Here for Children & Families

The YMCA is one of the nation’s largest and most trusted providers of child care services. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and impact on our community, we’re here to support the evolving needs in education, as a Y Academy partner to schools and families who need safe, affordable educational enrichment and child care.

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Y Academy offers a safe and enriching full day program 2 to 5 days a week*, with flexible time options for parents who need to return to work while virtual learning is in session. Students will receive support with virtual programming lessons and activities, physical fitness, STEAM challenges, social-emotional learning, and more.

I wanted to send a huge THANK YOU to the entire Y Academy Staff for being so wonderful over the past few months of virtual instruction. My daughter Savanna had a fantastic experience with her room leaders and caregivers. They were so caring and patient with her when completing her virtual school work. They not only gave her so much help during the school hours, but once schoolwork was completed, continued to be engaging and creative with the afternoon activities. I always picked up my daughter with a smile on her face telling me she had a great day! This program was an absolute lifesaver during the hybrid schedule for my kindergartener. My husband and I are so grateful for the wonderful care you all provided! When Middletown opened phase 6 for kindergarten, we were so happy for my daughter to finally have the opportunity to go to class 5 days a week, but at the same time, saddened we wouldn’t be seeing her favorite Y Academy teachers that she has grown so attached to over the last few months. We hope you pass this message along to the rest of the staff to share the extent of our gratitude for the wonderful ladies who took such great care of our Savanna! ~Sara & Mike Gideon

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Safety Is Our Priority

We follow all CDC, local health department and licensing guidelines and are working in partnership with our school districts to follow health, safety, cleaning, and PPE protocols. Students should bring their Chromebooks, school work, water bottle, snack and lunch; no glass bottles please.

Y Academy Enrollment Options

> Flexible Schedule: 2 to 5 days a week*
> Full School Day: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
> Extended Care: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
> Convenient Locations: Freehold Borough YMCA Community Center, Freehold Family YMCA, and Red Bank Family YMCA.

For questions, please email afterschool@ymcanj.org or call 732-566-9266.

*Availability is defined by district needs.