East Orange YMCA

Preschool Child Care

FREE For ages 3-4

The East Orange YMCA's full-day nationally accredited Early Childhood Program focuses on providing a safe, nurturing environment where children can thrive.  Our trained staff guide children through an age-appropriate curriculum that develops self-help skills and instills the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.  Our Early Childhood Program has been accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children, or NAEYC.

Free child care for children ages 3-4 through East Orange YMCA in collaboration with the East Orange School District.

We offer:

  • Tools of the mind curriculum
  • Free educational day, 8:30am-3:00pm
  • Before school care, 7:00am-8:30am
  • After school care, 3:00pm-7:00pm*
  • Certified and trained teachers
  • Smart board technology
  • Uniforms and more...

*We accept Programs for Parents, financial assistance is available. Fees required.


Visit us in person for a tour or call:

Sharon Parker
Child Care Director
973-673-5588 x104

First register your child with the East Orange School District's Enrollment Center before you will be permitted to enroll in our Preschool Program.

Please visit them at 74 Halsted Street or call (973) 266-2399.

Tools of the Mind Curriculum

Tools of the Mind curriculum for preschool age children is a comprehensive curriculum that presents content in an integrated, developmental way so that instruction forms a coherent whole.  Instructional strategies used in Tools are a combination of child-initiated activities, teacher scaffolding and explicit instruction, individualization through multiple levels of scaffolding and on-going use of assessment data to tailor interactions to meed individual needs.  Progress is monitored daily, weekly, and monthly.

Examples of activities in the tools of the mind classroom


https://asoft6121.accrisoft.com/metroymcas/clientuploads/_EastOrangeYMCA/images/Preschool/MOC 2013 Prek Reading.jpgGRAPHICS PRACTICE - In Graphics Practice, children develop the fine motor and self-regulation skills needed for writing.  They draw on white boards with markers, stopping and starting in response to musical cues.  Children use private speech to help them remember how and what to write, learning to inhibit while also remembering the shape they're representing in writing.

BUDDY READING - In Buddy Reading, pairs of children "read" books to each other, using external mediator cards to remind them of their roles as they take turns reading and listening.  Buddy Reading is on Tools of the Mind's cooperative partner activities.  These activities are designed to foster self-regulation development and positive child-child interaction while also fostering the development of emergent literacy or numeracy skills.

PLAY PLANNING - Children describe what they are going to do when they play and then represent their plan on paper in drawing and writing.  Children work at their own level, adding detail to their drawn plans, using lines to represent words in their written message, and using the Tools of the Mind Sound Map to write letters representing the sounds in their words.

MAKING COLLECTIONS - In Making Collections, children work in a cooperative partnered mathematics activity taking turns counting and "checking" using one-to-one correspondence.  Children use Vygotskian tactics such as private speech, external mediators and other-regulation.

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