Y Chipmunks Preschool

Sandy Mount United Methodist Church, 2101 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg, MD 21048

(p) 410-848-2772

Mon - Fri: 9:15am - 2:30pm (depending on the program)

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Cheryl Rosendahl


Welcome to the Y Chipmunks Preschool!

Hi . . .my name is Cheryl Rosendahl and I am the Director of the Y Chipmunks Preschool. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and have been in preschool education for over 20 years.

At the Y Chipmunks Preschool our philosophy is children learn through play in a warm, nurturing environment. The teachers and I work closely with families and other community resources to build relationships which create a strong foundation for school readiness.

Chipmunks has been educating preschool children in Carroll County for over 45 years. In fact, we are now teaching the children and the grandchildren of our wonderful alumni. The teachers have an average of eight plus years experience and are all certified in CPR and First Aid. They continue their education on a yearly basis, going far beyond licensing training requirements.

We offer a wide variety of experiences which include science, math, literature, fine arts, health, music, social/emotional growth, and field trips. We find that children learn best through hands-on, engaging activities. The teachers and I invite you to come visit us at our beautiful Carroll County location. Come be a part of our village!

Program Options

Part-day part-time care as follows:

  • Age 2 - M/W/F (9:15 am -12:15 pm)
  • Age 2 - T/Th (9:15 am - 12:15 pm)
  • Age 3 - M/W/F (9:15 am - 12:15 pm)
  • Age 3 - T/Th (9:15 am - 12:15 pm)
  • Age 3 & 4 - M/W/F (12:30 pm - 3:15 pm)
  • Age 4 - M/W/F (9:15 am - 2:30 pm)
  • Age 4 - M-F (9:15 am - 12:15 pm)

Preschool is a trusted program that has provided educational and developmental support to children and families for over 160 years. Our preschool program combines a safe and happy educational environment with a curriculum designed to stimulate intellectual, emotional, and physical growth. Our experienced teachers will provide the caring support and teach the critical skills needed for your child to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

The most important goal of our curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners. This means encouraging children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own thoughts. We’re teaching them how to learn and allowing them to learn at their own pace and in the ways that are best for them. We’re instilling good habits and attitudes, character development, and a positive sense of themselves, which will benefit them throughout their lives.

Our curriculum choices are based on developmentally appropriate practices; social, emotional, cognitive, language, and physical development domains; individual needs of students; and health and safety. With this in mind, the Y in Central Maryland has chosen to use the Creative Curriculum and Core Knowledge Preschool Curriculum at all of our Y Preschool programs. Both demonstrate best practices and are comprised of skills and activities that provide children with solid, coherent foundations for later learning.

Maryland State Public Schools currently use the Maryland Model for School Readiness (MMSR) Assessment to measure the school readiness level of upcoming kindergartners.

The Maryland State average for children fully ready to enter kindergarten is 82%.

The percentage of our Y preschool children fully ready for kindergarten is 97% (based on the Spring 2014 MMSR assessment).


  • 2018 - Maryland Excels Level 5 (highest accreditation level)
  • 2011 to Present - MSDE Accredited

The Y believes strongly that parent participation is a key ingredient in a quality preschool program. As such, the first step in the enrollment process is setting up a tour and meeting directly with the Preschool Director. During the tour, the director will provide you with the critical information you need to determine if we're the right fit for your child. You will visit the classrooms, meet the teachers, and learn about our daily routines, our curriculum, and our goals and expectations. It's the first step in establishing a strong partnership aimed at ensuring your child's success.

Schedule your tour today by contacting the Preschool Director, Cheryl Rosendahl, via phone (410-848-2772) or email.

Financial Assistance

As a charitable organization, the Y is committed to providing programs and services to all. We raise funds to provide financial assistance for eligible children and families who otherwise can not afford a Y experience. Financial assistance applications are available online, from the Preschool Director or the Y Business Office. The Y also accepts Department of Social Services (DSS) and Purchase of Care (POC) vouchers. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FORM

If Carroll County schools are closed, then Chipmunks will be closed for the day.

If Carroll County schools announce a delayed opening, then Chipmunks classes start at 10:15 am that day.

If Carroll County schools close early, there will be no afternoon classes.

Don’t just take our word for it...

We know we offer a great preschool program that exceeds all expectations, but don’t just take our word for it...here are a few comments from real parents about Y Preschool!

  • "I've shopped other learning facilities and by far have found that this program is superior in its curriculum and overall cost. I have three children that currently attend this program and they have developed some amazing social skills and more importantly, some new friends. It's been a pleasure to watch them grow and have their lives enriched in a capacity that I alone could not possibly give them." - Nikki Foley, Y Chipmunks Preschool Parent, March 2017
  • "My girls are developing educationally and socially due to the Y." - Y Chimpunks Preschool Parent, March 2017
  • "Caring and disciplined teaching staff, respect and learning are promoted...children have fun learning." - Y Chipmunks Preschool parent, March 2017
  • "YMCA Chipmunks preschool continues to exceed our families expectations. The staff is wonderful and our child LOVES to come. We feel very fortunate to have found the perfect preschool.." - Y Chipmunks Preschool Parent, March 2017