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

Information & Registration

Y Preschool

This "Preschool" time period is our primary learning portion of the day. We will have teacher and child led instruction along with social emotional and character building.


Time: 8:20 AM - 11:20 AM



– Member: $100/week

– Community: $120/week



Register YMCA Preschool

Register Dakota Valley Preschool

Y Preschool Plus

During our "Preschool Plus" day, a certified preschool teacher will lead the class through small group, large group and character building, large group play with peers, and teachers will have one on one time with students until pick up! 


Time: 8:20 AM - 3:20 PM



– Member: $130/week

– Community: $150/week



Register YMCA Preschool Plus

Register Dakota Valley Preschool Plus

All Day Y Preschool

"Preschool Full" includes everything Preschool and Preschool Plus have to offer with the option of pick up time being between 3:20 PM -6:00 PM.  


Time: 8:20 AM - 6:20 PM



– Member: $160/week

– Community: $180/week



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 3-4 years old. Students are not required to reside within in the Dakota Valley District to enroll!

When do classes start?

Classes at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA location will begin August 12th, 2021. 


Classes at the Dakota Valley Location will begin August 19th, 2021.


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.