Preparing Children for Kindergarten and Beyond

A child’s transition into kindergarten is a critical time in his or her education. The Y has been serving young children and families for generations to help ensure their success in kindergarten and beyond.

The Y is proud to offer our new MSDE-Certified Pre-K Classroom! 

We're enrolling NOW at no cost to parents. Register today!


Little girl sitting at art table smiling at cameraOur MSDE-Certified Pre-K program is intentionally focused on developing school readiness skills.

Your child's skills will be fostered through individualized learning experiences using an evidence-based curriculum that promotes exploratory learning through literacy, art, music, age-appropriate STEM activities, and more. Your child will engage in meaningful interactions that promote social-emotional development as they have fun discovering all the new things they can do!


The program features:

  • Daily morning and afternoon learning sessions, Monday - Friday 
  • Curriculum-based learning focused on school readiness
  • Daily opportunities to engage in high quality, educational activities led by an MSDE-certified teacher
  • Nutritionally-balanced breakfast, lunch, and snacks offered daily
  • Maryland EXCELS quality rating of Level 4 or higher (highest level is 5)
  • Weekly family check-ins
  • Family engagement opportunities and support services to strengthen the family unit and contribute to healthy childhood development



The Betty Sterner Y Preschool in Catonsville (Baltimore County)
850 South Rolling Road
Catonsville, MD 21228

The Y Preschool in Riverside (Harford County)
1200 Creamery Lane
Belcamp, MD 21017
The MSDE-Certified Pre-K program will initially operate as a virtual classroom due to the current health risk.

This program is available to income-eligible families with priority given to children who have turned age 4 by September 1, 2020. Younger 4-year-olds and older 3-year-olds may also be accepted.

To find out if you're eligible and to register today!
Submit the interest form below to get started.


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