Child Care Centers

Choose the Y Child Care location that best fits your needs

A MESSAGE FROM ERIN SIEMERS AND CINDY SHIELDS, SENIOR CHILD CARE DIRECTORS

ErinHi, my name is Erin Siemers and I have been working for the YMCA of MEWSA for 20 years in every capacity imaginable from swim instructor, birthday party specialist and camp counselor to Pre-K Teacher, School-Age Child Care Coordinator and Child Care Site Director.  I have been in my current role of Senior Child Care Director since 2015 and oversee the operation of all of our Child Care Programs in Metuchen and Edison.



Hi, my name is Cindy Shields and I am responsible for the child care programs in the Woodbridge and Erin and CindyPerth Amboy locations.  My story began in 1993, when I was hired as an Infant and Toddler Lead Teacher at Edgar Early Learning Center, and eventually promoted to Assistant Director.  From there I became Director at Our Savior’s Learning Center from 1998 through 2004 and then Director at Grace Early Learning Center from 2004 through 2013.  My current role is Senior Child Care Director and I oversee the operation of all of our Child Care Programs in Woodbridge and Perth Amboy, while providing support for South Amboy as well.

The YMCA of MEWSA is the largest child care provider in Middlesex County, serving over 1,000 children each day in our child care centers, school age locations and day camps.  The YMCA offers learning programs and readiness opportunities for all children from infant/toddler and preschool through school age, including full and half day programs that teach academics, swimming lessons, physical fitness programs, field trips, enrichment classes, health and safety curriculum and more. We also offer Before and After School Care, Kindergarten Extended Days, Holiday Care and Summer Day Camp where youth engage in physical activities, learning opportunities and imaginative programs including STEM activities.  Children throughout all of our programs are taught HEPA (healthy eating and physical activity) habits as part of our day to day curriculum.  All of our child care centers follow NAEYC accreditation standards and are enrolled in the Grow NJ Kids Program, a quality initiative funded by the state of New Jersey.  This affirms our commitment to continuously improving the well-being of all young children, with a particular focus on the quality of education and services provided to families enrolled in our programs.

We would love for you to come and visit one of our Early Learning or SACC Programs, so that you can see our facilities and meet our teachers and staff.  We think you will quickly see that we are not just a child care center, but a family that you can trust with your most precious commodity…your children!

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Metuchen Programs

Edgar Early Learning Center

150 Lake Avenue
Metuchen, NJ 08840  Get directions
732-632-8633
Hours: 7:00 am-6:30 pm
Director: Angelique Nabi 

Programs at this location:
Infant/ Toddlers: Ages 6 weeks through 3 years old
Preschool: Ages 3 years through 4 years old
Pre-Kindergarten: Ages 4 years through 5 years old 
Full-Day Kindergarten: Ages  5 years through 6 years old

Edgar Early Learning Center Forms


Centenary Early Learning Center

200 Hillside Avenue
Metuchen, NJ 08840  Get directions
732-548-5468
Hours: 7:00 am-6:30 pm
Director: Melinda Wilson

Programs at this location:
Infant/ Toddlers: Ages 6 weeks through 3 years old
Preschool: Ages 3 years through 4 years old
Pre-Kindergarten: Ages 4 years through 5 years old
Preschool Half-day: Ages 3 years through 5 years old

Centenary Early Learning Center


Metuchen YMCA Child Care

65 High Street
Metuchen, NJ 08840  Get directions
732-548-2044

Director: Pam Cohen (Child Care)
Director:  Gabriella St.Fleur (School Age Child Care)

Programs at this location:
Preschool: Ages 3 years through 5 years old
Kindergarten Extended Day: Ages 5 years through 6 years
School Age Child Care: Kindergarten through 5th grade

Transportation available for:
Metuchen: Moss, Campbell, Edgar and St. Francis schools
Edison: Benjamin Franklin, Lincoln and James Monroe schools

Metuchen YMCA Child Care Forms


READY...SET...LEARN ( Y TOTS )

75 Glenville Rd
Edison, NJ 08817
732-548-2044
Hours:
M--F 9:00 am-11:00 am


Director: Pam Cohen 
Lead teacher: Ms.Kathy

Programs at this location:
2 years through 3 years

 

Edison Programs

Ken Shirk Learning Center

445 Old Post Road
Edison, NJ 08817  Get directions
732-287-1131
Hours: 7:00 am-6:30 pm
Director: Samantha Creange

Programs at this location:
Infant/ Toddlers: Ages 6 weeks through 3 years old
Preschool/ Pre-Kindergarten: Ages 3 years through 5 years old
Kindergarten Extended Day: Ages 5 years through 6 years old
School Age Child Care: Kindergarten through 5th grade

Transportation available from:
Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, and Washington Elementary School

Ken Shirk Learning Center Forms


Our Savior's Learning Center

50 Calvert Avenue East
Edison, NJ 08820  Get directions
732-548-0523
Hours: 7:00 am-6:30 pm
Director: Erin Siemers
Site Manager: Jeanna Kim

Programs at this location:
Infant/Toddlers: Ages 6 weeks through 3 years old
Preschool: Ages 3 years through 4 years old
Pre-Kindergarten: Ages 4 years through 5 years old
Kindergarten Extended Day: Ages 5 years through 6 years old
School Age Child Care: Kindergarten through 5th grade

Note: This Center only services Menlo Park Elementary School for our Kindergarten and School Age Child Care Program

Our Savior's Learning Center Forms


Edison YMCA Child Care Center

1775 Oak Tree Road
Edison, NJ 08820  Get directions
732-494-3232
Hours: 7:00 am-7:00 pm
Director: Jennifer Guthlein (Child Care)
Director: Mike Tivey (School Age Child Care)

Programs at this location:
Infant/ Toddlers: Ages 6 weeks through 3 years old
Preschool: Ages 3 years through 4 years old
Pre-Kindergarten: Ages 4 years through 5 years old
Kindergarten Extended Day: Ages 5 years through 6 years old
School Age Child Care: Kindergarten through 8th grade

Transportation available for:
Kindergarten: From James Madison Intermediate, James Madison Primary, Woodbrook, Martin Luther King Schools
School Age: From Woodrow Wilson, James Madison Intermediate, James Madison Primary, Woodbrook, Martin Luther King, and John Adams Schools 
* Woodrow Wilson- Aftercare ONLY

Edison YMCA Child Care Center Forms

Woodbridge Programs

Avenel Learning Center

238 Avenel Street
Avenel, NJ 07001  Get directions
732-636-1100
Hours: 7:00 am-6:30 pm
Site Manager: Rosanna Pagtakhan

Programs at this location:
Preschool: Ages 3 years through 4 years old
School Age Child Care: Kindergarten through 5th grade (Avenel School #4/5 only)

Avenel Learning Center Forms


Fords Learning Program

732.346.9622
Director: Cindy Shields
Woodbridge Assistant Director: Fatima Ismail
Hours: 7:00 am-9:00 am; 3:30 pm-6:30 pm 

Programs at this location:
School Age Child Care: Kindergarten through 8th grade (program held in Lafayette Estates School #25)

Transportation available from:
Ford Avenue School #14, Menlo Park Terrace School #19, and Fords Middle Schools

Y Child Care at Fords Forms


Colonia Learning Center

400 Inman Avenue
Colonia, NJ 07067  Get directions
732-340-9622
Hours: 7:00 am-6:30 pm
Director: Cindy Shields
Woodbridge Assistant Director: Fatima Ismail 

Programs at this location:
Preschool: Ages 2.5 years through 5 years old
Kindergarten Extended Day: Ages 5 years through 6 years old
School Age Child Care: Kindergarten through 8th grade

Transportation available to:
Oakridge Heights Elementary School #21, Lynn Crest Elementary School #22, Claremont Avenue Elementary School #20, Pennsylvania Avenue Elementary School #27, Colonia Middle School
Morning Care: 
Available at Mawbey Street Elementary School #1, Robert Mascenik School #26, Indiana Ave School #18, and Mathew Jago School #28 
After Care:
Available at Matthew Jago School #28

Colonia Learning Center Forms

South Amboy Y Programs

South Amboy Y Child Care

200 John T. O’Leary Blvd
South Amboy, NJ 08879  Get directions
732-553-9622
Morning Care:: 7am-start of school
After Care: end of school day until 6:30pm
Extended Care: 6:30-7pm  
Director: Judith Murawski

Programs at this location:
School Age Child Care: Kindergarten through 6th grade
Holiday Care: We follow the South Amboy and Sayreville school schedules

Transportation available from:
South Amboy Elementary, South Amboy Middle School, Arleth Elementary, Eisenhower Elementary, Samsel Upper Elementary, and Truman Elementary Schools

South Amboy Y Child Care Forms



READY…SET…LEARN

200 John T. O’Leary Blvd  Get directions
South Amboy, NJ 08879
732-553-9622
Hours: M-W-F 9:00 am-11:00 am
Director: Judith Murawski

Programs at this location:
Ages 2 years through 4 years old

Perth Amboy Programs

Grace Early Learning Center

600 New Brunswick Avenue
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861  Get directions
732-442-4199
Hours: 7:00 am-6:00 pm
Director: Atia Lee-Hunter

Programs at this location:
Toddlers: Ages 1 year through 2 years old  
Preschool: Ages 2.5 years through 3 years old  
Pre-Kindergarten: Ages 3 years through 5 years old (Perth Amboy residents only)

Grace Early Learning Center Forms

Harborview Early Learning Center

45 Market Street
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861  Get directions
732-442-7190
Hours: 7:00 am-6:00 pm
Director: Rita MacNeill

Programs at this location:
Toddlers: Ages 2 years through 3 years old  
Pre-Kindergarten: Ages 3 years through 5 years old (Perth Amboy residents only)

Harborview Early Learning Center Forms

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