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Transitional Kindergarten

For Children with Fifth Birthday from Sept. 2-Dec. 2
Instructional Hours: Monday–Friday, 8am–3pm
Extended Hours: Monday–Friday, 7–8am, 3–6pm

The Burbank Community YMCA Child Development Center offers a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate for children whose fifth birthday falls between September 2 and December 2. The Transitional Kindergarten program aligns with the California Common Core Standards and Developmentally Appropriate Practices according to the desired outcomes and benchmarks suggested by the CA Department of Education.

Benefits of Burbank YMCA Transitional Kindergarten include:

  • Program accredited by NAEYC
  • Small class size (maximum 16 students)
  • Full day, with healthy snacks and lunch served family style
  • Full qualified and experienced teachers
  • Individual students portfolios
  • Support for each child's social, emotional, cognitive and physical development
  • Focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.)
  • Focus on early literacy and language arts


  • Print concepts
  • Alphabetic and work/print comprehension
  • Phonological awareness
  • Literary response and analysis
  • Decoding and word recognition
  • Vocabulary
  • Visual comprehension
  • Language use and conventions
  • Grammar
  • Writing strategies

S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering And Mathematics)

Applying the S.T.E.M. approach to our daily curriculum blends mathematical concepts and science together to make learning interdisciplinary. This approach:

  • Stimulates investigations
  • Encourages predications and comparisons
  • Explores sizes, shapes, patterns and quantities

Healthy Eating And Physical Activity Standards

The Burbank YMCA Preschool offers two snacks and lunch daily. All meals align with our Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards, in accordance with the National Afterschool Association guidelines.

HEPA at a glance:

  • Water is the primary beverage
  • Only whole grain and whole foods provided
  • Meals cooked and prepared onsite
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables delivered weekly by local CA farmers
  • All meals served family style
  • Vegetarian options provided
  • Screen time & digital device limitations
  • Opportunity for physical activity appropriate for age

Fees, Deposits And Registration Packets

All programs require an annual $125 enrollment fee per child due upon registration.

Download CDC Info Sheet

Download Registration Packet

Calendar, Handbook & Monthly Menus

Financial Assistance

The YMCA provides membership services for any person or family, who desires to participate regardless of the ability to pay the standard program fee. Those that may be unable to pay the full fee may be awarded assistance based on their demonstrated ability to pay and the YMCA's ability to provide funding. Due to the demand for financial assistance, the YMCA must follow the eligibility guidelines. The YMCA reserves the right to adjust assistance as needed during any given calendar year. Notice will be provided in writing to our members when adjustments will be made. All rules and policies including but not limited to the Code of Conduct must be adhered to at all times while in the YMCA facilities or at YMCA sponsored events. Any violations may result in disqualification of assistance. Approval of Financial Assistance will not extend to programs outside of the CDC.


  1. Eligibility will be granted on the basis of financial need. Eligibility does not guarantee a financial assistance award. Financial Assistance awards are made to eligible participants based on the Y's available resources.
  2. Applicants will be required to pay a portion of the fees in addition to the assistance provided.
  3. Financial Assistance is awarded at the beginning of the school year (August) or prior to Summer Camp registration dates as stated in camp brochure. (If a child leaves the program, assistance will then be given to another qualifying applicant.)
  4. All past due balances must be paid to the satisfaction of the YMCA to be eligible for new or continuing Financial Assistance.

How to Apply

  1. Applications are available through the CDC during normal business hours. All records will be kept confidential.
  2. Applicants must fill out the Financial Assistance Application completely to be considered for financial assistance. Applicants are required to provide verification of household income. (The YMCA requires two current consecutive payroll stubs and the most current federal tax returns).
  3. If any member of the household is currently unemployed for any reason, including disability, documentation of unemployment is required.
  4. All sources of household income should be reported (this includes alimony, court ordered and non-court ordered child support, disability, worker's compensation, and any other government assistance). Documentation is required.
  5. The applicants will not be registered for programs until they satisfy their portion of the specified program fees.

Selection Process

  1. The assistance will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis, subject to available resources.
  2. Financial Assistance application will not be reviewed until all required documentation has been received by the YMCA.
  3. Eligibility of financial assistance will be determined by the Financial Aid criteria, based on a thorough review of the application and all supporting documentation.
  4. Assistance will be granted to the extent that funds are available.
  5. The YMCA reserves the right to deny or end assistance to any applicant at any time.

Download Financial Assistance Packet