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Santa Fe Trail

Elementary Pre-K and YMCA Preschool

Ready for Kindergarten

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

AGES: Pre-K: 4-5; Full-Day Preschool: 3-5
DAYS: Monday-Friday
TIME: School Year Pre-K 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 YMCA Preschool: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Camp: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
FEES: Pre-K: $80/week, $105/week with before and after care; Full-day YMCA Preschool: $190/week; Summer Day Camp: $175/week

2023-2024 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 3:15-6 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: Download and submit the preschool registration form. Then download and complete the Emergency Information Packet and bring it to your site on the first day. 

2024-2025 School Year Pre-K and Preschool Programs

Half-day Pre-K enrollment for the 2024-2025 school year is now open. Please submit this form to register. Half-day program participants must qualify through Shawnee Mission School District to register.

Full-day Preschool enrollment for the 2024-2025 school year opens in May. Forms for Full-Day Preschool will not be accepted until enrollment opens.


Registration for 2024 Summer Day Camp opens February 27, 2024, for new families. 

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

Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

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.

Santa Fe Trail YMCA Preschool

Top photo is young girl showing teacher an apple timer. Bottom photo is wide shot of Santa Fe Trail preschool classroom

Our YMCA preschool programs at Santa Fe Trail 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. Fully 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.


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. 

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.