Five Star Kids Pre-K

Because Military Children Serve Too

A Certified Purple Star School


The Five Star Kids Pre-K Program, at the Armed Services YMCA of Hampton Roads, offers “full day” and “school day” classes. Each child’s growth will be monitored through observations, portfolio documentation, developmental checklists, and the use of assessment data to ensure all students are meeting important learning milestones. Children will be prepared for a successful transition to kindergarten while they become independent, enthusiastic, and self-confident learners.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Armed Services YMCA offers affordable, accessible, high-quality child care services and preschool programs for military children. Our trained, dedicated, and caring staff prepare children for future success by teaching social skills, creativity, literacy, and fine and gross motor skills.

Junior enlisted families have an overwhelming need for child care. Affordable child care can increase a military family’s financial security and well-being, allowing service members to stay focused on their mission, and providing spouses and partners the opportunity to work and pursue education. With military spouse unemployment rates averaging six times that of the national average, accessible child care is vital to military family readiness and resilience.

Access to affordable, reliable, and high-quality child care opportunities provide families with financial stability and family resilience. For military families in particular, child care is essential to the mission readiness of the service member and to the employment of the military spouse.

Additionally, children enrolled in a high-quality Child Development program:

  • receive quality early education that fosters cognitive and socioemotional growth;
  • build the cognitive and character skills that children need to do well in school and in life, including attentiveness, persistence, impulse control, and sociability;
  • build foundations for long-term success in life;
  • are more likely to earn higher wages, live healthier lives, and raise stronger families.

To reserve placement in our Five Star Kids Pre-K, You will need to complete the steps listed below. Supporting documents, forms, and online portal links are listed in the Enrollment Resources section below.

  • Create your free ASYMCA membership using the link in the Enrollment Resources section below. Please be sure to list all household members in your account. A step-by-step instruction sheet is available for download in the Enrollment Resources section.
  • Complete your application by downloading the PDF form located in the Enrollment Resources section.
  • Using the links in the Enrollment Resources section, review and apply for Tuition Assistance through the appropriate tuition subsidy.
  • After we have received your application for placement, an ASYMCA Hampton Roads staff member will contact you to schedule an appointment to finalize your child(ren)’s registration. You will need to bring the following documents to this appointment:
    • A current doctor signed physical, dated within the last year
    • A copy of your child’s immunization record
    • Child’s Original Birth Certificate
    • Valid photo ID for parent or guardian
    • Current LES for active-duty military members to verify rank for tuition rates
    • Medication Form for prescription and non-prescription medications
    • Current Allergy/Asthma Action Plan (completed by a doctor), if applicable.
    • You will complete a CACFP form during your scheduled appointment.
  • School Day (8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.): $7,410 ($195/week for 38 weeks)
  • Wrap-Around Care (6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.): *$2,850 ($75/week for 38 weeks)

*Wrap-Around Care allows for drop-off between 6:30 am with pick-up at 6:00 pm for a weekly fee of $75 in addition to the School Day rate and contracted per semester.

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Mixed Delivery Tuition Assistance

The Five Star Kids Pre-K at the ASYMCA is 1 of only 6 schools selected to receive the Hampton Roads Mixed-Delivery grant! This program is sponsored by Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and EVMS Minus 9 to 5. Acceptance into the program is not on a first-come, first-served basis, and a limited number of Pre-Kindergarten spots are available. To be eligible for a full Mixed Delivery Scholarship, children must be 4 years old on or before Dec. 31 of the school year for which you are applying and live in the southeast portion of Virginia. In addition, eligible students are selected based on the following eligibility criteria and identified risk factors: including: having low family income (based on Federal Poverty Guidelines), having a parent who did not complete high school; lacking fixed, regular or adequate housing (homelessness); and/or Active-Duty military.

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