Certified teachers and teacher aides help children prepare for kindergarten. The program builds self-esteem, communication skills, and group interaction. Children explore colors, numbers, letters, shapes, and sounds. Activities include storytelling, art, music, cooking, creative movement, guest speakers, field trips, and special events. Preschool programming at the Y lays a foundation for future and ongoing achievement and success. Programs for ages two through five are available. Contact your branch for more information or to register.
A variety of preschool specialty programs are available for your youngster. Each class is geared around a different theme and encourages early literacy, healthy habits, and social interaction. Classes include:
- Messy Play
- Music & Movement
- Let’s Explore Science
- and more!
Preschool programs are available for children ages two through six years old. Registration is not available online. Please complete the Preschool Program Enrollment form and send to your nearest YMCA Buffalo Niagara branch.
Preschool Activities Offered at the YMCA
Do you have a preschooler who is keeping you hopping? Let us channel that energy into a positive, healthy lifestyle with our Kids In Motion Class! Activity stations including exercise, music, dancing, and games are all part of an integrated program designed to develop your child in spirit, mind, and body.
Your little ones will enjoy getting messy with finger paints, pudding, edible play dough, and watercolors and YOU don't have to worry about the furniture. Old clothes/art smock encouraged!
Kids love food. Even more, they love to help make it. This class features simple and healthy recipes that can be prepared easily by children ages 3-5. In addition, the kids learn valuable skills including healthy food habits, mathematics, following directions, and cooperation, plus they get to eat the yummy treats they prepare!
Bookworms is a literacy-based program emphasizing enthusiasm for children's books. Each week is themed after a book appropriate for the 24 month - 5 year old age range and includes theme related activities.
Created by Zumba® and BabyFirst Zumbini is an early childhood education program that uses music and movement to promote cognitive, social, fine/gross motor skill, and emotional development for children ages 0-4, all while creating the ultimate bonding experience for families. Parents/Caregivers participate along with their little one and each family receives take home materials to continue the learning and fun at home!
Your little ones will enjoy getting messy with finger paints, pudding, edible playdough, and watercolors and YOU don't have to worry about the furniture. Old clothes/art smock encouraged!