Children learn through being actively engaged in their environment where new and varied hands-on experiences cause them to stop and question what they know. Our curriculum includes:

  • Circle Time – includes calendars, sharing time, intro to letters, letter sounds, numbers & problem solving
  • Group Games – promote problem-solving & moral development as children try to apply the rules to conflicts that arise during play
  • Gym/Outside Play – promotes physical development
  • Shared Family Style Meals – encourage manners, discussion about healthy eating and interaction
  • Small Group Activities – where children are given time to explore new skills

Certified teachers guide large and small group interaction as well as encourage children to explore independently. Teachers observe, offer support, and gauge skill levels to determine when to introduce new experiences.

Preschool Rates and Class Times:

2019-2020 School Year:
4-year-old Preschool Start Date:  August 27, 2019
3-year-old Preschool Start Date:  September 4, 2019

YWCA Preschool – Downtown & Lyons Campuses

Class Days Time  Fee
3 yr old
M/W/F 8:30-11:00 am
8:45-11:15 am
$110 / month
4 & 5 yr old M/T/Th/F 8:30-11:30 am $172 / month
4 & 5 yr old M/T/Th/F 12:30-3:30 pm $172 / month

Downtown: 250 20th Avenue North, Clinton, Iowa
Lyons Campus: 317 7th Avenue South, Clinton, Iowa
Classes contingent on enrollment. Times subject to change.
First month’s non-refundable tuition is due upon registering for preschool.

No cost preschool available for 4-year-old Iowa residents.  Limited Scholarships available for 3-year-old Preschool. Call for more information: 563-244-8640.

Children learn and develop in an environment that...

  • Teaches how to work and play cooperatively with others
  • Has a hands-on approach to learning
  • Teaches problem solving skills
  • Encourages use of imagination
  • Provides a feeling of security and love through positive reinforcement
  • Honors diversity and teaches respect and non-violent resolution
  • Makes learning FUN!

Opportunities for Family Involvement

  • Monthly McDonald’s Night – 3rd Thursday of every month
  • Back to School Night
  • Thanksgiving Meal & Performance
  • December Family Fun & Craft Night
  • End of Year Family Picnic
  • 4’s & 5’s Preschool Graduation
  • Class Parties & Field Trips
  • Reading Class Books at home with your child!

“The great staff, positive teaching practices, flexible scheduling and convenient location are just some of the reasons we decided to keep our daughter at the YW after moving to DeWitt." – Christy Pfeifle

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For more information on the YWCA preschool, call Children’s Center Director Becky Atherton at 563-244-8340 or email