Somerville YMCA

Early Education Center

teacher with baby and toddler holding soccer ball


Each day at Somerville 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





Infant & Toddler Care (Ages 6 weeks to 18 months)

INFANT CARE: 5 Full Days  |  Monday - Friday  |  7:00am-6:30pm  |  $1500 per month
TODDLER CARE: 5 Full Days  |  Monday - Friday  |  7:00am-6:30pm  |  $1300 per month

We care for infants and toddlers as young 6 weeks up to 2.5 years old in a shared classroom space. Learning to function as individuals and in a group, the children experience a wide range of activities such as sensory play, painting, stories and more. Child engage in self-initialed activity daily, balancing large and small motor skills with social language, sensory and self-help skill development.

Preschool 1 (Ages 2.5 years to 4 years)

5 Full Days  |  Monday - Friday  |  7:00am-6:30pm  |  $1200 per month

With a high focus on self-awareness and learning to engage with peers socially, children build the foundations needed to learn. Through play and interactive learning, children in preschool explore early math, reading, and writing concepts. 

Preschool 2 (Ages 4 years to 5 years)

5 Full Days  |  Monday - Friday  |  7:00am-6:30pm  |  $1100 per month

Preschool 2 prepares children for their next major milestone, Kindergarten! Through themes and studies, children become secure with math and literacy concepts such as numbers and letter identification, writing, and pre-reading skills. Children develop a sense of responsibility as they learn to care for the space and others around them and communicate their needs clearly. 

NEW! Kindergarten Program 2020 

5 Days  |  Monday - Friday  |  8:00am-5:00pm  |  $1006 per month*

*Extended care available upon request

Somerville YMCAs Kindergarten Program is dedicated to successfully preparing each child for a smooth transition to 1st Grade and elementary school. This program includes the required academic skills and provides the nurturing necessary to build confidence and positive self-esteem in each child. Our values emphasize caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, and we are committed to building healthy, confident children who reflect these values.

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




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 Pre-K and Kindergarten 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 Halloween Parties, Thanksgiving Lunch, and classroom volunteer opportunities.

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 to learn more.




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. 


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