Our preschool programs use the Get Set for School© by Handwriting without Tears Curriculum. This curriculum was specially chosen because it is used by most area schools, allowing your child a smooth transition into kindergarten. You and your child’s Lead Teacher meet together at least twice a year to discuss your child’s progress. Teachers share information from Teaching Strategies GOLD©, to support each child in mastering developmental milestones as they are ready.

Preschool Program Components
Power Up Children join their friends in an interactive large group experience to engage the brain and talk about weekly themes, calendar, weather, letters and numbers.
Plug In Children focus their energy on reading and writing with our Get Set for School curriculum. They will also use their imagination through creative art.
Work Time Play is a child’s work. Children are encouraged to socialize in a variety of learning centers such as dramatic play, art, sand and water, library, construction, science and games.
Energize Children experience large motor activities to move their bodies and pump their heart. At the Fercho location children visit Kids’ Gym, Xerzone, and go swimming once per week. At the Schlossman location children use the Play Loft as part of their active play.
Story Time Quality literature is read aloud.
Meal Time Lunch is included in your tuition. Meals are served ‘family style’ to make meal time a pleasant social experience. Manners are practiced during meal times.
Recharge Children attending our full day preschool program will rest or nap on their individual cot.

Full-Day Preschool

Full Day Preschool at the Y is a licensed, full day, year round, school readiness program. You have the flexibility to drop off and pick up your child anytime between 6:30am – 6:00pm. Please visit our website for a variety of schedule options.

Our full-day preschool programs are offered at all of our Early Learning locations.
Full Day Preschool Site Directory   

Program Options:

6:30am – 6:00pm Monday – Friday OR Part Time (depending on availability)

Half-Day Preschool

Half Day Preschool at the Y is a licensed, morning readiness class from September – May each year. Half-Day programs include our KinderKamp Program, and our Kindergarted Readiness Programs. Children must be 3 years old and fully potty trained by September 1st the year you plan to enroll your child in half day preschool. Participants can prepare for a bright start in school with an educational experience intended to give kids ages 3-5 skills that will help them build a foundation for school readiness.

Kindergarten Readiness Preschool

Early Learning Center – Schlossman YMCA
4243 19th Ave S, Fargo
Stephanie Grow, Site Director
701.356.1444  | 

Early Learning Center – West Fargo
1042 14th Ave E, W Fargo
Ann Mueller, Site Director
701.356.0341  |

Kindergarten Readiness is an educational experience intended to give children skills that will help them build a foundation for school readiness. Using the Get Set for School Curriculum your child will develop early writing, literacy, and math skills. They will learn letter, shape and color recognition. The curriculum also focuses on the use of writing tools, body awareness, language development, and socialization skills. Lunch is included. Enrollment is limited to ensure a quality, fun experience. Our session runs September through May. YMCA membership is not required.

Program Options:

9:00am – Noon Mon/Wed/Fri OR Tues/Thurs
9:00am – Noon Monday – Friday
KinderKamp Preschool

Early Learning Center – Fercho YMCA
400 1st Ave S, Fargo
Sandy Franchuk, KinderKamp Coordinator
701.364.4123 |

KinderKamp preschool is a licensed educational experience available to children ages 3 – 5 years. This quality program provides the child activities in art, music, literature and science, as well as swimming, snacks, special guests and field trips. Children receive hands-on experience as they practice their readiness, motor and social skills. Enrollment is limited to ensure a quality, fun experience. Sessions run from September through May. YMCA membership is not required.

Program Options:

9:00am – 11:30am Mon/Wed/Fri OR Tues/Thurs
12:30pm – 3:00pm Mon/Wed/Fri OR Tues/Thurs
YMCA Early Childhood Development Program (NEW 4-Year-Old Program starting Fall 2018)

YMCA Early Childhood Development Center
330 3rd Ave E, West Fargo
Michelle Finneman, Early Childhood Development Center Director
701.499.3041 |

The Y’s NEW 4-Year-Old Preschool Program includes a structured preschool curriculum from 9:00am – 12:00pm and also includes care before from 6:30am – 9:00am and after from 12:00pm – 6:00pm. During the structured preschool time we will be using the Get Set for School Curriculum, a play-based curriculum that offers a full pre-writing program and materials that build critical skills like early math and literacy. The curriculum also includes programs designed to prepare children for school: Readiness & Writing, Language & Literacy, and Numbers & Math. This is a year round program that meets your child’s school readiness needs and the family’s full-day child care needs.

The YMCA Early Childhood Development Program is a low income-based program that provides families with quality preschool and child care. In order to be considered, please fill out the intake form and submit to Priority is given to families that meet income guidelines (please see intake form). YMCA membership is not required. Children must be a resident of the West Fargo School District and turn four years old prior to August 1, 2018 to be eligible for this program. 

Program Options:

9:00am – 12:00pm, including care: 6:30am – 9:00am and 12:00pm – 6:00pm Monday – Friday

For more information about Preschool at the YMCA, please contact Tania Erickson at 218.359.2331 or