Infant and Toddler Care

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.

Early Learning Child Care Interest Form

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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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