Strong Beginnings, Bright Futures

As with any YMCA program, our preschool is grounded in the YMCA mission and program objectives. The YMCA mission is to put Christian Principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Y programs, such as early learning, are tools the YMCA uses to help children grow in spirit, mind and body. With it's three locations, the Greater Naples YMCA serves over 300 children annually, earning the distinction as our area’s largest early learning program.

The Y offers three (3) convinient locations to serve our Collier County families.

  • Early Learning Center on the Main Campus (ages 3 months - 5 years)
  • NCEF Early Childhood Development Center on the FSW Campus (ages 3 months - 5 years)
  • Early Learning Center on the VME (Veteran's Memorial Elementary) Campus (ages 3 - 5years)


At the Greater Naples YMCA, we’re right there with your child – providing a curriculum that’s designed to inspire children at every age and stage. Developed by Teaching Strategies, Inc., the Creative Curriculum for Preschool is consistent with the Y's philosophy and introduces concepts of math, science, language, social awareness, environment, art, and health. We look forward to sharing this experience with your family and partnering with you on your child’s educational journey.


Our professional, dedicated, and highly trained staff is our greatest asset. You will find that our teachers are truly dedicated and focused on providing a nurturing environment with outstanding curriculum activities.

INFANT & TODDLER CENTER: Ages 3 Months - 3 Years

Our Infant and Toddler Center cares for children as young as 3 months old up until the age 3.  Our staff of highly trained, certified care givers are trained in early learning and development to insure your child is both physically and mentally stimulated during the day.  As children progress from infants to toddlers, they will continually be challenged to meet developmental goals preparing them for Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) and Preschool.

PRE-SCHOOL & VPK: Ages 3 - 5

Our Early Learning program is the largest in Naples. Children enrolled in our program receive the highest standard of care and curriculum.  Our school-readiness rates are some of the best in state and we are proud of our teachers and staff for continuing to make the YMCA an excellent site for Early Learning.


The Y believes everyone deserves the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. To ensure this, we provide financial aid to families in need on a case-by-case basis. Stop by the Member Services desk or email us at scholarships@greaternaplesymca.org for more information on financial assistance or to apply. For Childcare, ages Birth-12, proof of Early Learning Coalition Approval/Denial must be included.

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For more information the YMCA's Early Learning program or to schedule a tour, please contact:

Monica Taccone
Early Education Site Director