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
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!
Kids love food. Even more, they love to be able to do it myself. This class features simple and healthy recipes that can be prepared easily by children ages 3-5. In addition, the kids will learn valuable skills including healthy food habits, mathematics, following directions, and cooperation, plus they get to eat the yummy treats they prepare!