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A.E Finley YMCA Preschool

9200 Strickland Road, Raleigh, NC 27615

A.E. Finley YMCA Discovery Kids Preschool emphasizes a hands-on learning curriculum, motor skill development, creativity and more. We provide a safe, nurturing opportunity for your preschooler to gain self-confidence and learn life skills such as making friends, exhibiting good sportsmanship and respecting others.

We base our lesson plans on The Creative Curriculum by Teaching Strategies Inc. We provide a variety of games, activities and challenges. Regularly scheduled field trips and monthly swim outings (ages 3 & 4) add adventure to the program.

We utilize center-based activities to teach our eight core content areas: literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, arts, technology, health habits and social responsibility.

Our 2019-20 school year is September 3 - May 29 and our program hours are 8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Discovery Kids preschool is held at Imago Dei Church. 

Our 2020-21 school year is Sept. 8 - May 28. Prices for the new year are listed below.

Preschool open house is August 29 from 9 - 11 a.m. New parents are invited to a special session from 9:30 - 10. 


Our Teachers & Staff

Our preschool teachers are the heart of the program and know how to teach children through play. Our teachers are required to have first aid and CPR certifications, annual preschool training and classroom experience. We maintain a 1:7 (or better) staff-to-child ratio for this age group.


Age 4

Preschool for age 4 (by Aug. 31, 2020) is offered four (Monday - Thursday) or five days per week.

5 Days (M - F)
$4,153 (Member)
$5.191 (Participant)

4 Days (M - Th)
$3,317 (Member)
$4,146 (Participant)

Ages 2 - 3

Preschool for ages 2 - 3 is offered two or three days per week. Children must be age 2 or 3 by Aug. 31, 2020.

3 Days (M/W/F)
$2,481 (Member)

2 Days (T/Th)
$1,671 (Member)
$2,089 (Participant)

Ages 15 - 24 months

Preschool for ages 15 - 24 months is offered one day a week on either Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays. 

1 Day (M)
$783 (Member)
$979 (Participant)

1 Day (W)
$861 (Member)
$1,077 (Participant)

1 Day (F)
$835 (Member)
$1,044 (Participant)

Lunch Bunch

Preschoolers can stay an extra hour and eat lunch with their friends on Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays. Children should bring their own lunch for Lunch Bunch. Rides Out (carpool) is from 1:15 - 1:30 p.m. for Lunch Bunch participants.  There is an extra fee for Lunch Bunch.