YWCA Greenwich Preschool is set on a lovely 6.5 acre site in central Greenwich. Annually renovated to meet upgraded standards, it contains large classrooms and areas for childhood learning. Rooms are specifially designed to facilitate development at each age and state. It is a safe, happy and clean environment that permits childrent to learn at their own pace.
Girls and Boys 15 Months – 3 Years
A nurturing experience where children learn to separate, build early socialization skills and advance through play, discovery, exploration, and observation. The process is unhurried and encourages emotional and physical development.
Learning and activity modules include:
- Music, Songs, Stories
- STEAM activities
- Finger Plays
- Art Experiences
- Small and Large Motor Skill Coordination
- Indoor and Outdoor Play
Girls and Boys 3 - 5 years
Creative preschool at its best in an atmosphere rich in experiences, concepts, and ideas. The focus is on a developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities that encourage the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of the child. Teaching methods encourage intellectual growth and creative expression. The result is a child who is fully prepared for kindergarten, and beyond.
Our curriculum and activities include:
- Literacy: encourages verbal communication skills and recognition of letters
- Hands-on Science: forms a foundation for intellectual development, including STEAM experimentation
- Art: encourages individual creative thoughts and expressions
- Hands-on Math: introduces experiences associated with numerical concepts
- Manipulatives: develops concentration, fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination
- Music: develops an awareness of one’s body through movement and rhythmic activities and explores the use of voice and musical instruments
- Foreign Language: an introduction to Spanish through stories, wordplay, and songs
- Swimming and Gymnastics Instruction: teaches social skills and builds physical strength
- Yoga: improves focus and concentrations skills, while reducing barriers to learning
- Stamford Nature Center: fosters appreciation and respect for the natural world and diversity of life on earth
Girls and Boys 3 - 5 years
A full-day (7:30 am - 6:00 pm), 5-day-per-week, 49-week program that offers the same curriculum as Tinker Tots. This program is ideal for working parents.
Child Development & Learning
The two most important elements of the preschool curriculum are helping children get along well with others and preparing them to become enthusiastic learners.
Our teachers are dedicated to helping children learn important fundamental concepts and enabling them to teach themselves throughout their lives.
The curriculum accomplishes this by creating purposeful and productive play experiences throughout the day. In addition, children learn the skills necessary to socialize in a group of peers, or develop individual friendships, without the presence of a parent.
Areas of development
Our curriculum identifies four areas of development:
- Social/emotional: To develop independence, self-confidence and self-control, as well as the ability to follow rules and routines, make friends and learn what it means to be part of a group.
- Physical: To increase overall coordination including large muscle (or "gross motor") skills - balancing, running, throwing and catching - and use of small muscles (or "fine motor" skills) in the hands to do tasks such as buttoning, stringing beads, cutting, drawing and writing.
- Cognitive: To acquire thinking skills (asking questions, logical thinking) that enable successful problem solving, with classroom activities that include sorting, classifying, comparing, counting and making patterns.
- Language: To use words to communicate with others, listen to and participate in conversations, and to understand the purpose of print, through recognition of letters and words, so students can begin writing for a variety of purposes.
- Social skills - Meeting new friends and sharing cooperatively. Participation in a group activity.
- Eye-hand coordination - Playing with manipulatives (pegs, puzzles, lacing).
- Pre-reading skills - Looking at books and retelling a story. Making experience charts. Drawing a picture.
- Pre-math skills - Listening to music and singing. Looking at a daily calendar. Understanding number concepts.
- Skills of negotiation - Sharing, following directions, playing together, taking turns.
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 Family 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.