Preschool & Pre-K | Childcare & Camp | Programs & Activities | Lakeland Hills Family YMCA

Preschool & Pre-K

The mission of our Early Childhood Learning Center is to provide a loving, supportive, safe, and educational environment for the children in our care.

We offer a program for children ages 2½ – 5 years old, that meets the intellectual, moral, social, emotional, and physical needs of each child. We strive to create an atmosphere of acceptance in which the individual needs of each child are considered and where they can flourish and grow under the guidance of qualified staff.

We commit to developing the character of each child and to promote an environment of honesty, kindness, respect, and responsibility.

Our Teachers Follow the NAEYC Core Beliefs of:

  • Excellence and Innovation: We are imaginative risk takers willing to challenge assumptions while being accountable to our mission and fiscally responsible.
  • Transparency: We act with openness and clarity.
  • Reflection: We consider multiple sources of evidence and diverse perspectives to review past performance, note progress and successes, and engage in continuous quality improvement.
  • Equity & Opportunity: We advocate for policies, practices, and systems that promote full and inclusive participation. We confront biases that create barriers and limit the potential of children, families, and early childhood professionals.
  • Collaborative Relationships: We share leadership and responsibility in our work with others. We commit time and effort to ensure diverse participation and more effective outcomes. We act with integrity, respect, and trust.

We take all aspects of a child’s learning into consideration when planning age-appropriate curriculum: academic, social, and emotional. As all children are individuals, there is no one single curriculum that could address all diverse needs. We use the Creative Curriculum, however, we believe that all children are individuals and therefore learn differently. We respect this fact and utilize components and standards of multiple curriculums to meet a child at their personal developmental level. This promotes a steady progressive pace where children achieve success.

In addition to academic learning, our curriculum promotes social and emotional growth – children learn best through experience and play. Setting up imaginative play stations that promote cooperation, kindness, communication, conversation, taking turns, and problem solving, help children learn “to be part of a group” are all part of everyday learning in our center.

Swimming instruction, gym classes, foreign language exposure, and formal music/drama instruction add additional creative outlets for our young students.

Components Include:

$1 Million gift renames childcare center to Marion Mann Roberts Early Childhood Learning Center.

Marion Mann Roberts, a long time friend of the Y and generous donor for many years to our annual Give a Kid the Y campaign, passed away in 2003. The Y was fortunate to be named in her will as a recipient of a $1 million endowment.

In the Fall of 2007 a dedication ceremony was held and the center was renamed in her memory to honor Marion’s wish to provide scholarships for less fortunate children.The interest from this gift will be used each year to fund approximately 29 scholarships for childcare and camp – truly a meaningful legacy for the Y and for those it will help.

Marion supported the Y’s mission throughout the years not only with her time and spirit as a trustee, but also as a friend to all. She always made it a point to ask about the children in the center and was delighted when she received personal correspondence from the kids she helped. Sometimes she would come and relax in the Y lobby and just happily observe the activities. She would get a kick out of hearing the kids’ conversations and watching them come and go.

An ardent horsewoman, Marion enjoyed introducing the Girl Scouts of Rockaway Valley Troop No. 8 to the pleasures of horsemanship. She was equally at home delivering lambs at her farm, or flying a small plane, as she was in visiting the museums around the world.

Options & Registration

The Lakeland Hills Family YMCA offers a variety of Preschool & Pre-K program options to meet the various needs within our community. Check out our options and find the right one for you and your family.

Our Staff

The The Lakeland Hills Family YMCA Preschool & Pre-K teachers are responsible for all planning and programming for the individual needs of their class. Find out more about these individuals.