The Early Learning Center YMCA announced registration is open for the new infant and toddler classrooms opening Sept. 3. 

The Early Learning Center YMCA offers year-round child care education programs for children ages 6 months to 4 years from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended care also available until 6:30 p.m. at the Westfield Area YMCA. Programs are available from two to five days a week. 

“We have offered full-day child care at this location for over 30 years and continually evaluate and enhance our programs and offerings,” said Director Eileen Rooney. “There has been a growing need from working parents for a nurturing program with experienced and consistent teaching staff for this youngest age group.”

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In addition to meeting or exceeding state-licensing requirements, the Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. 

To be NAEYC-accredited, a childcare program must go through a process of self-study involving children, parents and teachers.

A variety of criteria related to providing a developmentally appropriate program must be met, including well-qualified and trained staff and strict health and safety standards. Also, the program must provide a wealth of opportunities for parent involvement.

The Early Learning Center YMCA incorporates “The Creative Curriculum for Early Childhood” into daily lesson plans. The goal is to help the children become enthusiastic learners and active and creative explorers.

This branch of the Westfield Area YMCA is located at 170 Elm Street behind the First Baptist Church. For more information or to arrange a tour, contact Eileen Rooney, Director, at 908-654-8460 or Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.