School Age Child Care

Provides enriching curriculum and experiences

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School Age Child Care

School Age Child Care is a fun, active and nurturing learning environment for elementary school students before and after school. 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.  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.

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

Our school age programs participate in the Healthy U program.  Healthy U is a collaborative partnership between the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance and the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey with the goal of combating childhood obesity through nutrition education, physical education and family involvement.

Before and After School Care (Westfield and Garwood)

Before Care and After Care give working parents the extra coverage they need before and after school. Extended care at the Main Y and Garwood Family Center Y allows for a 6:30PM pick up to children enrolled.

Kindergarten Wraparound (Westfield)

Kindergarten Wraparound provides 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.  Children are transported to Lincoln School for the PM session. A 3 or 5 day program is available.

If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact: Carolyn White,; 908-301-9622 x248 or Melinda McHale,; 908-301-9622 x273.

Grades K-5 (Westfield)

At the Main Y Facility
Program includes bussing from the following schools: Franklin, Washington, Wilson, Jefferson, McKinley and Tamaques.

In this fun, active and nurturing learning environment, we provide homework time, small group and individual activities, project time, indoor/outdoor activity and a healthy snack.  The program incorporates Healthy U and the Creative Curriculum.  In addition, students at the Main Y facility 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.

At the Westfield Schools
Program is available at the following schools: Washington, Wilson, Jefferson, McKinley, Tamaques and Lincoln.

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.

Half Days (Westfield)

Half Day programs are available when the schools are dismissed at 12:30pm for an additional fee.  These days will run as follows:

  • Before Care: Normal schedule
  • AM Kindergarten Wrap Around: Drop off at Y to be bused to school
  • PM Kindergarten Wrap Around: Bus will pick up and bring back to Y
  • Main Y: Bus will pick at 12:30pm and bring back to the Y
  • Off- Sites: Programs will start at 12:30pm at respective schools; if children will be bused back to Main Y, notice will be given.

Vacation Fun Club (Westfield)

Vacation Fun Club days are available when children have a full day off of school.  These days run from 7:00am to 6:00pm for an additional fee.

During Vacation Days, children should dress in play clothes (we may do messy art projects!) and should bring: bathing suit and towel, lunch and drink (no glass, peanuts, sesame seeds or tree nuts), and wear sneakers (we play in the gym and outside).

Special events are planned during the times that school is closed for a full week.

Sign up sheets will be posted at your child’s SACC program prior to the vacation day.  You must sign up by the posted deadline in order for your child to attend.  No child will be accepted if they are not signed up in advance.  It is the parent’s responsibility to sign-up for these days, even if it is your child’s regular day.

Grades 6-8 (Westfield)

Our middle school after school program (Club Mid) gives students the opportunity to enhance their academic progress, boost skills, build character and develop their independence.  Program activities include homework assistance, walking trips to town, physical activity (indoor and/or outdoor), arts & crafts, and cultural enrichment.  Our program also promotes personal development through team building and student-initiated service learning projects that encourage character development and social responsibility.  A healthy snack is provided.

For more information please contact Marty Collett at

Grades K-5 (Garwood)

We provide an after school experience for Garwood students in Grades K-5.  Activities include sports, recreation, arts & crafts, homework time and more.  A healthy snack is provided and the Healthy U program is incorporated into the curriculum.

The program is available 2, 3, 4 or 5 days per week beginning right after school until 6:00pm.  Extended care is available from 6:00-6:30pm.  Before school care is available beginning at 6:00am until the start of the school day. The Garwood Family Center YMCA  features several classrooms, a multipurpose room, a large outdoor field and two playgrounds for children to enjoy

Contact: Shannon McGillis at or 908-301-1616.

Grades K- 5 (Mountainside)

After School Care

Y School Age Child Care in Mountainside provides a fun and safe before and after school experience for Mountainside students in grades K-6.

The program is available at both the Deerfield and Beechwood schools two, three, four or five days a week and includes sports, recreation, arts & crafts, and homework time.  Our program begins immediately after school, with either a 5:00PM or a 6:00PM pick up option.

Before School Care

Before school care is available beginning at 7:15AM until the start of the school day.  Before care will be provided at Deerfield School. All students who attend Beechwood school will be transported from Deerfield to Beechwood on the Mountainside School District bus, accompanied and supervised by Y staff.

Vacation & Half Days When school is out Vacation Fun Club is in!  Full days will be provided at the Main Y Facility, 220 Clark Street Westfield. Half-day locations will be at the schools. For more information or to register for Y School Age Child Care in Mountainside, contact Marty Collett at or 908- 301-9622 x405.