Our Early Childhood Center builds strong kids, strong families, and strong communities through our preschool program and comprehensive child care. Our robust curriculum and flexible schedules are structured to meet your family’s needs, and provide a safe space for your family to grow and play together.

The Greenpoint Y Early Childhood Center

Ages 2-5 years

About the Center

The Early Childhood Center at the Polish & Slavic Center focuses on the developmental needs of each child to foster intellectual, emotional, physical and social growth. Using play-based learning techniques, children can explore the environment as they experiment with hands-on activities. Learning takes place daily in science, math, literacy, dramatic play, art, and sensory centers.

Physical development is a significant component addressed through swim lessons (for those 3 and up), yoga, structured gym activities, free play, and trips to local parks. Children are encouraged to move throughout the day as they become more and more confident in their motor control.

Our dedicated staff is trained using the latest research in early childhood education which is applied in our daily lessons. The role of the teachers is to guide the children’s collaboration with peers and to provoke creative thinking.

Schedules & Tuition

Our Early Childhood Center program runs during the school year from September - June, Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM-5:30 PM. The program follows the Department of Education calendar.  

Due to COVID-19, our regular Early Childhood schedule, times and tuition have changed, please see the enrollment documents for the 2020-2021 school year for the most up-to-date information. To register or for more information, please contact Linda Leahy at lleahy@ymcanyc.org. 


3 & 4 year old

Number of Days Times Price/Month
5 Full Days n/a n/a
3 Full Days n/a n/a
2 Full Days n/a n/a


2 year old

Number of Days Times Price/Month
5 Full Days n/a n/a
5 School Days n/a n/a
3 Full Days n/a n/a
3 School Days n/a n/a
2 Full Days n/a n/a
2 School Days n/a n/a


Tuition is due on the 15th of the month prior to care. All payments made after the 15th are subject to a $25 late fee. There are no refunds or credits issued for missed days or holidays.


Enrollment Documents for the 2020-2021 School Year


*Rates subject to change.
**School year runs from September to June.
***Completed enrollment documents should be emailed to Linda Leahy, Early Childhood Director, at lleahy@ymcanyc.org or they can be dropped off at the Greenpoint Y branch between 8 am and 6 pm, Monday - Friday. 


The Greenpoint YMCA Early Childhood Center is located at the Polish & Slavic Center.

176 Java Street
2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Telephone: 212-912-2267


Before entering the program, an annual medical record must be completed with a doctor’s signature and stamp. Medical forms are valid for one year. Children must be fully potty-trained to qualify for enrollment.

Our Early Childhood program currently has a waitlist. To be placed on the waitlist, children must be eligible to enter our program by the following September. Parents or guardians may place a child on our waitlist between September and December. There is a $25 fee to place a child on the waitlist. The list expires each June, and each child’s name must be resubmitted to request a slot for the following school year. Applicants for the 2021-2022 school year will need to apply beginning August 10, 2020.

The $25 waitlist fee will be waived during the COVID-19 crisis.

Early Learning Separation Classes

Ages 1 year 11 months - 2 years 11 months
Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 AM-12 PM
Monthly sessions available September - June

Due to COVID-19, our Separation program is on hold, please check our social media channels for the most up-to-date information regarding the Y's reopening.

These classes are designed to prepare children for a school environment. These classes are separate from the Early Childhood Program for ages 2-4. Our curriculum is designed to promote the growth and development of the “whole child.” We believe in an active learning method curriculum in which teaching strives to involve students in the learning process more directly and where the motivation to learn is authentic. The program focuses on the social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development of each child as an individual and with a group. This program is intended to serve as a gateway to preschool. Our ultimate goal is that each child has a positive first school experience.

The Y offers three classes per week-Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 AM - 12 PM each day. Each session is one month. The program runs on the NYC Board of Education calendar. Drop off only.

Class Day Description
A Window into the Imagination Mondays  Literature, Reading & Puppetry
Explore the Arts Wednesdays Art, Music, Movement & Dance
Explore & Discover through Chemical Reaction & Interaction Fridays Cooking activities and Science Experiments


Classes take place at the Greenpoint YMCA, 99 Meserole Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222.

Family Member: Cost n/a for all 3 classes per month
Community: Cost n/a for all 3 classes per month

To register or for more information, please contact Linda Leahy at lleahy@ymcanyc.org.


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