Preschool at the Y

Preschool at the Y

The Downtown YMCA Child Development Center is a Three-Star Preschool, meeting the needs of working parents by providing affordable tuition for exmplary care in the Downtown area.


Program Includes:

  • Nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack
  • Swim lessons with YMCA instructors
  • Challenging, theme-related learning experiences
  • Daily physical activities, including access to outdoor playground, indoor gym and play-area
  • Parent meetings and open door policy
  • Scholarships available for families in need
  • Child Care Certificates (vouchers) accepted
  • Daily schedules balanced with structure and free choice play
  • The YMCA's Character Development traits (Honesty, Responsibility, Caring, Respect, and Faith) are implemented throughout the program

‚ÄčLocation and Hours
Downtown Family YMCA, 301 W. 6th St, Chattanooga, TN 37402

Monday-Friday,  7am-6pm
Ages 1 - 5 years old

Ready to setup a tour?/Questions about pricing and availability? Call (423) 266-3766

Introducing Our "Fall 5" Class

The Fall 5's Classroom at the Downtown Preschool is a unique environment designed for those children who narrowly missed the Kindergarten starting date, due to their fall birthday. By providing challenging developmenally appropriate activites everday for children whose birthdays fall between August through the end of December, the YMCA Preschool offers learning opportunities that keep pace with the needs of these children. It is our desire to allow our Fall 5's learners to take advantage of the skills they have already aquired and continue on the path to becoming confident readers and writers. The building blocks for a succesful entrance into kindergarten are the primary focus of this classroom.


  • "My son has been in the preschool program for about a 1 1/2 years. We have loved the pre-school. They have excellent staff and a great program. They have always gone the extra mile to make sure my sons needs are met as he has had some behavior issues. It is a good feeling knowing your child is well taken care of and that they also have their best interest in mind. It has been very easy to work with them. They have been a blessing"   
  • "If you are seeking a Christ-centered environment where your child is free to learn, grow and play, the Preschool at the YMCA is the place. The hours are convenient to the working population and the care and concern shown by the director and her staff is commendable. Parental involvement is key to a successful relationship with any early child development center. These are people who will truly work with you and your child. My child received a well-rounded, multi-cultural experience which was important during a difficult transition in our lives."
  • "An especially good place to have your children, if you are looking to have an experience for your child, which is nuturing. A large gymnasiium with activities. A swimming pool for lessons in swimming for age appropriate children. Additionally, the outside playground with activity centers. Art projects are often the favorite for my grandchild. Reading is such a good example and the Y Staff read to my granddaughter daily. LOVE IT. Today we worry about how much we spend. However, this daycare is affordable for the working parent and there is NO COMPROMISE on the quality. It is AWESOME"
  • "We have recently enrolled my son in this daycare. After having two friends who also have children in their care that recommend the facility it was a no brainer to put our son here. They got him started with less then a weeks notice after I got a quick job offer. It is the cheapest in town with no waiting list and the longest hours of care. While it isn't a brand new building, the playground area is nice and the classrooms are filled with books and toys. They also have an onsite cook and meals are included which really saves on providing a lunch and breakfast every day. My son hugs everyone goodbye each day and freely walks into class and hugs me bye without a blink and smiles every time I say the word school. It is his first time in full care at almost 2 and I am amazed at how swiftly he got in the groove and the teachers worked with him. Working and living in the downtown North Chatt area makes this location so convenient. Plus once he moves up they have a potty training center which will be a huge help at home"


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