explore with us! your child’s educational journey starts at the y.

Now Enrolling!  Email: youthassist@tucsonymca.org to register!

At the Y we develop the whole child, spirit, mind, and body! Through our developmentally appropriate learning atmosphere, your child will achieve academic and social-emotional milestones all while having fun and making friends!  Our program philosophy is that children learn best through play.  Young children are guided and encouraged to make choices that are based on their own interests. Our early education teachers play the role of mentor, educator, and fun provider.  While in our care, your child will stay healthy, active, and engaged in a safe environment. The Y’s Young Explorer preschool even offers swim lessons at our newly renovated YMCA swimming pool! After attending Young Explorers at the Y’s Preschool, your child will be well-equipped for kindergarten!

Our program is available for children ages 3 to 5 years old! At the Y’s Preschool Program, your child will explore:

  • Early Academics (STEM)
  • Healthy Living (gardening and nutrition)
  • Physical Fitness (swim lessons and play)
  • New Friendships
  • Art and Music
  • Culture and Community

We provide four meals per day, including breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Menus are subject to change based on the availability of food.  Sample Menu.

For more details, check out our Guardian Manual!  Guardian Manual


Holsclaw Family YMCA Child Care Center
 222 N Church Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

program dates:

Year Round

hours of operation:

Monday through Friday

6:30am to 6:00pm

Dates program is not offered:

Labor Day –  Sept 4
Veteran’s Day –  Nov 10 (observed)
Thanksgiving Break – Nov 23-24
Christmas Day – Dec 25
New Years Day –  Jan 1
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day – Jan 15
Memorial Day – May 27
Juneteenth – June 19
Independence Day – July 4

Personal items needed:

  • Water Bottle labeled with first and last name
  • 2 fitted crib sheets (for resting cots)
  • 3 shirts, 3 pants
  • 3 underwear
  • Closed toed shoes

Weekly rates:

Preschool- 3-5 years
Y facility Members: $160
Y Program Members: $170

Monthly payments due 25th each month

Payments will be due and automatically scheduled to process once a month on the 25th for the following month. (Example: For programming offered during the month of September, payment will be due August 25th.) Monthly payments will be based on the number of days that the program is offered while children are in school and will reflect the weekly rates listed below.  Check each site link for more specific information regarding total payment due each month.

Y Kids Jr Programming:

Pick and choose your dates of attendance during Winter Break!

Cost: $25/day

  • Dec 26 – Dec 29
  • Jan 2 – Jan 5

If you are interested in having your child attend our program, please email us at youthassist@tucsonymca.org. We offer financial assistance and are a DES qualified site.

Please note the following: You must present your id at check out for child pick-up

STAY CONNECTED! Through our program, you can stay connected with your child throughout the day!  We offer WatchMeGrow streaming video so you can check in on your child anytime.  Use the handy mobile app to watch your child flourish while they learn and having fun with us each day! Watch the video below for more information.