Welcome to Preschool Central at the 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!
This is your go-to guide for everything you and your Preschooler need to know to be prepared and have an awesome Preschool experience! Check below for your branch's Parent Handbook.
Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions about preschool:
What is the ratio of students to teachers?
Class ratios vary by age group:
2-year-old classes — 8:1 ratio
3-year-old classes — 10:1 ratio
4-year-old classes — 10:1 ratio
What special activities will my child participate in during class?
Three and 4-year-old classes participate in swimming, music and movement, sports and Spanish beginning in late September. Music and movement as well as sports classes are on a rotational basis. Swimming and Spanish classes are offered weekly.
What are the guidelines on potty training?
All of 3- and 4-year-olds must be fully potty trained before the first day of class at the beginning of the school year. For all 2-year-olds, teachers will assist with toilet training when a parent and child are ready. We request that 2-year-olds wear training pants with plastic pants over them to help manage accidents that may happen during the toilet training process.
Who can pick up my child?
Any authorized person that you have listed on the registration documentation or that you have added with our front desk staff will be allowed to pick up your child. Everyone, including parents will be asked to supply a photo ID daily for security purposes during pick-up procedures.
Your student will need to bring the following items for the first day of class:
- One 4-pack of Play-doh
- One watercolor paint set
- Two boxes of tissues
- Two packs of baby wipes
- Six Elmer’s glue sticks
- Two bottles of Elmer’s school glue
- One box of Ziplock sandwich size bags
- One 1-inch 3-ring binder
Preschool begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 1:00 PM.
- 2-year-old classes run Monday – Thursday or Monday - Friday
- 3-year-old classes run Monday – Friday
- 4-year-old classes run Monday – Friday
Each child will need to bring a healthy snack, lunch and a drink to school daily. Please send items in child size, self-serve portions. We will not have a refrigerator or microwave for student use. Please use an ice pack if needed.
We are a Peanut Free Zone for the safety of all that use our classrooms both with the preschool, afterschool and additional child programs. Please refrain from sending peanut and nut related items in your child’s snack and lunch for the safety of all children.
While the YMCA of Greater Charlotte is committed to be 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.
Rides in starts at 8:55 AM and ends at 9:15 AM. If you arrive after 9:15 AM and the car lane is closed, you will need to walk in. Classroom doors will open at 9:00 AM to greet the children and to begin morning “center time.” This allows the children to greet their friends, share exciting news and to explore activities of their own choice. We ask that all students arrive by 9:15 AM in order to have a successful start of the day. Children arriving after 9:15 AM are to be escorted into the building by a parent, taken to the preschool outer door. Parents will need to wait with their child until a staff member can take them to class. We cannot allow children to be dropped off before 9:00 AM.
Pick-up time is 1:00 PM. Children being picked up after 1:05 PM will need to be signed out at their classroom. A late fee of $1.00 a minute will be assessed for children picked up after 1:05 PM. Any authorized person that you have listed on your registration documentation, or that you have added with our front desk staff, will be allowed to pick up your child. Everyone, including parents, will be asked to supply a photo ID daily, for security purposes during pick up procedures.
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.
The monthly tuition is due on the fifteenth day of the month and begins August 15. Late payments will incur a $25 late fee. Payments not received by the 25th of the month prior to service will result in discontinued preschool for you child.
- Payments need to be set up at the Sales & Service Center during time of registration.
- Tuition may be paid in the form of credit/debit card or bank draft. Insufficient Items If a draft or charge is returned due to insufficient funds payment in cash, money order, or a credit/debit card along with a $25 returned draft fee is to be paid at the Member service desk.
- Enrollment in the preschool program requires payment of each month’s full tuition whether or not the child attends classes.
- Refunds are not given for days missed due to illness or vacation.
- Consideration will be given due to extenuating circumstances, based on individual situations, and at the discretion of the Preschool Coordinator and Family Services Director.
Financial assistance is given 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.