At the Summit Area YMCA, we make each day an opportunity for your child to learn, grow, and thrive. Surrounded by strong role models who enforce positive behavioral values, promote healthy habits, and encourage creativity and exploration, children in our programs are able to have fun, learn, and enjoy a seamless transition from their academic school day into the Y’s After School Programs.

At the Berkeley Heights YMCA, a branch of the Summit Area YMCA, children may attend the OASIS (Offsite After School in School) program, in which they can remain at their school for the afternoon and participate in indoor and outdoor games, homework time, snack time, social time and enrichment programs such as STEM, Arts and Crafts, Yoga, and more all while closely supervised by responsible, enthusiastic and caring staff.  This program is especially designed to meet the needs of working parents who need a safe, supervised and stimulating place for their children (grades 1–6) to be after school every day.

Children in the following Berkeley Heights and New Providence primary schools are eligible to enroll in the OASIS program:

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•             Allen Roberts School

•             Salt Brook School

•             Mountain Park School

•             Thomas Hughes School

•             William Woodruff School

The OASIS program runs until 6:00pm and is offered anywhere from 2 – 5 days per week depending upon parents’ needs.

Furthermore, character education is an essential part of programs and the Summit Area YMCA’s commitment to youth development. Children are awarded with character cards when they have demonstrated one of our four Y core values; caring, respect, honesty and responsibility.

We are also proud to be a part of Healthy U, an award-winning, statewide initiative to combat childhood obesity in the child care setting.  The program uses a specific curriculum to educate children about healthy eating and incorporates 30 minutes of physical activity at least three times during the week.  The program also provides parents with valuable tips and suggestions to use at home for overall family wellness.  To learn more about Healthy U, please visit https://www.thesay.org/Programs/Detail/67/Healthy-U.

Y members whose children have participated in the OASIS program see the many benefits to the program. “My daughter really enjoys aftercare. She even asks me to come later when I pick her up early. As a working mom, knowing she is happy and enjoying her time while also doing homework and additional activities, is the best feeling. The staff is very caring and because of my positive experience, I have decided to re-register my daughter for the next school year.”

Another Y parent says, “I’m so glad my son has several positive male role models he looks up to and enjoys playing organized games and sports with.  He is meeting other children that he wouldn’t normally be exposed to in his classroom. He is also interacting with caregivers that are very nurturing and fun to be around. It’s great that he gets excited about the enrichment programs and is experiencing programs he would not normally be offered in school.”

For more information and to register for the OASIS program, please visit  https://www.thesay.org/Berkeley-Heights-YMCA-Childcare/Offsite-After-School-In-School  or contact  Krishma Patel, Director of Off-Site Afterschool Programs at (908)464-8373 X2040 or krishma.patel@thesay.org.  

As one of the area’s leading 501c3 organizations, the Summit Area YMCA’s mission is to support families by building a strong community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, our programs and services are open to all regardless of financial circumstance. To strengthen your community and provide others with the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive, make your tax-deductible donation today at www.theSAY.org/give.