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After School 


We’re here for you! The Y After-school program (Kindergarten to 5th grade) is a place where we nurture the potential of every youth. The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active, learning about social responsibility and developing healthy habits that they will carry throughout their lives. With so many demands on today’s families, parents can get the much needed support from our program. The Y is about more than looking after kids, it’s about offering them a safe environment where they can develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. 

Program Offered at Following Garfield Elementary Schools

  • School # 4 – 12 Madonna Place
  • School # 5 – 205 Outwater Lane
  • School # 8 – 147 Cedar Street

Days, Times and Cost

Our program runs Monday thru Friday from 2:45pm to 6pm. The cost of the program is $175/month. We require payment of first and last month at registration.  If you choose our automated draft option, only first month is required. Payments are due on or before the 10th of each month to avoid a $25 late fee.  Participants must maintain a current registration/membership. Please see our Vacation Camp section, under the “CHILDCARE” tab on the home page, for information about programs offered when school’s out.  Please download application here

Academic & Enrichment Clubs

Includes homework assistance from college educated staff and fun hands-on activities that explore various curriculum's that increase youth’s passion for learning.  Included in the program is our CATCH KIDS CLUB: Coordinated Approach to Child Health is a physical activity and nutrition education program encouraging 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each day. (Please See Sample Schedule)  


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Before School


Children in schools 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10 can be dropped off at the Garfield YMCA as early as 7:00am and the children are walked to school and bused during inclement weather. Cost: $125.00/ month . Registration starts in August every year for the upcoming school year. Returning children have the opportunity to register early. Children must maintain a current membership for the duration of their participation in the program. First month and last month payment due at registration. (Please be advised adequate registration and participation is needed in each school to provide services.) Registration packet is the same as the after school packet. You can download here



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Before school program is serving the Middle School for the 2016-2017 school year. Program and costs run exactly the same as school aged; however, the Middle School participants have fewer spots available, so don't wait to register! 


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***If we have at least 4 students registered, we can also serve schools 6, 7 and 10 for the before school program***



Healthy U is a collaborative partnership between the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance and the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey with the goal of combating childhood obesity through nutrition education, physical education and family involvement.


The Healthy U program uses the CATCH (coordinated approach to child health) curriculum to promote physical activity and healthy eating among youth 3 -13 years old.  CATCH teaches kids that eating healthy and being physically active every day can be fun.


The after school program has been a part of Healthy U since 2008  The goal is to promote healthy habits that can last a lifetime by demonstrating, and learning about the importance of, physical activity and good nutrition.


Healthy U launched in the 2012/13 school year in our preschool-age programs.  Our preschoolers will experience games and physical activities that provide an environment for success in skill development and exercise.   Nutrition lessons are taught through fun circle time and exploration activities.  This program also provides parents with valuable tips and suggestions for use at home.


In New Jersey, 1 in 3 school age children are either overweight or obese.  These children risk developing serious health problems in adulthood.  Through the Healthy U program, we can make a positive impact on youth and families.  The goal is to prevent and reduce obesity in children through physical activity and nutrition behaviors, and strong parental involvement.

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