Preschool

The most formative time in a child's development occurs within the first five years, which is why we put so much careful planning into our preschools and ensure our staff has a tremendous amount of experience, skill, and knowledge within the child care field.

While each child is unique and develops at his or her own rate, we also believe that they are strong, capable learners who learn best through social and environmental interactions. That's why our specialized preschool programs provide opportunities for young children to learn through play, both individually and in large (or small) groups, stimulating each child's development in a natural, home-like setting.

Our hope is that our preschools will feel like home to you and your children, filled with nurturing love and care.


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Curriculum

Our approach to learning is based on the Creative Curriculum, which focuses on responding to children’s learning styles and building on their strengths and interests. Learning is a natural process occurring through self-directed experience, but optimized by a supportive environment as well as positive interaction with adults.

The teachers facilitate these interests by mindfully setting up learning centers in their environment with materials and experiences where children can investigate and make discoveries, while expressing them through art, dramatic play, and social interactions. Our teachers use observation and documentation of the children to research interests, make learning visible for parents, and assess the development of our children.

Participating Preschool Locations

  • Central Infant Preschool: Copley-Price Family YMCA - (619) 280-9622
  • Central Toddler Preschool: Copley-Price Family YMCA - (619) 280-9622
  • Copley-Price Preschool: Copley-Price Family YMCA - (619) 280-9622
  • Ecke Preschool: Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA - (760) 942-9622
  • Flora Vista Preschool: Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA - (760) 942-9622
  • Juarez Preschool: Toby Wells YMCA - (858) 496-9622
  • La Jolla Preschool: Dan McKinney Family YMCA - (858) 453-3483
  • Peninsula Preschool: Peninsula Family YMCA - (619) 226-8888
  • Toby Wells Preschool: Toby Wells YMCA - (858) 496-9622
  • Toler Preschool: Toby Wells YMCA - (858) 496-9622
  • Preschool at Vista Square Elementary: South Bay Family YMCA - (619) 421-9622

Need Help Paying for Preschool?

Thanks to our generous donors, the YMCA offers financial aid for our child care programs through our YMCA Scholarships.

Apply for a YMCA Scholarship today and see if you qualify.

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