Preschool & School Age Childcare 2021-2022 School Year!



Children are like sponges – they watch and absorb knowledge, skills and values from everything and everyone around them. At the YMCA of Long Island, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success. Our Early Childhood, Before and After School and Child Watch programs are staffed with trained people who understand the cognitive, social/emotional and physical development of children. Children need to feel connected and supported in trying new things. Together, in collaboration with families, we create a warm and welcoming environment for the next generation.

At the Y, our youngest children develop trust and security through routines and new experiences, our preschoolers experience early literacy, math, and science and learn about their world, and school-age kids make friends, learn new skills, participate in specials and do homework. Most importantly, children learn how to be themselves. That makes for confident kids today, and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.


Early Childhood / Preschool Program

At the YMCA of Long Island, Early Childhood/Preschool Programs are committed to providing a safe, supportive living and learning environment for young children to learn, grow and develop social skills. Teachers create a warm and loving atmosphere while offering a developmentally-based, engaging curriculum, where children can play, discover and learn.

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Universal Pre-K

One of the largest in New York State, our innovative, long-standing partnership with the Bay Shore UFSD offers Full and Half-Day Pre-Kindergarten classes for 4-year olds registered in the Bay Shore School District at no cost to participants. This statewide initiative follows the NYS educational standards and is designed as a Kindergarten Readiness Program. Lead teachers are New York State certified.

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Before & After School Programs

The YMCA of Long Island’s Before and After School Programs support children in reaching their full potential by providing academic support and hands-on enrichment experiences in a safe and structured environment for children grades Kindergarten through Middle School. The YMCA of Long Island partners with school districts in Nassau and Suffolk counties to support student learning.

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Holiday Camp

The YMCA of Long Island is here for you and your family even when school is not in session. We offer school vacation care for children kindergarten – 12 years old.  These are optional days for which there is an additional fee. 

Dates and rates vary by branch.


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Child Watch

Child Watch is a drop-in service that provides an interactive and healthy place for your child to play so you can enjoy your YMCA visit and work out with peace of mind. Child Watch has nurturing and conscientious staff that are CPR and First Aid Certified.  Our staff create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that is for all ages.

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Enrichment Classes

The YMCA of Long Island provides enrichment classes that will help your child explore their world, find out how to get along with others, and test their skills and muscles. In our classes, children work on individual skill development, learn how to work with others and are introduced to new and different activities.

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