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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
- 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.
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.