MADISON, NJ - The F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA reveled in the excitement of Chinese New Year. The sights, sounds and tastes of Chinese New Year made this holiday come alive. Preschool students created a dragon and delighted their fellow students with a parade around the school. In the classrooms, students were presented with special Kamishibai storytelling, a form of visual and participatory storytelling that combines the use of hand drawn visuals with engaging narration. And as a tasty treat, the Center’s “Try It Tuesday” menu item was dumplings. Pictured: Ryan Myers, 5, of Madison, as the head of the dragon in the preschool parade. 

For more information about the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center, please call at 973-377-4945.  

The F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA is one of the largest early childhood development centers and provides exceptional quality in child care and curriculum-based early childhood education for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, Young 5 students and kindergartners. As a former elementary school, the Kirby Center facility is specifically designed for children. Located on almost 3-acres of property, the Center has a full-size gym, full kitchen that serves snacks and meals, a pediatric registered nurse on staff and five state-of-the-art playgrounds to serve all age groups.

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The F.M. Children’s Kirby Center is a member of the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance, a participating partner in the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey initiative to implement school-based food, nutrition and physical education programs and is also a flagship center for the Healthy U program which teaches preschool children the importance of physical activity and healthful nutrition. Financial assistance may be available for eligible families.

As a cause-driven charitable organization, the Madison Area YMCA is dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, and improving the community’s health and well-being and giving back by providing support to our neighbors.