Early Education

6 weeks – 4 years

Learning Starts Here!

Extend-A-Care YMCA offers early learning programs to Austin-area children. Our programs meet children’s individual needs by offering cognitively, socially, and physically enriching curricula.

Activities include building, pretend play, literacy, science & discovery, math & manipulatives, songs & music, and outdoor play.

About Early Education

All EAC YMCA Early Learning programs follow guidelines and curriculum for Texas Rising Star, Texas School Ready and FrogStreet. All Extend-A-Care YMCA Early Education programs are recognized with a high-quality accreditation from Texas Rising Star. We are dedicated to meeting the highest level of recognition for each program.

Questions? Read our FAQ.

2022-2023 school year registration is open! Click here to register via EZChildTrack.

Call 512-236-9622 or email EACY@AustinYMCA.org for questions about Infant Preschool Programs.

Registration and payments go through EZChildTrack. Parents/Guardians can enroll and manage their accounts & payments via the EZChildTrack Parent Portal. Reach out to our office at 512-236-9622 or EACY@AustinYMCA.org with any questions.

Registration Information

Our monthly rates:

  • $1210 Infants (6 weeks-23 months)
  • $1110 Preschool 2 (24-35 months)
  • $1010 Preschool 3 & 4 (3-5 years)

Additionally, a non-refundable registration fee of $200 and a supply fee of $100 will be paid annually.

All registrations for Infant & Preschool programs are conducted online via EZChildTrack. To access the parent portal click here. A list of locations can be found below.

Parents are advised to submit their child’s application as early as possible because enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parent Policies:

Read the EAC Y Parent Policies here

Register Via EZChildTrack


Early Education Program Locations

Sites listed below run on a year-round calendar. Fiscal year begins July 1st through June 30th.

North:

Central:

East:

  • KIPP Ridge
    • 8509 FM 969 78724
    • Hours: 6:45 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.

South:

Program Age Groups:

6 Weeks to 4 Years

  • Austin Achieve
  • Little Angels
  • KIPP Ridge

Play-Based Learning Approach

EAC YMCA Early Education programs offer a play-based approach that involves both child-initiated and teacher-supported learning with hands-on activities through center play, artistic activities, and mindfulness practice that create a warm and healthy classroom environment.

Social Emotional Learning

Our teachers are making great efforts to create a safe and loving environment with a social emotional emphasis featuring Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline®. Children will participate in activities that foster social and emotional development throughout their day that will prepare them to:

  • Make friends and keep friendships
  • Gain confidence
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Manage stress and anxiety
  • Make appropriate decisions
  • Learn strengths and weaknesses
  • Gain awareness of what others are feeling

Building Friendships & Positive Relationships

EAC YMCA offers a program where children can engage with peers and establish meaningful friendships

Learning Centers

During center time the children will guide their own learning with their curiosity and interests by exploring the several areas throughout the classroom that include:

  • Library
  • Building and Construction
  • Pretend Play
  • Creative Expression
  • Math & Manipulatives
  • Science & Discovery
  • Sensory Station

This time allows children to grow in their social skills such as self regulation, problem solving, collaboration with others, independence, self esteem and confidence.

Developmentally

Appropriate Curriculum

Frog Street Curriculum, developed in accordance with early brain development research, offers intentional instruction that fosters essential growth in the four developmental domains (language, cognitive, physical, social emotional). Through a social and emotional emphasis and well-rounded scope of hands-on learning activities, children develop the skills necessary to continue on the path to kindergarten readiness.

  • Infants: Building Strong Foundations
  • Toddlers: Nurturing Curiosity through Exploration
  • Threes: Expanding Wonder and New Horizons

Social Emotional Learning: Our teachers create a safe and loving environment with a social emotional emphasis featuring Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline®. Children will participate in activities that foster social and emotional development throughout their day that will prepare them to:

  • Make friends and keep friendships
  • Gain confidence
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Manage stress and anxiety
  • Make appropriate decisions
  • Learn strengths and weaknesses
  • Gain awareness of what others are feeling

Texas Rising Star

The Texas Rising Star program is a voluntary quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) for child care programs. Numerous research studies have shown that children who attend higher-quality early learning programs are more prepared for school entry than children who do not attend high-quality programs.

Our programs offer quality that exceeds the child care licensing standards for director and staff qualifications, teacher-child interactions, program administration, family education and engagement, and indoor and outdoor learning environments. These above and beyond practices positively affect the development of the children we serve.

Physical Development

Children will have several opportunities throughout their day to actively explore their indoor and outdoor environments by using their bodies to practice their gross motor skills, such as running, jumping, balancing, dancing, crawling and more.

Healthy Snack

EAC YMCA ensures children have access to a healthy, balanced snack each morning and afternoon. Snacks include a variety of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and small amounts of added sugar and saturated fat. All USDA approved.

Small Group Instruction

Preschoolers will experience hands-on activities during small group instruction which allows the teacher to provide specific support to help each child move to the next level of learning. These activities include fine motor skills, sorting, counting, and number and letter recognition.

Current and validated immunization records or a vaccine affidavit and a health statement are required by child care licensing before child care services begin. Most doctors can provide a health statement; however, you can click on the link below for a template that your doctor can sign, if needed. If your child is 4 years or older we will also need records of their hearing and vision results.

Immunization & Health Statement Form

Note: Start of care will be delayed until all required documents are received at the EAC Y business office.

Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Child-Care Facilities

*Validated Immunization Records


Refunds & Cancellations

Refunds:

Registration fees are non-refundable, non-transferable. Supply fees are fully refundable only if your cancellation is submitted prior to the start of care.

  • Infant ages: 6 weeks – 23 months;
  • Preschool 2: 24 months – 35 months;
  • Preschool 3 & 4: 3-4 years old.

Infants/Preschool 2 will advance to the Preschool 2/Preschool 3 & 4 group when space is available.

Cancellations:

To submit a cancellation request, please complete our online 2022-23 Infant/Preschool Cancellation Form.

  • You’ll need to complete a form for each child. Once the form is received we will process your request and reply back to confirm it has been completed.
  • We require at least 1 month’s notice prior to your child’s last day in the program. If less notice is received, your cancellation date will still be calculated 1 month from the date that notice is given.
  • The parent/guardian requesting to cancel must be authorized to make changes to the child’s account.