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Home » Programs » Child Care » Mulberry Bush Preschool


2014/2015 SCHOOL YEAR

Jennifer Friedhof, Ass’t Youth Development Director
732 341 9622 ext 2217 or

At our state licensed Mulberry Bush Preschool, we provide a safe, nurturing environment that fosters social, emotional, cognitive and physical development, while inspiring the love of learning for your preschool child.

Mulberry Bush Preschool follows a structured learning curriculum, aimed at 3–5 year olds. Our qualified teachers bring their love of learning to the classroom, while focusing on socialization, interaction with literature, language, sensory and physical development. Children will be introduced to math, science, nutrition, physical education, history and current events in conjunction to working in cooperative groups. Students will also be introduced to the CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) curriculum, which is designed to promote physical activity and healthy food choices. Children will expand their growth through number and letter recognition, hand and eye coordination, fine motor and gross motor skills. In addition to your child developing their education in our program, they will also be introduced to the pool, with their weekly swim lesson. We will encourage and foster their self-confidence and independence in working towards a kindergarten or pre-kindergarten level of academics.

Staff is First Aid and CPR certified, along with fulfilling any and all requirements from the State Of NJ Licensing.

Staff/Child Ratio:

  • 3 year olds; 1 teacher to every 8 children
  • 4-5 year olds; 1 teacher to every 10 children

Registration Information
Mulberry Bush Preschool is for children that turned 3 by October 1st and are toilet trained. All participants must be members of the Ocean County YMCA, have had a physical and all required inoculations. Daily snack is provided that ties in with lessons your child is learning.

Registration must be done in person at the YMCA and is ongoing. State law requires a completed medical information form to be on file for all children enrolled in any child care program. The following information must be provided at time of registration.

1. Yearly Immunization Dates – Report for polio series plus booster, DPT series Plus Booster; one Polio and DPT Booster must include one given on or after 4th birthday; Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccines after one year of age; tetanus shot; mantoux tuberculin test, flu shot (preschool age).

2. Physician/Insurance Information- Name, address and phone of physician. Name address and policy number of primary health insurance company.

3. Pick up information and emergency contacts. Names, addresses and up to 3 phone numbers for each person authorized to pick up or be contacted in the event of an emergency.

TU,TH 9:00-12:00PM or 12:15-3:15PM
3-5 year old program

M,W,F 9:00-12:00PM or 12:15-3:15PM
4 years old by October 1, 2014

M-F 9:00-12:00PM or 12:15-3:15PM
4 years old & up - Attending Kindergarten in September 2015



Participant must be enrolled in Kindergarten for September 2014, or going to be enrolled for September 2015. Program is designed to prepare your child for success in a learning environment designed to support the spirit, mind and body of every child. We offer age & developmental appropriate activities & lessons to prepare them for their school age experience. They will be engaged in exploring new challenges, providing an opportunity for in-depth and individualized instruction. Curriculum includes math, science, nutrition, physical education, history and current events, along with age appropriate development programs unique to our Y, including swim lessons. Program will follow Toms River Schools Calendar. We offer a 3, 4 or 5 day a week schedule. A $69 registration fee is collected at time of registration. Paperwork must be filled out in its entirety to be registered for the program. Transportation is provided only within participating Toms River schools.
M-F 12:00PM-3:30PM.

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