EAST ORANGE, NJ - The East Orange YMCA is inviting families with children in grades K-5 to learn more about the Y’s School Age Child Care program during a Virtual Open House on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.

Families will be able to ask questions and meet instructors, and see the program in action. Participants can RSVP via an online form.

The Y currently offers full-day care for school-age students in grades K-5 who are learning remotely. The Y provides:

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  • Quiet space to engage in supervised virtual schoolwork with staff support

  • STEAM, Arts & Enrichment, Character Development and social-emotional learning

  • Outdoor recreational, sports and physical fitness activities to encourage movement and fun

  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Afternoon snack

The Y recognizes that not all school districts will have the same model for learning in the new school year, and we are working locally with districts to determine how we can support the needs of children and parents. As each school district modifies or finalizes plans, the Y will adapt so that our child care programs can best serve local families.

In order to help keep kids and staff healthy and safe throughout the school year, the Y is following CDC, state and local requirements and guidelines, has adapted several changes to its day-to-day operations, including:

  • Mask requirements for staff and children

  • Daily health screenings for children and staff

  • Reduced capacity in group activities

  • Snack time served in “pods” 

  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting 

  • More frequent handwashing breaks

  • Required training for staff on new procedures

Tuition assistance

In addition to the Y's financial assistance program and participating in child care subsidies program, New Jersey is providing tuition assistance through Dec. 30 for eligible residents with school-age children ages 5-13. Families with incomes up to $150,000 are eligible for up to $1,900 in full-time child care assistance. Part-time assistance is also available. To apply visit childcarenj.gov/COVID19. Proof of income and a notice/announcement from your child's school of a remote learning scheduling including hours are required.

For more information about the Y’s after school program visit metroymcas.org or contact Kim Winslow, School Age Child Care director, 973-673-5588 or kwinslow@metroymcas.org, or Leah Greene, senior School Age Child Care director, 973-762-1083 or lgreene@metroymcas.org.

ABOUT THE Y

Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges invests in its diverse communities to promote wellness, safety and quality of life for children, adults and seniors. Its seven branches in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hackensack, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility through an array of programs. Some 35,000 people belong to the Metro Y, which awards more than $2.8 million annually in direct and indirect financial assistance.

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