Grow. Explore. Discover.

The Downtown YMCA Preschool is a Three-Star Preschool, meeting the needs of working parents by providing affordable tuition for exemplary care in the Downtown area. 

Our Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.  

  • Children are grouped together based on kindergarten enrollment. 
  • Monday-Friday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
  • Daily physical activities, including access to outdoor playground, indoor gym and play area
  • Daily schedules balanced with structure and free choice play.

Located at 301 W. 6th Street, Chattanooga, TN. 

  • Ages 31 months - 5 years 

This preschool site provides children ages 3-5 the opportunity to attend swim lessons and attend KidFit classes: 

  • Swim lessons: $25 per month (not included in tuition rates)
  • KidFit classes: Free for Y members; $25 per month for non-members

Located at 801 S. Willow Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402

  • This site includes curriculum that teaches children both English and Spanish. 
  • 12 months - 5 years 

Located at 305 W. 7th St., Chattanooga, TN 37402 (located in St. Paul's church)

  • Ages 12 months - 30 months
  • Children transition over to the YMCA Child Development Center once the child is 31 months of age. 

  • Voted 2023 Best of the Best Childcare by the Times Free Press.
  • DHS Licensure
    • All 3 sites are licensed through TN DHS and undergo quarterly assessments to ensure compliance with state regulations. 
    • Ratios: Our preschools follow age-specific ratios provided by TN DHS. 
  • Curriculum
    • YMCA preschools use Creative Curriculum to structure lessons for each age group, with a goal of building confidence, creativity and critical thinking through hands-on learning. 
    • Teachers use the Tennessee Early Learning Development Standards to understand developmental milestones and structure activities to help children meet developmental goals. 
    • YMCA preschools use "Keeping Kids Safe" Personal Safety Curriculum to educate children, families and staff to prevent and respond appropriately to concerns related to abuse. 


  • YMCA preschools provide breakfast, lunch and snack for children in our care. We are compliant with the USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program. 
  • Allergies are accommodated with appropriate documentation. 

Tuition & Financial Assistance: 

  • Rates are listed on this site.
  • DHS Childcare Payment Assistance
  • Family Engagement is a priority for our preschools. Below are ways we invite and encourage parent involvement: 
    • Parent-Teacher Conferences
    • Daily Reports
    • Family Engagement Council
    • Family Events 


Are you interested in teaching? Visit our career page to learn more!

Join the Y

Increase energy, decrease stress, prevent illness, maintain a healthy weight, find personal balance, and enjoy quality time with family and friends... at the Y! We combine spirit, mind, and body in an integrated approach to well-being that goes beyond just fitness.

Learn More »

Our Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. 

Our Mission to Inclusion: At the YMCA, we strongly believe we should all work together toward achieving a member environment that is welcoming for individuals, regardless of age, religion, abilities, gender or socioeconomic status. To achieve our mission of empowering all people to reach their full potential, the Y is committed to providing an environment that embodies our core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.