Y Academy Southwest 


The YMCA has been a leader in early childhood education, providing a welcoming and transformative environment where every child is nurtured and encouraged to learn, play, have fun and thrive.  

Our curriculum-focused and family-centered, teaching skills for school-readiness and success, along with curiosity, confidence and values children bring with them throughout their lives.  

Our program uses Tadpoles, an app that updates parents about their child throughout the day. This includes when a child eats, sleeps, and uses the bathroom. Teachers will be sending daily pictures of the child to parents to keep them updated on the fun activities they did for the day.

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A close-knit learning environment focusing on kindergarten readiness 

  • Ages 2.5 – 5 years 

  • Full-time or part-time programs 

  • Low ratios  

  • Three age-specific classrooms  

  • Healthy breakfast and snacks 

  • Curriculum developed in line with kindergarten entry requirements of Denver Public Schools 

  • Focus on learning through play and hands-on experiences 

  • Developmentally-appropriate, age-specific curriculum 

Tour Our Southwest Y Academy


Tours of our Y Academy and more information is available. 

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Please contact our Y Academy Directors Julie Cataldo or Stacy Folkmann

Note our program cancellation and refund policy.

Effective March 1, 2024: Please note our new credit card surcharge policy. Add an ACH to your YMCA Account!


Like all Y programs, Y Academy is open to all, with financial assistance available. To apply for financial assistance, please complete our application here