Lynn Y Academy Early Learning Program

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The Y Academy in Lynn offers educational and enrichment opportunities for toddlers to teens in their Early Learning, Out-of-School Time, and Youth Center programs. The Early Learning Program, located in the Demakes Family YMCA at 40 Neptune Blvd., delivers high-quality early education and care for children 2.9 years old to age 5. All activities focus on the development of the whole child with a concentration on gross and fine motor skills. Our programs offer a STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) curriculum and hands-on learning experiences. We support the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical of each child that recognizes their unique experiences and talents to help them confidently learn, grow, and thrive.

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Early Learning Program (ages 2.9-5)

Our preschool program will help your young child learn the essential intellectual building blocks for future academic success and prepare for kindergarten. A typical day includes independent and group activities, STEAM curriculum, and sensory play as well as plenty of physical activity to develop healthy habits.

We embrace a family-centered philosophy encouraging family interaction and regular visits with teachers to discuss your child’s development. We look forward to becoming part of your extended family and believe that children learn best when caretakers are involved in their educational success.

Our Early Learning programs are fully licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and have received NAEYC (National Association for Education of Young Children) accreditation.

A Focus on the Whole Child

Our programs have well-rounded daily schedules full of activities that are customized to your child’s age, needs, and progress. We provide a nutritious breakfast, snack, and lunch for participants each day to encourage healthy habits. Children are assigned a primary classroom and teacher who works directly with your child each day. Our team of professional teachers focus on building meaningful relationships within your child’s cohort to foster age-appropriate academic, social skills, and provide individualized attention.

Health and Safety

The Y Academy in Lynn provides a physically and emotionally safe and healthy environment for children. Following guidelines from health experts and local officials, the YMCA ensures all components of our classrooms are cleaned and sanitized to meet the highest standards for hygiene and sanitation.

As a leader in youth development, the Lynn Y Academy takes pride in the experience and dedication of our staff. All of our teachers meet or exceed Department of Early Education & Care qualifications, have extensive trainings, including CPR, First Aid, and child safety protection. Complete a minimum of 20 hours of Professional Development including hours devoted to working with diverse learners. Teachers are vetted through an extensive Background Record Check, including a CORI, SORI and FBI fingerprinting.

Program Hours and Rates

We provide flexible hours with 2, 3, and 5 day options to meet your family’s individual needs.

Program Days             Price
5 Full Days                       $263 per week
3 Full Days                       $185 per week
2 Full Days                       $149 per week

Program Hours
Monday-Friday
7:30am-5:00pm

Schedule a tour with our Early Learning Program Director to learn more!

The Y- So Much More

We believe that a well-rounded education includes activities that stimulate a healthy body, mind, and spirit. At the Y Academy, children have the opportunity to enroll in a wide range of extra-curricular activities like swimming, enrichment, and sports classes. We offer a wide range of classes right at the Lynn YMCA. View our offerings on our programs page. 

Once enrolled in the Lynn Y Academy, your child will receive a free Youth membership that allows them preferred pricing and priority registration on programs for all ages, stages, and abilities across the YMCA of Metro North branches.

A Youth membership is a $126 a year value. You can opt to extend those privileges and more to your entire family by joining the YMCA as Family members. When you join as a family, you will save the price of your child’s Youth membership from your family membership, a savings of up to 20% off. Family memberships are $69 a month to Y Academy families. Membership at the YMCA gives you unlimited access to group exercise classes, gym time, family swim, access to Outdoor Pools, Child Watch while you work out, discounted rates, and so much more.

Financial Assistance


Everyone belongs at the Y, and we are committed to ensuring every community member achieves their full potential. Financial assistance and scholarships are available to qualified Y Academy applicants. This program is possible thanks to the many generous donors who support the YMCA’s Annual Campaign —100% of donations made to the Y help support kids, adults, and families in our communities. Learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does my child have to be potty trained?
We are able to work with families to potty train their children. Pull-ups are acceptable. Teachers are able change the children ever couple hours or as soon as they are wet. Once children are ready we work with them, and you, to transition them to underwear.

2. Are meals included?
The Lynn Y Academy Early Learning Program does provide breakfast. Families must provide lunch and two afternoon snacks for their child. We do not have the necessary equipment to heat meals up or refrigerate them. Our recommendation is putting a hot meal in a thermos to keep it warm or putting an ice pack with a cold lunch to keep it cool.

3. What do I bring for my child?
Please provide two extra sets of clothing, lunch and afternoon snacks, a blanket for rest time, and swimsuit/water shoes on swim lesson days.

4. How are the classrooms divided?
Students are broken into separate age groups for their learning time in classrooms. The rooms consist of ages 2.9-3.5, 3.5 to 4.0, 4.0-4.5, and 4.5-5.0.

5. What are the qualifications of the Y Academy Early Learning Program teachers?
All staff are EEC teacher qualified or EEC lead teacher qualified. YMCA childcare staff are also required to have 20 hours of professional development each year. It is also a requirement of the YMCA that staff are CPR certified.

6. What are your teacher to child ratios and classroom sizes?
We maintain a 10:1 ratio with our teachers and students at all times. Of the four classrooms we have there are three with 20 spots and one with 17 spots per day.

7. What are you hours?
The Y Academy Early Learning Program is open Monday through Friday from 7:30am-6:00pm.

8. What is the latest time I can drop off my child/children?
There is no official cut off time, however, we do encourage families to drop off at the program no later than 9:00am as essential learning takes place at this time and we don’t want any children to miss out.

8. Are toys from home allowed in the program?
We are not able to allow toys from home unless it is a comfort animal such as a stuffed bear. The Lynn YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen items that children bring in from home.

Lynn Y Academy Parent Testimonials

“I enjoy bringing my child to the Lynn YMCA ELP because I’m always greeted with a friendly smile every morning. Also, my child comes home excited to tell me what he learned that day. The teachers are excellent.” – Y Academy Parent
 
“I enjoy having my son at the Lynn Y Academy, because it gives me the chance to work a full time job as a single mother and they love my son and keep him safe.” – Y Academy Parent
 
“The Y Academy has given me the opportunity to continue to provide for my family during these difficult times. They doing an amazing job, and for that I am grateful. I always recommend the program when I hear of someone looking for childcare.” – Y Academy Parent
 
“Every time I bring my child to the Lynn YMCA the staff greet me “good morning!” and wish me  nice day. My kids always look forward to going to the Y to play with their friends and create memories. The teachers are wonderful and always keep me up-to-date with my child’s day.” – Y Academy Parent