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At the Y, we believe all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. In our school programs, hundreds of youth are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and education achievement.
It’s the 21st century, and has there ever been a harder time to be a kid? So many choices, so many unhealthy options. Luckily, the YMCA is keeping an eye on hundreds of Ocean County school-age kids during the riskiest hours of the day.
For over 29 years, the Y has been offering Y-Kids Before and After School Care. Y-Kids is a state licensed child care program designed to help families build self sufficiency by providing safe, affordable, high quality childcare both before and after school.
Y-Kids sites for children grades K-8 are located in the four partnering school districts of Barnegat, Berkeley, Manchester and Toms River. Our school day morning program begins at 6:30AM to the start of school. Our afternoon program begins when school ends and goes until 6:00PM. Families can choose either a three, four or five day per week program throughout the school year.
The number of individual Y-Kids Counselors for each site is based on a 12:1 ratio of children to counselors. In addition, Field Coordinators and Site Directors oversee our counselors and sites to maintain high quality child care and keep our Y-Kids staff universally trained in all procedures.
Curriculum for the Y-Kids program focuses on arts and humanities, literacy, science and technology, social competence, conflict resolution, character development, homework help, health, wellness and fitness.
Registration must be done in-person at the YMCA and is ongoing
HOLIDAY CAMP (Grades K - 8)
Need an option when school is out? Send your child to Y Holiday Camp for the day to have fun with friends. The day includes recreational swimming, sports, group games, a light snack and more! Bring a bagged lunch, swim suit, towel and come ready for a full day of fun!