Find Child Care & Early Learning Preschool Programs & Activities
Healthy development starts early for children, and that’s why at the YMCA, we care for the health and well being of your child. In this nurturing environment, your child is encouraged to play, learn, and grow.
By integrating activities and playtime into the Preschool curriculum, our trained teachers are about to achieve a supportive learning environment. Our hands-on learning curriculum emphasizes motor skills and creativity. We strive to provide an environment where children will learn and build confidence while making new friends.
In our YMCA Play and Learn Centers, your child will experience all kinds of fun and engaging activities while you enjoy your work out!
At the Y, we believe that “play is the work of young children, and is the foundation for learning.” Our Play and Learn Centers offer children the opportunity to experience curriculum-based learning activities in a fun and nurturing environment.
Our trained staff can care for babies 6 weeks and older, and we have activities geared to toddlers and for children up to 10 years of age. A few of our locations also have Play and Learn amenities geared to pre-teens (ages 11-12); please ask at your local Y.
- Use of our Play and Learn Centers is included FREE as a part of YMCA household memberships.
- Play and Learn Centers are available at 10 of our YMCA locations (Play and Learn is not available at the YMCA at the Athenaeum or the YMCA at the City Market).
- Members may use our Play and Learn Centers for up to two hours per day while you are onsite at our facility.
- For Play and Learn hours of operation, please visit the Location Info tab and “hours” for your YMCA location of choice.
Take four hours of “me” time while your children make crafts, play games, and just have fun in a safe and well-supervised environment
The Parent’s Day Out program provides a play group for your child and a break away from the Y for you to shop, run errands, have an extended lunch, see a movie or just relax. Children can learn a lot from regular play dates with friends including social skills, sharing, communication with others and how to deal with separation issues. We offer arts & crafts, group activities, story time and free play.View Days & Times
With Kids Night Out, parents enjoy a night out while kids engage in fun and safe activities at the Y
We know parents need a break from time to time while kids enjoy games, crafts, and more centered around a unique monthly theme. Kids play in the Play and Learn Center while adults can enjoy an evening out. These specially themed evenings include crafts, games, dinner, physical activities and lots of fun!View Days & Times
Early Learning Preschool Program
The Benjamin Harrison YMCA Early Learning Program is a licensed, full-day (6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.), Level 3 Paths to Quality program.
Students become instilled with the YMCA’s philosophy of developing the spirit, mind and body of each individual and do so in an encouraging atmosphere full of cooperation and mutual respect for everyone.
Early literacy, math, and problem solving skills are taught daily, along with a focus on gross and fine motor skills that are centered around the Y’s Way to The Creative Curriculum.
We accept CCDF, On My Way Pre-K, Indy PSP and offer an Ivy Tech student discount.