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Highlands Elementary

Pre-K Programs and YMCA Preschool

Ready for Kindergarten

Our Pre-K and Preschool programs provide a nurturing environment where kids feel safe and supported while learning, growing, making friends and preparing for the world of kindergarten.

DAYS: Monday-Friday

Summer Day Camp

Registration for Summer Day Camp is now open.

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Camp is open to ages 3-5 from any school or school district.

Dates: M-F, May 30-August 4, 2023
Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fees: $170/week
Registration: $55

Weekly Themes: Pre-K camp will continue to be a structured program with summer fun activities. Each week features a unique theme with fun-filled activities that allow for physical movement, social interaction, educational opportunities, leadership building, personal growth and creativity. Campers are divided into small groups by age with activities appropriate to the interests and needs of each group. Y Summer Day Camps focus on caring, honesty, respect and responsibility in all of our activities. 

  • May 30-June 2: Blast Off to Summer
  • June 5-9: Camp Kindness
  • June 12-16: Tropical Paradise
  • June 19-23: Heroes Week
  • June 26-June 30: Color Your World
  • July 3-7: Holiday Hoopla
  • July 10-14: Spirit Week
  • July 17-21: Globetrotters
  • July 24-28: Mad Science
  • July 31-August 4: We are Family

2022-2023 School Year Pre-K and Preschool Programs

Half-day Pre-K options to support your SMSD Pre-K enrollment include morning or afternoon sessions, plus before and after school care. Full-day YMCA Preschool for those not enrolled in the SMSD Pre-K program is also available for ages 3-5.

Flexible options allow you to select the hours of care that you need for your schedule.

Before school care is available prior to the morning Pre-K session as early as 7 a.m. After school care is available following the afternoon Pre-K session from 3:10-6 p.m. 

Full-day YMCA Preschool for those not enrolled in the SMSD Pre-K program is available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To enroll, please download and submit a paper registration form, then download and complete the Emergency Information Packet and bring it to your site on the first day.

Ages: Pre-K: 4-5; Full-Day YMCA Preschool: 3-5
Days: M-F
Hours: A.M. session 8-11 a.m.; P.M. session 12:15-3:10 p.m.; Before and After Care 7-8 a.m. and 3:10-6 p.m.; Full-Day YMCA Preschool: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fees: Pre-K: $85/week, $100/week with before and after care; Full-day YMCA Preschool: $170/week
Registration: $75

Highlands YMCA Preschool

Preschool children in classroom

Our YMCA preschool program at Highlands Elementary offers a variety of features to provide your child with a positive experience. Our educated staff lead students through a curriculum focused on kindergarten readiness skills and incorporates the YMCA Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. Nutritious snacks are provided daily. Licensed by Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Preschoolers have access to the Before and After School program for school age siblings who attend Highlands Elementary.

School Year

You must be enrolled in Shawnee Mission School District Preschool Programs to be eligible for school-year Pre-K programs. Space is limited. To enroll in a preschool program, call the Youth Development Services office at 816.360.3390 to ensure program availability. Download and complete the registration form below and return it using one of the following ways:

You may mail completed forms to our office:

YMCA of Greater Kansas City
3100 Broadway Street, Suite 1020
Kansas City, MO 64111

Or you may fax completed forms to:

Fax: 816.931.1847

Because we are committed to protecting your privacy, email registrations and email payment information are not accepted.

In order to attend a Y preschool program, all participants must complete an Emergency Information Packet and bring it to the site on the first day. 

Emergency Information Packet

All preschool program participants must complete an Emergency Information Packet. These packets include emergency information and health forms that the State of Kansas require for licensing.

Complete all forms in the packet and take a copy to your child's preschool on the first day. Please keep a completed copy of the Emergency Information Packet for yourself.

No School Days

For those irregular days when school isn't in session, such as seasonal breaks, conference days and in-service days, the Y offers No School Days for preschool and Pre-K participants.