Infant and Toddler Care

2020-21 School Age Child Care program registration will begin soon. Please fill out our interest form to be the first to know when we open registration.

About the program

The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges offers full and part-time care for children as young as six weeks at four licensed child care sites. We use the Creative Curriculum to create a learning environment that helps each child develop their social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language abilities.

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Contact Us

Guide to Child Care

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Greater Bergen County YMCA

  • Address: Happy Day ECLC, 360 Main St. Hackensack, NJ 07601
  • Hours: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Contact info.: Mary Soto, ECLC Director, 201-487-6600 x211 or by email at

Center Features:

  • Child care for toddlers ages 2-3
  • Scheduling options include half-day and full-day care
  • Learning areas for blocks, dramatic play, toys and games, art, library, discovery, sand and water, and music and movement.

South Mountain YMCA

  • Address: 10 West Parker Ave. Maplewood, NJ
  • Hours: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Contact info.: Jennifer MacAfee, director of Early Childhood Learning Center, 973-762-4145 or

Center Features:

  • Private deck area for outdoor play
  • Art area for infants and toddlers
  • Indoor play area (infant) and large gym (toddler) for practicing gross motor skills and staying active
  • Water table to enhance senses and science/math skills
  • Organized activities such as art projects, games, songs and stories provide stimulation
  • Caregivers stay with their children (as a class) until they turn 3 and move on to preschool

Wayne YMCA

  • Address: ABC Early Childhood Learning Center, 1 Pike Dr. Wayne, NJ
  • Hours: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Contact info.: Jessica Malas, center director, 973-595-0100 or

Center Features:

  • Private fenced-in playground, indoor and outdoor play spaces
  • Art area for infants and toddlers
  • Manipulative area to practice math/logic/literacy/fine motor skills (Toddler)
  • Block area, reading corner, and writing area for toddlers
  • Water/sand table (Toddler)

West Essex YMCA

  • Address: Peanut Shell Early Learning Academy, 706 Regent St. (Regent Street Office Park) Building #7, Livingston, NJ
  • Hours: 7 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
  • Contact info.: Stephanie Anderson, director, 973-533-1511 or

Center Features:

  • NAEYC accredited since 1996
  • Language arts, science, lending library, arts & crafts
  • Indoor and outdoor play space
  • Field trips and special events
  • Music and Movement Classes

Parent Resources

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