Karé Matrisciano is the new face of leadership at the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA as she has been named the director.
“I grew up at Kirby,” said Karé. “I spent my toddler and preschool years here, came back as a teacher’s aide during my high school and college years and then began my career at Kirby after graduating with my undergraduate degree. Ten years in the classroom and seven years in operational management at Kirby has brought me to where I am—which is exactly where I’m meant to be—working with the children of Kirby and deepening partnerships with their families. I’m excited to explore what we can do together as we bring Kirby into the next exciting decade.”
With curriculums for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, in addition to enriching before- and after-school programs, and specialty programs such as Talking Tots, Preschool Readiness and Kindergarten Readiness, the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center provides a solid early education foundation.
“What many people don’t realize is that we have a structured curriculum for every age group starting with our infant program,” said Karé, noting that teachers use the Creative Curriculum which includes developmentally appropriate goals and objectives that promote independence, self-confidence and self-control.
“Since the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center is part of the Madison Area YMCA, we have the ability to offer an all-inclusive option that develops the whole child,” said Karé. “Where else can students take swimming, sports, gymnastics, performing arts and enrichment classes as part of their program?” These options are available at the Family Center during the week, keeping weekends flexible for family time.
Since 2002, Karé has filled positions of increasing responsibility at the Kirby Center, and has managed the Center as acting director since September. She was associate executive director for more than two years prior to that. In her tenure, Karé also has had responsibility for classroom and program management, summer camp and philanthropy. She graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in social work and psychology.
“Karé has the wisdom and warmth required to lead the Kirby Center,” said Madison Area YMCA Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Sharon Kunas. “Not only is she fair and open to change, she has the ability to problem solve in thoughtful ways and has the respect of her colleagues. Kare has deep knowledge of early childhood education and child care programs and understands the needs of families in our community.”
The F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA is one of the largest high-quality, early childhood education centers in Morris County. The Kirby Center is a Grow NJ Kids rated childhood education center and a recipient of the Golden Acorn award. 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. Its safe, park-like campus is located on almost 3 acres of property in a quiet residential setting. There are also five state-of-the-art playgrounds to serve all age groups.
As a mission-driven nonprofit, the Madison Area YMCA is dedicated to empowering young people to reach their full potential, improving individual and community well-being, and providing support and inspiring action in our communities.