After School Care
Welcome to the YMCA! See us in action by watching our virtual child care tour.
48 hours' notice is required before your child begins the program in order to ensure timely communication for transportation. Please register as early as possible. Spaces are limited.
The YMCA is more than just a child care center. When you join the YMCA, you are part of a community that provides positive experiences for a lifetime.
YMCA SCHOOL AGE CHILD CARE
SERVING THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS OF:
HATIKVAH CHARTER SCHOOL
ST. BARTHOLOMEW SCHOOL
WHAT IS THE YMCA AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM ALL ABOUT?
YMCA Facility Features
The YMCA's After school program provides children with a safe and fun environment full of new experiences and activities to keep everyone engaged, enriched, and inspired to try new things. The YMCA serves multiple communities and is designed to build self-esteem, teach life skills, provide homework assistance and give children the chance to play both in structured activities and in supervised free play. The YMCA program provides children with a chance to increase physical activity, improve nutrition knowledge, reduce screen time, and build positive character values.
School age kids in the Raritan Valley Y childcare program will also benefit from the advantages of being at a YMCA facility dedicated to an active lifestyle. Our facility features provide opportunities for children to experience educational, physical, spiritual, and emotional growth to help them achieve their goals and dreams.
WHAT WILL MY CHILD DO IN THE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM?
Children in the YMCA program participate in sports, fitness, games, cooking, dance, crafts, nature, science, reading and many more great age appropriate activities. Weekly activities are designed around each month's theme.
2016-17 MONTHLY THEMES
Children in the Y’s After School Program also:
· Organized a Health Fair
· Displayed their work in an Art Show
· Raised Funds in a Student Run Pretzel Sale
· Volunteered their time to help others in need
· Made discoveries at their own Science Fair
· Participated in Healthy U/CATCH program
· Contributed to the YMCA's Diversity Dinner
· Learned about themselves and others around them
· Discovered their interests and dreams
and much, much more...
Parent Handbook Please click here to review more details.
Ages and Grades
The YMCA After School Care Program serves students from grades Kindergarten through 7th grade, and serves elementary age students up to 6th in our Kids Club. Our Middle School program for students in 6th-7th grade adds extra enrichment in the areas of Physical Health and Fitness, Volunteerism and Leadership Development.
The YMCA provides transportation from all East Brunswick, Milltown, and South River Schools and select charter schools. We strive to provide the best experience and make the greatest impact with quality programming while also including transportation time. As such, the list of schools below may change, pending registration requests. Other arrangements may be made on a case-by-case basis. Also, you may be able to request transportation from your child’s school district to the Y to participate in our program.
Bowne-Monro Elementary School, East Brunswick
Central Elementary School, East Brunswick
Hatikvah Charter School, East Brunswick
Irwin Elementary School, East Brunswick
Robert Frost Elementary School, East Brunswick
Hammarskjold Middle School, East Brunswick
Joyce Kilmer Elementary School, Milltown
Lawrence Brook Elementary School, East Brunswick
Memorial Elementary School, East Brunswick
Murray A. Chittick Elementary School, East Brunswick
Parkview Elementary School, Milltown
South River Elementary School, South River
South River Primary School, South River
Warnsdorfer Elementary School, East Brunswick
After School care runs from school dismissal until 6:30pm. Extended Care is available until 7:00pm for an additional fee. Our Y also makes arrangements for pick-up at each school on early dismissal days. Late fees apply to those picking up after pre-arranged pick-up times.
Registration: To register, please download the Registration Packet here or stop by the YMCA. We will be happy to give you a tour and assist you with the registration process. You can contact us by calling 732-257-4114. Our Child Care Handbook, detailing all our policies and procedures is available below. Priority Registration is given to returning families until August 1st. Spaces will be filled in the order they are received. All paperwork must be returned no later than August 25th to start the program on the first day of school, pending space availability. Two(2) business days’ notice is required after the first week of school to ensure timely communication for transportation. Please register early.
Financial Assistance is available with funds raised through our annual campaign efforts to those who qualify. You may apply by completing an application for assistance, following all instructions to apply for other opportunities, and submit the required documents with a completed registration packet. At least 2 weeks is required for review and notification of scholarship awards. Please apply early or choose to register with fees dues at time of registration until a decision is made. Spaces will not be held without an award letter or payment in full, including deposits and membership fees.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SCHOOL IS OUT?
The YMCA offers Vacation Camp and Summer Day Camp during the times when school is out. You must have a current YMCA Membership and pre-register for this program at least two business days prior to each specific program. Spaces are limited, so please register early.