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Children sit and work on a craft during preschool.

LINCOLN, Neb. – The YMCA is where kids come to explore, learn, and play! Priority Registration for the 2021-2022 school year opens to Lincoln YMCA Members today, February 2, with Open Registration beginning on February 16.

For youth ages 3 – 5, Preschool is offered at four Lincoln YMCA locations and includes swim lessons and gym class as part of its licensed program.

“At the Y, kids have an opportunity to be creative, explore their environment, and develop problem solving skills. Our staff serves as positive role models and provides care that is supportive, nurturing, and warm,” shared Kim Pair, Associate Executive Director of the Cooper YMCA.

Preschool will run approximately nine months of the year and will follow the Lincoln Public Schools’ calendar for elementary students, including all breaks and holidays during the session dates.

Before and After School Programs at the YMCA support children in reaching their full potential by providing academic support and hands-on enrichment experiences in a safe, structured environment. Through activities like homework assistance, arts and crafts, literacy, board games, and outdoor play, the Y supports experiential learning while developing valuable life skills. Our Ys serve neighborhoods in our community through a partnership with Lincoln Public Schools by offering affordable care to families based on the school calendar.

Partnering elementary schools include Elliott, Kahoa, Kooser, Pershing, Pyrtle, Wysong, and Zeman. Partnering middle schools include Lefler, Lux, Mickle, Moore, Pound, Schoo, and Scott.

For enrollment information and to register for Preschool or Before and After School Programming, please visit the YMCA website at or contact your local YMCA branch. Let the adventure begin before the school year! Don’t forget about Summer Day Camps at the Y by visiting

Not a YMCA member? The Lincoln Y is waiving the initiation fee for anyone joining in the month of February. Join online or at any of Lincoln’s four branches!