The Y's Beginnings preschool, which has an enrollment of about 200 children, has preschool programs throughout the school year and a separate summer program preschool. The school is located at the United Methodist Church at 18 Parkside Drive, Suffern NY 10901. This location is a short distance from Mahwah, NJ, as well as being convenient to residents of western Rockland County.
Preschool is offered for children 3 to 5 years old for 2.5 hours in the morning and afternoon. Separate classes are available for three and four year olds in the morning or afternoon. Children must be three by December 1 of the school year in order to attend and may attend two, three or five days per week. As well as paying programs, we offer a free five day a week Universal Pre K classes for four year olds as supported by the New York State Department of Education (attend two, three or five days per week. As well as paying programs, we offer a free five day a week Universal Pre K classes for four year olds as supported by the New York State Department of Education (more details >>). Click here to open a PDF file of the Preschool Parent Handbook. You need Adobe Acrobat to view the Parent Handbook. Click Here to download Adobe Acrobat free if you do not already have it.
The preschool rooms are play centered environments with a wide range of materials and activities designed to give each child the opportunity to learn according to their individual interests and needs. Every day, an array of new ideas and experiences are presented, and our teachers gently and warmly guide the children. In this way, we can promise your child a year full of fun and active learning. All classes follow "The Creative Curriculum for Preschool and Toddlers". The four year olds also are instructed in handwriting following the "Handwriting Without Tears" program taught in the Ramapo School District. Children who attend must be toilet trained. (If possible we will have a Tuesday/Thursday class for 3 year olds who are not quite trained).
For more information on available openings, to be put on the waiting list, apply for financial aid, or for a tour of the facility call Y's Beginnings Director, Suzette Venner at (845) 357-3223.
Registration opens March 2014 for summer camp at Y's Beginnings.
In-house registration for the school year starting September 2014 begins on January 8, 2014 with open registration starting February 3. If you submit a registration before the third of February, we will date it, hold it, and give priority to those on the 3rd who turned in their registration quickly. Click here for a rate schedule and application package for the 2014-2015 School Year (PDF file 215 KB).