The Westfield Area YMCA understands the balancing act facing today’s working families. For over 30 years, children have become independent engaged learners and creative confident thinkers in Westfield Area Y Early Learning Programs. The Y continues to adapt to changing needs while strictly adhering to all CDC and Board of Health safety protocols. Registration is going on now for 2021-2022 Full Day Child Care, Half and Full Day Preschool, and Full Day Kindergarten programs.
At the Y, early learning programs for children ages 6 months – 5 years focus on providing a caring, safe and healthy place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy trusting relationships and build self-confidence and self-reliance. Children develop gross and fine motor, cognitive, social/emotional, and language skills.
All programs follow the Creative Curriculum, a nationally recognized framework rooted in educational philosophy and theory as well as in practice. The curriculum is composed of six core learning areas and takes into account individual interests, the learning environment, and how each child personally develops.
The Y’s Full Day Kindergarten utilizes an additional age-appropriate curriculum that includes Everyday Math, Handwriting without Tears, and Healthy U to prepare children for first grade. Kindergarten runs from 8:30 am-2:30 pm and follows the Westfield Public School calendar. Before care and aftercare are available for an additional fee.
Y facilities include large indoor gyms and outdoor playgrounds. The Y’s child/staff ratios meet or exceed licensing requirements. Every staff member is certified in First Aid, CPR, EpiPen, AED, and child development.
To register or for more information, please contact Eileen Rooney, 908-301-9622 x134, [email protected] for Westfield Child Care. Maria Nierstedt, 908-301-9622 x423, firstname.lastname@example.org for Westfield Preschool and Kindergarten. Shannon Jackson, 908-301-9622 x610, [email protected] for Garwood Child Care and Preschool.
The Y is for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Financial assistance is available for YMCA memberships and programs.