Metuchen, Edison, South Amboy August 2019 – A new school year is filled with potential—a chance to start new routines and habits, build new friendships and discover new possibilities and interests. It’s an exciting time for many children, however—at the end of the school day, 1 in 5 children do not have someone to care for them after school, according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness organization. As families are transitioning from summer to fall, the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy (MEWSA) is offering programs to school-aged children throughout Avenel, Colonia, Edison, Fords, Iselin, Metuchen, Sayreville, Sewaren, South Amboy and Woodbridge to keep youth active, busy and engaged during out-of-school time. Through a well-rounded approach to youth development, the Y’s programs offer activities in a caring and safe environment during the critical hours after school. Whether through sports, mentorship, or academic support, the Y nurtures the potential of youth throughout the school year.

“One in five children do not have someone to care for them after school, an essential time to help increase children’s academic success,” said Rose Cushing, President & CEO of the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy. “Afterschool at the Y is an opportunity for families to ensure their kids are receiving additional support, continued learning and a chance to participate in meaningful activities that can inspire children’s motivations and abilities to succeed.”

The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, supporting their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development from birth to career. In the YMCA of MEWSA’s afterschool programs youth engage in physical activities, learning opportunities and imaginative programs that encourage them to explore who they are and what they can achieve. Students will have the opportunity to begin their homework, participate in STEM activities and join in a variety of programmatic and activity options to explore and develop their interests and talents. HEPA (Healthy Eating and Physical Activity) habits are strongly reinforced and part of our daily programs.  Financial assistance is available to those in need, to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the YMCA of MEWSA.

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For more information about the YMCA of MEWSA’s afterschool programs, please contact Erin Siemers for the Metuchen and Edison community at erin.siemers@ymcaofmewsa.org or Cindy Shields for the Woodbridge, South Amboy and Perth Amboy community at cindy.shields@ymcaofmewsa.org.  You can also visit ymcaofmewsa.org/child-care/general-information for more information on our programs.

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About the Y

The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy is a charitable, nonprofit organization devoted to supporting individuals and families—regardless of age, income or background—in their quest to realize their full potential through programs and services that foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Each day we serve over 20,000 YMCA members and 1,000 children in childcare in five communities throughout Middlesex County.  The YMCA of MEWSA has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.