First Step Preschool & Universal Pre-Kindergarten

6 Liberty Street, Middletown, NY 10940

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.

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

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.

  • Child must be 4 years old by December 1st and be potty trained.
  • 1 Teacher and an assistant to 15 Children
  • 2, 3 or 5 Day Option
  • Half Day, Full Day & Extended Day Available

Click here for 2018-2019 First Step Preschool Rates.


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.To register for First Step Preschool, please visit the YMCA of Middletown located at 81 Highland Avenue in Middletown.
For more information please call
845 344 9622
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


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.


Ms. Sue Cumming
Daycare Director
Ms. Donna Grady
UPK Teacher
Ms. Wendy Lofrese
Preschool Teacher
Ms. Heather MacDougall
Pre-K Teacher
Ms. Naomi Marrero
Pre-K Teacher
Ms. Ashley Morris
UPK Teacher
Ms. Taylor Pawiczak
Preschool Teacher
Ms. Alexis Reyes
Pre-K Teacher
Ms. Sara Birdsall
Preschool Teachers Assistant
Ms. Bianca Casiano
UPK Teachers Assistant
Ms. Melissa Dubois
Pre-K Teachers Assistant
Ms. Vanessa Martinez
Preschool Teachers Assistant
Ms. Latoya Miller
Pre-K Teachers Assistant
Ms. Lizbeth Pasols
UPK Teachers Assistant
Ms. Linnette Soto
Pre-K Teachers Assistant