ENSURING BRIGHT FUTURES
At the Y, we’re here to help families get back to what matters most: nurturing the potential of every child. Our programs offer a safe, nurturing environment that give your children the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive at their own individual level while exploring their interests. They’ll have fun while building healthy and trusting relationships and self-confidence through our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
From the littlest learners at 6 weeks old to preparing for high school and beyond, Greater Somerset County YMCA supports the needs of working families with child care options at every age:
DAYCARE & EARLY EDUCATION
Our Early Education Centers create a warm, nurturing environment for children ages 6 weeks through 5 years where they feel secure and confident to discover their potential. The Y is a home away from home offering children a wide variety of age-appropriate experiences that foster the development of their social skills and individuality while stimulating their budding academic abilities and creativity.
Greater Somerset County YMCA Early Education Centers are located at the following branches:
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Our Full Day Kindergarten and Wrap-Around Kindergarten programs prepare children for a seamless academic and social transition to 1st Grade. Our program builds confidence and positive self-esteem while emphasizing the foundational academic skills necessary to take that next leap into elementary school.
Branches of Greater Somerset County YMCA providing Kindergarten Programs include:
SCHOOL AGE CHILD CARE
At Greater Somerset County YMCA, we are actively engaged with our local school districts regarding their K-12 school year reopening plans and how our Y can provide quality, complimentary support programs—whether your child is returning to school in-person and/or virtually. Program options to support working families will include AM/PM wrap-around care as well as out-of-school full-day (7:00am-6:00pm) options.
Greater Somerset County YMCA offers school age child care programs through the following branches:
- Franklin Twp YMCA
- Hillsborough YMCA
- Plainfield YMCA
- Princeton YMCA
- Somerset Hills YMCA
- Somerville YMCA
SUMMER DAY CAMP
Let’s get outside and enjoy the sunshine together! Our outdoor multi-activity camps offer a broad array of activities that engage and entertain campers, including theme days. Greater Somerset County YMCA summer day camps are offered at the following locations:
- Camp Timber at Bridgewater YMCA
- Camp STAR at Hillsborough YMCA
- Camp SOAR with Franklin Twp YMCA
- Camp RISE with Plainfield YMCA
- Princeton YMCA Day Camp
- Camp Sunburst at Somerville YMCA
- Camp Acorn at Somerset Hills YMCA
KIDS CORNER BABYSITTING
Kids Corner is a safe, nurturing place for your children to play while you work out at the Y. We think that every parent deserves a break, especially to exercise and feel healthy for you and your family. That’s why we offer complimentary babysitting to our members at Hillsborough YMCA, Princeton YMCA, Somerset Hills YMCA, and Somerville YMCA.
WHY CHOOSE THE Y
From 6 weeks old to getting ready for 1st Grade and beyond, our programs provide children with experiential learning and social emotional development opportunities — all guided by our caring Y staff.
Caring, Well-Trained Staff
Our staff is comprised of caring, nurturing individuals who are trained in early childhood education and degreed teachers. All staff are required to complete a minimum of twelve hours of on-going training on an annual basis and are certified in First Aid and CPR.
Home and school are a child’s two most important worlds. Our goal is to connect these two worlds in a positive, respectful way so the children feel secure and confident. Activities throughout the year offer opportunities for families to share in the school experience.
Committed to Your Child’s Safety
In an effort to continually improve the safety and security of our YMCA, we utilize a system called Raptor which instantly screens visitors against registered sex offender databases in all 50 states. This is in addition to sex offender screenings the Y regularly conducts on all members, participants, and staff. All authorized pick-ups must present a state or government issued photo ID every time when picking up a child.
Y For All
We believe that everyone—no matter who they are or where they’re from—deserves the opportunity and the resources necessary to reach their full potential. In addition to any community subsidies families may qualify for, the Y also provides direct financial assistance to qualifying families enrolled in our child care programs—made possible through the generosity of our Y’s Annual Campaign donors and proceeds from special fundraising events. Visit gscymca.org/fa to learn more.
THE Y: WHERE MEMBERSHIP MEANS MORE
The Y isn’t a building. It’s people from all backgrounds and walks of life who come together to improve their lives, nurture their families and strengthen their community, together.