Give your child a head start with Preschool at the YMCA!

Looking for a dynamic preschool program in downtown Indianapolis? The YMCA at the Athenaeum offers one multi-age, developmentally appropriate learning experience in a safe, caring community for children and their families in the heart of the Mass Avenue Cultural District.

Expand their world

Y Preschool teaches valuable life skills that stay with your child forever. Children experience the excitement of exploration and the joy of discovery of their world as they move from one interest center to another at the Y. The curriculum focus on a variety of skills, including early reading, early writing, early math concepts, art, science experiments, music and more. Children develop a positive self-concept as they learn to share, participate in group games and projects and take care of belongings.

Join us for fun and learning, register for Y Preschool today!


YMCA PreschoolSchool Year: Aug. 19, 2019 – May 29, 2020

The YMCA at the Athenaeum follows the Indianapolis Public Schools calendar. A calendar will be provided at parent orientation.

Ages: 3 – 5 years 

Children must be age 3 by Sept. 1. and are required to be potty trained.


The Creative Curriculum is an award winning, research-based curriculum that focuses on a variety of skills:

  • Early reading
  • Early writing
  • Early math concepts
  • Art projects
  • Science experiments
  • Music
  • And much more

Ratio: 1:7

Two teachers lead and guide the classroom. Our adult to child ratio is 1:7

Meet Our Teacher!
Chloe Walker started her preschool career with Liberty Early Elementary as an assistant teacher in a special needs classroom. Chloe has been involved with preschool for 3 years and this fall will be her first year with the YMCA at the Athenaeum team.

She says she’s most looking forward to meeting all of her new students and watching them grow throughout the year. Chloe’s favorite subjects and activities to teach are arts and reading. Her door is always open to new and returning preschool parents this fall!
Chloe Walker, YMCA preschool teacher
Chloe Walker, YMCA preschool teacher


Snacks are provided by families. We eat a mix of dry cereal and fruit. Children bring a peanut-free lunch from home.

Monthly Tuition

Tuition is divided into nine equal monthly payments due on the first of each month from Sept. 1, 2019, through May 1, 2020. These fees cover all aspects of the curriculum and school materials. Membership For All does apply to preschool. We do not discount for additional children.   




Monthly Tuition

T/Th 3-5 9 – 1 PM $238; YMCA member $190
M/W/F 3-5 9 -1 PM $330; YMCA member $265

Field Trips

We will occasionally take walking field trips to neighboring businesses and parks with advance notice to parents. Parents are welcome to volunteer and come along on these trips!

Orientations: Aug. 14 & 15

Parent orientations will be from 6 – 7 p.m. up in the preschool room.

  • Aug. 14 – M, W, F class
  • Aug. 15 – T, Th class

Take a Tour!

Call Youth and Family Director Tory David at 317.713.8562 to schedule a tour and for more information.

Preschool across Central Indiana

Committed to families and Youth Development, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis offers seven part-time and five full-day preschool programs across Central Indiana.

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