LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges will offer full-day child care beginning on Thursday, April 2 to families of health care workers, first responders, and other essential personnel who need care for their children during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Y has temporarily opened two of its licensed child care facilities in East Orange and Livingston to provide care under the supervision of experienced, nurturing child care staff. Families do not need to be YMCA members to utilize this program.

Locations, ages, and operating hours include:

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  • East Orange YMCA, 314 William St., East Orange

    • First date is Friday, April 3

    • Ages 3-13 

    • 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

  • Peanut Shell Early Learning Childhood Center (part of the West Essex YMCA), 7 Regent St., #706, Livingston  

    • First date is Thursday, April 2

    • Ages 6 weeks to 13 years

    • 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

The cost of the program is $60 per child per day. Families can register for days as needed. Financial assistance is available, and the Y accepts Programs for Parents subsidies. 

Children in care will enjoy activities in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), virtual learning assistance, physical fitness, and help with e-learning assignments. Families provide their own labeled meals and snacks, and children who have remote school assignments can bring their own electronic devices such as a tablet or laptop.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide this critical need for our community members who are on the front lines each day helping to fight this pandemic,” said Richard K. Gorab, President and CEO of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges. “This essential program will reduce the stress on workers who are struggling to find quality and safe care for their children while serving the community.”

Safety of children and staff

The YMCA follows national, state, and local guidelines for ensuring the health and safety of children being cared for during this pandemic. Staff will undergo training to ensure they are practicing the most current cleaning and social distancing guidelines from public health authorities, including the CDC.

Families will need to complete required health forms upon registering, depending on their child’s age. The YMCA is taking extra safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including temperature checks of children upon entry by a nurse, monitoring children for symptoms of illness through the day, and enhanced daily cleaning and disinfection of surfaces. Children and staff are required to wash their hands when they arrive, and will wash hands frequently throughout the day. The Y will also use appropriate social distancing strategies to limit large groups, and parents will drop off children outside of the facility to limit adult entry. 

How to enroll your child

Registration must be completed online using a credit or prepaid card. For questions about East Orange’s program, contact Leah Greene at For questions about the West Essex Y program, contact Stephanie Anderson at



Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges invests in its diverse communities to promote wellness, safety and quality of life for children, adults and seniors. Its seven branches in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hackensack, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility through an array of programs. Some 35,000 people belong to the Metro Y, which awards more than $2.8 million annually in direct and indirect financial assistance.