When you entrust your child to the Y, we strive to fulfill our promise to make each day an opportunity for your child to grow, to learn something new, and to feel secure and confident in discovering their potential. YMCA childcare is much more than day care. We try to make your child’s experience and our facilities your child’s home-away-from-home. The YMCA is the largest not-for-profit provider of child care in the country. We tailor our programs and are especially attuned to the special needs, busy schedules, and budgets of single parents and dual-career families who are now able to go to work secure in the knowledge that their child is being cared for and educated in a safe, stimulating, constructive, supervised environment.
We know that children watch everyone and absorb everything around them. That’s why our childcare, afterschool, kid zone, and camp programs are staffed with certified teachers and nurturing caregivers with many years of experience and expertise and who understand the cognitive, physical, and social development of children so that children feel safe, supported, and connected so that they can mature and thrive. And, we weave Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility into all we do as we believe foundational skills and values learned early in life form the building blocks for a happy, healthy, centered person.
The Summit Area YMCA is the area’s largest childcare provider serving over 600 children at our four branches with early education and childcare programs for children as young as six weeks through All Day Kindergarten for six year olds. Additionally, our mission to develop and nurture the potential of every child, to provide opportunities and outlets for healthy living and healthy choices, and to strive to be socially responsible citizens empowers us to provide inventive programs such as the 7th Grade Initiative and the Achievers Program for teens and youth. Our childcare programs are licensed by the State of New Jersey.
We are also part of CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) an award-winning statewide initiative that combats childhood obesity in the after-school setting. This program teaches kids about healthy living choices and lifestyles and incorporates 30 minutes of non-competitive physical activity into the child’s day at least three times during the week. Please inquire about our Y Cares Financial Assistance program which is confidentially administered and evaluated on a need-based sliding scale. Applications are available online at www.thesay.org.
Your peace of mind and your child’s growth and development are important to us. Please visit us at any of our branches to learn more about our programs or visit our website at www.thesay.org. We are here to serve you.
The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading charitable 501(c)3 organizations. Our programs and services are open to all through our financial assistance programs made possible through the generosity of our members, donors and partners. To help us help others, make your tax-deductible donation today at www.theSAY.org