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Kindergarten Academy is a full-time kindergarten program at the Oscar Lasko YMCA and Childcare Center in downtown West Chester that helps children develop their social, academic and emotional skills, while ensuring they are prepared for first grade. Tuition includes care from 7 AM - 6:30 PM. 

Children must be four years and seven months old by August to enroll.

Frequently Asked Questions about YMCA Kindergarten

Why Kindergarten Academy at the YMCA?

Our state-licensed academic kindergarten will help prepare your child for success in school and in life. Students focus on kindergarten basics such as language arts, science and social studies while also enjoying a robust catalog of extracurricular activities to help them explore interests and become well-rounded lifelong learners. 

Leading educational curricula from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Scholastic and Handwriting Without Tears are used to help kindergarteners at the Y achieve academic success. Y kindergarteners have been shown to read at or above grade level, improve benchmark testing scores and many learn at the first grade or advanced first-grade curriculum level.

For your convenience, before and after care from 7:00 AM to 6:30 PM is also included with tuition.

Extracurricular Activities include:

  • Spanish language instruction
  • Weekly gymnastics instruction - teaching body awareness and coordination 
  • Lessons in technology, art, music and library 
  • Field trips - including local walking trips within downtown West Chester

In addition, parents can add on after school activities from the catalog of offerings from the Oscar Lasko YMCA and our staff will ensure your child gets safely from their classroom to their additional lessons. Students that are not picked directly from their activity will return to after-care where they can stay until 6 PM. YMCA programs are offered throughout the school year and new programs are added six times a year. Students can choose to participate in one activity for the duration of the year or try a new offering every eight weeks. View activities.

For more information about our program, please reach out to our kindergarten teacher, Lindsey Keys.

How do I know if my child is ready for kindergarten?

Understanding whether your child is ready for their first year may seem daunting to some parents, understandably so, especially if your child is a younger student going into the school year. There are many skills rising kindergarteners should possess in several content areas. From recognizing letters and numbers, shapes and colors, to being able to use the restroom and wash hands independently and play well with others - if your child is interested in the world around them and eager to learn about different topics, they may be ready for kindergarten. While it may seem easy to compare with others, keep in mind that each child develops and masters skills at their own pace. 

Have additional questions? Complete our interest form and our Kindergarten teacher will be happy to schedule a time to meet. 

What can I do to prepare them for their first year of school?

You can help prepare your child for kindergarten by keeping communication open, and talking about what a special year it will be. Chat with them about what their daily routine might look like at home getting ready for school, what their day could look like and what things they may learn. Reading books about kindergarten and visiting your child’s classroom is a great way to help ease some anxiety about the unknown. Creating a routine before school begins is also helpful in easing the transition. 

What can I expect my child to learn in kindergarten?

During your child’s kindergarten year, expect to see a lot of growth! At their age, children will develop quickly socially and emotionally, physically and will take in a great deal of academic growth. Kindergarten is a year where children learn boundaries and develop friendships, playing with others, not just alongside of them. They learn about their place in the world and what it means to be a good friend. Kindergarten is a year to build that foundation for the love of learning, and will introduce a child to the world of reading and writing. Critical thinking skills will form through hands on math practice and experimenting through science experiments.

Can I take a tour or attend an open house?

Due to COVID restrictions and for the safety of our students and staff we are not currently holding in-person open houses. We would be happy to set up a time for you to meet our Kindergarten teacher or tour our classroom. Please complete the form below and we will be in touch soon! 

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