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Ocean County YMCA 1088 W Whitty Road, Toms River, NJ 08755-3279
1088 W Whitty Road, Toms River, NJ 08755-3279 P: 732 341 9622 F: 732 341 1629

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Home » Programs » Child Care » Mulberry Bush Preschool


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, 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 and 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 have turned 3 by October 1st, are toilet trained, and are independent of the parent. All participants must be members of the Ocean County YMCA, have had a physical and all required inoculations (as per the State of NJ). Daily snack is provided that ties in with the lessons that 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 number of physician. Name address and policy number of primary health insurance company.

3. Pick up information and emergency contacts. Names, addresses and up to three 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 year old program

M,W,F 9:00-12:00PM or 12:15-3:15PM
4 years old by October 1, 2015

M-F 9:00-12:00PM or 12:15-3:15PM
4 years old & up - Attending Kindergarten in September 2016



Nurture the spirit, mind, and body of your little ones while preparing them for a school age experience at the Y. To be able to register, children must be eligible for Kindergarten in September 2016. Our program offers age and developmental appropriate activities that will engage your child in exploring new challenges. The curriculum includes math, science, nutrition, physical education, history, and current events, along with developmental programs unique to our Y, like swimming lessons. We offer a 3, 4, or 5 day a week schedule.

Our hours are 12:00PM – 4:00PM. Our after care is available from 4:00PM until 6:00PM for a small additional fee.

$75 fee collected upon registration;
No registration fee if your child is attending Mulberry Bush
Preschool AM Class and Kindergarten Academy
All paperwork must be completed in entirety


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