Child Care & Camps

Preschool

Program Description

Thank you for considering our Early Childhood Learning Centers for your child’s education! We understand that the first five years of a child’s life are incredibly important and we strive to provide a safe, nurturing environment that encourages learning and exploration. Our friendly staff are dedicated to making sure your child’s time with us is enjoyable and meaningful, and that each and every child feels supported and at home in our center. We look forward to having you and your family join us on this educational journey!

Both of our Early Childhood Learning Centers are licensed by the State of Washington's Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF). This ensures that our centers provide top-notch care and educational activities for our children. Our staff works hard to ensure that all state standards are met and that our centers are up to date on the latest early learning techniques and practices. We are proud to offer a safe and nurturing environment for children to learn and grow.

preschool teacher reading a book to children

Curriculum

Our program is based on the Y’s Creative Curriculum© and the Y’s core values. It is designed to be engaging and challenging, while still being tailored to the individual needs of each child. We foster a positive and secure environment where children can practice social skills and learn to work through conflicts constructively. We are confident your child will benefit greatly from the learning opportunities available in our program.

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • Arts

  • Technology

  • Healthy Habits

  • Social, Moral & Spiritual Development

preschool teacher and children doing crafts

Fees, Locations & Hours

Upon registration, families are required to pay an annual $50 non-refundable registration fee. After you have registered for the preschool, families pay a monthly flat rate. All payments must be paid in full by the 5th of the month. Like all Y programs, the Early Childhood Learning Center is open to everyone; we accept DSHS payments.

Full-Time Care

Ages 2.5 – 5
$1,050 per month

Rates include breakfast and two snacks.

Preschool Registration

Steps to Register

  1. Call our office at 509-374-1908 to check for availability.
  2. Schedule a tour and plan to bring your preschooler with you.
  3. Once you have all your questions answered and we have gotten to know your preschooler, enrollment takes place at the YMCA office.

What You Will Need to Register

  1. Insurance/Medical Cards
  2. Child(ren)’s physician, name and contact number
  3. Emergency contact information (other than parent/guardian)
  4. State Immunization Records (required) to have all filled out before you come to register. The State of Washington just published a new version of the Immunization Records form. As of July, 2011, all Immunization records from older forms will have to be transferred to the new form. Please download the newest version below.
  5. Names, addresses, phone numbers of persons authorized to pick up your child(ren) from child care site
  6. DSHS Families: Pre-authorization paper work is required at time of registration

* Call the YMCA office to find out program site provider number (required by DSHS)
* Work with DSHS to become authorized
* Contact the YMCA to confirm we’ve received your pre-authorization paperwork needed to register

KidKiosk

The State Of Washington has mandated that licensed childcare providers track attendance electronically. Our YMCA's school-age child care, preschool, and camp sites are now using KidKiosk to keep attendance for electronic sign-in/out. With KidKiosk, you will be able to sign your child in/out of the YMCA program. You will also be able to add/remove drop-off and pick-up authorizations through KidKiosk.

KidKiosk PIN

All authorized individuals will be issued a 4-digit PIN. This PIN is specifically linked to each person’s email. ALL authorized persons dropping off AND picking up will be responsible for using their own PIN and electronic signature to check a child IN and OUT. This PIN may not be shared.

KidKiosk Parent Portal

  • Only the primary parent/guardian’s email is authorized to log into KidKiosk’s Parent Portal using their email as the username and the 4-digit PIN as the password. To access the Parent Portal, go to KidKiosk.com then select the “Parent Tab” to log in.
  • The Parent Portal allows the parent to add/change check in and out authorizations. Any additional people that are needing to be authorized to check in/out a child will have to be added by the primary parent/guardian in KidKiosk.

For more assistance on navigating KidKiosk, please click here.

Parent/Guardian Roles

What does it mean to be the primary parent/guardian?

  • The primary parent/guardian will have access to WebTime and KidKiosk. Only the primary parent/guardian’s email will be used to log into and access these programs.
  • The primary and secondary parent/guardian will receive notification emails when another authorized person checks a child in and out.
  • If parents are co-parenting, we recommend using a primary email that both parents have access to. Please keep in mind that the secondary parent/guardian must have their own email to receive their own personalized PIN.

What does it mean to be the secondary parent/guardian?

  • The secondary parent/guardian will be able to access WebTime BUT ONLY if the primary parent share’s their account log in information.
  • The secondary parent/guardian will be added to KidKiosk and receive their personalized PIN via the email they provided during registration.
  • The secondary parent/guardian will receive notification emails when another authorized person checks a child in and out.

Financial Assistance/DSHS

  • If you cannot afford the full cost of a program, please ask for a confidential scholarship application. Financial assistance, to the extent possible, is available to those in need.
  • DSHS Subsidies: Full time DSHS subsidies are accepted. DSHS approval, completed camp registration packet, including Camp Attendance Agreement are required for registration and participation.
  • Financial Assistance Funding made possible by generous donations to the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities Annual Campaign and support by the United Way of Benton-Franklin Counties.
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Child Abuse Prevention

Ensuring children are safe from abuse and able to learn, grow and thrive is the highest priority of the YMCA. We are committed to creating programs that protect children from abuse, but we are also committed to providing our families and community with information to keep kids safe everywhere.

Reporting Suspected Abuse

Call Washington State's toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week hotline that will connect you directly to the appropriate local office to report suspected child abuse or neglect.