YMCA Supporting Families with Affordable Child Care During the School Year

By: Mollie Shauger | Monday, September 28, 2020 | Child Care

A YMCA staff member assists a school-age child with virtual lessons.

LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges strives to create opportunities for all. Providing affordable, quality programs is central to the Y’s mission of strengthening communities, by ensuring that each person, no matter their background and economic status, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.

The Y for All Fund enables individuals and families to participate in the Y’s programs and services at a cost that’s affordable - and manageable. Anyone is eligible to apply for financial aid, which can be used to pay for programs like child care and youth enrichment classes, summer camp, or Y memberships. 

The Y allocates financial aid in the form of a reduced rate on Y programs to applicants based on factors such as income and size of family/household. Applications are confidential.

As schools and workplaces gradually begin to reopen, the Y is here for families in need of quality, affordable programs where children can learn and play while parents are working. YMCA Child Care programs offer flexible scheduling for students who are learning remotely or in person, or a hybrid of both, with schoolwork assistance, enrichment activities, and time for indoor and outdoor play.

“We know families rely on the Y now more than ever, as children return to school and their caregivers return to work. The Y is here to restore a sense of normalcy to families when it’s needed most,” said Ed Philipp, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Metro YMCAs. 

“The cost of full day care is much more expensive than traditional after school care and we understand that. We encourage everyone to apply for financial aid that may need it as we have adjusted our eligibility and look at every case on an individual basis,” Philipp said.

To learn more about the Y for All Fund or to apply for aid, visit metroymcas.orgFamilies that qualify for government subsidies such as NORWESCAP, Office for Children, NJ SNAP, food stamps, or others, can apply directly with the Y. For information on how to apply, visit metroymcas.org

Do you qualify for financial aid?

The Y opens up opportunities for everyone to participate in our programs, regardless of their ability to pay. 

We understand that unexpected events can change one’s financial circumstances. The Y is here to support members and families who may be dealing with loss of income, medical or legal bills, or other personal and financial challenges. 

In addition to the Y’s For All assistance program, families can utilize the NJ School-Age Tuition Assistance Program at childcarenj.gov/COVID19. The state provides assistance to families with school age children who are attending school remotely, either part-time or full-time. To be eligible for assistance, household income must be $75,000 or less.

Keeping the community safe

The Y follows the latest health and safety guidance from local, state, and national health authorities for operating programs. The Y’s virus prevention measures include mask and social distancing requirements, enhanced sanitation and hygiene practices, and health screenings for all participants and staff. 

For more information about Child Care or other programs at the Y, visit metroymcas.org. 


Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges invests in its diverse communities to promote wellness, safety and quality of life for children, adults and seniors. Its seven branches in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hackensack, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility through an array of programs. Some 35,000 people belong to the Metro Y, which awards more than $2.8 million annually in direct and indirect financial assistance.



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