teacher reading book to preschool students


Preparing children physically, socially, emotionally and academically for Kindergarten. Children must be potty trained EXCEPT for toddlers.


Your child must be a YMCA member to participate in the preschool program. Preschool meets late August to mid-May. Tuition Rates are per month. A $30 non-refundable deposit will be collected at the time of registration. You must come into either the Niebur or Meyer Centers to register for our Preschool program.

2021 – 2022 Preschool Runs September 7 – Mid-May
Tuition Rates Are Per Month • $30 Registration Fee
Registration Open Now!

Preschool Changes During Covid-19
We know everything looks different this year and
Y Preschool is no different!  Here are a few of the changes you can expect:
1. No co-op option is available.
2. Kids will have to wear masks during class.
3. We will be staggering drop off times in the parking lot. More info will be provided before school begins.

CO-OPING AT PRESCHOOL – Not For 2021-2022 
Co-oping in the toddler class is required. When you are scheduled, you will be required to either bring a snack or drink for your child’s class. We will be offering three different options for co-oping for the Threes & Pre-K classes.

Full co-op where you would help in your child’s class 1-2 times per month.
Co-op on 1/2 the amount of time.

A non-co-op option where you would not be required to help in the classroom (you only have to accompany your child on 2-3 field trips during the school year.)


Time For Toddlers - Age 2

A chance for your 2 year old to develop socially and to prepare them for the YMCA 3 year old program. There are 12 children in each class, along with a lead teacher and an assistant. Children will be able to participate in gross motor activities, fine motor activities, puzzles, games, art, music, and being read to in a loving environment.
Requirements: Child must be 2 on or before September 1st of the current school year.

Monday & Wednesday • 9:30 – 11:45am
Tuesday & Thursday • 9:30 – 11:45am
Members: $122

Three Year Old Program - Age 3

Our program emphasizes social interaction, fine and gross motor skills, science and nature activities, cultural and art activities, and outdoor play. We encourage the development of a positive attitude toward peers, adults and teachers. There are 15 children in each 3’s class, along with a lead and assistant teachers.

Requirements: Child must be 3 before September 1st of the current school year.

Tuesday & Thursday • 9:30am – Noon
Members $122

Pre-Kindergarten - Age 4

Our program offers your child a chance to grow and learn in time for their kindergarten year. The teachers provide a nurturing and caring environment to help your child develop. We offer science, math, art, fine and gross motor activities, beginning phonics and much more! There are 15 children in each class with 1 lead teacher & 1 assistant teacher.

Requirements: Child must be 4 before September 1st of the current school year.

Monday, Wednesday & Friday •9:30am – 12:30pm
Members $173

K.I.D.S. Enrichment

This program is designed as an extended day for the YMCA preschool children. This program offers preschool parents with a well-supervised place for their child to have an afternoon of fun, group activities, including literature-based arts & crafts, music, organized games, story time & free play. 3-year-olds may register for 1 day a week. 4 & 5-year-olds may sign-up for 1 or 2 days per week. Parents will need to provide a sack lunch for their child. This is NOT a parent cooperative program.

Pre-K: Monday & Wednesday • 12:30 – 3:00pm
Members: 2 Days: $107 • 1 Day: $66

Important Information

COVID-19 Precautions: All preschool staff and students are required to wear a cloth facial covering while inside the Edwardsville YMCA building. We will have reduced class sizes, and additional cleaning and sanitizing procedures in place.

You Must First Register Your Child At The Front Desk At Either The Meyer Center Or Niebur (Esic) Center Before Handing In This Paperwork.

The paperwork can be filled out AFTER you have registered your child and paid the $30 non-refundable registration fee.

Click the Links below for Important Documents and Information you need to have or fill out for Preschool.

Please fill out the preschool information form and e-mail it to the Preschool Director at lford@edwymca.com.

Bank Draft Form
Please fill out the preschool bank draft form in order to set up your Preschool payments. You can turn the form into either the Niebur (Esic) or Meyer Center Front Desks.

Please print out the physical form and have your child’s physician fill out the vaccination portion. These physicals are good for two years. You do not need to make a separate doctor’s appointment for this form. If your child has been to the doctor within the last two years, they can fill it out with the latest information.

If you have any questions regarding the documents, please email the preschool director at lberry@edwymca.com.

Preschool Volunteer Requirements

Thank you for donating your time and talents as a Preschool volunteer! Volunteers are vital to the YMCA and without them; we wouldn’t be able to meet the needs of the kids, families, and adults who live in Edwardsville. The success of our preschool program is dependent on support and involvement from volunteers like you.

The YMCA makes an active effort to prevent abuse and is in compliance with Y-USA volunteer requirements and the Safe Sport Act. So even though we may know you well, we are required to conduct criminal background and reference checks, and have our volunteers complete required training on Child Abuse Prevention and Mandated Reporting. It’s just one of the many ways we help protect children and other vulnerable people served by the YMCA. Thanks for your cooperation in this effort. Please start the volunteer process by selecting Preschool Volunteer below.

If you have any questions about this or any part of our volunteer application process, please contact Human Resources, 618-656-0436.


Preschool Information Documents

The supply list, fair credit reporting act, school calendar, preschool handbook, and co-op duties are for informational purposes only.


Preschool Information Form

Preschool Physical Form

2021-22 Preschool Calendar

Preschool Bank Draft Form

2021-22 Edwardsville School Dist. Calendar

Preschool Handbook

Preschool Supply List

Co-oping Duties

Edwardsville YMCA