Preschool

The Schlessman Family YMCA provides high-quality childcare and child development in a nurturing family setting unique to the YMCA. 

Our programs are designed to give children ages 6 weeks to 5 years a healthy, supportive environment to learn, grow, and thrive.

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All programs emphasize:

  • A child-led, play-based curriculum
  • Colorado Shines  - Formerly known as Qualistar, Colorado Shines is a rating system system of childcare programs in Colorado on a provisional to 4-Star scale.† 
  • State-licensed
  • Healthy living - Structured play times and activities, fruits and veggies, hormone-free milk, whole grains, low sugar, no fried foods, and no juice
  • Experienced, certified caregivers - All teachers are certified in CPR and first aid, have passed a criminal background check, have completed a child abuse prevention course, and have completed or are pursuing degrees in early childhood education
  • Parent-teacher conferences every six months
  • Parent engagement and involvement - parents are welcomed to participate in the classrooms, for example, by storytelling, leading activities, or sharing experiences
  • Convenient access and support in helping children take part in additional YMCA activities such as swim lessons and sports 
  • Discounted YMCA membership for full-time families

Infant Care

A caring family environment for babies 6 weeks to 18 months
  • Full-time care, Monday through Friday, 7 am to 6 pm
  • Low caregiver-to-infant ratios
  • Separate play rooms and sleep rooms
  • Support for nursing mothers - Refrigerators for breast milk and rocking chairs so moms can drop in during the day to feed their babies
  • Age-specific development activities 
Cost: Full-time Only - $1,330 per month
Waiting list reservations are always encouraged. Call now to be placed on the list.
 

Toddlers

A loving place to grow, learn, and play for children 18 months to 3 years
  • Full-time or part-time care
  • Low teacher-to-child ratios
  • Two toddler classrooms - 18 months to 2 years, and 2 to 3 years (or potty-trained)
  • Dedicated playground
  • Age-specific development activities 
Cost: Full-time - $1,230 per month
Part-time: - $875 per month for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Tues. & Thurs. only: $695 per month 
Waiting list reservations are always encouraged. Call now to be placed on the list.

Preschool

A close-knit learning environment ensuring kindergarten-readiness
  • Full-time or part-time instruction
  • 1-to-8 teacher-to-student ratio
  • Three classrooms 
  • Curriculum developed in line with kindergarten requirements of Denver Public Schools
  • Focus on learning through play and hands-on experiences
  • Part of the Colorado Preschool Program and the Denver Preschool Program for eligible families. Contact Julie Cataldo for specific requirements. 
  • Interactive assessments by Teaching Strategies GOLD. This is an authentic, ongoing observational system that gives parents real-life examples and information about how their children are learning and developing.
Cost: Full-time - $1090 per month
Part-time: $770 per month for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Tues. & Thurs. only: $680 per month  
Waiting list reservations are always encouraged. 
Call now to be placed on the list.
 
For more information about space and availability, contact Julie Cataldo, Director of Early Childhood Education, at 720 524 2792 or jcataldo@denverymca.org
 
 

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