Child Care

With so many demands on today's families, parents need all the support they can get. That's why child care at the Y is about more than looking after kids. It's about nurturing their development, by providing a safe place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships, and building self-reliance through the Y core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

Our early learning programs are assessed by Grow NJ Kids, a rating and improvement system that provides training and incentives to child care programs to improve their quality of care.

View our health and safety measures playbook for child care.

View our health and safety measures playbook for School Age Child Care.

Why choose the Y:

  • Experienced, nurturing staff
  • Safe environment: Staff background checks, secure facilities with entry by key* and visitor screening
  • Low teacher-to-child ratios
  • Flexible scheduling options
  • Convenient: Open late and when school is not*
  • Curriculums that promote youth development, healthy lifestyles, and social and emotional learning
  • Enrichment classes in STEAM, literacy, swimming and more *
  • Daily communications with parents
  • Affordable, with financial assistance available through application
  • Access to variety of summer camp experiences
  • Inclusive environments with respect for cultural diversity

* Offerings vary by child care sites

Tuition Assistance

New Jersey is providing tuition assistance through Dec. 30 for eligible residents with school-age children ages 5-13. Families with incomes up to $150,000 are eligible for up to $1,900 in full-time child care assistance. Part-time assistance is also available.  

To apply visit Proof of income and a notice/announcement from your child’s school of a remote learning scheduling including hours are required.

The Y strives to make child care tuition more affordable for all families, so that kids can receive the educational, physical, and social benefits of our programs, while reducing the stress on parents juggling work and household responsibilities with the uncertainties of life. Through our Y for All Fund, qualifying families can receive a reduced rate on their child care tuition. Even if you don’t think you would qualify for assistance, we encourage you to apply.


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2020-21 school year.


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