As a strong believer in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Summit Area YMCA strives to provide the best programs for children and adults alike. A branch of the Summit Area YMCA specializing in childcare and educational programs, The Learning Circle YMCA (TLC YMCA), provides early education and care for children as young as 6 weeks through all day kindergarten where children can master foundational skills, learn healthy habits, build self-reliance, and achieve academic milestones.

The All Day Kindergarten program is held in the Kindergarten House specially designed for students of this age. Our program is dedicated to successfully preparing your child for a smooth transition to the first grade while emphasizing the Y values of caring, respect, honesty, and responsibility. In addition to having NJ State certified teachers, we also have a full time Nurse on staff to ensure the well-being and safety of our kids.

Kindergarteners enjoy outstanding curriculum, aligned Common Core State Standards in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics, in our spacious classrooms featuring discovery-oriented science and math programs, language and literature program (including sign language and Spanish), weekly swim and gym classes at the Summit YMCA, access to computers and iPads, community service opportunities, gross motor activities, first grade preparation and more. Children are also provided freshly prepared healthy lunches and snacks each day. For working parents, we also offer extended care options that fill the child’s day with fun, stimulating enrichment activities.

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We offer a 184-day Kindergarten program with over 10 days of additional care to (available even when the public school is closed) at no extra cost to you. We serve your child two snacks and a healthy lunch every day, the cost of which is included in your tuition.

Enrichment

The Learning Circle YMCA also offers the following enrichment activities listed below at no additional cost to parents:
• Swim and Gym at the Summit Branch
• Reading is Fundamental (R. I. F.)
• Special Family Events
• Community Service Projects
• Field Trips
• CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child’s Health)

Find out more about this program by attending either one of our open houses: Thursday, December 7th or Thursday January 4th from 5 – 6pm.  

For more information about full day kindergarten, please visit https://www.thesay.org/kindergarten or contact Ruby Hollingsworth at 908 273-7040 x 5257.

About the Summit Area YMCA 

The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)3 charitable organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Millburn, Springfield, Short Hills, Summit, Gillette, and Stirling. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those with demonstrated need. To strengthen your community and provide others with the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive, make your tax-deductible donation today at www.theSAY.org/give.