Somerset Hills YMCA

Early Education Center

ENSURING BRIGHT FUTURES.

Each day at Somerset Hills YMCA, we nurture the potential of every child. Because the early years are so important to a child’s life, we are dedicated to making them the most enriching. At the Y, we provide a fun, safe and structured hands-on learning experience—your children can discover their full learning potential in a home away from home.

Our Early Education Center offers a wide variety of experiences that help the children to learn, grow and thrive. Our goal is to stimulate the children’s academic abilities and creativity while fostering the development of their social skills and individuality.

The Y’s core values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility are woven throughout our Center's program to create a warm, nurturing environment for children; a home away from home, where they feel secure and confident to discover their potential.

For more information about our program, please contact our Director of Child Care 

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VIEW OUR COVID-19 CHILD CARE REOPENING GUIDE

 


OUR PROGRAM OPTIONS

Waddler Program (Ages 3 months to 24 months)

5 Full Days  |  Monday - Friday  |  7:30am-6:00pm  |  $1550 per month*
3 Full Days  |  7:30am-6:00pm  |  $1160 per month
2 Full Days  |  7:30am-6:00pm  |  $915 per month

*$1395 per month after 10% sibling discount when both children are enrolled in 5-day full-time option

We care for infants as young as 3 months to toddlers of 24 months who are learning to function as individuals, and in a group, as they experience a wide range of activities from sensory play and painting, to stories and baby sign language. Children engage in self-initiated activity daily, balancing large and small motor skills with social, language, sensory and self-help skill development. Teacher to child ratio is 1:4.


Toddler Program (Ages 2 years to 3 years)

5 Full Days  |  Monday - Friday  |  7:30am-6:00pm  |  $1450 per month*
3 Full Days  |  7:30am-6:00pm  |  $1100 per month
2 Full Days  |  7:30am-6:00pm  |  $895 per month

*$1305 per month after 10% sibling discount when both children are enrolled in 5-day full-time option

This program is rich in language and sensory experiences and fosters self-paced development. Our 2- and 3-year-olds are encouraged to continually explore their surroundings while we introduce them to letters, colors and numbers. Toddlers are motivated and supported to participate in new activities as they become developmentally ready.Once your child is 2.5 years old, we work in conjunction with your family to toilet-train your child using positive, motivational, rewards-based techniques. Parents receive a daily written report of their activities. Teacher to child ratio is 1:5.


Preschool 1 Program (Ages 3 years to 4 years)

5 Full Days  |  Monday - Friday  |  7:30am-6:00pm  |  $1250 per month*
3 Full Days  |  7:30am-6:00pm  |  $930 per month
2 Full Days  |  7:30am-6:00pm  |  $780 per month

*$1125 per month after 10% sibling discount when both children are enrolled in 5-day full-time option

Our Preschool classrooms use manipulatives, table toys, books, music/movement, art, library, science and nature to present different development themes for children to explore each week while they learn to follow directions in preparation for kindergarten. Readiness activities related to shapes, colors, letters, and numbers are incorporated into themes such as Community Helpers, Holidays, Transportation, Science, Social Events and Health. Physical activity, library, physical education, and music enrichment classes are also an important part of our curriculum. Teacher to child ratio is 1:7.


Preschool 2 Program (Ages 4 years to 5 years)

5 Full Days  |  Monday - Friday  |  7:30am-6:00pm  |  $1250 per month*
3 Full Days  |  7:30am-6:00pm  |  $930 per month
2 Full Days  |  7:30am-6:00pm  |  $780 per month

*$1125 per month after 10% sibling discount when both children are enrolled in 5-day full-time option

Preschool 2 prepares children for their next major milestone, Kindergarten! They become secure with concepts such as numbers, colors, days, months, and letters, coordinated through weekly themes. Reading, writing and individual thinking is emphasized. Frequent assessments ensure each child’s learning needs and styles are met. Our 4- and 5-year-olds enjoy physical education, music and library each week as part of the curriculum and included in tuition. Teacher to child ratio is 1:10.

 


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For more information about our program, please contact our Director of Child Care 

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WHY CHOOSE THE Y

Age-Appropriate Curriculum

Understanding how children develop and learn is vital to a quality early childhood program. Our program is designed to consider the general patterns of growth, as well as to recognize and accept individual differences among children.

At the Y, we use The Creative Curriculum® to enhance the children’s social, emotional, physical, cognitive and linguistic development. The Creative Curriculum is a comprehensive, research-based, research-proven, whole-child approach to education—one where children develop not only math and literacy skills but also social-emotional, physical, and cognitive skills.

The Curriculum features exploration and discovery as a way of learning, focused in six content areas: literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, arts, and technology. It includes developmentally appropriate goals and objectives for children within four main categories of interest: social-emotional, physical, cognitive, and language.

The Creative Curriculum organizes the learning environment into a variety of interest areas including blocks, dramatic play, toys & games, art, discovery and more! Children are immersed in learning through purposeful play-based experiences on topics they're familiar with from their everyday lives. These experiences help foster children's social competence, support learning through play, create rich environments for learning, and forge strong home-school connections.

Further enrichment opportunities are included within the Preschool I and Preschool II weekly schedule. These offerings include gross motor instruction and music that help develop the whole child.

Social-Emotional Development

Sanford Harmony™ is a social-emotional learning program designed to foster communication, connection and community both in and outside the classroom through an environment of acceptance and inclusion that celebrates strengths and differences. This PreK-6 evidence-based program helps children develop into compassionate and caring adults. Aligned with the Y’s four core values, Harmony-based stories, games, songs, and a variety of age-appropriate lessons are seamlessly integrated into our YMCA Early Education Center’s Preschool experience. Intentional activities help children develop self-confidence, control, and respect for the feelings and rights of others.

Quality Staff

Our staff is comprised of caring, nurturing individuals who are trained in early childhood education. 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.

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.

Family Involvement

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, such as our Thanksgiving Lunch, Holiday Party and June Picnic.

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.

 


AT THE Y, SAFETY FIRST

As we continue to reopen our doors in conjunction with the phases of New Jersey’s Restart and Recovery Plan, please be assured that your safety –and the safety of all our children and Early Education staff – is our number one priority. We’re following guidelines from health experts and local officials to ensure that our facilities meet the highest standards for hygiene and safety. 

VIEW OUR COVID-19 CHILD CARE REOPENING GUIDE

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 at the Y when you know What to Expect during drop-off and pick-up at our Early Education Centers

TOGETHER, WE’RE A BETTER US.