HACKENSACK, NJ - Families are invited to learn more about the Greater Bergen County YMCA’s preschool programs during a “March Science Madness” Open House on Saturday, March 13, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Families will be able to meet the program director, ask questions, and view a preschool classroom. Children ages 2-5 can enjoy free science-themed activities. 

To register, please fill out a brief online form.

Face masks are required and the Y will follow social distancing protocols.

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The Greater Bergen County Y offers affordable child care for children 2 years old to preschool age, with convenient hours and flexible scheduling options for working parents. Full day school age child care is also available at the Y for older siblings participating in remote learning. 

Center features include a fenced-in playground and indoor play spaces, including access to the gym, in addition to: 

  • Experienced, nurturing staff

  • Safe environment: Staff background checks, secure facilities and visitor screening

  • Low teacher-to-child ratios

  • Flexible scheduling options

  • Curriculums that promote youth development, healthy lifestyles, and social and emotional learning

  • Enrichment classes in STEAM, literacy, and more 

  • Daily communications with parents

  • Affordable, with financial assistance available through application

  • Access to variety of summer camp experiences

  • Inclusive environments with respect for cultural diversity

Classrooms are set up to support children in their development of fine and gross motor skills, and prepare them for kindergarten through hands-on experiences in learning centers for art, blocks, dramatic play, reading and writing, and STEAM.

Health and Safety

The Y has adopted stringent health and safety guidelines to help prevent the spread of illness, and to keep all children and staff safe. Protocols include daily temperature screenings and health checks, enhanced daily cleaning and sanitizing of classrooms using a safe, hospital-grade solution and UV lights, and social distancing measures.

Tuition assistance 

The Y understands the challenges families are facing due to the pandemic. Families are encouraged to apply for financial assistance through the Y for All Fund. Qualifying applicants can receive a reduced rate on their child care tuition. 

For more information

For more information about the Early Childhood Education Program, contact Mary Soto, Center Director, at msoto@metroymcas.org

To learn more about Child Care at the Y: metroymcas.org


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.