Steven & Alexandra Cohen Preschool Center

In a nurturing environment, with certified teachers, our preschool provides girls and boys a fun experience and prepares them for kindergarten. 
Registration is open for Academic Year 2018 - 2019

Goals and Objectives

The preschool is a world of learning, laughter and love for your children. We offer a beautiful, modern, spotless facility - in the heart of Greenwich - and a community of trained educators who care about your child's development and well-being.

Our goal is to make your child happy, confident, eager-to-learn and well-prepared for Kindergarten. Our objectives are to create activities based on your child’s individual needs and interests that provide a foundation for language and reading skills, as well as other academic pursuits.

  • Exceptional value: Six additional classes, at no extra cost, when your child attends 5-days-a-week.
  • Philosophy: Dedication to our students' growth and development as lifelong learners.
  • Diversity: Pride in our diverse, international student body.

Registration is open for Academic Year 2018 - 2019


*Days vary depending on your choice of program.  


Our 10-month preschool provides girls and boys a happy, nurturing place and prepares them for kindergarten. Unique features are an international student body, gymnastics, music, Spanish, swimming, yoga and extended day.  

For information, school tours and enrollment call Geri Smiles, Director of Childhood Education, at 203-869-6501, ext. 221 or send an email to


Our objectives

       To offer:

  • An atmosphere that builds confident and competent children.
  • Opportunities for children to engage with each other in a setting conducive to the development of wholesome social relationships.
  • Creative and enriching experiences that contribute to your child's maturation.
  • Support and encouragement for parent involvement within the school.

Exceptional value

We are the only area program that enriches children's learning experience with six additional classes at no extra cost when they attend five-days-a-week.

Two-year-olds receive music and basic gymnastics instruction.

Three, four and five-year-olds attending five-days-a-week receive extra instruction in:
< Basic Gymnastics: Balance beam, uneven bars, vault table and tumbling
> Music: Songs, rhythms, voice explorations and use of simple instruments
> Spanish: Simple phrases, words, colors and numbers
> Swimming: Water safety and basic swimming skills
Yoga: Mindfulness, breathing, stretching and balance
< Animal Embassy: Fosters appreciation and respect for the natural world and diversity of life on Earth 


 Philosophy: Lifelong learning

At YWCA Greenwich, we are dedicated to bringing out the lifelong learner in every child. We believe that children can acquire social, intellectual, emotional and physical skills in a setting where the process of learning is an adventure. Our experienced teachers encourage children to be independent, active, confident and creative explorers. Children are always allowed to progress in their own way and at their own pace.

Our focus is also on teaching students good habits and attitudes that lead to a positive sense of self.  In this way, children learn how to be “at home” with themselves, with preschool staff, within their families and with the world around them.

Diversity: A truly international school

It's important that young minds begin to understand and appreciate others in their classroom who look different and come from different cultures. Our students are from a variety of racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds representing not only the United States but 22 other countries around the world:

Argentina France                  Nepal
Australia Germany Norway
Brazil Greece  Portugal
Chile India The Netherlands
China Ireland Ukraine
Columbia Italy Venezuela
Dominican Republic Japan  
India Mexico  

Please note: YWCA membership is required for all preschool, after-school and camp programs. Please see the Membership section for more information on membership categories available.


Tuition discounts are available for YWCA Full Members.
Financial aid is available for income-eligible families.

YWCA preschool programs are licensed by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood and comply with regulatory standards for health and safety.