Helping Children Become 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 provides a quality early childhood education through a fun learning environment, collaborative classrooms, and a cutting-edge curriculum designed to help young children ages 6 weeks -5 years prepare to enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed. In fact, children enrolled in Y Preschool routinely assess above state averages across all academic measures when entering kindergarten!

Y Preschool children and parents can look forward to:

  • A safe environment with enhanced health procedures to keep children, parents and Y associates safe and healthy.
  • A nurturing environment, modern classrooms with the latest technology, private playgrounds, and more
  • An exciting new curriculum that promotes exploratory learning through play, art, music, and age-appropriate 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

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

View Online Brochure


Membership is the unifying hub of Y community life. All families enrolled in Y Preschool receive a Y family membership as a part of their program enrollment. This membership benefit is annually worth over $1,200 per family but more importantly, it expands the value of your family's engagement with the Y!

Your Y family membership includes:

  • Unlimited access to all 11 Y family centers in Central Maryland
  • Free Stay & Play for your little ones while you use the Y
  • Group exercise classes
  • Exclusive enrollment in skill building youth sports classes
  • Use of our lap and family fun pools
  • Brand-new exercise equipment
  • Use of gymnasiums, family game rooms and rock walls
  • A wide range of family programming (like Parents' Night Out- free date nights!)
  • Opportunities to volunteer in your community
  • And so much more!

Plus, your  Y membership continues at no cost to you even during school holidays and the summer months, provided you re-enroll in the next year’s Y Preschool program by a specified date.


Location Programs
Y Preschool in Towson
  • Ages 6 weeks-5 
  • Flexible options for full-time and part-time
The Betty Sterner Y Preschool in Catonsville
  • Ages 2-5
  • Half-day Pre-K
  • Flexible options for full-time and part-time
Y Preschool at UMBC
  • Ages 2-5
  • Flexible options for full-time and part-time
Sherman Early Childhood Center in Baltimore City
  • Ages 6 weeks -5
  • Flexible options for full-time and part-time
Y Chipmunks Preschool in Finksburg
  • Ages 2-4
  • Half-day

Y Preschool is a licensed early childhood education program through the Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Child Care.

To protect the health and safety of all children, parents and Y associates, all Y Preschools are strictly adhering to all health and safety protocols recommended by the Maryland State Department of Health.


Now Enrolling!

Select the preschool location of your choice below to learn about program offerings, meet the director, and to schedule a tour. You may also schedule a tour by filling out the form below.

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