HACKENSACK, NJ— Parents now have the option to send their kids to a new before school child care program provided by the Greater Bergen County YMCA

The YMCA before school program will provide safe and quality care to children in all Hackensack elementary schools. The morning program establishes an environment where children begin their school day in a positive way. Parents can bring their children to the elementary school beginning at 7 a.m.

“We have listened to the community and responded to the need for a structured and supervised program so that parents can get to work on time and know that their children are safe,” said Martin Richards, senior program director for School Age Child Care at the Greater Bergen Y. 

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"As superintendent of Hackensack Public Schools, I am proud to have partnered with the Greater Bergen County YMCA to offer a before care program to go along with the successful after care program at our elementary schools,” said Superintendent Robert Sanchez. “This new before care program will offer our participating families peace of mind knowing that their children can be dropped off at school at 7 a.m. in a safe, supervised environment.” 

The before care program will take place on site at each school and will be supervised by YMCA child care staff. 

Registration is now open and can be done online at or in person at the Greater Bergen County YMCA, 360 Main St., Hackensack. Registration is ongoing throughout the school year. Childcare subsidies and financial assistance is also available for families. 

The YMCA will continue to offer its after school care program in the schools. Here’s what parents can expect from the YMCA before and after school program:

  • Trained and certified staff dedicated to youth development
  • On-site care before school starting at 7 a.m., and after school from dismissal until 6 p.m.
  • Academic support through daily help with homework
  • Enrichment activities in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM)
  • Healthy snacks that meet USDA nutrition guidelines and align with YMCA Health Eating and Physical Activity standards
  • Indoor and outdoor play, including 30 minutes of fun physical activity each day
  • Social and Emotional Learning/Mindfulness - Lessons that teach problem solving, embrace diversity and build healthy relationships that will last well into adulthood
  • Achievement program that fosters work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills and uses experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential
  • Regular specialists and special events to enhance the daily program
  • Opportunities for volunteering and community service projects
  • Continued care when schools are closed through our Vacation Camp 

The safety of children in the YMCA’s number one priority. The Y utilizes the Raptor web-based platform to screen guests, instantly identifying sex-offenders to prevent access to our facilities. Learn more about how the Y keeps kids safe.

The YMCA will also offer employment opportunities for child care workers in its before and after school programs. To view a current list of openings and qualifications, please visit the Y’s website.

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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.