum incorporates an established routine that encourages creativity and discovery through a wide variety of theme related projects and games.

(Teacher to Child Ratio 1:8, Class size 15 children)
The Adventurers continues to build on an established schedule that incorporates fun and discovery in each theme related activity. Children at this stage start to engage with more conceptual skills. They begin to be more capable of working cooperatively in groups to solve problems and play games.

(Teacher to Child Ratio 1:8, Class size 15 children)
The Trailblazers, promotes innovative learning opportunities and individual creativity through intentional, play based activities. These activities are all designed to help each child reach their developmental goals through experiences in language, math, science, music and art.

(Teacher to Child Ratio 1:8, Class size 16 children)
Transitional Kindergarten is designed for our older 4- and 5-year-olds – children must turn 5 by December 31, 2019. TK incorporates a more in-depth curriculum designed to help this group of eager learners prepare for success in school. Still play-based, this program extends learning opportunities and begins to incorporate more early reading and writing skills, while still offering the fun of traditional preschool activities. 
Supply List
Please send children to class with a backpack that is large enough to hold all of their belongings and label EVERYTHING:
  • An extra set of clothes (regardless of their age) that we can keep in their backpack in case we need to change them for any reason.
  • A nut-free lunch
  • A refillable water bottle 
The Morrison YMCA will follow the CMS School Calendar
In the event of inclement weather, we will follow the Charlotte-Mecklenburg closing guidelines. You may call our inclement weather hotline at 704 716 4637 for updates on openings and delays of the Morrison YMCA. In the event of a delayed opening the Children’s Academy will follow the below procedures:
  • If CMS is on a 1-hour delay we will open at 10:00 AM
  • If CMS is on a 2-hour delay the Children’s Academy open at 11:00 AM 
For CMS Early Release dates the Children’s Academy will operate on a normal schedule.
Please note: The Children’s Academy does not prorate tuition rates for days missed due to individual illness, vacations, inclement weather or scheduled closings.  We do not follow the CMS make-up day schedule.
Food / Snack Info
At the Children’s Academy we ask our parents to help us out by being part of the snack rotation. Throughout the year you will be assigned a week to bring in snack for your child’s class. You will get two to three turns per year depending on the number of children in your class. Snack assignments will be handled by each classroom. You will be notified with a half sheet in your child’s folder when your turn is approaching. In addition, your class calendar will also note who is assigned to bring in snack each week in case you would like to plan ahead!
Because we have seen such wide variance in snacks that have been provided in the past, we would like to ask that you send in items ONLY from the list below. These selections allow us to keep snack quick, while also making sure that we are providing healthy options for all of our participants. Remember, the YMCA is a NUT FREE facility.

  • Goldfish (whole grain preferred)
  • Cheerios
  • Pretzels
  • Fresh veggies (washed and cut)
  • Graham Crackers
  • Yogurt
  • String Cheese
  • Crackers
  • Fresh fruit (washed and cut)
  • Veggie Straws
  • Applesauce
In an effort to help reduce waste, we ask that you send in a labeled water bottle/cup that can be refilled during the course of the day. This will greatly impact the number of cups we use and will go a long way toward reducing our daily waste. 
At the Children’s Academy, we want our parents to be involved and informed. Please check back soon for a newsletter update.

Add Ons
Program Add-Ons
Learning and fun doesn’t have to end at 1:00 PM! Join us for specialized programs for your 3 - 5 year old every afternoon! Our fall session begins October 2 and runs through December 15, with a break during the week of Thanksgiving. You can drop off your child at the program location or if your child is enrolled in the Children’s Academy, we will transfer them to any program held at the Morrison Family YMCA that begins at 1:15 PM.
  • JUMP BUNCH | 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM: Jump Bunch introduces your preschooler to age-appropriate gross motor skills and fun-filled activities intended to nurture a lifelong commitment to fitness and physical activity.
  • GYMNASTICS - PRESCHOOL BASICS | 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM: A perfect time to get the wiggles out! This 45 minute clinic introduces kids to basic gymnastics skills: front and backward rolls, handstands and cartwheels. We utilize all pieces of equipment in the gym (bars, beam, vault and trampoline) in fun obstacle courses with friends.
  • PRIMARY DANCE | 1:30 PM -2:00 PM (4 & 5 YEAR OLDS): This class is designed for new and returning students to explore more complex tap and ballet concepts while continuing to execute basic dance elements. Concentration is on vocabulary, alignment and proper execution of movement as well as memorization and independence through sequential tasking. Classes meet once a week and students participate in the spring dance recital. Dance programming runs September 5 - May 19.
  • PLAY WITH DOUGH | 1:15 PM -2:00 PM: Does your child LOVE to Play with Dough? We will make a new kind of dough each week and send you home with it as well as the recipes for all of our creations. Your little one will get some great math, science, and sensory action as they make various kinds of scented dough, snow dough, and even glittery slime! Plus we will start each day with some dough based color sorting games and building activities.
  • MULTI-SPORT CLINIC  | 1:15 PM -2:00 PM: YMCA Multi-Clinics are designed to teach players the fundamentals of soccer, basketball and Flag Football. When participating in YMCA clinics, participants are sure to improve on skills, make new friends and have fun. Clinics at the YMCA are a great lead up for participating in a class or league setting.
  • MULTI-SPORT CLINIC | 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
  • MINI CHEFS IN TRAINING | 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM: Do you have a mini who loves to be in the kitchen with you? Mini Chefs is a perfect class for your little to learn basic kitchen safety and skills, begin gaining confidence in their abilities, be adventurous in flavors and foods and make delicious treats!

Please note, we do not transport children from the Morrison YMCA to the Ballantyne Arts Center.
  • PRESCHOOL DANCE | 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM (3 & 4-year-olds): Combining tap and ballet, this class will develop your child’s coordination as well as an understanding of dance concepts and terminology. Concentration is on vocabulary, alignment and proper execution of movement as well as memorization and independence through sequential tasking. Students will improve motor skills, learn basic ballet positions and begin work on simple tap movements. Classes meet once a week and students participate in the spring dance recital. Dance programming runs September 5 - May 19.
  • KINDER KIDS DANCE | 1:15 PM - 1:45 PM ( 2 1⁄2 – 3-years-old): This class is an exciting first approach to dance. Focus is on coordination and rhythm introduced in creative and imaginative ways. Basic ballet steps and vocabulary are presented and taught. Classes meet once a week and students participate in the spring dance recital.
  • ART EXPLORERS | 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM: Little hands and big imagination combine as young artists explore their creativity experimenting with age- appropriate mediums like paint and clay while introducing basic concepts. Sessions are designed for both beginning and returning students by exploring new themes and introducing new materials each session.
  • ART EXLORERS | 1:15 PM -2:00 PM
  • PRIMARY DANCE | 1:30 - 2:00 PM (4 & 5-year-olds) 
Pick Up 
Our program begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 1:00 PM.
Begins promptly at 8:55 AM. Our learning activities begin as soon as the children walk through the door – please do your best to get them to school on time so that they do not miss any valuable teaching time!  Please note that if you arrive after 9:10 AM, you will need to park and bring your child in through the Program Access Center entrance as the car-line will be closed so that all of our teachers can be in the classrooms to begin their day.

Begin at 12:45 PM. Please call the Children’s Academy phone, 704 716 4608, in any event of being tardy. NC state child care laws limit the amount of time a child can be in care in an unlicensed preschool to four hours. For this reason, it is imperative that your child is picked up by 1:00 PM. Please be respectful of this rule and do your best to arrive on time to pick up your child. If you are coming into the carline after 1:00 PM, there will be a late fee assessed of $1 per minute. You will get a verbal warning the first time you are late, but if it occurs more than once, we have no choice but to issue fines and will charge your YMCA account automatically.

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
Supply fees are distributed throughout the program over the course of the year. We use these funds in areas of special events, holiday gifts, unique science and arts projects, homemade crafts and treats, yearbooks, graduation supplies and the end of the year extravaganza.
  • $75 ($175) for Explorers-Trailblazers
  • $95 ($195) for Transitional Kindergarten
For detailed information on our tuition rates for different program classes, see our Preschool Guide.

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.
Year-long enrollment: All cancellations require a TWO WEEK WRITTEN NOTICE prior to the payment date (listed on payment schedule in parent packet). Cancellations after this time will result in a prorated charge for the session regardless of whether the child attended.

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 & Service cENTER in order to receive an adjusted program rate.
Contact Us
For more information, please stop by or contact:
Sales & Service Center | 704 716 4600