All are invited to a free Start Healthy, Stay Healthy: Childhood Nutrition Seminar at the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA located at 54 East Street in Madison on Wed., Aug. 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The seminar will also be given at the Family Center located at 111 Kings Road in Madison on Fri., Sept. 28, from 9 to 11 a.m.


The seminars include complimentary babysitting and a light dinner. Each family will also receive a gift bag valued at more than $100 that includes a $75 ShopRite gift card (1 gift bag per family).


Give children the best possible start. The first 1,000 days makes all the difference. Current research shows that children’s eating patterns are set by the time they are 24 months old. This program teaches parents and caregivers ways to ensure the health and nutrition of young children. Topics include: the importance of providing healthier eating choices, how to conquer picky eaters’ habits and the secrets of appropriate portion management.

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Presenters include: Katie Koontz, Regional Healthy U Coordinator for the Madison Area YMCA; Pediatric Nutritionist Connie Shirtz, MS, RD, CDE and
F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA Health Services Coordinator Kristin Stanley, RN, BSN.


Registration is limited. Register at or contact Katie Koontz at or 973-377-4945.


The F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA is one of the largest early childhood development centers in Morris County. The Kirby Center provides exceptional quality, curriculum-based early childhood education and care for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, Young 5 students and full-day kindergartners, as well as kindergarten wraparound and school-age aftercare programs. As a Grow NJ Kids rated center, the Kirby Center has met the state benchmarks for delivering the highest quality in early childhood education and care. The Kirby Center is also licensed by the New Jersey State Departments of Children and Families, Education, Health, and Human Services. 


As a former elementary school, the Kirby Center facility is specifically designed for children. Kirby has a registered nurse on staff, a full-size gym and a full kitchen that serves snacks and meals that meet the latest nutritional standards of the Department of Agriculture. Located on almost 3 acres of property in a quiet residential setting, it also has five state-of-the-art playgrounds to serve all age groups.


The F.M. Children’s Kirby Center is a member of the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance, a participating partner in the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey initiative to implement school-based food, nutrition and physical education programs and is also a flagship center for the Healthy U program which teaches preschool children the importance of physical activity and healthful nutrition. Financial assistance may be available for eligible families.


As a cause-driven charitable organization, the Madison Area YMCA is dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, and improving the community’s health and well-being and giving back by providing support to our neighbors.