Full Day Early Learning

children need an environment that responds to individual needs and development while maintaining a safe and healthy atmosphere

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Westfield Area YMCA year-round Early Learning programs strengthen families and boost youth development by offering our youngest members and their families a safe and healthy place to learn foundational skills, develop relationships and build self-reliance through character development and structured curriculum.

Infant and Toddler

Programs are available 2-5 days per week, 7:00am-6:30pm, Monday-Friday.  With so many demands on today’s families, the Y recognizes that our parents, guardians and caregivers need a reliable high-quality program in which they can be confident that their child is realizing their full potential.   All programs are led by experienced and loving staff, who are all CPR and First Aid certified.

For infants (6-17 months): Our day includes centers for floor activities with manipulative, art and sensory experiences; breakfast/snack/lunch; nap; indoor/outdoor physical time; and circle time.  Infants develop a sense of self, learn basic skills and how to socialize.

For toddlers (18-29 months): In addition to the activities listed above, toddlers engage in active and quiet activities, use language to express wants and needs, learn social skills such as sharing and develop self-help skills as well.

For more information, contact Eileen Rooney for the Early Learning Center in Westfield at erooney@westfieldynj.org or 908-654-8460 or Shannon McGillis for the Garwood Family Center Y, smcgillis@westfieldynj.org; 908-301-1616.

Ages 2 1/2 – 5 Years

Our day centers around exploration and hands-on learning with art, dramatic play, building, nature and quiet areas; small group theme-based activities; a balanced blend of active and quiet times; snack; nap; story time and movement (indoor and outdoor).

Children become active and creative explorers while developing good habits and positive attitudes.  Curriculum areas include literacy, math, science, art, technology and social and moral development.

The Creative Curriculum and Healthy U program are incorporated in our day.

Financial Assistance is available for those who qualify.