YMCA of Greater Bergen County

Child Care in the Hackensack and Bergen County Community


Happy Day ECLC - located at 360 Main St, Hackensack NJ.

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The YMCA of Greater Bergen County’s Happy Day ECLC (Early Childhood Learning Center) is a proud participant in the Grow NJ Kids initiative. Our philosophy is to provide a nurturing, safe and developmentally appropriate environment for your children. We believe the early years inspire children’s enthusiasm for loving life and the experiences within in.

Our approach to learning is through a play based approached and offers children the opportunity to investigate their interests and environments. Using the principles of The Creative Curriculum for Two’s and Preschool we are emphasizing the following:

  • positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning;
  • social-emotional competence is a significant factor in school success;
  • constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning;
  • the physical environment affects the type and
  • quality of learning interactions and teacher-family partnerships promote development and learning

TODDLERS:  (2 - 3 years) – Toddlers are learning so many new things at this age. They are very curious and active and bring so much happiness to our YMCA.

PRESCHOOL:  (3 – 5 years) – Our four preschool classrooms are always filled with new discoveries. Our experienced teachers are always leading deep, meaningful explorations to the help the three and five year old children to learn. 

2018 Program & Tuition Rates

Full Time – 5 days per week - $820 per month plus YMCA membership

½ Day (9-12:30pm) – 5 days per week - $560 per month plus YMCA membership

2 Full Days - $435 per month plus YMCA membership

3 Full Days - $650 per month plus YMCA membership

**Financial assistance is available by application.

If you are interested in finding out more about our program offerings and would like to schedule a tour please contact Mary Soto, ECLC Director at (201) 487-6600 x211 or by email at msoto@metroymcas.org.

School Aged Child Care (SACC)

This adult supervised program includes games, special projects, sports and more. Homework assistance is provided and won't interfere in the activities your child loves to participate in. Participants must be enrolled in Hackensack Schools. The After School Program is closed on holidays and any other day where there is no school in the daytime for any reason.

After School Care: Open until 6pm, on-site in the Hackensack Public Schools

Vacation Camp: Available daily when there is no school in Hackensack, and not during our summer camp programs.

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