Preschool Programs

Our Philosophy

YMCA child care programs stress care and safety. They nurture children’s natural desire to learn by providing ample opportunities to explore.This is accomplished through developmentally appropriate activities.The scheduling, pacing and rhythm of these activities will be consistent with the recognized principles of early childhood education, which state that each child develops at his or her own rate.

We believe that the child care center should be an extension of the home and should in no way attempt to be a substitute for, or in competition with the home. The cooperative experience will set the stage between the child’s education and interest and the family involvement.

Fees listed are for September 2016-August 2017. Fees for the 2017-18 year are available by calling the YMCA.

Bear Den

12 to 18 months of age at time of registration.

Doodlebugs

19 to 29 months of age at time of registration.

Time: 6:30 am-6 pm, all day program (M-F)

A balance of planned and free choice experiences fill their day.  Daily activities may include play time, art, story time, development of gross/fine motor skills, finger plays and songs, baby sign language, outdoor excursions, naps, and an abundance of hugs from staff.  Learning through experience is the main focus in the Bear Den and Doodlebug classrooms.

Monthly Fee: Members $648

 

Lollipops

2 ½ to 3 years of age at time of registration.

Time: 6:30 am-6 pm, all day program (M-F)

Children in this program will continue to develop their gross/fine motor skills.  Activities may include cooperative play, story time, art, music and movement and indoor/outdoor play.  In this class, an introduction to water play is designed to develop and improve their confidence and skills in our family pool.

Monthly Fee: Members $648

 

Berry Patch

3 to 3 ½ years of age at time of registration.

Noah's Ark

3½ to 4 years of age at time of registration.

Time: 6:30 am-6 pm, all day program (M-F)

These programs promote a developmentally appropriate practice approach to learning. Daily activities may include cooperative play, art and story time.  Swimming lessons and gross motor skills that include music and movement are also part of the curriculum.  Outdoor play and spontaneous outdoor excursions are incorporated in the day when weather permits.

Monthly Fee: Members $539

 

Movers and Shakers

Over 4 years of age at time of registration.

Time: 6:30 am-6 pm, all day program (M-F)

Our full-day pre-kindergarten classroom focuses on the skills children need prior to entering kindergarten.  The curriculum will prepare them academically, socially and physically.  Some of the activities may include writing skills, shape identification, various counting activities, fine and gross motor skills, science and many hands on experiences.  Swimming lessons and music and movement are also included.

Monthly Fee: Members $539

 

Zoo Crew AM (Mon-Fri 8 am-12 pm)

3-4 years of age at time of registration.

This half day preschool program engages children in a wide variety of activities that prepares them academically, socially, and physically. Swimming lessons, music and movement, and special projects are included in the program. Zoo Crew runs September-May..

Monthly Fee: Members $230

Zoo Crew PM (Mon-Fri 12:30-4:30 pm)

4-5 years of age at time of registration.

This half day preschool program engages children in a wide variety of activities that prepares them academically, socially, and physically for kindergarten. Some of the activities may include writing skills, shape identification, various counting activities, fine and gross motor skills, science, and many hands-on experiences. Swimming lessons, music and movement, field trips, and special projects are included in the program. Zoo Crew runs September-May.

Monthly Fee: Members $230

 

Jump Start Child Development Center

The YMCA Jump Start Child Care Program is a full service center for teen parents and their children. We provide a safe, caring and positive environement for children 6-weeks to 2-years old.

This program is for children whose parents are currently enrolled and attending classes through the Rapid City School District. Please contact Dennise at 605.394.6937 for further information.

 

Registration Requirements

Please provide the following at the time of registration:

  • Up-to-date immunization records
  • Child Information Sheet
  • A non-refundable registration fee of $35.00

Enrollment is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All sites have a maximum capacity. All registration will be done at the YMCA.  Monthly rates are available for those who do not have a Y membership.  Contact the Child Development Center, 605.718.5437, for additional information.