Shaping Enthusiastic Learners for Life

As a parent or guardian of a young child, you make decisions every day that shape your child’s path towards success. For decades, the Y has been a trusted leader in early childhood education, supporting children, parents, and families along their journey.

Y Preschool combines a safe and happy educational environment with an intentional, proven curriculum designed to stimulate intellectual, emotional, and social growth - all with a focus of preparing young children ages 6 weeks - 5 years for success in kindergarten and beyond. In fact, children enrolled in Y Preschool routinely assess above state averages across all academic measures when entering kindergarten!

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View our online brochure to learn more about our curriculum, view sample schedules and lesson plans, and explore all that Y Preschool has to offer, including: 

  • A nurturing environment, modern classrooms with the latest technology, private playgrounds, and more
  • A cutting-edge curriculum that promotes exploratory learning through play, art, music, STEM, and literacy activities
  • A quality education led by experienced teachers whose qualifications exceed Office of Child Care requirements
  • Meaningful interactions that promote school-readiness and social-emotional development at every age
  • New discoveries captured through electronic daily reports that include photos of your child's day and curriculum highlights
  • A safe environment with enhanced health procedures to keep children, parents and Y associates safe and healthy

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Open Enrollment Is Now

2024/2025 open enrollment for new families is going on now! Select the preschool location of your choice below to learn about program options, meet the director, and schedule a tour. You may also schedule a tour by filling out the form below.


Location Programs
Y Preschool in Towson
  • Ages 6 weeks-5 years
  • Full time infant care
  • Full time and part time preschool
The Betty Sterner Y Preschool in Catonsville
  • Ages 2-5
  • Half day pre-k
  • Full time and part time preschool
Y Preschool at UMBC
  • Ages 2-5
  • Full time and part time preschool
Sherman Early Childhood Center in Baltimore City
  • Ages 6 weeks -5 years
  • Full time infant care
  • Full time and part time preschool
Y Chipmunks Preschool in Finksburg
  • Ages 2-4
  • Half day program

Y Preschool is a licensed early childhood education program through the Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Child Care. All locations strictly adhere to the health and safety protocols recommended by the Maryland State Department of Health.



All families enrolled in Y Preschool receive a Y family membership as a part of their program enrollment - at no additional cost! Member benefits include unlimited access to all 11 Y family centers, Stay & Play for little ones while you use the Y, the best equipment and exercise classes, refreshing pools, sports, family game rooms, climbing walls, Parents' Night Out (i.e. free date nights), family events, volunteer opportunities, and much more!

Plus, your Y membership continues at no cost to you even during school holidays and the summer months for as long as your child is enrolled in Y Preschool.

Fill out the form below to schedule a tour and learn more about the Y Preschool center of your choice.