Our programs are for children twelve months through five years of age and provide children with classroom experiences that best meet their developmental needs.

Philosophy and Curriculum

Our program is committed to providing a safe, supportive living and learning environment for young children. Teachers create a warm and loving atmosphere using a developmentally appropriate, engaging curriculum, where children can play, discover and learn.

Social development is at the core of our program. We want our children to feel they are liked, respected, and an integral part of life in the classroom. We provide a close-knit community of teachers, children, and families. Each child develops a strong sense of community and belonging.


We take great pride in providing experienced and caring teachers in our program. Our Infant/Toddler Classroom is equipped with one headteacher and three assistant teachers; the Two’s Classroom with one headteacher and two assistant teachers; the Pre-K class with one headteacher and one assistant teacher. The program also offers music, gym, and arts and crafts.


The Vanderbilt Y’s program has four spacious, well-equipped classrooms, as well as pediatric toilets, indoor and outdoor play spaces.


Financial assistance is available for all programs.

Informational Sessions

The Vanderbilt YMCA offers informational sessions and tours of the Early Childhood Program upon request only. 

Wait List and Open Registration

Please see the membership desk to join our waitlist for a $25 fee.

Admission & Tuition

To register for universal Pre-K  and 3k, please contact Ashley Pellerano at apellerano@ymcanyc.org.

Universal Pre-K and 3K

About the Program

The Vanderbilt YMCA presents NYC’s free Universal Pre-Kindergarten and 3K, a quality program five days a week! Children will be in contact 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.

How to Apply

Registration is now open! 

Contact us by e-mail or phone, or this online form register. To register online for Vanderbilt YMCA's Pre-K program as your first choice, enter code 02MBMK. You can also stop by our offices at 224 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017 in Manhattan, and pick up a paper application. 

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

For more information, please contact Ashley Pellerano at apellerano@ymcanyc.org


Extended Day

The Vanderbilt YMCA Early Childhood Program and 3k now offer an extended PM option to allow parents the flexibility they need. Extended PM hours are from 3 - 6 pm for a monthly cost of $510.

Early Childhood

Early Childhood Program

Our Early Childhood Program is designed to provide flexible child care for working parents. Our schedule is Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM. The children in the Early Childhood Program are divided into a Toddler Classroom (12 months-21 months) and Twos Classroom. These groups provide children with a classroom experience that best meets their developmental needs.

Annual tuition is payable in 10 monthly installments. Youth memberships are included with your registration. 

For more information, please contact Ashley Pellerano at apellerano@ymcanyc.org

Early Childhood Admissions and Tuition


Program Based on Age

Sept. 13TH  2021

Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-5:30 PM

Monthly Rate

Toddlers (12-21 months)




Financial assistance is available. 


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