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Highlands Elementary

Pre-K and Preschool

Ready for Kindergarten

Register now for Pre-K Summer Cay Camp! 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

Sign up now for summer day camp! Download form to register. Camp is open to ages 3-5 from any school or school district.
Dates: M-F, June 1-August 6, 2021
Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fees: $145/week
Registration: $55
Weekly Themes: PreK camp will continue to be a structured program with summer fun activities and different themes each week. Activities include off-site field trips, guest speakers, walking to the park every Friday, having Kona Ice visit once a week, and splash days once a week for water play. 

  • June 1-4 - Friendship
  • June 7-11 - Bugs, Bees, and Butterflies
  • June 14-18 - Sea Life
  • June 21-25 - Where the Wild Things Are
  • June 28-July 2 - Stars and Stripes
  • July 6-9 - Dinosaurs
  • July 12-16 - Come One, Come All
  • July 19-23 - Summer Games  
  • July 26-30 -  Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles
  • August 2-6 - Y Got Talent

2021-2022 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 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 3:15-6 p.m. 

Full-day 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 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 3:15-6 p.m.; Full-Day Preschool: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fees: Pre-K: $70/week, $100/week with before and after care; Full-day Preschool: $170/week
Registration: $75

Highlands Preschool

Preschool children in classroom

Our 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 YMCA 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 participants.