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At the Y, we believe that children learn best through play.

We nurture development by providing a safe place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships plus cultivate fine and gross motor skills. We plan our classes to develop each child’s self-esteem and strong image of self-worth. In every class, we encourage children to explore, ask questions and solve problems.

Our YMCA preschool programs integrate purposeful and intentionally planned activities that are designed to be fun and engaging while teaching children valuable skills.

All Day Preschool starts at 8:20 AM, but you can drop off your child as early as 7:45 AM.  The mornings will consist of reading fundamentals and other education-based curriculum.  The afternoons will include rest, STEM activities, swim lessons, arts & crafts, physical activity, and SO MUCH MORE!

You can pick up your child anytime between 3:20 PM and 5:00 PM.  


Drop Off: 7:45 - 8:20 AM

Preschool: 8:20 AM - 11:20 AM

Lunch, rest, Care and Large Movement Activities: 11:20 - 5:00 PM


With the help of our YMCA supporters, we want to help Siouxland parents and guardians by lowering the cost of preschool to $135/week!


2021-2022 School Year

Spots for the 2021-2022 school year still available!

Discounts are for the entire 2021-2022 school year, so hurry and sign up today!

2022-2023 School Year

2022 Info: Classes at both locations begin August 10th, 2022 - May 26th, 2023.


  • 2022 preschool registration open for members and current preschool participants February 1st, 2022.
  • 2022 preschool registration open to the community February 8th, 2022.

Spots are still available, so sign up today!

Financial assistance available.


Register YMCA All Day Preschool

Register Dakota Valley All Day Preschool


Please note: At the time of registration there is a $40.00 non-refundable registration fee.


Preschool Handbook
Who Can Enroll?

Any child eligible for preschool between the ages of 3-5 years old. Children must be toilet trained. Students are not required to reside within in the Dakota Valley District to enroll!


YMCA Preschool is located at either the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA at 601 Riverview Drive, South Souix City, NE 68776 or at Dakota Valley Elementary School at 1150 Northshore Drive, North Sioux City, SD 57049

Calendar and Weather Policy

The Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA Preschool will follow the Dakota Valley School District’s calendar. We will observe the same vacation and school days out as the district. If the district closes school due to inclement weather, Y preschool will also be canceled. The Y Preschool coordinator and director reserve the right to change this at any time and will notify you promptly.

Peanut Policy

We are a Peanut Free Zone for the safety of all that use our classrooms both with the preschool, afterschool and additional child programs. Please refrain from sending peanut and nut related items in your child’s bags.
While we are committed to being a peanut allergy-friendly facility, we cannot guarantee that peanuts will not find their way into our facility. We ask that you continue to take every precaution to protect yourself and your children from unwanted exposure to peanut allergens.

Field Trips

Y Preschool will take pre-scheduled field trips that align with our curriculum. Parents/guardians will be notified of these trips in advance. Our students will also swim 1-2 times a month at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA. Teachers and staff will be in attendance of these field trips and parent volunteers are always welcome. We ask that siblings do not attend with the parents.

Preschool Class Supply List
  • Back pack
  • Pencil box/bag
  • 1 Box of crayons
  • 1 Box of markers
  • Scissors
  • 1 bottle of liquid glue
  • 1 Box of facial tissues
  • Nap sack or rest blanket (pillow optional)
  • Clean change of clothes
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Bottle of unscented hand sanitizer
  • 1 Picture of family & 1 picture of the student

This program is supported by the United Way of Siouxland and many other YMCA supporters.

This program is supported by the United Way of Siouxland