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Berkeley Heights YMCA Child Care $100 Offer!


Refer a friend to any of Berkeley Heights YMCA Child Care programs and receive $100 off one month’s tuition of your own!  Offer valid upon referral enrolling in any of the Berkeley Heights YMCA’s child care programs.  Please visit for details and offer.

The Y offers a variety of child care programs parents may need.  We nurture the child’s development by providing a safe place to learn fundamental skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

Our Preschool Program (Ages 3-5) stimulates interest and creates awareness of different people, objects and experiences through the use of cooking, music, science, nature, swim and gym, computers, arts and crafts, story-time, and dramatic play. Full day and half days are available for three, four or five days each week.

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The Kindergarten Wrap Program is designed for children enrolled in half day kindergarten and offers an extended day option by providing flexibility for working parents. Our program enriches your child's day with fun, educational, and creative activities.  Three, four or five day options are available.

Before School Care at the Y Program (Grades 1-5) offers parents the flexibility to drop off their child at the Berkeley Heights YMCA where care is provided from 7:00 a.m. to school time. Transportation is then provided to the appropriate elementary school.

After School Care at the Y (Grades 1-5) is an enrichment childcare program for children of working parents. At the end of the school day children are transported from their local schools to the Berkeley Heights YMCA for an afternoon of activities including homework time, structured recreational activities, quiet time, outdoor play, and snacks until 6 pm. Three, four and five day options are available.

Offsite Before School Care Program (Grades 1-6) offers parents the flexibility to drop off their child at the Salt Brook and a. W. Roberts schools. For those being dropped off at New Providence schools, care is provided from 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. The child is then released to their classroom at the opening bell.  Two, Three, Four and Five day options are available.

Offsite After School in School (O.A.S.I.S.) is an afterschool program where children grades 1-6 stay at their designated New Providence grammar school and can participate in various activities including quiet time, homework, indoor and outdoor games, arts and crafts group games and projects.  Two, Three, Four and Five day options are available.

Extended Care is our program at the Berkeley Heights YMCA where your child can stay a half hour longer from 6 PM to 6:30 PM three, four or five days each week.

For more information about these programs, please visit or contact Holly Sylvestri, Childcare and Specialty Camp Director at (908)738-2145 or or Krishma Patel, Director of Afterschool Off-Site Programs and Camp at (908)464-8373 X2040 or

The Summit Area YMCA is one of area’s leading 501c3 organizations. Our programs and services are open to all through our financial assistance programs made possible through the generosity of our members, donors, staff and partners. To help us help others, please make your donation today at

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Watchung Borough Mayor and Council Approve Affordable Housing Settlement

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 Mayor Stephen Pote was forced to cast the deciding vote after the council deadlocked at 3-3.

Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith Attends Gun Safety Bills Signing Ceremony with Gov. Murphy in Trenton

June 14, 2018

TRENTON, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith attended a gun safety package bill signing ceremony at the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton on Wednesday with Governor Phil Murphy. Mayor Smith joined a bipartisan group of local and state elected officials, as well as members of Moms Demand Action of Union County, at the event. 

“As a leader in Sandy Hook Promise, I was happy to accept the ...

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Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

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