Bright Beginnings Preschool Summer Camp

In Person Registration are being held by appointment only the week of 6/15/20. Please email to schedule


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Ages 2 ½ yrs old-5 yrs old (before kindergarten)

The YMCA can offer your preschooler opportunities all summer long. The positive behaviors, friendships, learning and exploration they create are only limited by their imagination. The Y will help nurture their imagination….

Weather it is time to have your preschooler acclimate to a school day or routine for September or to keep them engaged and active, your child will come home smiling each day from the opportunities they are offered throughout the summer in the Y’s preschool camp.

Children experience the best of both worlds-learning and play. They have structure in their day, that includes a time to learn-such as circle time– and a time to play such as going to the water park.  Sometimes both learning and fun happen all at the same time-which is most of the time at the Y!

The preschool summer camp is staffed with childcare professionals who work with children all year long, not just summer time. Childcare is their chosen profession. All have educational qualification and experience as well as being trained in first aid and cpr. Many are continuing their education for higher levels of educational learning and qualifications.


This means we:

  • Prepare developmentally appropriate activities so children are challenged, not bored; and successful, not frustrated.
  • Provide enough activities so children don’t have to wait too long or share beyond their ability.
  • Provide toys and activities in all areas— physical, social, intellectual, creative, and emotional—so children with different interests and learning styles will all have their needs met.
  • Make sure children have an opportunity to have input into the daily activities.

What does the Preschool Camp Include?

  • Weekly Water Park Trips
  • Free Lunch Program
  • Weekly dance, exercise, arts & crafts
  • End of the Summer BBQ (donated by Maschio’s Food Catering)
  • Nature Walks
  • Thematic Weeks
  • For an extra fee swim lessons, specialty camps and day trips are available but not mandatory.



Download the 2020 Information, Registration and Parent Manual Here


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  • Upon opening for parents who need the service and have not registered yet- visit the Garfield YMCA located at 33 Outwater Lane to pick up a Parent Manual and Registration form or download each form from this website. (See the end of page for downloads below)
  • You must completely fill out all registration forms; include a copy of your child’s Immunization form and make payment for camp.    
  • Your child will NOT be able to attend camp without a valid membership, all balances paid, completed registration information and copy of Immunization on file.
  • If your child has any special needs or will need special accommodations at camp, please contact Tara Campistrous, Youth Development Director at 973.772.7540. 
  • If you need financial assistance, applications are located at 33 Outwater Lane.  Call for more information 973.772.7450