“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

470 East Freehold Road
Freehold, NJ 07728

Located in the Child Enrichment Center
Business Hours:  Mon-Fri 9:00am-7:00pm

Contact:  732.462.0464 ext 155

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 NJ State Licensed, safe, healthy option before and after school–right in their child’s school.

Serving public elementary schools in Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Manalapan & Millstone.

Submit applications to the Freehold Y Front Desk. Allow 3 business days to process your child’s application before he/she starts the program.

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.


Freehold Borough

  • Freehold Learning Center (AM & PM)

Manalapan Township

  • Clark Mills School (AM & PM)
  • Lafayette Mills School (AM & PM)
  • Milford Brook School (AM & PM)
  • Pine Brook School (AM & PM)
  • Taylor Mills School (AM & PM)
  • Wemrock Brook School (AM & PM)

Freehold Township

  • Applegate School (AM & PM)
  • Catena School (AM & PM)
  • Errickson School (AM & PM)
  • Laura Donovan School (AM & PM)
  • West Freehold School (AM & PM)

Millstone Township

  • Millstone Elementary (AM & PM)
  • Millstone Primary (AM & PM)


How can I enroll my child in the program?

Applications for Before & After School Care are available at our East Freehold facility year round. If you’d like more information about registration and monthly tuition, please call the School Age Child Care Office at 732.462.0464 ext. 155.

Who supervises the children in the program?

The programs are supervised by certified teachers or qualified staff and teaching assistants who meet New Jersey State licensing requirements. In addition, field coordinators oversee all aspects of the programs and report directly to our YMCA directors.

Why is the Before & After School Care Program so important for parents/guardians who work or go to school?

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.

Does the Before & After School program provide recreational and educational activities?

Yes. The programs provide activities which include Arts & Humanities, Health & Fitness Awareness, Literacy, and Science/Technology.

Why should parents/guardians choose the YMCA Before & After School Program instead of some other school age child care program?

The Y of Western Monmouth County Before & After School Care Program has run successfully for over 23 years. We recognize that your children are a part of our community, and our mission is to help them to develop to their fullest in spirit, mind and body by incorporating the core values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility in our curriculum.

Is there before care if school has a delayed opening?

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

Is there afterschool care if my child’s school closes due to a mid-day emergency?

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 number and that the school and your child know where he/she is to go.


Tuition is paid through automatic bank draft. Checking accounts or credit cards will be debited on the 20th of each month (or next official bank day) for the next month’s tuition.


YCares is a confidential financial assistance program that helps those needing support to participate in YMCA programs and services. For more information call 732.462.0464 ext. 155.

Program Hours

Programs wrap around the full school day.(A.M. – 7:00 am to school start; P.M. – Call School Age Child Care office for PM hours in your school district. If your child attends half day Kindergarten, please note there is no child care.