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.

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.


Early Learning Child Care Interest Form

health and safety measures playbook for child care

Guide to Child Care

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Greater Bergen County YMCA

Child Care Open House

10am-1pm on Saturday, December 12 - In-person


  • Address: Happy Day ECLC, 360 Main St. Hackensack, NJ 07601
  • Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 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: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Contact info.: Jennifer MacAfee, director of Early Childhood Learning Center, 973-762-0860 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: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 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. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Contact info.: Jaime Behringer, Assistant 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


"I've been really struggling with how [the school district] has been handling things and whether to send Jack back to school, and my thoughts consistently come back to 'why do I feel okay sending Nolan back to daycare?' and it's really because I trust everyone at the Y." - Nicole S.

“[We] feel there could be no better testament to how amazing Peanut Shell is and how the curriculum and programs really do set the kids up for success once they leave from both a social/emotional standpoint but also academically. Thank you to you both and your staff for all you do for the families at Peanut Shell.” - Beth C.

“You were an answer to my prayers. COVID has forced me to work from home with a rambunctious 3-year-old. Finding your facility and to learn that you were offering childcare services was heaven sent. I was impressed with your COVID safety precautions and policies. I know my child definitely benefited from being around other kids and having the option to place her in a secure, clean, and spacious facility was all I needed to see and hear about. I appreciate your dedicated and kind staff, and I love the bright curriculum/fun schedule you had for my child. It takes a community to raise a child and East Orange YMCA is that for me. Thank you so much!” - LaKesha E.

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