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Phelps Ingersoll Center for Children

Our preschool serves a full continuum of families including those with and without economic challenges as it prepares children for their continued educational journey. The YMCA Preschool Program provides high quality, professional childcare and early childhood education to children age 3 – 5 years. The preschool provides a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of young children.  In addition, the preschool acts as an education resource for parents and provides assistance in meeting the needs of the families served.


The preschool is licensed by the state of Connecticut, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and funded by the Middletown School Readiness Program. The Center uses the Middletown Preschool Curriculum, developed from the CT Preschool Curriculum and Assessment Frameworks. All preschool sites are staffed by well trained, caring professionals who will take great care of your child as they develop their own talents, uniqueness, and independence.

Contact Us: 
Karyn Hurlbert Director
Rachel Johnson, Childcare Admin Asst.
View the slideshow below to take a peek inside the wonderful world of our classrooms!
YMCA Preschool Programs reflect the economic and racial diversity of the Middletown Community. All are welcome to enroll their child to give their child the opportunity to participate in this high quality school readiness program. Families do not need to be eligible for financial assistance. 

Tuition is assessed via a sliding fee scale for eligible families. Weekly fee is determined by household income. Care4Kids accepted and welcomed!


The Middlesex YMCA is a non-profit health and human services organization which offers high quality programs, services, and facilities with open doors to serve all within the community. 


Located at 99 Union Street.

  • Open Monday through Friday year round from 7:15 am to 5:15 pm. (Including summer).

  • Breakfast, lunch, and snack included. Meals are nutritious and served in accordance with the regulations of the USDA Food Program.

  • Fee: Tuition is assessed via a sliding scale fee for eligible families. Weekly fee is determined by household income. Care 4 Kids accepted.

YMCA @ MacDonough School

Located at 66 Spring Street.

  • Operates according to the Middletown Public School calendar. Hours are 8:50am to 3:40 pm when school is in session.

  • Snack included. Lunch is NOT included. Children must bring their own lunch. 

  • Fee: Tuition is assessed via a sliding scale fee for eligible families. Weekly fee is determined by household income. Care 4 Kids accepted.


General Information

To inquire about a tour or enrollment or for general questions/inquiries, please contact Karyn Hurlbert at or 860-343-6227.  


For more information on:


  • USDA Nutritional Guidelines, please click here.

Important Forms

For an Inquiry form, please click here.

Forms may then be emailed to, faxed to (860)343-6254, or delivered/mailed to the YMCA located at 99 Union Street. You will be contacted via phone or email by the Director when there is a space available for your child to enroll.

​YMCA Phelps Ingersoll Parent Handbook, please click here.

Care4Kids Website, please click here

Care 4 Kids Application, please click here.

Care 4 Kids Parent-Provider Agreement (PPA), please click here

Care 4 Kids Applications and PPA’s should be completed by families and submitted to the Phelps Ingersoll Center for Children located at 99 Union Street via email, fax, mail, or in person. The YMCA will then complete the provider portions and will submit all information to Care 4 Kids.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, Macdonough site will follow the Middletown Public Schools delay/closing schedule.

Information about the status of the Preschool at 99 Union Street will be sent to parents via Class DOJO. 

General Information
Important forms
Inclement Weather
Inquiry Form
Preschool Inquiry Form
Which Site are you interested in?
Thank you for your interest in our Preschool Program! Our Director will be in touch soon!
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