Before & After School

School Aged 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 youths 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 2:45 pm to 6 pm. 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 the 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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School Aged Before School

Children in schools 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10 can be dropped off at the Garfield YMCA as early as 7:00 am 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.) The 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 2017-2018 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***


Preschool-aged before and aftercare-servicing entire district

As the largest provider of preschool-aged childcare programs, we help hundreds of children every day reach their fullest potential in a welcoming, supportive environment. By incorporating the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility into all of our youth services programming, we give children the solid foundation they need to thrive—not only in school but beyond. We offer Before & After School programs for the entire Garfield preschool district. The Before School Program will either be held at 33 Outwater Lane or right in your child’s school. Busing is available.

  • Care starts as early as 7:00 a.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. Price is $320.00/month for both before and aftercare. We accept Office for Children and other subsidy programs. Please let the registration office know upon registration if you need before and/or aftercare. 
  • Horizon Foundation’s HEALTHY U Curriculum is used in our programs. We’re proud to offer your children a place in 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.

For more info: contact Carmela 973-772-7450



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 is 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.