School Age Child Care

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COUNT ON THE Y FOR QUALITY 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 virtuallyWe know working parents have busy schedules. We want to help provide some peace of mind knowing that your children are in a safe, supervised space where they can continue to focus on cognitive, physical and social development.

The Y is here to support the needs of area working families. Greater Somerset County YMCA is excited to offer the following school age child care programs for 2020-2021:

  • AM/PM wrap-around care
  • Out-of-school full-day program (7:00am-6:00pm)

We offer school age child care program options through the following branches of Greater Somerset County YMCA:

Please visit each branch for more details on specific programming and cost. 

NJ School Age Tuition Assistance Program

Your family may qualify for assistance to help lower the out-of-pocket cost of school age child care. Learn more and fill out an application here: https://www.childcarenj.gov/COVID-19-School-Age-Tuition-Assistance-Application 


“[The Y’s] school age aftercare program creates a community for the students – one of friendship, respect and independence. I have 2 children who participate in different programs at the Y, and across the board there is a culture of appreciation and respect for children. – Jennifer, YMCA Mom


WHY CHOOSE THE Y

More Than Healthy Snacks & Homework Help

Before and after school hours play an essential role in ensuring healthy development of our children – that’s why we reinforce what they learn in school through academic support and social interaction with activities like: homework time, reading, sports, games, arts and more. They’ll make friends, have fun and learn new skills that will carry them into their bright future.

Caring, Well-Trained Staff

Our staff is comprised of caring, nurturing individuals who 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.

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.

 


UPDATED SAFETY GUIDELINES

Safety first at the Y—always. Please be assured that your safety – and the safety of all our children and child care staff – is our number one priority. We’re following guidelines from health experts and local officials to ensure that our Child Care programs and facilities meet the highest standards for health and safety, and we have modified our child care policies and procedures to facilitate all recommended safe physical/social distancing practices. All updated YMCA practices are based on the current guidelines and recommendations set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), New Jersey Department of Children and Families (NJDCF) Child Care Licensing, as well as the State and local Health Departments.

LEARN MORE

All of our Y families have an important role to play in the health and safety of all children in our care. We’ve implemented some new policies and procedures in the interest of looking out for everyone’s safety. Be ready to go and make the most of your child's day with the Y. Visit gscymca.org/whattoexpect and learn more about what the Y is doing and what all members and participants will do to help ensure a safe experience for all.

TOGETHER, WE’RE A BETTER US.

 


THE Y: WHERE MEMBERSHIP MEANS MORE

We’re here to help you focus on what matters most: your health, your family and friends, and your community. 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.