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Preschool

The Schlessman Family YMCA provides high-quality childcare and child development in a nurturing family setting unique to the YMCA. 

Our programs are designed to give children ages 6 weeks to 5 years a healthy, supportive environment to learn, grow, and thrive.

All programs emphasize:

  • A child-led, play-based curriculum
  • Colorado Shines  - Formerly known as Qualistar, Colorado Shines is a rating system system of childcare programs in Colorado on a provisional to 4-Star scale.† 
  • State-licensed
  • Healthy living - Structured play times and activities, fruits and veggies, hormone-free milk, whole grains, low sugar, no fried foods, and no juice
  • Experienced, certified caregivers - All teachers are certified in CPR and first aid, have passed a criminal background check, have completed a child abuse prevention course, and have completed or are pursuing degrees in early childhood education
  • Parent-teacher conferences every six months
  • Parent engagement and involvement - parents are welcomed to participate in the classrooms, for example, by storytelling, leading activities, or sharing experiences
  • Convenient access and support in helping children take part in additional YMCA activities such as swim lessons and sports 
  • Discounted YMCA membership for full-time families

Infant Care

A caring family environment for babies starting at 6 weeks of age.
  • Full-time care, Monday through Friday, 7 am to 6 pm
  • Low caregiver-to-infant ratios
  • Separate play rooms and sleep rooms
  • Support for nursing mothers - Refrigerators for breast milk and rocking chairs so moms can drop in during the day to feed their babies
  • Age-specific development activities 
Cost full-time only: $1,725 per month
Waiting list reservations are always encouraged, please email: eceinfo@denverymca.org to be placed on the wait list.
 

Toddlers

A loving place to grow, learn, and play.
  • Full-time care, Monday through Friday, 7 am to 6 pm
  • Low teacher-to-child ratios
  • Two toddler classrooms 
  • Dedicated playground
  • Age-specific development activities 
 
Cost Full-time only: $1,625 per month
Waiting list reservations are always encouraged, please email: eceinfo@denverymca.org to be placed on the wait list. 

Preschool

A close-knit learning environment focusing on kindergarten readiness 
  • Full-time or part-time instruction
  • Low ratios
  • Three age-specific classrooms 
  • Curriculum developed in line with kindergarten entry requirements of Denver Public Schools
  • Focus on learning through play and hands-on experiences
  • Part of the Colorado Preschool Program and the Denver Preschool Program for eligible families. Contact Julie Cataldo for specific requirements. 
  • Interactive assessments by Teaching Strategies GOLD. This is an authentic, ongoing observational system that gives parents real-life examples and information about how their children are learning and developing.
 
Cost full-time only: $1,475 per month
Cost part-time 3-days a week: $975 per month for Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays only.
Cost part time 2-days a week: $775 per month for Tuesday and Thursday only.
Cost half-day 5-days a week: $675 per month for Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. (lunch provided) | 3-5 years old (no longer using diapers) 
 
Waiting list reservations are always encouraged, please email: eceinfo@denverymca.org to be placed on the wait list.
 
For more information about space and availability, contact Julie Cataldo, Director of Early Childhood Education, at ECEinfo@denverymca.org
 
 

Additional Information

Programs for Pre-school Aged Kids

Mini-camps, Ballet, Play to Learn and more

Policies and Emergency Procedures

Early Childhood Education Parent Handbook

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