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Nurturing Our Youth

School-Age Child 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 children have a New Jersey State Licensed, safe, healthy option before and after school–right in their child’s school.

Our School-age Child Care Administrative office is located in the Child Enrichment Center.
470 East Freehold Road, Freehold, NJ 07728
Business Hours: Monday – Friday | 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Contact: 732.566.9266

Serving public elementary schools in Monmouth County and surrounding areas. Your registration forms can be emailed to our office at afterschool@ymcanj.org or dropped off in a sealed envelope, addressed to the YMCA Child Achievement at one of these three YMCA locations most convenient for you:

Allow 3 business days to process your child’s application before he/she starts the program.

Teaming Up To Conquer Childhood Obesity

healthy-uHealthy 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. Our Y is proud to incorporate Healthy U in school age and preschool programs.

Y-Kids Before and After School Locations

School-age services are provided in the following districts:

  • Atlantic Highlands
  • Fair Haven
  • Freehold Twp.
  • Freehold Boro- Freehold Learning Center
  • Highlands
  • Little Silver
  • Manalapan
  • Matawan – Aberdeen
  • Middletown Township
  • Millstone Township
  • Monmouth Beach
  • Red Bank
  • Shrewsbury
  • Spring Lake Heights
  • West Long Branch
  • Atlantic Highlands
  • Fair Haven
  • Freehold Twp.
  • Freehold Boro- Freehold Learning Center
  • Highlands
  • Little Silver
  • Manalapan
  • Matawan – Aberdeen
  • Middletown Township
  • Millstone Township
  • Monmouth Beach
  • Red Bank
  • Shrewsbury
  • Spring Lake Heights
  • West Long Branch

Become A Y-Kid: Parent Manual & Registration Forms

Y-KIDS PARENT MANUAL
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS ELEMENTARY APPLICATION
YMCA CHILDREN’S LEARNING CENTER APPLICATION
FREEHOLD BOROUGH APPLICATION
FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP APPLICATION
HIGHLANDS SCHOOL DISTRICT APPLICATION
LITTLE SILVER SCHOOL APPLICATION
MATAWAN/ABERDEEN DISTRICT APPLICATION
MILLSTONE DISTRICT APPLICATION
SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY APPLICATION
WEST LONG BRANCH – BETTY MCELMON SCHOOL APPLICATION
CAMBRIDGE PARK PRESCHOOL APPLICATION
FAIR HAVEN SCHOOL DISTRICT APPLICATION
FREEHOLD ENRICHMENT CENTER APPLICATION
MANALAPAN DISTRICT APPLICATION
MIDDLETOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT APPLICATION
MONMOUTH BEACH APPLICATION
RED BANK PRIMARY SCHOOL APPLICATION
SHREWSBURY BOROUGH SCHOOL APPLICATION
RED BANK PRIMARY APPLICATION (ESPAÑOL)
“My two grandsons came to live with me 3 years ago. I had no idea at the time how I could afford before and after school care for them in order to keep my job. The Y was there for us.The assistance we received and still receive, has helped to make it possible. The Y provides a safe and well supervised program and we will always be grateful for their assistance.”–Angela LaBoy

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Applications for Before & After School Care are available at our facility year round. If you’d like more information about registration and monthly tuition, please call the School Age Child Care Office at 732.566.9266.

The programs are supervised by certified teachers and/or qualified staff over the age of 21, with experience working with children.  Our supervisors and teaching assistants have gone through a background check, drug screen, reference checks, fingerprinted, and all meet New Jersey State licensing requirements. In addition, regional field coordinators oversee all aspects of the programs and report directly to our YMCA directors.

Our programs provide a “home away from home” environment where the children can unwind from the structured school day, socialize, have a snack, do their homework and participate in wholesome group activities.

Yes. The programs provide themed activities which include Arts & Humanities, Health & Fitness Awareness, Social Emotional Learning Activities, Literacy, and Science/Technology through our STEAM curriculum.

The YMCA of Greater Monmouth County’s Before & After School Care Program has run successfully for over 25 years in Monmouth County. We recognize that your children are a part of our community, and our mission is to help them to develop to their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body, by incorporating the core values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility into our curriculum.

For everyone’s safety, when a school has a delayed opening, there is NO Before School Care. Announcements of emergency closings are made on your school’s website.

For everyone’s safety, when schools have a mid-day emergency closing, there is NO After School Care. For emergency mid-day closings, please be certain your child’s school has your work telephone and emergency cell numbers and your child knows where he/she is to go.

Tuition is paid through automatic bank draft. Checking accounts or credit cards will be debited on the 1st of each month and due no later than the 15th of the month.

YCares is a confidential financial assistance program that helps those needing support to participate in YMCA programs and services. For more information call 732.566.9266.

Programs wrap around the full school day.  Morning before care begins at 7:00 am to school start first bell;  For after care – Call our School Age Child Care office for PM hours in your school district. Each district’s closing time may vary.   If your child attends half day Kindergarten, please note there is no child care.