LIVINGSTON, NJ - Families are invited to learn more about the West Essex YMCA’s Peanut Shell Early Childhood Learning Center during a Virtual Open House on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. To RSVP and receive an event link, please fill out a brief online form.

Peanut Shell offers affordable child care for children ages six weeks to 13 years, with convenient hours and flexible scheduling options for working parents. Full-day preschool and kindergarten programs are available. 

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 temperature screenings and health checks upon arrival, enhanced daily cleaning and sanitizing of classrooms using safe, hospital-grade solution and UV lights, and social distancing measures in the classroom.

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Center features include a fenced-in playground and indoor and outdoor play spaces, in addition to: 

  • NAEYC accredited since 1996

  • Grow NJ Kids, 3 Star Rated

  • Experienced, nurturing staff

  • Safe environment: Staff background checks and secure facilities 

  • Low teacher-to-child ratios

  • Flexible scheduling options: Choose 3, 4, or 5 days a week 

  • Open 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. year round

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

  • Frequent communication 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.

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

Peanut Shell Early Childhood Learning Center, 706 Regent St. (Regent Street Office Park) Building #7, Livingston

  • Hours: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Contact info.: Jaime Behringer, Assistant Director, 973-595-0100 or

  • To learn more about Child Care at 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.