With so many demands on today’s families, parents need all the support they can get.
That’s why Child Care at the Y is about more than looking after kids. It’s about nurturing their development by providing a safe place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
Educational Child Care Program and Preschool
Building Strong Foundations
The Y mission of building strong kids, families, and communities starts with our youngest Y-members! The YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties recognizes the importance of quality early child care and education. Our programs are values-based and use Creative Curriculum to impact academic performance and social and physical development, while building a foundation for a lifetime of healthy living. Through child care at the Y, children learn and grow to find a successful start in kindergarten and beyond.
YMCA Teacher Standards
We hold our staff to the highest standards. Each lead teacher is required to have a minimum of a Child Development Associates credential. All full time staff must receive 24 credit hours of training per year in order to work in our program and are certified in First Aid & C.P.R.
YMCA Teacher : Student Ratios
6 weeks to 12 months 1 : 4
12 months to 18 months 1 : 4
19 months to 2 years old 1 : 6
2 years to 3 years old 1 : 7
3 years to 4 years old 1 : 8
4 years to 5 years old 1 : 8
Food & Nutrition
The YMCA provides morning and afternoon snacks for the children. Snacks include: 100% fruit juice, water, milk, fruits, vegetables, crackers, Goldfish®, cheese and more. Parents are responsible for providing lunch for their child each day they are in the program.
Come Visit the YMCA and Look For:
- Positive interactions between caregiver and children
- Qualified, loving, caring staff
- Children who are happy and comfortable with their caregiver
- Clean, safe, and age-appropriate indoor and outdoor spaces
- Safety features such as secured entrance, caps on electrical outlets, and classroom visibility
- A variety of toys and learning materials such as manipulatives, learning centers, sensory activities and climbing equipment that your child will find interesting
Every Child Enrolled is a Y Plus Member!
When your child is registered for a YMCA Child Care or After School program, they automatically become a PLUS Member of the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties! Learn more
The Early Child Care and Pre-K programs of the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties has adopted the Creative Curriculum which is a frame work for teaching that addresses all aspects of the child’s development and is comprised of five components:
- The Learning Environment
- What Children Learn
- How Children Develop and Learn
- The Teacher’s Role
- The Family’s Role
Our staff creates monthly goals for your child, and we use each of the four focus areas as a guideline to plan weekly lessons based on monthly themes that support all areas of a child’s development. Our main areas of concentration are as follows:
- Social/Emotional Development
- learn about self and others
- Physical Development
- learn about moving
- Cognitive Development
- learn about the world
- Language Development
- learn about communicating
learn proper nutrition
get physically fit
YMCA Primetime School Age Child Care where children in grades K-6 engage, learn and shine.
YMCA Primetime School Age Care extends your child’s learning day in a fun and meaningful way! With a focus on character development and healthy living, children experience academic physical and social activities under the supervision of positive, caring role models. Parents enjoy peace of mind knowing their school-age children have safe, healthy options before and after school-right in their child’s school.
Afterschool Programs provide academic intervention, healthy activities and enrichment opportunities throughout the school year to K-6 graders, boosting their grades and reducing their risk-taking behaviors.
Timespan: 2.5-3 hours
School’s Out Holiday Child Care
School’s Out offers a full day of fun and excitement for children in grades K-6 on school holidays. Enrollment is limited.
Enrollment is limited.
HOURS & FEES
7:00am – 6:00pm
Primetime Plus Members
$45/day or $200/week
$50/day or $225/week
$55/day or $250/week
DROP OFF & PICK UP LOCATIONS
302 Commerce Square Blvd.
Burlington, NJ 08016
- Special Events
- Meeting New Friends
PARTICIPANTS MUST BRING
- Wear comfortable, appropriate clothing for the day’s activities
Primetime PLUS Membership
When your child is registered for a YMCA Child Care or After School program, we automatically upgrade that to become a PLUS Member of the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties! The PLUS Membership entitles the child to the benefits of enrolling in youth classes, and family swim in the pool on Saturdays. In addition, PLUS Members may bring the entire family to quarterly FREE Family Events – look for more information at the child care sites, or check out our Events Calendar for upcoming events!
Quarterly Family Events and FREE Swim every Saturday from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.
$100.00 Annual Membership Fee, $200.00 for a family membership
Interested in UPGRADING to a Family Facility Membership for a low monthly fee (plus joiner fee)? Contact the Welcome Center for more information. The Family Full Facility Membership includes:
- Y for All income-based pricing
- Unlimited Group Exercise: Choose from 100+ Group Exercise classes
- Unlimited Wellness Consultations
- FREE use of open time in pool and gym, use of equipment, strength training and cardio machines
- Preferred pricing: Facility Members always enjoy our Best pricing on programs
- Priority Registration: early registration for “first crack” at classes and more
- The Y offers something for every member of the family! Get active today!
Thanks to the generosity of members and donors to our annual Community Support Campaign, the YMCA is able to provide quality programs and services to people of all incomes and backgrounds. Those unable to pay the full fee may receive a reduction based on their substantiated need and available YMCA funds.