Our half-day morning preschool program for ages 3-5 provides enriching experiences that help to facilitate a child’s cognitive, social, physical, and emotional growth. The program is held at the South County Y on weekdays from 9 am-12 pm with an option to attend M/W/F or five days a week. Kindergarten readiness is promoted.

We strive to meet the developmental needs of each individual child by working in partnership with their families. Our program, licensed by the State of Missouri, provides a curriculum that focuses on education, leadership, and character development. We include a semester of swim lessons and active time in the Children's Center where our gymnastics programs take place.



  • Icon: fun child-based Child-led and play-based
  • Icon: license certificate State-licensed
  • Icon: heart Focused on healthy living
  • Icon: hands and heart Experienced and certified caregivers
  • Icon: tuition savings Tuition savings for Y Members
  • Icon: low class ratio Low teacher-child ratios

Kids thrive when their physical, cognitive and social-emotional development is nurtured. By creating more healthy choices, the Y’s Healthy Eating Physical Activity (HEPA) standards lay the foundation for a positive youth development journey.


At the Y we use HiMama for communication. Families receive updates sent via email or smartphone using the HiMama app. HiMama is used by our educators to record activities and updates throughout the day. Everything from naps to snacks, it will provide you with a complete history of your child’s experience in our program with photos stored safely and securely in a journal format.


Understanding how children develop and learn is vital to a quality early childhood program. Our program is designed to consider the general patterns of growth as well as to recognize and accept individual difference among children. 

At the Y, we use Project Construct curriculum. Project Construct is derived from the belief that learning is a lifelong process in which learners construct knowledge through interactions with their physical and social environments. Through “hands-on, minds-on” learning experiences, students in Project Construct classrooms attain deep understandings in the core content areas, while they also learn to work collaboratively with adults and peers in vibrant learning communities.


Childcare Director
Juliana Dammrich

The YMCA Preschool Program provides a high quality, safe, convenient, recreational and educational environment for children regardless of ability. Our philosophy includes: 

  • To provide quality care for children, regardless of socio/economic background. 
  • To support and strengthen the family unit 
  • To help children develop their fullest potential. 
  • To deliver the program in a positive YMCA environment of safety, support, and care. 

We achieve these goals with the understanding that each child is a unique, special individual who will receive attention appropriate to his or her developmental needs.


Through the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, we can ensure that everyone is always welcome at the Y, no matter his or her financial situation. Financial Assistance toward program fees is available for those with a demonstrated financial need. Applications are available at the Welcome Center or Online.



Our YMCA welcomes participation by children of all abilities. All children diagnosed with a disability will be referred to the Inclusion Services Department. The Y provides a recreational environment for children and teens with and without disabilities through added support staff, when needed to facilitate successful participation in the programs when appropriate. For more information, call the Inclusion Services Department at (314) 678-0162.


South County YMCA
12736 Southfork Rd.
St Louis, MO 63128

Center Hours
9 am - Noon
Monday - Friday

We're closed on the following holidays:

Presidents Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving day and day after, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day

If you have talent, knowledge, and passion for working with children - and you want to work in an organization where you will be rewarded with opportunities to serve, it's time to learn more about what the Gateway Region YMCA has to offer.