CHILD CARE

Preschool

MAKING QUALITY EARLY EDUCATION AFFORDABLE

First Step Preschool & Universal Pre-Kindergarten

Help your child develop the skills needed to succeed by enrolling in First Step Preschool at the Y where we make getting a quality preschool education fun for them and affordable for you.

Our preschool is located at our newest facility, The Center For Youth Programs, on Liberty Street in Middletown.

Each day, children are challenged by a fun-filled age appropriate curriculum developed by nurturing and experienced teachers to help students grow individually.

Our curriculum even includes weekly swim lessons.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE

If you apply for financial assistance through our ACCESS program and qualify, your rates may be lower.
(Please be advised that the process takes up to 4 weeks to complete.)
Please click here for a printable ACCESS application.

TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE

If you are enrolled in any of the above programs, your family is eligible for our Family Advantage Membership Plan. For just $38 per month, you will have access to all of our branch locations and their services and we'll also waive your enrollment fee!

Please click here for details.

Preschool Program - 2 Year Olds

This preschool readiness program gives toddlers their first classroom experience with a flexible routine where they are encouraged to explore, try new things and make friends. A parent & child swim class is included at no additional charge (Oct-May).

  • Children must be 2 years old by December 1st.
  • Parent participation is required.

Tuesdays beginning the first week of October through May / 9:30AM-11:00AM

$39 per Month with YMCA Membership / $79 per Month for Program Members

Preschool Program - 3 Year Olds

Our 3 year old program encourages socialization and interaction while introducing academic elements in a fun and motivating environment. Hands-on projects and lessons using a variety of mediums such as glue, crayons, scissors, clay, sand, and occasionally “goop” helps children develop fine motor skills while gym time, weekly swimming lessons, and outdoor play builds strong gross motor skills.

  • Child must be 3 years old by December 1st and be potty trained
  • 1 Teacher and an assistant to 13 Children
  • 2, 3 or 5 Day Option
  • Half Day, Full Day & Extended Day Available

To register for First Step Preschool, please visit the YMCA of Middletown located at 81 Highland Avenue in Middletown.

Pre-Kindergarten Program - 4 & 5 Year Olds

This Kindergarten readiness program helps acclimate children to the classroom setting. Our trained and caring teachers help children develop self-worth, independence and a sense of accomplishment through a curriculum designed to help master the basics required for kindergarten and stimulate a willingness to learn. Classroom challenges are modified when needed to allow children to work, play and learn at their own pace. Lessons on simple science, basic math, and early literacy are incorporated into a typical school day. Songs, gym activities, weekly swimming lessons, and games make the program complete.

To register for First Step Preschool, please visit the YMCA of Middletown located at 81 Highland Avenue in Middletown.

Click here for printable 2018-2019 Preschool Registration forms.

Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program

The YMCA of Middletown has contracted with the Middletown School District to offer a free Universal Pre-K (UPK) program to families that reside in the Middletown School District. This is a kindergarten readiness program.  Our New York State certified teacher, along with her assistant will help to acclimate your child to their upcoming kindergarten classroom environment.  A primary goal of this program is to provide students with instruction in early literacy, basic math and simple science, as well as swimming lessons and gym time.  Our teachers, along with resources from the Middletown School District, encourage your child’s learning by helping them develop a sense of self-worth, independence and a sense of accomplishment. Though the curriculum is our own, we work closely with the district to provide the basics required for kindergarten and a strong educational foundation.  All classes have weekly swim lessons. Registration is conducted through the Middletown School District. This registration does not guarantee placement, but puts your child into the UPK lottery.

  • Child must be 4 years old by December 1st and potty trained.
  • 1 teacher and an assistant to 18 children
  • Monday – Friday
  • Morning Session 9:00am – 11:30am / Afternoon Session 12:15pm – 2:45pm
  • UPK students may attend an extended school day if registered for our half-day and/or extended day preschool program in addition to their UPK day.

Learn more about UPK program in Middletown

Club Kid

WHERE KIDS PLAY & EXCEL BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL

Club Kid at The Center provides safe, fun, and supervised care before and after school for students in Kindergarten through middle schoolers (up to age 13) within the Middletown School District. The Y strives to provide an exciting and stimulating environment, giving children the opportunity to make activity choices that best suit their individual needs and interests while encouraging personal growth, socialization, and an appreciation for diversity. The YMCA Core Values of CARING, RESPECT, HONESTY, and RESPONSIBILITY are reflected in all that we do.

The AM Club Kid program helps children start the day right with activities such as arts and crafts, games, and quiet time for last-minute school projects. In the PM Club Kid program children choose their activities; snack, homework time, arts and crafts, outside play, gym time, and other special events to create a diverse afternoon full of FUN.

FAMILY ADVANTAGE

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THE Y HAS TO OFFER – Once you enroll your child(ren) in Club Kid, your family is eligible for a YMCA Family Advantage Membership plan. For just $38 per month, you will have access to all of our branch locations and their services and we’ll also waive your enrollment fee!

TRANSPORTATION

Children who attend the morning program must be dropped off at theCenter no earlier than 6:45 am and no later than 8:00am to be transportedvia the YMCA bus from The Center to their school for the start of the schoolday.

Following school dismissal, children who attend the afternoon program are transported via the YMCA bus from their school to the Center and must be picked up at The Center by 6:00pm. An additional half hour of extended time is available from 6:00pm-6:30pm for an additional fee.

HALF DAYS

For no additional charge, we provide this program on half days. AM participants may attend the before school session only. PM participants are transported to the Y immediately following the early dismissal time and must be picked up by the regular 6:00 pm program end time (or 6:30 pm for those enrolled for extended hours). The Club Kid program is registered and licensed by the New York State Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS).

2-HOUR DELAYS

When the Middletown School District announces a 2-hour delay, the Club Kid program begins at 8:45 am and will transport students to their schools accordingly.

SCHOOL BREAKS

WHEN SCHOOLS OUT WE’RE HERE FOR YOU – School’s Out Vacation Camp (link to the schools out vacation camp tab on The Centers page) offers families a safe place for children to play during school vacations such as winter recess and spring break as well as other school holidays. Click here to learn more about School’s Out Vacation Camp (link to the schools out vacation camp tab on The Centers page).

STAFF

The Y strives to employ nurturing professionally trained individuals who will take time to get to know each participant and their family. All of our staff must fit the criteria set forth by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and must be fingerprinted, have previous childcare experience, and be cleared by the N.Y. State Central Clearance. We provide our staff with extensive training throughout the year to ensure the highest quality program for your child.

REGISTRATION

Download printable registration form

  • Fees vary by school due to variations in start and dismissal times of each school. Click on your child’s to view the fees:
  • Registration begins June 1st for the preceding school year.
  • You may register at any time throughout the school year, space permitting. Please note: There waiting period of 3 school days before your child can start the program.
  • A non-refundable registration fee is required to hold placement and monthly payments are due by the 1st of each month.
  • Registrations received after August 24th must include the registration fee and September payment at the time of registration and the automatic draft will begin October 1st.
  • In order for a child to attend Club Kid on the first day of school, registration MUST be submitted by August 31st. Registration forms submitted after August 31st are subject to a waiting period of 3 school days from the date of registration to the date a child may start Club Kid.
  • To register, visit the YMCA of Middletown located at 81 Highland Avenue, Middletown. Current immunization records MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH PROGRAM REGISTRATION FORMS.
  • CHANGES AND CANCELLATIONS – All changes and cancellations require a 15 day notice prior to the 1st of the month draft date in order to cancel or change that draft. All changes and cancellations are subject to a $10 fee which can be paid at the time of the adjustment or on the next draft.
  • FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE through our ACCESS program. Please note: the financial assistance process may take up to 4 weeks to complete. ACCESS APPLICATIONS are accepted starting July 15th.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Krystal Cable, Center Club Kid Site Supervisor
845 395 1005
845 741 8636
kcable@middletownymca.org

FOR BILLING INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Lauren Goff, Billing Coordinator
845 395 1004
lgoff@middletownymca.org

Child Watch

A SAFE PLACE TO PLAY

If you have a child enrolled in the YMCA's First Step Preschool or Club Kid program, your family is eligible for the FAMILY ADVANTAGE MEMBERSHIP. For just $38 per month your family will receive all the benefits of being a YMCA member including CHILD WATCH. CHILD WATCH is a supervised playroom where our youngest members (from ages 3 months to 5 years) can play safely while parents or older siblings participate in other Y activities. Please explore our other LOCATIONS to learn more about membership at the Y.

Youth Fitness Center

If you have a child enrolled in the YMCA's Frist Step Preschool or Club Kid program, your family is eligible for the FAMILY ADVANTAGE MEMBERSHIP. For just $38 per month your family will receive all the benefits of being a YMCA member including the YOUTH FITNESS CENTER. The YOUTH FITNESS CENTER is a supervised recreation room where children (from ages 6 to 12 years) can workout and play safely with peers while parents or older siblings participate in other Y activities. Please explore our other LOCATIONS to learn more about membership at the Y.

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