YMCA of Greater Erie

Exclusive Savings on YMCA Childcare Programs

When you join the YMCA of Greater Erie, you enjoy exclusive savings on YMCA early learning, preschool and after school programs that can be as much as $500/year!  While we have a membership program to fit every budget, we find families really take advantage of our Buddy For Fitness membership program.  When you join as the buddy of an existing member, or you  recruit someone new to join with you, you BOTH enjoy an exclusive 20% membership savings for as long as you both are members of the Y. And, yes, we’ve done the math – it’s a monthly savings of $15.81 or $189.72/year.

Promoting health and well-being in a safe and creative environment

The YMCA Preschool and Pre-K Programs offer a caring and friendly place for your child to learn, grow, and build positive relationships with caring adults. Our well-trained teachers focus on helping your child:

    • Grow personally
    • Clarify values
    • Improve personal and family relationships
    • Appreciate diversity
    • Become better leaders and supporters
    • Develop specific skills
    • Have fun!

Click here for a helpful checklist in choosing the right preschool experience for your child.

YMCA Preschool: Simply ROCKS


Help Your Child Prepare for Kindergarten

In partnership with the United Way and Erie Together, a community effort to reduce poverty, the YMCA preschool curriculum supports the identified skills for kindergarten readiness.  Parents and caring adults can support learning at home by working with your child on these core skills.  Download the Readiness Checklist.

Learn more at http://www.erietogether.org

Preschool Program

Ages 3-5 years

Y Preschool builds on a child’s natural desire to learn things and become more self-reliant. Getting along with other children, sharing, taking turns and working in a group are all natural parts of learning. Y Preschool is also a safe, fun and comfortable place where children build positive relationships with caring adults. Creative Curriculum is an exciting and challenging program that helps preschoolers stretch their skills in mind and body.

Pre-K Counts Program

The Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts program makes quality pre-kindergarten programs available to Pennsylvania residents at no cost to qualifying families.  It is funded through a grant from the State of Pennsylvania.  Full day program instructional time is 3 hours.  The Y offers a number of Pre-K Counts classrooms throughout the service area.  A Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts application must be filled out completely and submitted for consideration.  Call Jeannine Bello at 814-452-1432 ext. 245.

Traditional Pre-K Program (one year prior to Kindergarten)

Group KidsA caring and friendly place for your child to learn and grow! Children develop a readiness for kindergarten through a variety of hands-on, child-centered activities. The class is led by a certified teacher using the Letter People and Creative Curriculum. This curriculum program is open to children one year prior to kindergarten enrollment.

Preschool and Pre-K Locations

Early Learning Readiness- Play & Learn

Play & Learn is a FREE preschool like program that child and caregiver attend together and includes songs and 13 learning centers from books to puzzles, to listening and dress up – all that reinforce learning in preparation for Kindergarten.  Snack is also provided. Play & Learn is free and open to children ages 6 weeks-5 years old and their caregiver -relative or friend. Click here for more program information.

Financial Assistance

We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Like all Y programs, our Early Care and School Age Programs are open to all. The YMCA accepts Childcare Information Services (CCIS) payments, and financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

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