The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges offers Kindergarten at two of our facilities. A full-day or half-day program at the Wayne YMCA and a full-day program at Peanut Shell Early Childhood Learning Center of the West Essex YMCA.

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

Guide to school age child care

health and safety measures playbook for child care

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Peanut Shell Early Childhood Learning Center of the West Essex YMCA

Address: Peanut Shell, 7 Regent Street, Suite 706, Livingston, NJ

Contact: Jaime Behringer, Assistant Director, 973-533-1511 or

Full-day Kindergarten:

Our full day in-person Kindergarten Program was created with families in mind. With a focus on health and safety, classroom activities are centered on building independence and confidence while stretching young minds with a wide variety of hands-on experiences that promote the social, emotional and cognitive development of every child within a safe and welcoming learning community.

The Creative Curriculum® for Kindergarten encourages whole-child development through literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, arts & technology, all while making sure your children have fun and express their individuality while learning.

Wayne YMCA


Address: Wayne YMCA, 1 Pike Drive, Wayne, NJ

Contact: Jessical Malas, center director, 973-595-0100

Center Features:

  • Before Care and After School Care
  • Swim sessions
  • Gym time
  • Dance/Drama/Art
  • Indoor playground

Full-day Kindergarten:

The full-day Kindergarten program follows the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards and is led by certified teachers. We also offer Kindergarten Enrichment Program as an extension of the AM or PM kindergarten programs.

Half-day Kindergarten:

The Wayne YMCA Kindergarten Enrichment program is designed to stimulate the mind and spark the imagination with hands-on, exciting educational activities. The Y offers year-long classes in a variety of subject areas that complement what your child is learning in school. Our certified teachers encourage your child's curiosity by exploring new ideas and interesting concepts and provide opportunities in a social setting for children to broaden their knowledge base and increase their understanding of the world around them.


"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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