About the program

Our preschool programs focus on preparing children for kindergarten. Classrooms utilize either the Creative Curriculum or Tools of the Mind Curriculum to help children develop skills in literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional development and problem solving.

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Guide to Child Care

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East Orange YMCA

  • Address: 100 North Arlington Ave., East Orange, NJ
  • Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., with before and after school care available.
  • Contact: Sharon Parker, 973-673-5588, x104 or

Program features:

  • Free child care for ages 3-4 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, or NAEYC
  • Tools of the Mind Curriculum
  • Smart board technology
  • Uniforms and more

Greater Bergen County YMCA

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

Program features:

  • Hands-on and creative play using Blocks, Dramatic Play Toys and Games
  • Areas for Art, Library, Discovery, Sand & Water, Music & Movement
  • Daily access to gym and playground
  • Weekly swim lessons

South Mountain YMCA

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

Program features:

  • Pretend play
  • Learning areas for science and math, literacy, social studies, and art
  • Manipulative area (math/logic/literacy/fine motor skills)
  • Gym time
  • Enrichment programs in sports, cooking, dance and more

Wayne YMCA

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

Program features:

  • Learning centers for exploring
  • Indoor and Outdoor Play
  • Indoor pool for swim lessons
  • Dance Studio for Creative Movement Enrichment

West Essex YMCA

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

Program features:

  • Housekeeping and dress up area
  • Learning areas for socialization and social studies, science and math, art, reading and writing
  • Manipulative area (math/logic/literacy/fine motor)
  • Water/sand table
  • Gym time
  • Weekly Swim and Gym Session, a Music and Movement Class, and optional Computer and Music Classes for all preschool children

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