The Community YMCA’s Child Achievement Branch is dedicated to nurturing the potential of youth in our care.
We offer academic preschool, before and afterschool programs, Saturday enrichment programs, and school break and summer camp experiences to support the cognitive, emotional, and social development of children in our communities.
Our preschool and school-age programs are located throughout Monmouth County at partnering schools and community locations.
For information on the Y’s childcare programs, school break and summer camps:
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- Academic Preschool
- Preschool Enrichment
- Melody Hounds Music Program
- Mommy & Me/ My Buddy & Me
- Y Kids Before and Afterschool Care
- Healthy U, Physical Activity Program
- Vacation/School Break Camps
Academic Preschool, ages 2 ½– 5 yrs
Learning should always be fun! A happy school experience now will start each child down the road to a future of academic success. Our program provides the values and skills that are vital building blocks to a child’s success in school.
We provide safe, supervised and enriching environments with a variety of program activities featuring academic, recreational, artistic, and fitness components to support a child’s social, emotional and physical development.
We support parents by providing a safe place for their children so they have peace-of-mind and can work without worry.
Our certified teachers are CPR, first-aid and Epi-pen certified, and committed to interacting with each individual child, so they are happy and engaged while in our care.
Financial assistance is available for all YMCA programs, for those who qualify.
Matawan Children’s Achievement Center
201 Broad St, Matawan, NJ
As a partner of the Red Bank School District, we also offer Preschool for Red Bank children at:
Monmouth Reform Temple
332 Hance Avenue, Tinton Falls, NJ
Preschool Enrichment is offered to preschool children enrolled in half-day preschool in the Hazlet, Matawan and Middletown school districts. Midday busing is provided to transport children to or from their school. Activities reinforce and enrich the district’s curriculum for preschool.
Developed by the award-winning creators of Sesame Street, Melody Hounds was piloted at The Community YMCA and is now offered nationwide. The program is designed to teach children complex musical concepts through age-appropriate songs and rhymes. This carefully orchestrated program is also based on the First Steps in Music curriculum developed by Dr. John Feierabend.
A special program for a parent or guardian and children 18 mos. – 2 ½ yrs. Classes are held for 10-week sessions and include activities such as arts and crafts, music and movement and storytime.
Y-Kids Before and Afterschool Programs are available in 12 Monmouth County School districts to provide kids a safe place after school for homework assistance mixed with fun and learning activities.
Parents can drop children off for AM Care as early as 7:00 a.m. PM Care is offered at all sites. All PM Care sites operate from dismissal time through 6:00 p.m.
Partnering School Districts:
- Asbury Park
- Little Silver
- Monmouth Beach
- Red Bank
- Spring Lake Heights
- West Long Branch
A leader in childhood obesity prevention, the Y is committed to keeping kids active, especially during critical after school hours.
Through a partnership with The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the Healthy U health and physical activity initiative is incorporated in all Community YMCA preschool and before and afterschool programs. Additionally the Y has helped implement the Healthy U curriculum at the Red Bank Charter School and Middletown Public Schools.
Healthy U is designed to combat childhood obesity by instituting behavioral changes in children using a multi-pronged approach that includes nutrition education, increased physical activity and a family focus.
Learn more about the Healthy U program and CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health).
Vacation/School Break Camps
Full-day School Break Camps are offered at the Matawan Children’s Achievement Center when the public schools are closed. Our school-based programs follow the local school district calendars, but all children are welcome to attend!
Children are involved in creative enrichment opportunities, supervised athletic play, swim times and informal games, in addition to daily activities that include science/wildlife presentations, magic shows, “Music and Motion,” local trips and more!
Y Preschool Camps feature a variety of fun and engaging activities in a caring and safe environment to encourage summer learning and school readiness. Activities include story time, arts and crafts, music and movement, constructive playtime, socialization and more. Children must be fully toilet trained.
Children’s Achievement Center, Matawan – Ages 2 1/2 to 5. Available half-day and full-day, three, four or five days a week.
Glow Worm Adventures, Matawan – Ages 4 & 5 and parents and/or caregivers
Summer Sunsations, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Red Bank – Ages 3-5. Full-day program, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., offered in one-week session. Includes swimming!
Summer Daze Enrichment Camp – Matawan, Grades K-6
Summer Daze Camp is a fun way for kids to try a wide variety of activities and make new friends in a safe and climate- controlled environment. Located at our Children’s Achievement Center, the program features science, gardening, karate, cooking, Spanish, yoga, Zumba, arts & crafts, water games, swimming, local trips and more!
Summer Enrichment Camp – Middletown, Grades K-5
A fun and stimulating camp experience featuring creative activities from arts & crafts and science to outdoor fun. Our caring and well-trained staff will highlight the Middletown School District’s elementary literacy initiatives and focus on literacy-based activities that keep campers’ minds and bodies energized in the summer. This half-day program runs Monday-Friday.