East Orange YMCA

After School Care

As a leading nonprofit for strengthening community, the Y believes access to afterschool programs is important for all kids, but for young people in low-income or struggling environments, they are critically important to supporting academic achievement and providing the kind of enrichment that sparks passions, builds skills and opens doors.

We believe every child is full of promise and possibilities, and we love being there when a child realizes it, too.

This 5 day/week program follows the East Orange School District calendar. This includes all scheduled half days. Our programs are canceled when schools close for inclement weather or other school emergencies.

Our well-trained staff are focused on meeting the needs of each individual participant who are committed to serving as excellent role models for the community and will help to establish an atmosphere where parents can be secure and confident about the place their child grows. The program is fully licensed by the State of New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families. We are also accredited by the New Jersey School Age Child Care Association (SACC) since 2006.

Off-Site 

  • OFF-SITE After School Care Programs run from school dismissal until 7pm. Your child will be directed to their school cafeteria after dismissal. It is mandatory to call the site directly if your child is going to be absent.

    We offer off-site care at Gibson, Bowser, Parks(Garvin children also attend), STEM, and Truth. Any middle school student that attends Cicely Tyson and Whitney Houston schools will be bussed to STEM Academy. Our On-Site Turrell Gym no longer accepts 6th-8th grade.

On-Site 

  • ON-SITE After School care programs run from school dismissal until 7pm. The Y picks up pre-registered children at school dismissal and busses students to the registered After Care site: WRAP Program(Preschool) or Turrell Gym(Grade K-5). It is mandatory to call the site directly if your child is going to be absent.  

    Confirm with the school and teacher that your child is participating in the YMCA After School Care Program and enrolled in either the ON-SITE or OFF-SITE Program. 

    School Phone Number
    Turrel Gym (973) 673-5588
    WRAP (973) 673-5588
    Gibson (973) 651-6801
    Bowser (973) 651-6802
    Parks/Gavin (973) 651-6796
    STEM (973) 980-1757 
    Truth  TBD

FEATURES AND ACTIVITIES: On-Site and Off-Site

  • Dinner and Snack
  • Homework Assistance
  • Sports and Activities
  • Computers
  • Music, Drama, Dance, and Creative Writing
  • Arts & Crafts
  • KidzMath and KidzLit
  • Aquatics / Swimming 
  • Etiquette Training
  • Field Trips
  • "Healthy U" Initiative - CATCH Program
  • Monthly Workshops
  • and more....

REGISTRATION PROCESS 

Registration is on-going. Apply in person at our Welcome Center located at 100 North Arlington Avenue (corner of William Street), East Orange, NJ 07017 from 7:30am - 6:30pm.

THERE IS A 48-HOUR REGISTRATION PERIOD after the application is completed:

Monday student starts on Wednesday
Tuesday student starts on Thursday
Wednesday/Thursday student starts on Monday
Friday student starts on Tuesday

APPLICATION MUST BE COMPLETE BEFORE WE CAN REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR AFTER SCHOOL!

To register:

REQUIRED READING: SACC Welcome Letter and Parent Handbook

Additional forms that may be needed:

Permission to Medicate Form.  If your child has allergies that may require the use of an Epi-pen or inhaler. Bring all medication on the first day.

Alternate Pick-Up Form and Credit Card Auto Pay Form

We accept payments from many government assistance agencies and we also provide financial assistance for those who qualify. Call (973) 673-5588 for complete details.

For more information, please contact:

Kim Winslow
School Age Director
973-673-5588 x103
kwinslow@metroymcas.org
Leah Greene
Sr. School Age Director
973-762-0183 12
lgreene@metroymcas.org

BUS TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED 

Children are transported from the majority of all public schools in the East Orange School District. Transportation is provided by First Student, a leased transportation company. The buses are state inspected and equipped with seat belts and 2 YMCA staff members on each bus. We also pick up children for early dismissals.