Hamilton Area YMCA

Y's Owls Preschool

The Y is committed to working with families to create a support system for healthy development. Our childcare programs do more than just care for children; they provide an opportunity for kids to learn, create, play, gain confidence and grow.

Y's Owls Preschool is a place of discovery where each child is acknowledged as an individual with his or her own feelings, needs and interests. Our philosophy is to focus on your child. A preschool education provides opportunities for young children to discover their own abilities, to make simple adjustments to their environment and to become aware of their bodies. Our program directors lead a qualified, experienced staff in implementing the Creative Curriculum. This curriculum provides your child with a balance of structured and independent activities and builds the foundations for academic and social competence.

Families are an important part of our preschool community. Parents are encouraged to visit, volunteer and share hobbies, occupations and traditions. Opportunities for family involvement occur through parent meetings, parent workshops and special events.

Preschool programs are state-licensed and affordable; serving children ages 3 - 5 in the Hamilton area. Enrolled children benefit from:

  • Kindergarten readiness 
  • Music appreciation 
  • Healthy U preschool fitness and nutrition program
  • FREE weekly swim lessons for children attending five full days
  • Large outdoor playgrounds to enhance social and physical development
  • Peanut/tree nut-free program environment
  • Children’s library
  • Low teacher-child ratios, with highly qualified, caring & trained staff
  • We have CPR/First Aid trained staff on site at all times
  • Technology in the classroom: Interactive Whiteboard and iPads to enhance learning

The Weekend Owl

Exclusive to enrolled Y’s Owls participants and their families.
The Weekend Owl provides benefits of the facility membership for the entire family on Saturdays and Sundays from September through June. Break a sweat, take a swim, shoot some hoops. Be a family at the Hamilton Area Y.

Consumer Product Safety List

As required by the State of New Jersey as licensed Childcare programs, we are required to review, at least annually, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) unsafe children's product list, ensure that items on the list are not at the center, and make the list accessible to staff and parents and/or provide parents with the CPSC website. Internet access may be available at your local library. For more information, call the CPSC at 1.800.638.2772.

Reminder: tuition payments for Y’s Owls Preschool are due by the 1st day of the month of service. 
Payments can be made online by clicking here.

Upcoming Events

Preschool Open House

  • Wednesday, March 14 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 10 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

For more information about Y's Owls Preschool, please contact:
Rose Elefant
Director, Y's Owls Preschool
Coordinator, School Age Care
609.581.9622 ext. 126
relefant@hamiltonymca.org