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Why an Early Childhood Education Matters

Whether in the form of child care, preschool, pre-kindergarten or nursery school, early learning programs help nurture a child’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional development, while preparing them for elementary school.

By: Mollie Shauger | May 24, 2019

Child Care

Choosing Child Care: Here's What to Ask

To help guide you through deciding on child care, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges has created a list of questions to ask potential caregivers when comparing programs.

By: Mollie Shauger | May 23, 2019

Leadership

Greater Bergen County YMCA Appoints Associate Executive Director

Washima Redding, who has built a career inspiring others to become their best selves, was recently named the associate executive director of the Greater Bergen County YMCA.

By: News and blog | May 22, 2019

Volunteering

Top Honor Goes to Roseland Resident Known as West Essex YMCA Ambassador

Ilene Katz wasn’t into exercise when she joined the West Essex YMCA, but the place has become her second home. Katz was undergoing treatment for cancer when she joined the YMCA in 2015. She was one of the first participants in LIVESTRONG at ...

By: News and blog | May 03, 2019

Healthy Living

A Growing West Essex YMCA Wins Top Recognition

Impressive growth in enrollment, programs, and charitable contributions earned the West Essex YMCA the title of Branch of the Year for the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges.

By: News and blog | May 03, 2019

Volunteering

West Orange Teen Named West Essex YMCA’s Youth of the Year

Christos Kambolis has spent more than half the summers of his life at the West Essex YMCA’s Pioneer Trails Day Camp. When he aged out as a camper, Kambolis participated two summers in the Counselor in Training Leadership Development Program. ...

By: News and blog | May 02, 2019

Volunteering

Fairview Lake YMCA Camps Leader Recognized for Contributions

Fairview Lake YMCA Camps helped transform Jim Griffin’s son from a timid child to an engaged young man who follows his passions. “It changed the trajectory of his life,” Griffin said. Griffin joined the YMCA’s board of ...

By: News and blog | May 02, 2019

Volunteering

Montclair Outdoorsman Honored for Contributions to Metro YMCA Leadership Board

Destiny played a big part in Bill Ruhl becoming a leader at the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges. Ruhl discovered the Fairview Lake YMCA Camps in 2010 while seeking a sleepaway camp for his son that offered sailing. The place — 71 miles from ...

By: News and blog | May 02, 2019

Volunteering

Teaneck High School Senior Named Youth of the Year by Greater Bergen County YMCA

For two-thirds of his life, Justin Paulsen has spent summers at the Greater Bergen County YMCA’s camps in New York’s Harriman State Park. Paulsen joined Camp Oratam, the day camp, when he was 6 years old, and Camp Michikamau, the ...

By: News and blog | May 02, 2019

Volunteering

Longtime Fairview Lake YMCA Camper Ascends to Top Honor

Outdoorsy has always described Dina Zemlyanker — even as a preschooler. “I’ve been told stories by my parents that all I wanted to do was climb trees when I was little,” the 18-year-old said. “I’d pull chairs ...

By: News and blog | May 02, 2019

Volunteering

Hamburg Teen Who Plunged into Volunteerism Named Sussex County YMCA’s Youth of the Year

Fourteen-year-old Amber Christy embraced the chance to volunteer with a program created last year by the Sussex County YMCA’s competitive swim team to help young swimmers develop their skills. Christy, who joined the YMCA’s Swordfish ...

By: News and blog | May 02, 2019

Volunteering

Eagle Scout Named Wayne YMCA’s 2018 Youth of the Year

At White Pines Day Camp, campers call Jason Kobrin the ‘coolest Scout counselor,’ but the flattering designation doesn’t fully capture the impact he’s had on the Wayne YMCA summer camp. As his Eagle Scout project, Kobrin ...

By: News and blog | May 02, 2019

Volunteering

Millburn High School Sophomore Named South Mountain YMCA’s Youth of the Year

Morgan Andrews’ aspiration to become an early childhood teacher is rooted firmly in her experiences at the South Mountain YMCA. When she aged out of the YMCA’s Teen Adventure Camp after four summers, Andrews became a ...

By: News and blog | May 02, 2019

Volunteering

East Orange YMCA Honors Two Teens for Preschool ‘Fun With Reading’ Program

Rachel Rosenberg and Jake Ferrans have been friends for as long as they can remember, both raised in families that put a premium on community service. The besties came up with a project to instill values and a love of reading in young children: ...

By: News and blog | May 02, 2019

Leadership

Associate Executive Director of Expanded Sussex County YMCA Receives Top Honor

Corey Brown was honored as the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges' Staff Member of the Year for his leadership of the Sussex County YMCA following completion of a $3.8 million expansion and strong growth in membership. 

By: News and blog | May 02, 2019