Empowering Early Learners


In Pre-Kindergarten, we establish benchmarks that further advance cognitive development, social skills, STEM, and literacy. All with the aim of preparing kids for kindergarten and beyond.





Areas of Focus


  • Communication and Language: Building ability to utilize receptive and expressive language, awareness of phonetic sounds, and literacy.
  • Social Emotional Learning: focusing on foundational components: self-awareness and management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.
  • Cognitive Development: Exploring problem solving skills, imagery and memory development.
  • Health and Physical Development: Practicing healthy habits, learning nutrition, and developing gross and fine motor skills.





View Example Pre-K Schedule

Arrival, Drop-Off and Sign In

As you drop off and sign in, your child can jump into the day socializing with friends and staff.



Prepare mind and body for another day of learning by eating a good breakfast.


Morning Circle

Share experiences from time away, greet classmates, and discuss the day's learning theme.


Active Learning/small group

Each activity encourages and motivates children to attempt new things, which improves their adaptability, stability, and coordination.


Outdoor Exploration

Kids get a chance to run, play with friends, dance and sing, explore different activities, and build relationships with schoolmates.



Children dish their own food and engage in conversation at the table with one another while eating nutritious foods and learning table etiquette.


Rest Time

Rest the mind and relax the body from a day of learning.



Kids enjoy a healthy snack while learning more about healthy foods and eating habits.


Outdoor Exploration

Kids get a chance to run, play with friends, dance and sing, explore different activities, and build relationships with schoolmates.


Free Play

During this time, children can engage in special activities or projects, such as music, STEM, or art.



Children can say goodbye to their friends and teachers before heading home for the day. Teachers provide feedback to parents and discuss any relevant information about their child’s day.

Before and After School Girl on Swing


Forms and Fees


Ready to register your child for our high-quality care programs? We've got you covered! Visit our Fees and Forms page, where you'll find everything, you need to start. From immunization forms to documentation for specialized care, we've made the registration process as smooth as possible.



Smiling with Flower in Hair at YMCA Child Care




The YMCA understands that quality childcare can be expensive and sometimes seem inaccessible to families who genuinely need it. Scholarships are available for families that qualify for financial support.



Mother and Child Playing During Open Swim at the YMCA


Connect to a Greater Y


When you select childcare at the Y, anticipate a level of care that extends beyond your child's needs. We provide comprehensive resources, including financial aid, discounts, and much more, catering to the entire family. Explore Y's many offerings in store for your family, extending far beyond childcare!



Pierce County Office

9715 Lakewood Dr. SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
Office Hours | Monday-Friday: 8am-4:30pm
Phone | 253-534-7840

Email | childcare@ymcapkc.org

Kitsap County Office

3330 Kitsap Way Ste A,
Bremerton WA 98312
Office Hours | Monday-Friday: 8am-4:30pm
Phone | 360-813-1813

Email | kitsapchildcare@ymcapkc.org