Children 2 1/2 - 5 years
NOW AVAILABLE TO NON-RESIDENTS FOR THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR
The Garfield YMCA operates a year round state licensed full-facility childcare center, Bright Beginnings. Our facility serves children 2 ½ to 5 years from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. We offer a safe, quality enriched, developmentally appropriate environment supervised by a well-trained staff of caregivers. Your child has an opportunity to grow socially, emotionally and academically through play. Our unit bases curriculum and activities that offer many opportunities for learning and coincide with state guidelines for child development. All our children participate in arts and crafts, music, computers, cooking, physical education, academics and more. Our full time 4 year old children also have optional swimming lessons. Our Full time 2 ½ year old program runs on monthly fee. Preschool program is structured for the options of school day time, before school and after school care. Fees are based on the length of your child’s care during the day. You must contact Paula Danchak at 973-772-7450 or email@example.com to register. To register a child who is 3 by October 1st, who lives in Garfield, please call 973-253-6600 to schedule a registration appointment.
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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.