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YMCA Program Teaches Families Basic Water Safety Skills

The Y’s Safety Around Water Week is a free five-day program that teaches children of all ages and backgrounds basic swimming skills, with the intent of reducing the risk of drowning and boosting confidence in and around water.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 10, 2019

Child Care

How to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

Here are some things families can do to help make the transition to kindergarten easier.  

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 05, 2019

Child Care

Prepare Your Family For Severe Weather

While thunderstorms are most common in the spring and summer, severe weather can happen at any time of the year. The CDC offers these tips for keeping your family safe. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 04, 2019

Child Care

10 Ways Kids Benefit From Being Active

It’s recommended that kids ages 6 and older get at least an hour of physical activity a day. One hour isn’t a lot when you add up the time spent walking to school, playing at recess, in gym class, or after school. Here are 10 reasons why being active is essential for kids’ health.

By: Mollie Shauger | May 31, 2019

Child Care

Family Fun: Tips for Enjoying Movies with Kids

Movie viewing can be a great family bonding experience, whether it’s in a theater or through a streaming service on your TV. Here are some ways to ensure the whole family can enjoy it. 

By: Mollie Shauger | May 31, 2019

Child Care

5 Ways to Lower Your Child Care Costs

A recent Care.com survey found that one in three U.S. families spends 20 percent or more of their annual household income on child care. Here are resources that could help you or caregivers you know to afford the extra expenses.

By: Mollie Shauger | May 24, 2019

Child Care

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