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Research shows that a whole-child approach to education—one where children have opportunities to develop not only math and literacy skills but also social–emotional, physical, and cognitive skills—is developmentally appropriate and better prepares children for life well beyond their time in a classroom. At the YMCA, The Creative Curriculum has been carefully selected to provide a comprehensive and research-based curriculum that features exploration and discovery as a way of learning. Our trained staff focus on teaching the responsive care, routines and experiences that are essential for this age group. Self-help skills, including toilet training, are highly individual and complex. YMCA staff will work closely with parents through this experience. Financial assistance is available through the YMCA and other subsidies.

The YMCA Children’s Academy works to increase your child’s kindergarten readiness while promoting social-emotional development in an inclusive environment. Toddler and preschool programs are one step on the pathway to your child’s educational success.

* Source: The Creative Curriculum

YMCA Children’s Academy Toddler and Preschool is currently offered at the locations listed on this page.

Toddler – 18 months to 35 months

Toddlers are busy and learning at a very fast pace. Our comprehensive Creative Curriculum focuses on responsive care and the routines and experiences that are essential for this age group. Self-help skills, including toilet training, are highly individual and complex. YMCA staff will work closely with parents through this experience.

Preschool – 36 months to 5 years

The Creative Curriculum for preschool is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that teaches children to be creative, confident thinkers through hands-on experiences. The ten content areas are social-emotional, language, physical, cognitive, literacy, mathematics, science and technology, social studies, the arts and English language acquisition.

School Age Program – 5 to 12 years

The YMCA is offering school-age programming for parents who need a curriculum-based program for their children to attend each week while they are going to go to work during the summer. Locations offering this program: Houston Community College, Huntsville, Lonestar College at University Park, Texas Medical Center, and W.D. Ley. Registration links can be found in the location information below.

YMCA Children’s Academy Toddler & Preschool are currently offered at the following locations.

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YMCA Children’s Academy at
KIPP – Connect

A 4 Star Program with Texas Rising Star

  • 6700 Bellaire, Houston, TX 77074
  • childrensacademy@ymcahouston.org
  • Monday-Thursday: 6:45 am – 5:00 pm
    Friday: 6:45 am – 4:30 pm

Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years.
Food: Children will need to bring lunch and snack with them to the program.

YMCA Children’s Academy at
KIPP – East End

A 4 Star Program with Texas Rising Star

  • 5402 Lawndale Street, Houston, TX 77023
  • childrensacademy@ymcahouston.org
  • Monday-Thursday: 6:45 am – 5:00 pm
    Friday: 6:45 am – 4:30 pm

Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years.
Food: Children will need to bring lunch and snack with them to the program.

YMCA Children’s Academy at
KIPP – Northeast

A 4 Star Program with Texas Rising Star

  • 9616 Mesa Drive, Houston, TX 77078
  • childrensacademy@ymcahouston.org
  • Monday-Thursday: 6:45 am – 5:00 pm
    Friday: 6:45 am – 4:30 pm

Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years.
Food:
Children will need to bring lunch and snack with them to the program.

YMCA Children’s Academy at
KIPP – Unity

A 4 Star Program with Texas Rising Star

  • 8500 South Texas 6, Houston, TX 77083
  • childrensacademy@ymcahouston.org
  • Monday-Thursday: 6:45 am – 5:00 pm
    Friday: 6:45 am – 4:30 pm

Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years.
Food:
Children will need to bring lunch and snack with them to the program.

YMCA Children’s Academy at
KIPP – Southwest

A 4 Star Program with Texas Rising Star

  • 8500 South Texas 6, Houston, TX 77083

  • childrensacademy@ymcahouston.org
  • Monday-Thursday: 6:45 am – 5:00 pm
    Friday: 6:45 am – 4:30 pm

Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years.
Food:
Children will need to bring lunch and snack with them to the program.

YMCA Children’s Academy at
Houston Community College

A 4 Star Program with Texas Rising Star

  • 3214 Austin Street, Houston, TX 77008
  • 713-718-5437

  • 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years. Summer camp for school age children.
Director:
Erica Miles
Food:
Breakfast, lunch and snack provided by the Houston Food Bank.

Located on the campus of Houston Community College Central Campus, the YMCA collaborates with the HCC Education Department and Nursing Program. The program is proud to be a location that welcomes college students who need observation hours and internship hours. Early Childhood and Nursing students have the opportunity to come to the Academy as part of their class requirement. The collaboration with HCC and YMCA allows Early Childhood and nursing students the opportunity to use child development practices in the classroom setting.

Huntsville Family YMCA

A 4 Star Program with Texas Rising Star

  • 2906 Old Houston Road, Huntsville, TX 77340
  • 936-295-8009
  • 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years. Summer camp for school age children.
Director:
Delisa Carver
Food:
Breakfast and lunch provided by the Houston Food Bank

Music therapy is offered in the fall semester and spanish lessons are provided. Both programs are for preschool aged children.

YMCA Children’s Academy at University Park

A 4 Star Program with Texas Rising Star

  • 11144 Compaq Center West Drive, Houston, TX 77070
  • 281-257-6600
  • 6:30 am – 6:30 pm

Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years. Summer and holiday camp for school age children. Toddler program is offered 2 days a week as well as 5 days a week.
Director:
Amy McMeekin
Food:
Breakfast, lunch and snack provided by Houston Food Bank

Located on the campus of Lonestar College at University Park, our Children’s Academy provides a block rate for full time students of Lonestar College. Full time and part time rates are available for full time students. Offering school-age programming for parents who need a curriculum-based program for their children to attend each week while they are going to go to work during the summer.

YMCA Children’s Academy at Avenue Center

A 4 Star Program with Texas Rising Star
A College Bound from Birth program site

  • 3517 Irvington, Houston, TX 77009
  • 713-692-3457
  • 6:30 am – 6:00 pm

Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years.
Director:
Angela Garza
Food:
Breakfast and lunch provided by the Houston Food Bank.

YMCA Children’s Academy at Texas Medical Center

A 4 Star Program with Texas Rising Star
A College Bound from Birth program site

  • 5614 H. Mark Crosswell Jr. Street, Houston, TX 77021
  • 713-747-2173
  • 6:00 am – 6:30 pm

Ages: 6 weeks – 5 years. Summer and holiday camp for school age children.
Director:
Elizabeth Beltran
Food:
Lunch and snack provided

Wendel D. Ley Family YMCA

A 3 Star Program with Texas Rising Star

  • 15055 Wallisville Road, Houston, TX 77049
  • 281-458-7777
  • 6:30 am – 6:30 pm

Ages: 12 months to 5 years. Summer and holiday camp for school age children.
Director:
Rebecca Quiroz-Silva
Food:
Parent provides lunch and center provides snack. Breakfast and lunch provided by the Houston Food Bank.

YMCA Children’s Academy at Wisdom High School

A 4 Star Program with Texas Rising Star
United Way Bright Beginning Program

  • 6529 Beverlyhill Street, Houston, TX 77057
  • 713-787-1700 (school office)
  • 7:15 am – 5:30 pm

Ages: 6 weeks to 3 years.
Director:
Areial Vazquez
Food:
Parent provides meals and snacks

Located on the campus of Wisdom High School, this program is for high school students who desire to complete their high school education. Faculty and staff of Wisdom and nearby HISD schools are also eligible to attend this program. This program follows the HISD academic calendar and will resume when HISD reopens on campus classes.

The Woodlands Family YMCA at Shadowbend

A 4 Star Program with Texas Rising Star

  • 6145 Shadowbend Place, The Woodlands, TX 77381
  • 281-681-6716
  • 6:30 am – 6:30 pm

Ages: 12 months to 5 years. Summer and holiday camp for school age children.
Director:
Michelle Zymowski
Food:
Breakfast, lunch and snack provided by Houston Food Bank

Swim Lessons and Tiny Tots offered for an additional fee. Spanish lessons are included in programming for Pre-K 1 and Pre-K 2 programs.

General Information:

For policy and payment information and answers to wide-range of frequently asked questions, please review our Early Childhood Development Parent Handbook.

To begin the registration process:

  • You must be a YMCA impact member or facility member to register your child for early care.
  • After you have become a member, we ask that you create an online account, so that you can register for early care.

Additional information:

  • If your child has any special needs or will need special accommodations while in our care, please contact your local Y prior to starting the registration process.

Your child will not be enrolled in child care until we receive the following:

  • Signed registration form
  • Completed and signed General Liability Waiver
  • Received or scheduled payment

We ask that you have the following information available when you begin the online registration process:

  • Your child’s shot records
  • Emergency contact information for someone other than yourself (not a parent or guardian)
  • Your name, address and phone number
  • Release of contact information
  • Insurance information
  • Physician’s information
  • Hospital information
  • Payment information

The goal of early childhood development programs is for children to be well prepared to enter school. Our programs are licensed by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, Child Care Licensing. Contact a YMCA Children’s Academy location closest to you for more information.