Our Early Childhood Center builds strong kids, families, and communities through our comprehensive program. 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. 

Please note: The Early Childhood Center will be closed from Friday, December 23-Monday, January 2. School resumes on Tuesday, January 3.

Happy Holidays!


The West Side YMCA offers Department of Education programming for 3 and 4 year olds for Fall 2022. Interested families should apply through the DOE MySchools portal for 3K and UPK.

Families interested in Early Childhood programming for children 6 months through 2 years old should fill out this Prospective Family Form and return to Bridget Sieling at bsieling@ymcanyc.org. Spaces are very limited at this time!



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Please join West Side Y Early Childhood Center Educational Director, Carmen Alvarez, for a series of virtual parenting workshops for the community.

Carmen has two masters degrees in both Psychology and Childhood Education. Before joining West Side, she worked in school as a teacher and mental health consultant. Her mission is to be a champion of children by providing children and teachers with an arsenal of academic, social and emotional strategies that help children to be independent thinkers and to strive for success.

  • Wed. Sept. 28, 6:00PM-8:00PM --Adjusting to School
  • Wed, Nov. 9, 6:15PM-7:15PM--Parenting 101
  • Wed, Feb. 8, 6:00PM-8:00PM--Sleep/Toileting
  • Wed, April 26, 6:00PM-8:00PM--Behavior Management

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 839 2719 9857
Passcode: NhGen4

Questions? Please email Carmen at calvarez@ymcanyc.org.

Universal Pre-K

About the Program

The West Side YMCA presents NYC’s free Universal Pre-Kindergarten, 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

We have spots still available in our UPK Class as well as our Three's Class!  Interested families should fill out this Prospective Family Form and return to Bridget Sieling at bsieling@ymcanyc.org.

Please contact us for more information about Early Childhood enrollment for children 6 months to 3 years old.

Early Childhood Center

About our Early Childhood Center

Our Early Childhood Center is a comprehensive child care program for children 1 year to 4 years of age. For children ages 1-3, our school is offered through a fee-based program. For children 4 years of age, our school will be offered through UPK. Designed to provide a flexible schedule for working parents, our Early Childhood Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 5:30PM.

Philosophy, Curriculum, and Schedules

Our Early Childhood Center is committed to providing a safe, supportive learning environment for young children. Teachers create a warm and loving atmosphere while offering a developmentally based, engaging curriculum, where children can play, discover and learn. The development of independence, trust and initiative is fostered through a balanced program of free play and structure, quiet and active play, and group and individual time. Learning centers in each room include science, dramatic play, block building, library, art, music and manipulative materials.  Our age-based program incorporates science, music, movement, and art in its foundation.

Our Schedule

  • Fee-Based (Ages 1-3 years): 8:30am-5:30pm
  • UPK (Age 4 years): 8:30am-3:00pm
  • Optional Extended Day: Monday through Friday from 3:00pm to 5:30pm
Faculty and Staff

Our school is located within the West Side YMCA—an architectural treasure and landmark building. The school has well-equipped classrooms, with child-sized toilets and sinks in the classrooms. Our Early Childhood Center wing includes a library, indoor play spaces and a full-sized gymnasium. Children and parents enjoy recreational and educational opportunities throughout the YMCA. Each class is staffed with at least two teachers, and many of the faculty members hold advanced degrees in Early Childhood Education or in a related field. 


Meet our Teachers


Elizabeth Eleutice
One’s Lead Teacher


Katarina Nieves
Assistant Teacher



Jeanette Bryant
One’s Class Teacher


Sequana Bryant
Infant Lead Teacher


Kimone Stuart Brown
Infant Class Teacher


Merle Watson
Infant Class Teacher


Sara Almarayha
Infant Class Teacher


Jasmine Molette
Two's Lead Teacher


Raseem Caines
Two’s Class Teacher


Alex Sebai
Two's Class Teacher


Francine Thomas
3K Lead Teacher


Yomyrah Mena
3K Class Teacher

Maria Elena

Maria Elena Blair
Two's Lead Teacher


Leslie Paez
Assistant Teacher


Megs Campbell
Assistant Teacher


Kimberly Cornieles
Two’s Class Teacher


Anna Fosselman
UPK1 Lead Teacher

Jen G

Jennifer Gonzales
Two’s Class Teacher


Jerelin Olavarria
3K Class Teacher



Tinysia Lawrence Clarence
Assistant Teacher


Justine Bishop
Assistant Teacher


Milady Torres
Assistant Teacher


Yovaneska Aquino
UPK Class Teacher


Tamara Stitt
UPK2’s Class Teacher


Astry Wells
UPK2’s Class Teacher


Erin Gilmore
Assistant Teacher


Starr Griffin
UPK2/Afterschool Class Teacher


Meet our Staff


Misha Paskar
Director of Early Childhood


Bridget Sieling
Early Childhood Coordinator


Carmen Alvarez
Educational Director



Early Childhood Admissions and Tuition


2022-2023 Early Childhood INFANT Monthly Rates

Program Based on Age
September 2022

8:30 AM-5:30 PM

8:30 AM-5:30 PM

5 Days a Week
8:30 AM-5:30 PM

Infant School Day
(6-11 Months)





2022-2023 Early Childhood Monthly Rates

Program Based on Age
September 2022

5 Days a Week
8:30 AM-5:30 PM

Toddlers (12-24 months)


Two’s and Three’s School Day


Financial assistance is available. 

Fall 2022 Early Childhood enrollment for children 6 months to 3 years old will begin in February 2022. Please contact Bridget Sieling for more information!

Registration & Tours



Interested families should fill out this Prospective Family Form and return to Bridget Sieling at bsieling@ymcanyc.org


Interested families should contact Bridget Sieling at bsieling@ymcanyc.org for information regarding enrollment or program inquiries and to schedule a tour mpaskar@ymcanyc.orgour school. 


COVID Protocols & Best Practices



We are continuing to take considerable steps to ensure the health and safety of all children and families in our care. All guidelines, best practices, and steps put into place stem from mandates and recommendations by New York State, New York City, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, and the YMCA of Greater New York.

2022-2023 School Calendar


Thursday, September 1st

ZOOM Parent Orientation:

Wednesday, September 7th

ZOOM Parent Orientation:

Monday, September 12th

Scheduled Classroom visits

Tuesday, September 13th

First Day for All Students

Tuesday, September 27th &
Wednesday, September 28th

3:00pm – 4:30pm ZOOM Parent Teacher Conferences: 3k/4K

Tuesday, September 27th &
Wednesday, September 28th

7:30am -10:30am ZOOM Parent Teacher Conferences: Infant-2’s

Wednesday, September 28th

Family Workshop – Adjusting to School with Carmen Alvarez

6:00pm-8:00pm Hybrid ZOOM

Monday, October 10th

PROGRAM CLOSED – Indigenous Peoples Day/Columbus Day

Saturday, October 29th


Tuesday, November 8th

Picture Day

Wednesday, November 9th

Family Workshop - Parenting 101 with Carmen Alvarez:

6:00pm-8:00pm Hybrid ZOOM

Friday, November 11th

PROGRAM CLOSED – Veteran’s Day - Professional Development

Wednesday, November 23rd

Early Dismissal-3:00p.m. for all children - Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, November 24th – Friday, November 25th

PROGRAM CLOSED – Thanksgiving Holiday

December 7th 

Early Dismissal – 1pm Parent/Teacher Conferences (afterschool teachers will provide childcare)

Friday, December 16th

Early Childhood Holiday Festival

Friday, December 23rd -Monday, January 2nd  

PROGRAM CLOSED – Winter Recess

Tuesday, January 3rd

Program Resumes

Monday, January 16th

PROGRAM CLOSED – Martin Luther King’s Jr. Birthday

Tuesday, January 17th

PROGRAM CLOSEDProfessional Development

Wednesday, February 8th

Family Workshop – Sleep/Toileting with Carmen Alvarez

6:00pm-8:00pm Hybrid ZOOM

Monday, February 20th

PROGRAM CLOSED – Presidents’ Day

Tuesday February 21-March 3rd

Black Excellence Exhibit

Friday, March 17th

PROGRAM CLOSEDProfessional Development

Thursday, March 30th

Early Dismissal – 1pm Parent/Teacher Conferences (afterschool teachers will provide child care)

Friday, April 7th


Monday, April 10th- Friday, April 14th

PROGRAM CLOSED – Spring Recess

Wednesday, April 26th

Family Workshop – Behavior Management with Carmen Alvarez: 6:00pm-8:00pm Hybrid ZOOM

Friday, May 12th

Early Childhood Spring Picnic

Friday, May 26th

PROGRAM CLOSEDProfessional Development

Monday, May 29th


Week of June 5th

Written Progress Reports Delivered Via Email to Families – 3K/UPK

Monday, June 19th


Wednesday, June 21st

3K Graduation

Thursday, June 22nd

All UPK graduation

Friday, June 23rd

Last day for 3K and UPK with camp option July and August

EC Fee-Based resumes as regularly scheduled

Week of June 26th

Written Progress Reports Delivered Via Email to Families –fee based

 Tuesday, July 4th

PROGRAM CLOSED – In Observance of Independence Day

Wednesday, July 5th

Kinder Camp begins

Week of July 24th

ZOOM Parent Teacher Conferences (fee-based students only)

Tuesday, August 16th

End of Year Celebration – Infants and 1’s

Wednesday, August 17th

End of Year Celebration- 2’s (all groups)

Friday, August 25th

LAST DAY OF PROGRAM - Early Dismissal-3PM for all children

Monday, August 28th– Friday, September 8th

PROGRAM CLOSED – Staff Professional Development & Clean-Up

Community News

The West side Y Early Childhood Center presents

Black Excellence Exhibit
February 28-March 4, 2022

Please join us for our very special exhibit celebrating Black Excellence featuring artwork by the children in our Early Childhood program. The exhibit is open to members and participants during normal business hours.

ECH Families are invited to the Exhibit Opening on Monday, February 28th at 8:30 AM-- stop by for some coffee and grab ‘n’ go snack.



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