The Westfield Area Y is pleased to announce a new, larger Garwood Family Center Y facility located at the former Washington School location, 500 East Street in Garwood!   The new facility has been renovated for learning and fun for kids ages 2 ½-8th grade.  An Open House for the community is being held on Saturday, November 3rd from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.  Parents can learn about the child care programs, meet the caring and experienced Y staff and explore the new classrooms and indoor activity room.  There will be activities for the kids such as arts and crafts and light refreshments too.

The new center will include full day child care, drop-in care, half day and full day preschool, before and after school child care and summer day camp. Children ages 2 ½ - 5 will enjoy a well-balanced blend of social interaction and self-discovery through play, art, music and learning centers.  The program will be offered as a half day from 8:45 am – 11:15 am or as a full day from 8:45 am – 2:30 pm, five days a week. 

The preschool and full day programs incorporate “The Creative Curriculum for Early Childhood” into their daily lesson plans.  The curriculum encourages children to become enthusiastic learners and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and think their own thoughts.  Content areas include:  literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, arts, technology, healthy habits and character development.

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The school age child care program includes transportation to and from the Garwood and Cranford schools.  Homework assistance and sports enrichments will be available.

For those who cannot make the Open House, please call Melinda McHale, Garwood Child Care Director at (908) 301-1616 or email for more information or to schedule a personal tour. The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Visit to learn more about Westfield Area Y programs.  Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.