HACKENSACK, NJ - Families are invited to learn more about the Greater Bergen County YMCA’s Early Childhood and School Age Child Care programs during a series of virtual and in-person Open Houses.

Early Childhood Program Dates & Times

  • Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. (Virtual)

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  • Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. (In-person)

  • Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (In-person) 

 To RSVP for any of these dates, please fill out a brief online form.

 Before and After School Care

  • Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m (Virtual)

Participants can RSVP via an online form.

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. 

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.

The after-school program begins Nov. 9 in Hillers, Parker, Fairmount, and Jackson Ave. schools, and will run from dismissal to 6 p.m. Care is available for each cohort, which is 2 days a week and every other Wednesday. 

The Y also currently offers full-day care for school-age students who are learning remotely, for grades Pre-K to 5, with after care available. Programs are held at the Y or at schools sites.

The Y provides:

  • A quiet space to engage in supervised schoolwork with Y staff support

  • Enrichment in STEAM

  • Character development and social-emotional learning

  • Fun outdoor recreation, sports, and physical fitness activities

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.

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. 

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

For more information

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

For more information about the Y’s After School Program contact Anjole King, program director, at aking@metroymcas.org.

To learn more about Child Care at the Y: 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.