Our Early Childhood Center builds strong kids, families, and communities through our Universal Pre-K programs for 3 and 4-year-olds. Our robust curriculum and flexible after school schedules are structured to meet your family’s needs and provide a safe space for your family to grow and play together.

The YMCA believes that a quality program should provide enriching experiences which facilitate a child’s cognitive, social, physical, and emotional growth. We strive to meet the developmental needs and temperament of each individual child by working in partnership with families.

YMCA Early Childhood Development programs, licensed by the New York City Department of Health, provide a nurturing environment where children’s natural curiosity is a springboard to learning skills that are necessary for success in school. Children learn how to share, take turns and work in groups.

They also develop age-appropriate skills that form the foundation for reading, writing, and mathematics. Imaginative play, art projects, and hands-on experience will spark your child’s imagination and encourage lifelong, positive values.

For additional information, or to arrange a tour, call Bonnie Schiuma, Early Childhood Director, at 718-227-3200 or bschiuma@ymcanyc.org.

Universal Pre-K for 3 and 4 year olds

About the Program


The Staten Island South Shore YMCA offers NYC’s free full-day PRE-K 3 and PRE-K FOR ALL, a quality program five days a week that is open to Y members and the community. 

We focus on developing children by providing a safe, nurturing environment where they are intellectually, socially, and physically stimulated while participating in fun activities. Children will be engaged with highly qualified, certified teachers and personnel. Our curriculum places a high priority on creating an environment in the classroom that encourages children to experiment, explore and pursue their own interests.


Contact us by e-mail or phone.  You can also stop by our offices at 3939 Richmond Ave #5110, Staten Island, NY 10312, and pick up a paper application. 

To register online for South Shore YMCA's Pre-K program as your first choice, enter code RAGG South Shore YMCA.

For more information, please contact Bonnie Schiuma at bschiuma@ymcanyc.org.

*Children must be 4 years old by December of the current school year in order to participate. Limited space is available. 

Our Team & Facility

For additional information, or to arrange a tour, contact Bonnie Schiuma, Early Childhood Director, at 718-227-3200 or bschiuma@ymcanyc.org.

Preschool Prep Programs

Let's Get Ready

Ages 18-30 months

This social class gives you and your child special time together to nurture his/her social development. Your child will become familiar with the classroom atmosphere and be better prepared to eventually attend classes independently. Caregiver participation required.


Now We Are Ready

Ages 2-3 years

This class is designed to encourage your child’s curiosity, as well as develop intellectual, emotional and social skills. The goal is to develop independence and ease first time separation.


Pre-School Prep

Ages 2-3 years

Pre-School Prep gives us the opportunity to set the stage for a child’s success in school and life. This is a content-rich program that supports active learning and promotes children’s progress in developmental areas and reinforces social skills. 2 or three times per week options are available. 


My Little Academy

Age 3 years

For children who have achieved independence in our socialization program, we offer this creative curriculum. This class will build upon the social skills for children with an academic component. Children need not be potty-trained to be in this program. This class will have enriched activities with hands-on learning.



Ages 2.5-3.5 years

An independent program in a classroom setting which facilitates language development and social skills through play. This class includes self-expression through art, structured group activities, games, circle time and snack time. The objective of Playgroup is for us to help your child learn the skills to succeed in a school environment.



We're here for you. Contact our early childhood team today!