After School Care

Y Preschool After School Program   Ages 3-5

We are a state-licensed program staffed by certified teachers with a stimulating environment for the mental, emotional and physical development of 3 - 5 year old preschool children. Our program provides services to 4 Preschools.

  1. Ignacio Cruz E.C.C.
  2. Edmund Hmieleski Jr. E.C.C.
  3. School Number 7
  4. The Y's Learning Center

Y School Age After School Program   Ages 5-10

The Y provides licensed services in all 8 Elementary Schools. During our fun-filled day participants enjoy a nutritious snack along with homework assistance and energetic activities.

  1. Edward J. Patten School
  2. James J. Flynn School
  3. Dr. Herbert N. Richardson School
  4. Robert N. Wilentz School
  5. Anthony V. Ceres School
  6. Dual Language School
  7. MC STEM Charter School
  8. Rose M. Lopez School

Y Middle & High School After School Program   Ages 10-13

Give your child something fun and constructive to do each day at the Y! The Middle School Program provides a safe environment to be with friends while participating in organized fun activities and Y Clubs.

  1. William C. McGinnis Middle School
  2. Samuel E. Shull Middle School
  3. Freshman Academy South Campus (Also serving East Campus at South Campus location)

Holiday Camp Ages 3-13

Take advantage of Holiday Camp on some holidays and while school is on break! Your child will enjoy a day of fun-filled activities, such as arts & crafts, sports, movies, organized indoor and outdoor games. Parent must provide their child(ren) with a bagged lunch, the Y provides a nutritious snack later in the day.  MUST Register!


Fall Camp Dates: November 7th-11th
Spring Camp Dates: April 10th-14th

Fee: Contact the Y for more information

*Siblings Savings and Financial Assistance available.



We understand that family’s needs change, and for this reason we offer on going enrollment for our after school programs. This means you can enroll in (or withdraw from) our programs, please see below for specifics:

Enrollment due dates: Child(ren) must be enrolled on the Thursday prior to the anticipated start date.

Cancellations: Notice of Childcare Cancellation form must be completed, and submitted to the YMCA, five business days prior to the actual date.



About the CATCH program:

CATCH stands for a Coordinated Approach To Child Health and is an evidence-based, coordinated school health program designed to promote physical activity, healthy food choices and the prevention of tobacco use in children. The CATCH Programs cover kids from preschool through 8th grade and has been implemented in thousands of schools and after-school organizations across America and Canada. By teaching children that eating healthy and being physically active every day can be FUN, the CATCH Program has proven that establishing healthy habits in childhood can promote behavioral changes that can last a lifetime.


About the Healthy U program:

clientuploads/images/healthy_u_front.jpgThe Horizon Foundation for New Jersey Healthy U Initiative is designed to combat childhood obesity by instituting behavioral changes in children using a multi-pronged approach that includes nutrition education, increased physical activity and a focus on family. The Healthy U program is New Jersey's largest and most comprehensive, statewide initiative to address childhood obesity in the after-school setting. The Healthy U program uses CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) program curricula, created in 1993 by the University of Texas Science Center Houston School of Public Health.

The Healthy U program is the result of a collaborative partnership between The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance, which is comprised of all 41 YMCA member Associations throughout New Jersey. The Healthy U program reaches more than 20,000 children in 410 YMCA sites.

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey awarded an initial $1 million grant for the program over a four-year time frame: January 2008 through December 2011.

The Foundation awarded a $143,000 additional grant to expand the program over two-and-a-half years: February 2010 through July 2012. An additional 1,800 children in Camden, New Brunswick, Newark, Trenton and Vineland will participate.

Baseline data will be collected and evaluated by the University of Texas Science Center Houston School of Public Health each year to measure the impact and progress of children taking part in the program.