With so many demands on today’s families, parents need all the support they can get. That’s why child care at the Y is about more than looking after kids. It’s about nurturing their development by providing a safe place and happy environment to learn fundamental skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. When you entrust your child to the Y, we strive to fulfill our promise to make each day an opportunity for your child to learn, grow, and thrive. With caring and qualified teachers and through the use of theme-based learning and constant communication, we support enriching and encouraging each child’s individual success.
The Berkeley Heights YMCA Child Care Center offers full-time and full or part-week options to meet your needs and flexibility for your schedule with our state-licensed Early Education (Toddler, Preschool, Pre-K & Kindergarten), Beyond the Bell (Before, After School & Holiday Care), and Summer Camp programs from preschool through grade school.
Registration for the 2023-2024 school year opens to new families March 6 for our Toddler, Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Beyond the Bell Child Care Programs.
If you're interested in learning more about our childcare programs, enrollment, touring our classrooms or meeting our staff, we invite you to join us at the Berkeley Heights YMCA Child Care Center for our Open House on March 11.
Saturday, March 11
10:00 AM-12:00 PM
BERKELEY HEIGHTS YMCA
59 Locust Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
Please note: To enter our facilities, all guests are required to sign a participation waiver (a parent/guardian must complete the waiver for minor participants under the age of 18). The waiver only has to be completed once and is available online at www.thesay.org/waiver.
Our Beyond the Bell Programs include Before and After School Care at the Berkeley Heights YMCA and onsite in the following local schools through partnerships with the Berkeley Heights & New Providence school districts, in order to provide quality care for students and more options for working parents. Beyond the Bell programs are available only when school is in session.
>> Allen Roberts School (Grades K-6)
>> Mary Kay McMillan (Grades K-2)
>> Mountain Park School (Grades 3-5)
>> Salt Brook School (Grades K-6)
>> Thomas Hughes School (Grades 3-5)
>> William Woodruff School (Grades K-2)
BEYOND THE BELL - BEFORE SCHOOL CARE
The Before Care program at the Y offers parents the flexibility to drop off Berkeley Heights students enrolled at Mary Kay McMillan, Mountain Park, Thomas Hughes, and William Woodruff Schools at the Berkeley Heights YMCA as early as 7:00 AM. Transportation is provided to local schools prior to the opening school bell. The bus leaves promptly at 8:00 AM to ensure timely arrival of all students. In school before school care programs are available for students enrolled in Allen W. Roberts or Salt Brook Elementary Schools and provides parents the flexibility to drop off their child at school as early as 7:00 AM. Students are released to their classrooms at the opening school bell at 8:15 AM.
BEYOND THE BELL - AFTER SCHOOL CARE
At the end of the school day students are provided after care from school dismissal time to 6:00 PM for an enriching afternoon of activities including homework time, structured recreation (STEM, arts & crafts, games), outdoor play (when applicable) and snacks.
At the end of the school day students are either provided bus transportation to the Berkeley Heights YMCA or remain in school under YMCA staff care at the above local schools upon school dismissal time to 6:00 PM for an afternoon of activities including homework time, structured recreation (STEM, arts & crafts, games), outdoor play (when applicable) and snacks. Extended care through 6:30 PM is available for students in after school care at the Berkeley Heights YMCA.
At the Summit Area YMCA, we stand committed to providing a safe environment for everyone who enters our doors or participates in our programs, most importantly the safety and well-being of children entrusted to our care. We have a series of measures in place to keep kids safe. Learn more on how the Y keeps your children safeguarded against abuse through staff trainings, protocols, and ongoing knowledge of awareness and prevention here.
As a nonprofit, the Summit Area YMCA is committed to enhancing the lives of individuals and families in our community. We do so by offering financial assistance to those with demonstrated need so that they may enjoy all the Y has to offer, regardless of their ability to pay. This helps us ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Families with low or moderate household income or those who are experiencing financial hardship are encouraged to apply. Applicants must live or work in the Summit Area YMCA service area which includes Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit. Financial assistance can be used for membership, childcare, summer camp, enrichment, sports programs and more where additional fees apply, such as soccer and swimming lessons.
Berkeley Heights YMCA Childcare Director
(908) 464-8301 EXT. 2024
In 1886, we were founded as the Young Men's Christian Association, but today, we are The Y. An association that values, and is made stronger by, its diverse people. We stand for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility — For a better us. We are committed to creating equal opportunity for all regardless of gender, age, disability, income, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. We strive to create a welcoming and inclusive culture in which our four core values — responsibility, honesty, caring and respect — are integral to everyday operations.
Each year, as one of the area’s leading 501(c)3 charitable organizations, the Summit Area YMCA serves more than 15,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the New Jersey communities of Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit. Our history is rooted in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those in need.