Child Care & Camps

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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:

EARLY EDUCATION

FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN

SCHOOL AGE CHILD CARE

SUMMER DAY CAMP

 


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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FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN

Our Full Day Kindergarten program prepares 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 Full Day Kindergarten 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 will offer the school age child care programs for 2020-2021 through the following branches:

 


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 include: 

 


WHY CHOOSE THE Y

Age-Appropriate Curriculum

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.

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.

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, American Camp Association (ACA), 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 littlest learners. 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.