Preschool – Early Learning
At the Y, we offer a safe, nurturing environment for children to learn and grow. The Y supports their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development. When you know your child is well cared for, you and your family have the opportunity to focus at work, plan healthy meals, enjoy family activities and establish a routine. Please take a look at our brochure 2021 2022 ELC Brochure.
Our program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is State Licensed. Our Early Learning Center has been successfully operating for 30 plus years.
Safety is our first priority. All Central Connecticut Coast YMCA child care programs are following all the guidelines set by the CDC, CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC), Y-USA, and other sources to ensure our policies and procedures are aligned to keep our children, staff and volunteers healthy and safe. Preschool Safety Plan
We will prepare your 3 or 4-year old for kindergarten in a caring environment. Class size is limited to 10 children per class. With an increased focus on literacy and learning through exploration, your child will develop the social, emotional, physical and academic skills necessary for the beginning of his/her academic career. Our program includes:
- The Value Tree Language Arts Curriculum: Build self-confidence and language art skills as they grow into value-driven individuals.
- Scholastic Readers: Teaches science, history, and math.
- Computer Time: Teaches math, reading readiness and thinking skills.
- Sight Words: Books, recognition and guided reading practices.
- Language Development: Focusing on reading, writing, listening, and speaking connections.
- Music and Movement/Socialization.
- Outdoor Activities: Sidewalk chalk writing, bubbles, water games and other learning activities.
Registration is on-going and spaces are limited. Please contact our Child Care Department at ext. 3115 for hours and availability.
Half-Day Program (child must be toilet trained)
WHEN: Tuesday and Thursday
TIME: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
WHEN: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
TIME: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Full-Day Program (child must be toilet trained)
3 & 4-year-old Program
WHEN: Monday – Friday
TIME: 7:15 am – 5:30 pm
As with all programs, we offer financial assistance to those who qualify. CCCY-Financial-Assistance-Application-Materials. Care 4 Kids helps low to moderate-income families in Connecticut pay for child care costs. This program is sponsored by the State of Connecticut’s Department of Social Services (also called DSS). To learn more about Care 4 Kids, take a look at this website. You can look at the site to find out how the program works, who is eligible, and more. http://ctcare4kids.com/