MADISON, NJ - Kirby Kindergartners celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday in a very special way. During their peer reading session, Kirby Kindergarteners proudly took turns reading Green Eggs and Ham to each other in both English and Spanish. Since the start of the school year, the students’ reading skills and comfort level of reading aloud to their peers has flourished.

The full-day, academic kindergarten at the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA has a small teacher-to-student ratio for a more individualized learning approach. The curriculum exceeds the NJ State Core Curriculum content standards and Kirby students leave kindergarten fully prepared to transition to and succeed in any first grade program academically, socially and emotionally.

The F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA is one of the largest early childhood development centers and provides exceptional quality in child care 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. Located on almost 3-acres of property, the Center has a full-size gym, full kitchen that serves snacks and meals, a pediatric registered nurse on staff and five state-of-the-art playgrounds to serve all age groups.

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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. For more information and to register for Kirby kindergarten, please contact the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center at 973-377-4945.  

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.