The YMCA of Ross County offers preschool for children between the ages of 3 and 5. Our state-licensed program is rooted in the concept that learning and play are interconnected. We provide a safe, engaging and consistent environment for all children. Our program has year-round availability. We have adapted the Creative CurriculumĀ® for preparing the children for Kindergarten. We also believe in the importance of creative activity, play and recreation. Children in the Y Preschool frequently have opportunities for free play, field trips to the park, swimming in our pool and structured recreation in the gymnasium.

Our teachers and aides seek to help children gain confidence, explore their surroundings, collaborate with other children, improve their self esteem, to learn and have fun. The Y Preschool is state-licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Children in our preschool must be 3 years old before enrolling and must be potty trained.


While the preschool structured day begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm, before and after school is available and included for all preschool students. Our before-school program begins at 6:15am and provides supervised art projects, playtime and games for children. The program also provides healthy snacks and drinks. Our after-school program offers academic support, art, reading and play for children and is open until 6:00pm.


My name is Tashia Mills and I have worked in the child care program here at the YMCA since 2014. I graduated from Ohio University in 2012 with my bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. I began my career here at the Y as a preschool teachers and have also worked at the Head Start program in the past. I'm a lifelong resident of Chillicothe, where I enjoy spending time with my husband, Shane, and our son, Andrew. I'm excited to serve as the director of child care programs, including our preschool program. I love working with both the children and their families! 
For more information on the Y Preschool, contact Tashia at

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