YMCA Preschool

As the largest provider of child care in Central Virginia, the Y cares for more children than any other child care provider. YMCA programs allow children to explore their unique talents and interests, helping them realize their full potential. That makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

YMCA Preschool

YMCA Preschool uses the Creative Curriculum System. Developed by Teaching Strategies, Inc., the Creative Curriculum enables children to develop confidence, creativity and lifelong critical thinking skills.

The Creative Curriculum:

  • Enables children to apply their acquired skills in meaningful, real-life contexts.
  • Equips children to solve problems and find answers to their questions creatively.
  • Encourages higher-level thinking, development of intellectual interests and positive approaches to learning.
  • Supports the development of social-emotional skills such as resolving conflict, sharing responsibilities and working collaboratively.
  • Focuses on Science and Social Studies topics while promoting skills in Language and Literacy, Math, Technology and the Arts.

Rated FOUR-STAR PROGRAM through the Virginia Star Quality Initiative

This program is only available at the Shady Grove Family YMCA, at the intersection of Nuckols Rd and Twin Hickory Dr.

Program hours are 9 a.m. – noon.  Early drop-off is available at 8 a.m.  YMCA Members: $60 per month, Non-Members: $85 per month

For children ages 2 – 5, children spend one-third of their day exploring their environment through teacher facilitated learning areas such as art, science, blocks, manipulatives, dramatic play, literacy and sand and water play.



Visit our Registration page to see our rates and register online.


Important Dates for 2017/2018

Parent Orientation Tuesday/Thursday
Monday – Thursday
Monday – Friday
Thursday, September 6, 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, September 6, 9:30 a.m.
Friday, September7, 9:30 a.m.
Friday, September 6, 9:30 a.m.
Friday, September 7, 9:30 a.m.
Open House Monday/Wednesday/Friday
Monday – Thursday
Monday – Friday
Monday, September 10, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, September 11, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, September 11, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, September 11, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, September 11, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
1st Day All Ages Wednesday, September 12


Parent Orientation

Parent Orientation gives parents a chance to meet with their child’s teacher and learn the specific details regarding the curriculum and class management.

Our Senior Program Director, Margina Grow, will be available to discuss policies and procedures that pertain to the entire preschool.Child watch will be available for your children during the orientation.

Open House

Open House is a great time for your child to first meet their new Preschool teacher and see their classroom.  T-shirts and tote bags will be distributed at each Open House.

Supply List

In an effort to keep our costs as low as possible, we ask parents to provide some supplies which the children will use in their classes.

  • One box of crayons (16 or 36 count for 4 & 5 year olds)
  • One box of jumbo crayons (8 count for 2 and 3 year olds)
  • One box of washable markers
  • Package of 6 glue sticks
  • One box of tissues

Supplies can be brought to Open House during the first week of school.  Tote bag and folder will be provided.

Parent Education Guide

At the Y, we ask our parents and guardians to be our partners in child abuse prevention. This Parent Education Guide seeks to equip you to be informed about child abuse and to protect your child from abuse.

View the Guide here.

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