Arts & Entertainment

Press Releases

After School Childcare Programs Where Kids Learn, Grow and Thrive


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:

Sign Up for E-News

•             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

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  or contact  Krishma Patel, Director of Off-Site Afterschool Programs at (908)464-8373 X2040 or  

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

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

Sleep out at Covenant House

June 18, 2018

I can enjoy the same movies over and over like it were the first time to see them.  My kids roll their eyes at this.  Well, many unimaginable things happen as you become a certain age, and you tend to learn to accept those things graciously as gift.   But I remember the movie “The Blind Side.”  Until I saw that movie, I didn’t know homeless children ...

Seth Meyers Attends Summit Medical Group Foundation's (SMGF) 5th Annual Gala & Auction

June 22, 2018

Seth Meyers, host of NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, was recently a special guest at Summit Medical Group Foundation's (SMGF) 5th Annual Gala & Auction where a record-breaking $1.35 million was raised. 

SMGF’s Annual Gala & Auction raises critical funds to ensure the Foundation can continue to offer access to high-quality ...

What Is HIIT and Why All The Buzz?

HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. Many people, especially those with busy schedules, love HITT because they can get maximum benefits in a short period of time! According to Shape Magazine, “Research shows you can achieve more progress in a mere 15 minutes of interval training (done three times a week) than the girl jogging on the treadmill for an hour. And according to ...

Register Today for Summer Youth Courses Offered at Union County College

CRANFORD – This summer the Office of Continuing Education at Union County College is expanding its course offerings for youth ages 11-18. Classes are taught by NJ-certified teachers and subject matter experts that specialize in delivering high-quality youth programs. Classes begin the week of June 25 and run through August 23.

Classes offered include Introduction to Musical Theater, ...

Summit Area YMCA Pride Celebration Brings Strong Support from the Local Community

On a sunny Friday Afternoon in June, the Summit Area YMCA hosted its first Pride Event at Columbia Park in Berkeley Heights.

This first-of-its-kind event was to provide a venue for our local community to show its support of the LGBTQ community. June has been designated as the month to celebrate LGBTQ pride worldwide. According to the Library of Congress, “Celebrations include pride ...

Missing in North Plainfield: Have You Seen Angel?

June 21, 2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Have you seen Angel?

Angel is a seven year old black and white Husky last seen near Westervelt Ave. and Manning Ave. on June 16. Her family says she is very friendly. 

If found, call Andrea at  888-466-3242.


Linden Man Arrested After Explosion in Cranford

June 21, 2018

CRANFORD - On Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 7:06 p.m. the Cranford Police Department received
information that an explosion was heard in the area of Raritan Road and Summit Terrace. Through
a joint investigation with the Union County Prosecutor's Office and Linden Police Department, the
Cranford Police Department Detective Bureau identified a suspect through surveillance video ...

What's Hot and What's Not

Summer is a great time to take a step back, sip a cool beverage, and take a look at what’s going on in the world of college admissions.  Departments use the summer to evaluate how their year went and plan on any changes they want to make for the fall.  Did they over-enroll? Under-enroll?  What application materials were useful to them?  Which were redundant or time ...

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...