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Preschool Programming for Ages 3-5



Academic Preschool Programming for 3 year olds A perfect first step into your child’s school experience! We focus on play-based activities that are crucial to every three year-old’s development. With a variety of sensory experiences from arts and crafts to dance and yoga to cooking and so much more, your child will explore the world around them in a safe and exciting learning environment that changes from week to week.

     Monday – Friday from 9–11:30 am or 1-3:30 pm

     Three Great Enrollment Options! Choose from 2, 3, or 5 days!

     Bi-Weekly YMCA Swim Lessons and YMCA Gym Time included for 5 day and 3 day enrollments!


Academic Preschool Programming for 4 year olds Get your child “Kindergarten-ready’! Our Jumpstart Universal Pre-K classroom offers a comprehensive curriculum to meet the needs of the whole child. We offer experiential lessons in reading, science, math, art, and music... giving your child the basic skills they will need to get off to a great start in school! Our UPK program is free for those families who qualify for the Oneonta City School District UPK grant and for a weekly fee for non-eligible families. Children must be 4 by December 1.

     Monday – Friday from 9-11:30 am or 1-3:30 pm

     Follows the Oneonta City School District Calendar

     Bi-weekly YMCA Swim Lessons and YMCA Gym Time included!


Academic Preschool Programming for 3-5 year olds: Is your child ready for something a little different from a more traditional preschool experience?  This morning preschool classroom is filled with Montessori-style activities to keep your child learning while they are getting ready for Kindergarten and beyond! We always offer a strong physical fitness component because we believe that joyful movement makes us all feel good and gives us the energy to learn. Our program differs from other programs because we incorporate Montessori-style 'tray-time' to help kids learn to work independently and to follow a process from start to finish- just some of the skills they will need when they go to Kindergarten...

     Monday – Friday from 9 - 11:30 am

     Follows the Oneonta City School District Calendar

     Bi-weekly YMCA Swim Lessons and YMCA Gym Time included!


Great, high-quality YMCA preschool programming conveniently located right across the hall from the Walton UPK classroom in the Townsend Elementary School!  Our program incorporates Montessori-style 'tray-time' (allowing kids to work independently and to follow a process from start to finish) with more traditional preschool programming tailored to the needs of kids from 3 to 5 years old.  We offer activities and movement that are perfect for your 3 year old's first school experience but will also compliment your UPKer's urge to keep learning throughout the day!  Our aim is to help kids love learning and ensure that they are ready for their next step in school.

     Choose from two sessions:  8:00 - 11:00 am or 12:00 - 3:00 pm

     Follows the Walton School District Calendar



Kids at Jumpstart

Oneonta Extended Care

     Full and Part day licensed care for 3-5 year olds

     September through June (with a separate summer session available!)

     Morning, Lunch, and Afternoon Extended Care Available

     Early Mornings and Late Afternoon available for an extra fee!

     Accepting DSS Child Care Subsidy

     Fully licensed through NYS Dept of Children and Family Services

Walton Extended Care

Extended Care Designed to wrap around the Walton UPK Program!

     Full Day Preschool Plus Extended Care (7:30 am-5:30 pm)

     Part Day Preschool Plus Care for Children Enrolled in Walton UPK 

     Accepting DSS Child Care Subsidy

     Fully licensed through NYS Dept of Children and Family Services


For more information:

YMCA Jumpstart @ Oneonta:  Contact Heather Conklin, Preschool Director (607)353-7074 

YMCA Jumpstart @ Walton:  Contact Rebecca Banker, Preschool Director (607)865-4116 x 4141

Click here to find our Oneonta and Walton Jumpstart Registration forms. 

Our Impact This Year

  • Kids Engaged


  • Volunteer Hours


  • Wellness Classes Taught


  • Kids Learned to Swim


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