It's not too late to sign up for full-day kindergarten and Young 5s at the Madison Area YMCA's F.M. Kirby Children's Center! Kirby offers an academic advantage for entrance into the area's top-notch school districts through its full-day progressive kindergarten. The day runs from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Kirby's kindergarten provides a structured, highly academic curriculum in a small class-size setting that focuses on problem solving, language arts and math using the Singapore math program, as well as Spanish, music and gym. Kirby's kindergarten teaching team is headed up by a state-certified lead teacher with a master's degree in early childhood education and the curriculum exceeds New Jersey core content standards. The small student to teacher ratio provides students with exceptional support and encourages lots of one-to-one instruction. Kirby's Young 5s program is specifically designed to meet the differing needs of children who are nearing kindergarten age. It is ideal for children who miss the October 1 kindergarten cut-off date, but who are ready for more than preschool; children who make the cut-off, but need more structured preparation to help them get ready for kindergarten; and children who are age-eligible and ready for kindergarten but would benefit from higher level academic work. One, two, three, four or five day a week options are available from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Focusing on developing the whole child, the Young 5s program prepares children for the academic rigors now expected of kindergartners in addition to developing their social and emotional growth in a way that enables them to experience the full benefit of their foundational kindergarten year. Students leave Kirby's Young 5s program well-prepared to confidently transition to, and succeed in, any kindergarten program. The F.M. Kirby Children's Center of the Madison Area YMCA is state-renowned as an early childhood development center and provides exceptional quality in childcare and curriculum-based early childhood education for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, Young 5 students and kindergartners. As a former elementary school, the Kirby Center facility is specifically designed for children and is located on almost 3-acres of property. The Center has a full-size gym, full kitchen that serves snacks and meals developed by a staff nutritionist and five state-of-the-art playgrounds to serve all age groups. The F.M. Children's Kirby Center is a member of the prestigious New Jersey YMCA State Alliance and a participating partner in the Horizon Foundation's Healthy U initiative in New Jersey to teach children the importance of healthy eating and being physically active for life. Financial assistance may be available for families that qualify.

For more information on the F.M. Kirby Children's Center and all children's programs offered, please contact Laura Gloss, Director of Childcare Services, at 973-377-4945 ext. 3226 or by email at You may also visit the website at The F.M. Kirby Children's Center is located at 54 East Street in Madison.