School Age (K-grade 5)

Provides enriching curriculum and experiences

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School Age Child Care is a fun, active and nurturing learning environment for elementary school students. For parents, we provide a structured program with the convenience, safety, and supervision to give you peace-of-mind in the before and after school hours. Vacation Fun Club days are available for an additional fee when there is a full day off from school.

Our day includes homework time and assistance, free choice, a healthy snack, small group & individual projects, and indoor/outdoor activities in the learning areas of arts & humanities, character development, health, wellness & fitness, literacy, science & technology, service learning and social competence & conflict resolution.

Research shows children who participate in after school programs are healthier, more successful in school and more likely to engage in positive behaviors. When kids attend after school programs at the Y, they improve their study and reading skills, develop character and build healthy eating and physical activity habits.

Before and After School Care for Grades K-5 (Westfield, Cranford, Garwood, Mountainside)

Each program is available 2, 3 or 5 days a week (Garwood is available 2, 3, 4 or 5 days)

Before Care begins 7:00AM at Main Y Facility and Garwood Family Center YMCA (Lincoln School only), and 7:15AM in Mountainside at Deerfield School (Beechwood School students are transported by Mountainside School District bus, accompanied and supervised by Y staff)

After Care begins immediately after school with 6:00PM pick up.  Available at Main Y Facility, Westfield Schools (see below for details), Garwood Family Center YMCA (Lincoln School, Garwood, Walnut Ave. and Hillside Ave., Cranford), and in Mountainside (Deerfield and Beechwood Schools)

After Care at Main Y Facility:
Program includes bussing from Franklin, Washington, Wilson, Jefferson, McKinley and Tamaques Schools.  In addition to the program, students may register for classes offered between 4:00-6:00pm such as instructional swim, climbing wall or basketball.  Our staff will escort your child to/from class.

After Care at Westfield Schools:
Program is available at Washington, Wilson, Jefferson, McKinley, Tamaques and Lincoln Schools. Parents enjoy the convenience of pick-up at their local school and receive the same level of care and structured stimulating activities as students at the Main Y Facility.

Extended Care option allows for 6:30PM pick up for children enrolled (available at Main Y Facility and Garwood Family Center YMCA)

Interested in the 2021-2022 school year? Get on the Registration Distribution List! Contact:
Carolyn at cwhite@westfieldynj.org (Westfield)
Melinda at mmchale@westfieldynj.org (Westfield or Mountainside)
Shannon at smcgillis@westfieldynj.org (Garwood or Cranford)

Kindergarten Wraparound (Westfield)

A stimulating and enriching theme-based program at the Main Y Facility for children who attend a half-day kindergarten. Our curriculum enhances a half-day program by developing educational and social skills through arts & crafts, learning centers, music, games, physical education, special events, use of the outdoor play area and more. Instructional swim lessons are included once a week. This  is a 5-day/week morning program.  Children are transported to Lincoln School for their afternoon program.