“I love your staff! I called to check on Holden -he was out sick yesterday. Stomach bug. The pediatrician said he could’ve gone in to child care, but I didn’t think that was fair to the teachers and kids. When I called today Lori told me he was cranky/fussy but was still so positive and made me feel like he’s so well taken care of! He’s only been there a month and they seem to know him so well already!”–Emily Gelbard Lurie

470 East Freehold Road
Freehold, NJ 07728

Contact: Katie Rouse
732.462.0464 ext 114

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Parent Handbook

Discover a world of education and enrichment!

The Freehold YMCA provides safe and secure child care for infants, toddlers, pre-school & pre-K (Ages 6 weeks to 5 years). Our State Licensed Child Care Enrichment Center has been designed to provide your child 6 weeks to 5 years of age with the best possible learning opportunities in a warm, safe and loving environment. Flexible Full and Half days are available.

  • Ages 6 weeks to 5 years
  • 7am-6:30pm
  • Part time, full time and extended days available
  • 1 year-end field trip to Camp Topanemus per year for Preschool & Pre-K classes
  • Annual Outdoor Fall Festival for all classes
  • Weekly swim instruction for Preschool and Pre-K classes
  • Sign Language program for Toddler class
  • Daily gym time for all classes
  • Daily swim and camp activities for all classes in July and August


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. The YMCA of Western Monmouth County is proud to incorporate Healthy U in school age and preschool programs.

Enrichment Program


You’re entrusting us to care for the most important person in your life. We believe that during a child’s formative years, nothing is more important than experiencing a wide variety of enriching activities in a warm, safe and loving environment. Our state licensed childcare program has been carefully designed to provide your child with the best possible learning opportunities. We are committed to developing each individual child’s physical, social, intellectual and emotional growth.

“This place is the best kept secret!  We have been to four daycares and this is the only one we would never leave.”–Mary Ginn, child care grandparent


Ages 6 weeks to 15 months

Our infant room provides individualized attention in a “home away from home” environment that is safe, clean and secure. Warm, nurturing YMCA staff works with you to create a partnership in caring for your very special baby.

We respond to your little one’s individual schedule of needs. Daily reports will be sent home to keep you in touch with your child’s milestones and routines.

Classrooms are carefully designed to take into consideration your baby’s need for interactive play, self-discovery as well as quiet time. Monthly themes and activities stimulate your child’s natural curiosity.

In an atmosphere that encourages growth, exploration, and the development of social, physical and language skills, your child’s potential can be achieved.


Ages 15 months to 27 months

Our waddler room provides a comfortable, nurturing and stimulating environment for our young toddlers to transition from the individual schedules of the infant room, to a loosely structured flexible setting.

During these months, waddlers experience tremendous growth particularly in their ability to understand, imitate, remember and convey thoughts using simple language. During this stage, their ability to understand is 10 times greater than their language skills, often causing frustration.

Our warm, patient staff will encourage your child to develop their independence, social interaction, and self-esteem. They will provide age-appropriate play spaces that are safe and inviting. They will support your child in developing basic self-help skills, fine and gross motor abilities, intellectual and language skills and sensory exploration. Waddlers will have their first introduction to routines such as meal time, nap time, circle time and story time.

Our waddler program has all the comforts of the infant room while encouraging individual growth, curiosity and independence.


Ages 27 months to 3 years

Our toddler room provides a world of hands-on learning and play. Through a structured, yet flexible routine, children are encouraged to explore, try new things, and make new friends.

Our caring staff guides your child to build cognitive, language, motor, and social skills through the use of sensory activities and the introduction of group interaction and games.

While playing in our carefully designed learning centers, toddlers have opportunities for self-discovery. In addition to our classroom experiences we play and learn in our newly constructed toddler playground and pre-school gymnasium.

In a fun and stress-free environment, your child is introduced to feeding, dressing, and potty-training. At this important stage of growth and independence, we work at your little one’s own pace, along with you, to develop these important self-help skills.


Ages 3-4 years (must be fully potty trained)

Pre-school programs are offered either year-round (on a full or part-time basis) or for 10 months (on a part-time basis).

Our pre-school program stresses socialization and interaction while introducing an academic element. In a fun and motivating environment, we set the foundation for enthusiastic learning and future academic success.

Planned around weekly themes, our program emphasizes age-appropriate, hands-on projects, activities, and learning centers. As a reinforcement to our curriculum, children will be introduced to lessons on the computer. To enhance your child’s gross motor skills, gym time, swimming lessons and outdoor play are part of our program.

We emphasize the whole child and are sensitive to their individual needs. Our teachers understand that your child’s intellectual, emotional, physical and social growth play an important role in their development.


Ages 4-5 years (entering Kindergarten the following September)

Pre-K programs are offered either year-round (on a full or part-time basis) or for 10 months (on a part-time basis).

Our Pre-K class is a readiness program designed to give your child the foundation necessary for a successful transition to kindergarten.

We offer a curriculum that expands upon the fundamentals learned in our pre-school program while incorporating essential kindergarten skills necessary for future academic achievement.

Our program combines structured classroom experiences with creative learning centers, helping your child to develop self-confidence, independence and a sense of accomplishment. A fun-based, educationally-sound curriculum will enhance your child’s academic success and love of learning. Classroom challenges will be modified for all levels, allowing children to work, play and learn at their own pace. The Pre-K curriculum also includes computer lessons, swimming, gym and outdoor play.



Katie Rouse
Katie RouseChild Care Director
I was born and raised in Freehold and I have been working with children since I was a teen. I have two very sweet step-children and two younger children that you will see in the Infant and Toddler rooms here at the Y. I am passionate about early education and its immeasurable valuable in a young child’s development and most influential years. I have a Master’s degree of Education with certifications in Reading Recovery, English as a Second Language and Administration. I have had the privilege of teaching in both inner city Philadelphia and Hangzhou, China, before returning to my hometown to join the YMCA Childcare family. When I am not working at the Y you will find me dancing and playing games with my friends and family, playing on the beach, and traveling to new places.
Anna Piterow
Anna PiterowWaddler Room Head Teacher
I have been with the YMCA Child Care Team since 2010. I started as an assistant teacher in Preschool Room but have most recently been working in the Waddler Room for the past few years. Working with children and watching them grow to their full potential is one of my greatest joys.

I have a Master’s in Education from the University of Warsaw. On weekends I teach Polish language, history, and culture to US born Polish students in Brooklyn and Lakewood. I’ve been doing this for 13 years and in 2017 I received the National Education Medal for outstanding merit in the field of education by the Polish Ministry of Education.

I was born and raised in Poland and moved to the US in 1994. I live with my husband and two college kids in Old Bridge. In my spare time I enjoy being with my family and friends, reading, gardening and exploring new places.

Inga Larko
Inga LarkoInfant Room Lead Teacher
I was born and raised in Germany and moved to the United States 14 years ago. I went to the Brookdale College for my Early Childhood Education. I have 11 years of experience working with children. I enjoy working with infants, watching them grow and reaching their important milestones. I have one daughter, Julia, who attended the YMCA Child Care Center. She still enjoys coming to the summer camp here. I love living in Monmouth County. In my spare time I like to travel, go to the beach, ski, watch the Giants, and listen to live music.
Lorraine Schlosberg
Lorraine SchlosbergToddler Room Head Teacher
I have been working with young children for the past 30 years in various child care centers. I started as an assistant teacher for 8 years at the YMCA of Western Monmouth in the Child Care Center and then received my CDA at Brookdale College. I have been in my current position for the past 12 years. I am also a proud parent of 3 adult children and a grandmother of 3 age,s 1,3 and 4. Most of my free time is spent with my grandchildren who mean the world to me. As a teacher I strive to create a loving and nurturing environment for my class. My goal is to make sure all my students are thriving and that they get the best care they deserve.
Ember Augustine
Ember AugustinePre-K Head Teacher
I was born in Washington but was raised in Spring Lake Heights for the majority of my life. Working with children has been my passion since I started babysitting back in elementary school. After high school, I attended Rutgers University and graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology with a focus in Cultural studies. I began substitute teaching and decided my dream was to become a teacher. From there, I began my M.A studies in International Education from George Mason University. During this time, I traveled overseas and taught second grade in an international school in Hangzhou, China for over 6 years. My time abroad was memorable, but coming back to New Jersey to raise my daughter and pursue my career in Early Childhood Education was my dream. I am proud to now be a member of the YMCA Childcare Center!
Fran Stein
Fran SteinPreschool Head Teacher
I have been a YMCA employee for over ten years. I began my career teaching middle school in Brooklyn. I transitioned to preschool when my family moved to New Jersey and I needed to find a school for my daughter. My goal is to provide a nurturing environment that is educational and fun. I strive to help each child reach his/her potential.