The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids will offer FREE MEAL SACKS for children in need in partnership with Kid's Food Basket during the statewide school closure. Any child age 0-18 can get meal sacks at multiple locations on weekdays from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for the duration of the COVID 19 crisis.
Preschool Education Programs
We recognize that success starts early. We offer convenient hours and affordable pricing!
Preschool Ages: 2 1/2 years old – 5 years old (ages vary by location) | A Y Membership is NOT required
We believe your child should be prepared to start kindergarten ready to succeed. Our Preschool programs provide an educational environment that is a friendly, positive and caring place to help each student discover his or her own unique gifts. Our engaging curriculum helps children reach developmental milestones and prepares them for academic learning. We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve.
Our Preschool programs are offered at many locations throughout the Greater Grand Rapids area, please click on the links below for location information:
- Full/Part-Time Child Care
- Low child-teacher ratios
- Healthy Meals and Snacks
- Gym Activities
- Outdoor Experiences
- Onsite swim lessons for preschoolers (Varies by location)
- Family Engagement Activities
- All children enrolled full-time receive a free Y youth membership
- Financial Assistance available to those who qualify
FREE PRESCHOOL: GREAT START READINESS PROGRAM (GSRP)
We are proud to partner with Kent Intermediate School District and the State of Michigan to provide families in need free preschool opportunities through our Great Start Readiness Program locations that offer the same high quality program and benefits as our traditional preschool programs. All children enrolled in our Great Start Readiness Program receive a FREE Y Family Membership. To be eligible children must turn 4 on or before September 1.
SECURE PLACEMENT ON OUR WAITLIST
We would love to care for your child, but we are currently on a waitlist. If you would like to be added to this list, please choose your location below and click on JOIN OUR WAITLIST.
If you are new to the Y, you must create an account to join our waitlist. There is a $25 non-refundable fee per child to place your child’s name on this waitlist. You would then be notified when an opening becomes available.
Questions? Please call 616.855.9622.
We believe learning takes place as children touch, manipulate, and experiment with things and interact with people daily. Children’s play is an essential component of our curriculum, through their play and experiences, themes are developed that guide our daily activities and interactions.
At the Y, we utilize Creative Curriculum which has six core content areas: literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, arts, and technology. The Y has identified two additional content areas: Healthy Habits and Social, Moral, and Spiritual Development.
Our programs use the Creative Curriculum individual assessments and also child portfolios to assess your children’s developmental progress annually. The teaching staff and families discuss the results of the assessments and plan for continued growth throughout the year.
BY USING CREATIVE CURRICULUM AS OUR FRAMEWORK, WE FOCUS ON:
- How children develop and learn
- The learning environment in which children learn
- What children learn
- The role of the teacher
- The role of the family
PARENT RESOURCES & FORMS
Please note, this is a sample of our typical schedule. Each classroom will have a personalized daily schedule to ensure children’s developmental needs are being met.
|Start Time||End Time||Activity|
|Arrive at 8:00 am||Arrival, child choice, morning snack|
|8:00 am||9:00 am||Breakfast, table toys|
|9:00 am||10:00 am||Small group, large group time|
|10:00 am||11:30 am||Child choice, outside, gross motor|
|11:30 am||12:30 pm||Lunch|
|12:30 pm||2:30 pm||Rest time, quiet activities|
|2:30 pm||3:30 pm||Snack, table toys|
|3:30 pm||4:30 pm||Small group, large group time|
|4:30 pm||5:30 pm||Child choice, outside, gross motor|
|5:30 pm Closing||Departure|