Vital Building Blocks

Children are like sponges - they watch and absorb knowledge, skills and values from everything and everyone around them. At the Y, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success. That's why our child care, before and afterschool, and Kids Zone programs are staffed with people who understand the cognitive, physical and social development of kids. At the Y, babies develop trust and security, preschoolers experience early literacy and learn about their world, and school-age kids make friends, learn new skills and do homework. Most importantly, children learn how to be their best selves. That makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

Available Preschool Programs

Register for First Friends

Ages: 21/2 - 5 Years Old

Our Preschool Enrichment programs offer age-appropriate activities to help chiildren develop academically, grow socially, master skills, make friends and become comfortable in a classroom setting. Our enrichment programs focus on a variety of topics, including art, music, cooking, culture and science! Teachers develop lesson plans based on the standards put forth by the Creative Curriculum framework, which guides all levels of learners, including advanced children and children with special learning needs.


  • Art
  • Cooking
  • Science
  • Culture

​Registration and details coming soon.

Ages: 21/2 - 5 Years Old

We provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum in a child-centered environment of warmth, friendliness, and freedom. Your child will have opportunities to explore, experiment, question, create and build confidence. We believe in developing each child individually; emotionally, physically, intellectually, and socially while meeting each child's individual needs and learning styles

We use the Creative Curriculum framework to structure your child's daily activities and educational experiences. We also place an emphasis on healthy living by providing daily physical activity and providing meals and snacks that follow Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) guidelines.
Full Day Licensed Preschool is available at all locations.

For Preschool day, time, and pricing details, click the appropriate link for the Preschool location of your choice.

East YMCA (Madison)

West YMCA (Madison)

Northeast YMCA (Sun Prairie)

Netherwood Knoll (Oregon)

21/2 - 6 Years Old
Providing all the benefits of our full-time licensed preschool, but with shorter classtimes. Allow your child to learn, socialize and build confidence in a classroom setting during these morning sessions. Available 3, 4, or 5 days per week.

Register for Part Day Preschool

Part Day Licensed Preschool is only available at Lussier Family West YMCA. See Registration for more program details.



YMCA Preschool youth friends