Highly sought-after pre-K education in a community environment

Families choose the Southwest YMCA for preschool because of the quality instruction and hands-on learning opportunities, as well as the welcoming and caring approach only found at the YMCA. Parents say, "It's phenomenal."

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The Southwest YMCA offers two preschool programs for potty trained children ages 2.5-5 years old.

Full-time Preschool
7 am to 5:30 pm (Closes at 4 pm on the second Tuesday of every month for teacher development).
Cost: Full-time (4-5 days a week) -   $720 per month (full-time participation also includes a family membership at the Y).
         Part-time (3 days a week)  -    $500 per month.
         Part-time (2 days a week) -     $420 per month.
Price listings are per student.
All options require a $50.00 per family registration fee. 

Colorado Preschool Program (CPP)

September through May, based on the Denver Public Schools schedule
9 to 11:30 am or 1 to 3:30 pm
Children must have a birth certificate and must live in the city and county of Denver.
Contact Julie Cataldo regarding additional requirements
Cost: Free to families who qualify
Both preschool programs feature:
  • Low teacher-to-student ratio.
  • 3-star Qualistar Rating - Qualistar is Colorado's Quality Rating System of childcare programs in on a provisional to 4-Star scale. 
  • Interactive assessments by Teaching Strategies GOLD. This is an authentic, ongoing observational system.  (Coming soon: parents are provided online links for real-life examples and information about how their children are learning and developing.)
  • Open-ended play-based curriculum.
  • Activities and experiences to enhance skills in language, literacy, creative arts, science, math, physical development, and healthy living.
  • Experienced, certified caregivers - All teachers are certified in CPR and first aid, have passed criminal background checks, have completed a child abuse prevention course, and have completed or are pursuing degrees in early childhood education.
  • Parent-teacher conferences.
  • Parent engagement and involvement - parents are welcome to participate in the classrooms activited like storytelling, leading activities, and sharing experiences.
  • Convenient access and support in helping children take part in additional YMCA activities such as swim lessons, ballet, and sports 
  • Family activities throughout the year. 
  • Healthy breakfast and afternoon snacks. 

For more information about space and availability, contact Julie Cataldo, Director of Early Childhood Education at 720 524 2792.


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