Preschool

Children become active and creative explorers while developing good habits and positive attitudes at Preschool

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

We have full day preschool and half-day preschool options to meet the needs of your family.

All programs are led by experienced and caring staff.

Our day includes 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 with minimum transitions, music and movement (indoor/outdoor).

Children become active and creative explorers while developing good habits and positive attitudes.

We incorporate the Creative Curriculum and Healthy U throughout our day.

For full day preschool in Westfield, contact Eileen Rooney at erooney@westfieldynj.org or 908-654-8460.
For full day or half day preschool in Garwood, contact Shannon McGillis at smcgillis@westfieldynj.org or 908-301-1616.
For half day preschool in Westfield, contact Maria Nierstedt at mnierstedt@westfieldynj.org or 908-301-9622 x423.

Half- Day Preschool: Garwood

At the Garwood Family Center YMCA, we believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve.

That is why kids at the Y cultivate the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.

Half-day preschool is available for ages 3-4 from 8:45am-11:45am.

The program offers a balanced blend of social interaction and self-discovery through free play, art, music and learning centers. Indoor gym or outdoor activities are incorporated into each classroom’s daily schedule.

Half Day Preschool: Westfield

Time for Twos

Age 2½ by September 1

For most children this is their first experience in a group without a parent.  We focus on socialization, verbal communication skills and pro-social behavior.  Children participate in group free play, art, music, story time and physical activities.  Bi-monthly music class is included in program.  Potty trained is not mandatory.

Offered: Tuesday & Thursday 8:30-11:00AM

Almost Threes

Age 3 by January 31

The main objective of this program for young threes is socialization. Our program fosters a positive self-image, verbal communication skills, and pro-social behavior.  These goals are obtained in a small group setting through art, music, free play and physical activities.  Bi-monthly music class included in program.  Potty trained is not mandatory.

Offered: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8:30-11:00AM

Wee Threes

Age 3 by October 1

Children are assisted with socialization and are encouraged to grow through hands-on art projects, games, music, and play.  Children will be able to master various pre-kindergarten skills (color, shape, group play, name recognition, and cooperation).  Bi-monthly music class is included in program. Must be 100% potty trained (no pull ups).  Swim lessons are included for PM class (Fall 2 & Spring 1 Sessions).

Offered: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8:30-11:00AM
Offered: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 12:00-2:30PM

Almost Fours

Age 4 by January 31

The children not only master the skills of the Wee Threes program but are also encouraged to expand their creativity, self-confidence, social and fine motor skills.  Weekly sports instruction is included. Swim lessons are included for PM class (Fall 2 & Spring 1 Sessions).  This program is designed for those who will be attending “More for Fours” the following year.

Offered: Tuesday & Thursday 8:30-11:00AM, Wednesday 12:00-2:30PM
Offered: Monday-Friday 12:00-2:30PM

Fun for Fours

Age 4 by October 1

Teachers expand the skills developed in Threes class.  The program encourages creativity, fine motor and cognitive skills. Children are confident and well prepared to meet all challenges of kindergarten. Weekly sports instruction and bi-monthly Spanish class are included.  A weekly swim lesson is included for PM class (Fall 2 & Spring 1 Sessions).

Offered: Monday – Friday 8:30-11:00AM
Offered: Monday- Friday 12:00-2:30PM

More for Fours

Age 4½ by October 1

This program is designed for children who have just missed the kindergarten cutoff date, a five-year-old not ready for kindergarten or an older four year old.  More for Fours has a complete kindergarten readiness curriculum.  The added class time allows for more time for hands-on experimentation in art, music, dramatic play, science, math and physical activities.  Weekly sports instruction and bi-monthly Spanish class are included.  A weekly swim lesson is included for PM class (Fall 2 & Spring 1 Sessions).

Offered: Monday – Friday 8:30-11:30AM or 11:30AM-2:30PM

Extended Times and Specialty Programs

Early Drop Off: Parents may pull up to back door 15 minutes before class begins. No charge.

Extended Pick up: AM & PM parents may pick up at back door. Registration required.

Enrichments: Specialty classes such as a variety of sports, computer, Spanish, craft or cooking are offered five days per week during lunch time (30 min. class, 30 min. lunch–bring your own or buy a hot lunch). 2 1/2 hour weekly classes may include Drama, Games, Art, Music or Science.

Sports Classes: Each afternoon, there is a sports class offered. These programs are listed in the Westfield Area Y Session Guide and taught by the Westfield Area Y Sports Department. A discount is offered for our students.

Swim Lessons: Swim lessons listed in the Westfield Area Y Session Guide are offered at a discount to our AM students.