Piedmont Family YMCA


The YMCA Intergenerational Learning Center (YILC) fills a child's day with opportunities to explore with wonders of their world, giving them experiences that help them grow and develop into confident, caring, happy individuals. With YILC in the heart of Charlottesville, the children get a lot of opportunities to go on excursions through the town. Some of the places the children visit are Downtown Mall, Downtown Library, McGuffey Art Center, and the Paramount Theater.

February Newsletter

Our Curriculum:

Your kids are discovering all kinds of exciting worlds. At the Y, we carefully design every activity to expand their imaginations and encourage lifelong, positive values. Our center is designed with developmentally appropriate activities that stimulate a child's intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth. We use The Creative Curriculum as the foundation for creating the best early learning program for children. The result is a comprehensive curriculum with a clear organizational structure and a particular focus on routines and learning experiences. Children develop skills for classroom readiness and a passion for learning.


  • Social Skills: Getting along with others in a certain environment
  • Diversity: Appreciating differences in people, places, and things
  • Math: Assisting with basic concept
  • Science: Experimental, fun learning activities
  • Technology: Integrating innovative learning programs and group activities
  • Gross and Fine Motor Skills: movement and placement
  • Language and Literacy: Verbal and non-verbal communication, reading, writing, and words
  • Recognition of Self: Self esteem, likes, family, culture, talents, etc..
  • Nutrition: Health and wellness, healthy foods and activities
  • Exploration: Discovery of children's interests
  • Intergenerational Activities: children and seniors share memories, play games and create together

Infant Care- 6 Weeks to 15 Months

Our infant care program is designed to meet the needs of each baby based on his or her own schedule. Music, singing, reading, finger play, outdoor excursions, and constant verbalization foster budding socialization, self-concept, and developmental skills.

Toddler Care- 16 Months to 35 Months

The Y offers a safe, caring environment in which toddlers can begin the path of life-long learning. Our program emphasize developing a strong self-concept as well as social, intellectual, and verbal skills. Toddlers participate in outdoor excursions, story time, music and movement, and circle time.

Preschool Program- 3 to 5 Years

Our preschool program emphasizes both a developmental and creative curriculum. Our preschoolers enjoy activities that build self-confidence and socialization skills, including field trips, large motor play, and intergenerational activities.

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday; 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM


Our Early Learning Center includes both an outdoor playground and an indoor play area for physical activity.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP):

The CACFP provides reimbursements to YILC for healthy meals and snacks served to children enrolled in the center. The program allows the center to provide breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack daily for each child. Vinegar Hill Cafe provides weekly menus to ensure the children are receiving all required components to meet the CACFP guidelines.

The Piedmont Family YMCA is very proud of the high quality early care and education services we offer our families. Our staff looks forward to helping your child learn, grow, and thrive by working together to create the best learning environment for your child!

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Contact Information

YMCA Intergenerational Learning Center at the Jefferson School

233 Fourth St. NW Suite Y

Charlottesville, VA. 22903

Office: 434-202-0118

Email: mryan@piedmontymca.org

Early Childhood Director: Michelle Ryan

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.