Need help with child care this fall? The Westfield Area Y offers a safe and nurturing environment for your child to learn and grow. Comprehensive and flexible options are available for children 6 months of age through 8th grade to accommodate the needs of busy parents. 

Y Child Care in Garwood provides children ages 2 ½ - 5 with full and half day care, and children in Pre K-5th grade with before and after school child care.  Drop-in care, a flexible, fun and stimulating environment for children ages 2 ½ - 5 years is available by the hour or by the day with a one-time registration fee.  For more information, contact Melinda McHale at

The Y’s NAEYC-accredited Full Day Child Care Center on Elm Street offers a well-balanced blend of social interaction and self-discovery through free play,art, music and learning centers for children 6 months to 5 years of age.  For more information, contact Karen Theiss at

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The Y’s NAEYC-accredited Preschool at the Robert& Virginia Bauer Branch offers children ages 2-5 the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve.  Experienced and loving staff members lead programs in classrooms designed for exploration and hands-on learning.  For more information, contact Eileen Rooney at

School Age Child Care programs provide children with a fun and safe learning environment before and after school.  Vacation and snow day programs are also available.  Before School Care is offered at the Main Y on Clark Street as is Kindergarten Wrap-around and extended care (6:00-6:30pm). After school programs are offered at the Main Y as well as onsite at the McKinley, Tamaques, Jefferson, Wilson and Washington schools in Westfield. The Y’s Club Mid program is offered at Edison and Roosevelt Schools. For more information, contact Carolyn White at

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.