Parents of infants through preschoolers are invited to an open house on Saturday, Aug. 18 at the West Essex YMCA’s Peanut Shell Early Learning Center, 9 a.m. to noon.

The state-licensed Peanut Shell is the only childcare center in Livingston accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). It provides full- and part-time childcare for families in Livingston, West Orange, Roseland, the Caldwells and surrounding communities.

At the open house, children can learn about animals with The Lizard Guy and make crafts while parents tour the facility, learn about the curriculum, and meet Director Stephanie Anderson and teachers. The event includes free giveaways and yogurt parfaits.

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The Peanut Shell serves children as young as 6 weeks old and up to age 5 in a nurturing environment with lower than required child-to-teacher ratios. Open year-round from 7 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, the Peanut Shell is located at 706 Regent Street, Building No. 7 in the Regent Suite Office Park off Route 10 in Livingston.

Activities include swim lessons, gym classes, music enrichment, field trips, family events and special events, and projects that incorporate language arts and science. Visit https://www.metroymcas.org/west-essex-ymca/livingston-child-care/or call 973-533-1511 for more information.

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ABOUT THE Y

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.