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Grow Up Great Preschool

boyatdeskgug rgbThe PNC Grow Up Great Preschool provides an enriching, nurturing environment that fosters learning and social development for the most important preschool years. Our High Scope Curriculum embraces a hands-on learning approach using people, objects, events and ideas in the areas of art, science, social-emotional development, language, literacy, math, movement, and music.

Children will also have the advantage of utilizing our full YMCA facility that includes, on-site YMCA progressive swim lessons, full size indoor gym and our rock climbing wall.

CCR&R funding is accepted and financial assistance is available for those that qualify.

Watch the building transform from old to new!

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CLICK HERE for the PNC Grow Up Great Preschool Brochure


How We've Grown

Our Y has been serving Kankakee County for over 120 years.  Last year we served approximately 16,000 people in this community.  Thanks to the PNC Bank and the Grow Up Great Grant, the Y will have the opportunity to reach out to more by providing quality preschool child care to working families in Kankakee County.

Part-Time to Full-Time:  It will transform from a part-time program to full-day child care program.  This gives working families another option for quality child care in our community.

Facility:  The facility has tripled in size and includes seperate restroom facilities from the rest of the Y.

High Scope Curriculum:  Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this project is the introduction of the High Scope Curriculum.  This curriculum has been rated as the premier curriculum offered to preschool children. 

State Licensing & Parent Education:  The program will become licensed by DCFS and will offer no-cost parenting classes.

National Accreditation NAEYC:  National Association for the Education of Young Children.  This process will require the program to achieve high standards in program delivery. 

Ongoing Volunteer Support:  A PNC Volunteer Champion and the Y will work together to develop and implement a volunteer program that supports the preschool program.  

On behalf of the volunteers and staff of the Y and all of the kids and families we serve, we thank PNC Bank and the Grow Up Great program.  PNC Bank & the Y are truly helping Kankakee County kids Grow Up Great!


Preschool Checklist

Signing up for preschool? Here are the forms you will need to complete, date and sign. 

Enrollment FormElectronic Fund Transfer Authorization FormMedication FormParent Handbook
Liability WaiverConsent FormSummary of Licensing Standards for Day Care CentersEnrollment Agreement

You will also need to provide:

  • Health Examination - Within six months, Signed and Dated by a Doctor, Current Immunizations, TB test or Dr’s Note, Lead Screen Test or Dr’s Note
  • Original Certified (Stamped) Birth Certificate- Make a copy of the original

If you are filing a CC&R Application you must pick up this document at the Y. There is site information that must accompany the application for timely processing.


Winter I  (Jan 3 - Feb 17)
Registration Opens:
Members - November 27th
Prosp. Members - December 4th


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