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Youth Development

Metro YMCAs Introduce Program to Support Virtual School Instruction

The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges has launched a new Distance Learning Support program to ease the burden on parents who are now juggling work duties with school instruction at home. The program offers virtual one-on-one support to youth in grades K-8 as they complete e-learning assignments. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Apr 02, 2020

Child Care

YMCA Offers Child Care for Essential Workers

The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges will offer full-day child care beginning on Thursday, April 2, 2020 to families of health care workers, first responders, and other essential personnel who need care for their children during the coronavirus pandemic.

By: Mollie Shauger | Mar 31, 2020

Summer Camp

4 Options to Make Summer Camp Affordable

For many families though, budgeting for day or sleepaway camp while also planning for expenses like summer vacations and child care is challenging. Sometimes just saving money isn’t enough. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Mar 10, 2020


Cheryl Tuturice named District Executive Director for Wayne, West Essex branches

Following an extensive search that saw more than 130 applicants, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges has named seasoned YMCA leader Cheryl Tuturice as the new head of its West Essex YMCA branch, succeeding former Executive Director Helen Flores. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Mar 09, 2020

Healthy Living

6 Ways to Support Young Women's Wellness

Here are some ways adults can help young women they know lead healthier lives.

By: Mollie Shauger | Mar 06, 2020

Child Care

Fitting in 'Me Time' - How the Y Can Help

Have you ever thought about escaping for a bit to do something on your own, but felt guilty about it? It’s often a dilemma parents and caregivers face: trying to fit in some “me time” while making sure the kids are happy and healthy. Here are ways the YMCA can help you feel recharged.

By: Mollie Shauger | Feb 27, 2020

Summer Camp

Why Choose an ACA-Accredited Camp

Here's what it means for a camp to be accredited by the American Camp Association and why it matters. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Feb 24, 2020

Summer Camp

Questions to Ask in Your Summer Camp Search

To help you decide which summer camp program is the right fit for your family, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges has created a list of questions to ask directors when comparing programs. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Feb 20, 2020

Our Cause

Y Story: For the Love of Family

The YMCA opens its doors to a family needing child care for their son who has diabetes. 

By: Diana Candamil | Feb 17, 2020

Our Cause

Y Story: Setting the Stage for Everyone

A mom shares her family's experience being part of the inclusive performance of "Beauty and the Beast" at the YMCA.

By: Elizabeth Vastano | Feb 17, 2020


Local resident and YMCA professional to lead East Orange Y

The East Orange YMCA has named city resident Washima Redding as the branch’s newest Executive Director. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Feb 14, 2020


How the Right Nutrition Can Support Your Workout

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or gain muscle, or just stay in shape, a healthy diet for any workout routine should be the right balance of carbohydrates, lean protein sources, and some fats. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Feb 13, 2020

Summer Camp

Here’s Why Summer Camp is Great for Children

Summer camp is an American tradition, and millions of children attend some form of camp each year. Camp gives children a chance to grow in a multitude of ways, and is a great chance for children to develop life skills that they can practice long after the camp concludes.

By: Mollie Shauger | Feb 12, 2020

Child Care

DIY Valentine's Day Ideas for Celebrating with Family

The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges offers these ideas for making Valentine’s Day special with the family.

By: Mollie Shauger | Feb 10, 2020

Our Cause

Y Story: Prescribe the Y

Krista Presutto lost weight and changed her lifestyle with the Prescribe the Y program at the Wayne YMCA.

By: Krista Presutto | Feb 04, 2020