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YMCA Supporting Families with Affordable Child Care During the School Year

he 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.

By: Mollie Shauger | Sep 28, 2020

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South Mountain YMCA Partners with School District, Achieve Foundation to Help Families Access Child Care and Educational Support

The South Mountain YMCA, the Achieve Foundation, Parenting Center, and the South Orange-Maplewood School District have formed a partnership to ensure that equity and opportunity continue to be hallmarks of our community. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Sep 10, 2020

Child Care

Safety, Assurance, and Enrichment Found in the Y's After School Program

While the new school year may look different than before, one thing remains the same: the YMCA’s after school program continues to be a place where children can remain active, learning and engaged during their time out of school – a critical time for all school-age children, especially as they continue to adjust to the many changes related to COVID-19. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Aug 25, 2020

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YMCA's Emergency Child Care Program Provides Sense of Normalcy Amid Uncertainty

For many families with parents who are essential workers during this pandemic, finding a sense of normalcy amid a flood of new and unpredictable challenges is comforting and reassuring. 

By: Mollie Shauger | May 11, 2020

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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

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

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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

Child Care

5 Ways to Spice Up Indoor Play

It’s recommended that children ages 6 and older get at least an hour of physical activity each day, and play is one way kids can stay active and healthy. Here are some creative ways to make indoor play fun and engaging, while keeping kids moving. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Jan 14, 2020

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3 Ways to Teach Children About Giving During the Holidays

The holidays are a great opportunity to start encouraging children to appreciate what they have in their own lives. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Dec 02, 2019

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Tips to Help Military Families Cope During Deployment

The YMCA offers the following tips to help children of military families cope while loved ones serve overseas.

By: Mollie Shauger | Nov 04, 2019

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How to Create a Safe and Inclusive Halloween

Halloween can be a fun holiday for kids and adults alike, but for those on the autism spectrum, or with other diverse abilities, activities like trick-or-treating can present a range of challenges. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Oct 23, 2019

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Greater Bergen YMCA Offers Before Care Program in Hackensack Schools

Parents now have the option to send their kids to a new before school child care program provided by the Greater Bergen County YMCA. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Oct 08, 2019

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East Orange YMCA Partners with The Bridge to Teach Resiliency Skills to Preschoolers

The East Orange YMCA has teamed up with The Bridge, a behavioral health organization in Essex County, to teach preschoolers and kindergarteners skills to cope with challenges as they grow.

By: News and blog | Oct 04, 2019

Child Care

How to Pack Healthy and Affordable Lunches for Kids

Healthy eating habits can help prevent childhood obesity, and provide kids with the nutrients they need for their growth and development. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Sep 06, 2019

Child Care

YMCA to Provide After School Care in Hamburg

The Sussex County YMCA plans to partner with the Hamburg Public School District to keep youth active, busy and engaged during out-of-school time. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Sep 03, 2019