YMCA Celebrates Early Childhood Care Anniversary

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From the Metuchen Edison Woodbridge YMCA:

It is with great excitement that the Metuchen Edison Woodbridge YMCA celebrates the 20th anniversary of early childhood care service to the community. Early childhood care is an important component in the mix of services provided by the Metuchen Edison Woodbridge YMCA. In many ways it serves as the foundation of the work provided to children and families in our community. The YMCA's first Early Childhood Center opened on January 2, 1990. Named the Edgar Child Care Center, this facility is run in association with the Reformed Church of Metuchen on Lake Avenue and is located across the street from the Metuchen Branch YMCA. This site was the first off-site child care center run by the YMCA and began with only four staff six children.

 

Over the last 20 years, this off-site model has been replicated throughout the YMCA's service area and today encompasses twelve programs operating in four towns serving over 500 children a day while employing over 125 staff members.

Many child care staff members have been with the YMCA for over 20 years. Their years of commitment and service are part of what makes YMCA Child Care a hallmark of quality and caring.

 

Rose Cushing, Executive Director Child Care Services has been with the YMCA for over 20 years. Said Cushing, "I am very proud of what we have accomplished over the last two decades. Strong relationships have formed with many of our families over this time. We have seen our Child Care children grow from infancy to adulthood and many are now returning to our program with children of their own. It truly is a testament to the quality of our program and the important work we do with young children."

 

Many of the Child Care Center programs are co-sponsored by area Churches and local municipalities. According to Bill Lovett, CEO of the Metuchen Edison Woodbridge YMCA "these unique partnerships have enabled us to provide services in neighborhoods that we would have been unable to service if operated as stand alone centers. Being located in the heart of the community, in partnership with area churches and townships, allows us to keep a pulse on the needs of our friends and neighbors and continue to improve our programs over time."

 

Many of the centers are accredited the National Association for the Education of Yong Children (NAEYC) signifying they meet standards that exceed those required by the state of New Jersey.

 

With the focus on the developing children and family's strength, health and well-being, YMCA childcare has proudly provided thousands of children and families positive life long experiences that help build strong kids, strong families and strong communities.

 

Help us celebrate this milestone by learning more about our programs or visiting our Centers. www.metuchen-edisonymca.org/childcare

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YMCA’s are vital and critical resources to our communities. The Metuchen/Edison/Woodbridge YMCA is one of the best in the country and very well respected. We in Metuchen are very lucky to have them. Congratulations!

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