The Learning Circle YMCA, located at 95 Morris Avenue in Summit, NJ, is a branch of the Summit Area YMCA, with a rich history of serving the community for well over 130 years. The Learning Circle YMCA provides quality childcare and early education for children as young as six weeks through kindergarten. Our current hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM. We dedicate ourselves to developing the potential of every child so that they are healthy, confident, secure, and connected.
Please note, due to the New Jersey Department of Children and Families Office of Licensing and Department of Health's Covid-related mandates The Learning Circle YMCA's hours of operation, fees and program offerings may be subject to change. Rest assured, keeping your child safe remains our #1 priority. Read more about our updated participation and safety policies here and contact us directly to speak with the Program Director for the most up to date information.
“As a single working mother going to school full time, I needed an affordable, quality childcare program for Gaven, my 2 year old. With the generous financial assistance from the Summit Area YMCA, I was able to leave Gaven in the hands of caring, attentive teachers who wanted only the best for him.”
We’ve designed our enrollment process to give parents the opportunity to explore our early educational programs first-hand through a personalized tour arranged for you to speak in-depth with one of our highly qualified and experienced Program Directors. A thorough orientation process will help to transition your child and your family into daily life at The Learning Circle YMCA.
Experienced, caring childcare staff and licensed, certified teachers make your child their #1 priority. We strive to make our center a home-away-from-home, where your child feels confident, connected and secure to learn new things and discover his or her potential.
The Creative Curriculum serves as our foundation for learning and is integrated into all we do as we teach children at our center. It provides teachers with a full year of step-by-step guides, lesson plans, and resources for implementing a content rich program that is appropriate for children who may have a wide range of developmental levels and abilities. Parents, kids, and educators all agree it's a really good thing!
5 OUTDOOR PLAYGROUNDS
Students get to have fun in our 5 age-appropriate playgrounds each day (weather-permitting). Each playground has an outdoor gardens created to further enhance the children’s love of the outdoors and nature. We're strong believers in keeping kids learning, active and engaged through playtime with different gross motor activities that help them achieve developmentally appropriate milestones and keep childhood obesity at bay.
The Learning Circle YMCA is a 25,000 square foot facility with 17 rooms for children to play, learn and thrive daily. Our classrooms are designed and furnished to provide an age appropriate setting and curriculum. To further promote learning and inclusion we engage our students as well as their families by hosting a number of education, inspirational and most of all fun themed events all year, like: characters birthdays, dress up days, Fitness challenges, the "Olympics", Summer Carnival, 100 Days of School, on-site animal visits, holiday breakfasts, dances, parades, and so much more!
ENRICHMENT & FIELD TRIPS
Whether it is a trip to the museum, local art show, theatre or the pool, we transport your child safely in our yellow school buses to wherever they may need to be. Children ages pre-school and older take swim and water safety lessons at the Summit YMCA, our sister branch, located less than a mile away. Children also get to play in the full-size Hubbard gym each week. Best of all, it's included in your tuition.
FRESH FOOD PREPARED DAILY
On-site at the Learning Circle YMCA is a full size, restaurant-style kitchen where fresh food and meals (included in your tuition) are prepared for 200+ children are daily.
Our dietary plan is guided by the CACFP nutrition standards for meals and snacks, based on the National Academy of Medicine's Dietary Guidelines for Americans and includes a larger variety of vegetables and fruits, more whole grains, less sugar and saturated fat. By serving well-rounded healthy meals to young children, the Learning Circle YMCA is initiating healthy habits and smart food choices early on while laying out a foundation for healthy lifestyles for years to come.