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Child Care

Our Early Childhood Education and Child Care programs provide nurturing, stimulating and happy environments where children feel secure to explore the world around them. Our comprehensive daycare programs offer parents consistency and continuity in care though our infant, toddler and preschool programs, as well as in our after school programs, which are for children in kindergarten through middle school. Working parents can enjoy peace of mind confident that their child is well-cared for and safe at the YMCA, the largest nonprofit provider of child care in the country.

We are proud to be a part of Healthy U, an award-winning, statewide initiative to combat childhood obesity in the child care setting. The Healthy U program uses the CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) Curriculum to educate children about healthy eating and incorporates 30 minutes of physical activity at least three times during the week. The program also provides parents with valuable tips and suggestions to use at home for overall family wellness.

We accommodate full-time and part-time schedules in our fully-licensed child care and preschool facilities. Enrollment takes place on an ongoing basis. We encourage you to tour our daycare centers at Hillsborough YMCA, Somerset Hills YMCA and Somerville YMCA.


Healthy-U Program Description




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Hillsborough YMCA

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Early Education Center (Ages 6 weeks to 5 years)

Your children are precious to you and to us too. Please visit us and and schedule a tour of the Early Education Center at Hillsborough YMCA so you can see firsthand how our trusted child care programs stimulate children's academic abilities and creativity while developing their social skills. We are proud to be part of Healthy U, a statewide initiative to combat child obesity. Healthy U educates kids about healthy eating and incorporates physical activity into childcare settings. Our hours are from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm.

For more information, please contact 908 369 0490.

Schedule a Tour

  • Infant Care (Ages 6 weeks to 18 months)
    Infants develop cognitive and sensory skills through music, storytelling, educational and physical activities. Our experienced teachers engage children while providing nurturing care tailored to each infant's schedule.
  • Toddlers (Ages 18 months to 2 1/2 years)
    Toddlers explore the world through hands-on activities that include music, sports, stories and science in a group setting that enhances their social skills. We also introduce them to shapes, colors, letters and numbers. 
  • Little Sprouts (Ages 3 to 4 1/2 years)
    A morning program, 2, 3 or 5 days per week, that introduces children to the classroom. We focus on encouraging social skills to build a foundation for your child and fostering a love of learning. Literacy, science and math are explored through group projects.
  • Preschool 1 (Ages 2 1/2 years to 3 1/2 years)
    Children participate in age-appropriate, engaging group activities. Our staff inspires and supports literacy, math and language both socially and cognitively through interactive learning, such as recognizing patterns, sequences, numbers, and letters. Children also enjoy music, gym, and weekly swim lessons (for potty-trained children).
  • Preschool 2 (Ages 3 1/2 years to 4 1/2 years)
    Children acquire kindergarten readiness skills by exploring the worlds of science, math, literacy, and social studies. Our Preschool 2 students learn the alphabet, develop pre-writing and pre-reading skills, as well as early number concepts. Children also enjoy science, gym, and weekly swim lessons.
  • Pre-Kindergarten Plus (Age 4 1/2 years to 5 years)
    Designed for children who miss the kindergarten cut-off date and have already experienced Preschool II level class. Children are prepared for the rigors of kindergarten and challenged with enhanced readiness skills in math, science, literacy, phonics and language. Social skills are encouraged through group projects, physical fitness, weekly swim lessons and recreational swim time.
Before and After School Care (Grades K to 8)
Before the school day begins and when the school bell rings at the end of the day, working parents can relax knowing that their children are in the Y’s care in a safe, supervised space. In our before and after school program, kids benefit from both academic support and social interaction, as they focus on homework and participate in fun physical and other extra-curricular activities such as swimming. 

For more information, contact Matt Gray 908 369 0490 x722 or by email.

  • Kindergarten Enrichment
    Your morning Woodfern, Triangle or Hillsborough Elementary kindergartner will experience academic and extra-curricular activities to enhance their educational and social development. Weekly swim lessons, physical activity, homework help, and a healthy snack are included. Kindergarten Enrichment also includes complimentary “Kids Day Out” programs from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm on days when Hillsborough Township schools are closed and the Y is open.

    See the flyer for information
  • Before School Care (Grades 1 to 6)
    Drop your Woodfern Elementary and Auten Road students off at the Y for supervised activities like sports, games, and art before each school day. The morning bus will pick your children up from the Y.
  • After School Care (Grades K to 6)
    An afternoon bus picks up the children for supervised activities including homework time, sports, games, art, reading, free swim time and Y classes.
  • After School Care at Branchburg Middle School (Grades 6 to 8)
    Offered to provide a safe place for 6-8th graders after school, the program runs from the time school lets out until 6:00pm each night. Supervised activities include homework, games, arts and enrichment activities. Registration is ongoing.
Vacation Care (Grades K to 6)
  • Vacation Care (Grades K to 6)
    While school is out, kids can come to the Y and enjoy a day of games, crafts, sports, and swimming.

    VACATION CARE:

    WHEN: Wednesday, June 21 - Friday, June 23
    TIME: 7am-6:30pm
    WHO: Grades K-8, Members and Non-Members
    COST: $45 for Members, $60 for Non-Members

    For more information, please contact Laura Rodriguez at 908 369 0490 x720 or by email.

Somerset Hills YMCA

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Early Education Center (Ages 3 months to 5 years)

Your children are precious to you and to us too. Please visit us and and schedule a tour of the Early Education Center Center at Somerset Hills YMCA so you can see firsthand how our trusted childcare programs stimulate children's academic abilities and creativity while developing their social skills. We are proud to be part of Healthy U, a statewide initiative to combat childhood obesity. Healthy U educates kids about healthy eating and incorporates physical activity into childcare settings. Our hours are from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm.

For more information, please contact Sally Roser at 908 630 3523 or by email.

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  • Waddler Program (Ages 3 months to 24 months)

    We care for infants as young as 3 months to babies taking their first steps at about 12 months. Our program also nurtures toddlers age 18 to 24 months who are learning to function as individuals, and in a group, as they experience a wide range of activities. On a daily basis, kids engage in self-initiated activity that is rich in child-oriented materials and experiences, balancing large and small motor activities with social, language, sensory and self-help skill development. Teacher to child ratio is 1:4.

    For more information, please contact Sally Roser at 908-630-3523 or email.

  • Toddler Program (Ages 2 years to 3 years)

    This program is rich in language and sensory experiences and fosters self-paced development. Our 2 year olds and 3 year olds are encouraged to continually explore their surroundings and we introduce kids to letters, colors, and numbers. Toddlers are motivated and supported to undertake activities as they become developmentally ready. Parents receive a daily written report of their activities. Teacher to child ratio is 1:5.

    Once your child is 2 ½ years old, we work in conjunction with your family to toilet-train your child using positive, motivational, rewards-based techniques.

    For more information, please contact Sally Roser at 908-630-3523 or email.

  • Preschool 1 Program (Ages 3 years to 4 years)

    Our Preschool classrooms use manipulatives, table toys, books, music/movement, art, library, science and nature to present different development themes for kids to explore each week. Readiness activities related to shapes, colors, letters, and numbers are incorporated into themes such as Community Helpers, Holidays, Transportation, Science, Social Events and Health. Teacher to child ratio is 1:7.

    Swimming, library, physical education, and music enrichment classes are an important part of our curriculum.

    For more information, please contact Sally Roser at 908-630-3523 or email.

  • Preschool 2 Program (Ages 4 years to 5 years)

    Preschool 2 prepares kids for their next major milestone, Kindergarten! Kids become secure with concepts such as numbers, colors, days, months, and letters, coordinated through weekly themes. Reading, writing and individual thinking is emphasized. Frequent assessments ensure each child’s learning needs and styles are being met. Teacher to child ratio is 1:10.

    Our 4 and 5 year olds enjoy swimming, physical education, music and library each week as part of the curriculum.

    For more information, please contact Sally Roser at 908-630-3523 or email.

Before and After School Care (Grades K to 8)

Before the school day begins and when the school bell rings at the end of the day, working parents can relax knowing that their children are in the Y’s care in a safe, supervised space. In our before and after school program, kids benefit from both academic support and social interaction, as they focus on homework and participate in fun physical and other extra-curricular activities such as swimming.

Parents can register for Before and After Care Programs online. Important rate and registration information can be found in our School Age Child Care Forms found below. For compliance reasons, these forms must be completed along with online registration.

Bedminster School Emergency Contact Forms
Bedwell & Bernardsville Middle School Emergency Contact Forms
Bernards Township Schools Emergency Contact Forms
Warren Township Schools Emergency Contact Forms

Additional information on our policies are available in our School Age Child Care Parent Handbook. Please read the handbook thoroughly, as it answers many commonly asked questions.

For more information, please contact Tina Costello at 908 766 7898 x331 or email or Joleen Donnelly at 908 766 7898 x330 or email.

  • Bedminster School (Grades K to 8)

    Before Care Program
    After Care Program

    REGISTER

  • Bedwell School and Bernardsville Middle School (Grades K to 8)

    Before Care Program
    After Care Program

    REGISTER

  • Bernards Township Schools (Grades K to 5)

    After Care Program at the Somerset Hills YMCA

    REGISTER

    Once school is done, kids come to Somerset Hills YMCA for supervised activities that include homework time, sports, games, art, reading, and Y enrichment classes. While students from all Bernards Township schools are welcome to participate in our After School Program, we are only able to provide bus transportation for Oak Street School students. Students from other schools will need independent transportation to the Y for after care.

  • Warren Township - ALT School (Grades K to 5)

    After Care Program

    REGISTER

  • Warren Township - Mt. Horeb School & Central School (Grades K to 5)

    Central School students participating in the after-care program will be transported by bus to Mt. Horeb School.

    After Care Program

    REGISTER

  • Warren Township - Woodland School (Grades K to 5)

    After Care Program

    REGISTER

Vacation Care (Grades K to 8)
  • Vacation Care (Grades K-8)
    When school lets out, let your kids unwind for a day or a whole week at the Y in the trusted care of our professional before and after school care staff. Kids will enjoy swimming, dance, boot camp, crafts and fun activities.

    VACATION CAMP:

    WHEN:
    Monday - Friday, June 19-23
    TIME: 8am-6 pm
    WHERE: Somerset Hills YMCA Teen center
    WHO: Children in grades K-8
    COST: $60 per day, Y membership not required

    To register, please contact:
    Tina Costello at 908 766 7898 x331 or by email.

Somerville YMCA

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Early Education Center (Ages 6 weeks to 5 years)

Your children are precious to you and to us too. Please visit us and schedule a tour of the Early Education Center at Somerville YMCA so you can see firsthand how our trusted child care programs stimulate children's academic abilities and creativity while developing their social skills. We are proud to be part of Healthy U, a statewide initiative to combat child obesity. Healthy U educates kids about healthy eating and incorporates physical activity into childcare settings. Our hours are from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm.

For more information, please contact Melissa Reis, Director of Child Care, at 908 722 4567 x622 or email.

Schedule a tour

  • Infant Care (Ages 6 weeks to 18 months)
    Infants develop cognitive and sensory skills through music, storytelling, educational and physical activities. Our experienced teachers engage children while providing nurturing care tailored to each infant's schedule.
  • Toddlers (Ages 18 months to 2 1/2 years)
    Toddlers are introduced to shapes, colors, letters and numbers as they explore the world through hands-on activities. Toddlers also enhance their social skills through stories, music, science and games.
  • Preschool 1 (Ages 2 1/2 years to 4 years)
    Children participate in age-appropriate, engaging group activities that support literacy, language and math. Preschoolers develop socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively as they explore patterns, numbers, letters and a variety of enrichment activities, including weekly swim lessons (for potty-trained children).
  • Preschool 2 (Ages 4 years to 5 years)
    Children acquire kindergarten readiness skills by exploring the worlds of science, math, literacy and social studies. Our pre-K students learn the alphabet, develop pre-writing and pre-reading skills, as well as early number concepts. Children also enjoy science, gym and weekly swim lessons.
  • Little Sprouts (Ages 18 months to 5 years)
    A morning program from 9:00 am to 11:30 am, that introduces children to the classroom. We focus on encouraging social skills and fostering a love of learning. Literacy, science and math are explored through group projects. 
  • Little Sprouts Extended (Ages 2 1/2 years to 5 years)
    An extended program from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm that introduces children to the classroom. We focus on encouraging social skills and fostering a love of learning. Literacy, science and math are explored through group projects. Additional enrichment is offered. 
After School Care (Grades K to 8)

When the school bell rings at the end of the day,working parents can relax knowing that their children are in the Y’s care in a safe, supervised space. In our after school program, kids benefit from both academic support and social interaction, as they focus on homework and participate in fun physical and other extra-curricular activities such as swimming. 

Please contact Liz Kryznefski for more information at 908 722 4567 x611 or email.

  • After School Care (Grades K to 8)
    An afternoon bus picks up the children for supervised activities including homework time, sports, games, art, reading, free swim time and Y classes.
Vacation Care (Grades K to 8)
  • Vacation Care (Grades K-8)
    A full-day care program for school age children that offers a safe, supervised and fun way for kids to spend their time when school is out of session.

    $45 per day for members
    $55 per day for non-members

    Please contact Liz Kryznefski for more information at 908 722 4567 x611 or email.