YMCA OF MONTCLAIR
Park Street Branch: (973) 744-3400
Geyer Family Branch: (973) 783-7640
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Pre-school Readiness:

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AGES

2-3.5

Summer Session
A summer edition of our popular I’m a Big Kid Now pre-school readiness program, this program provides children with their first group experience without a parent or caregiver. Circle time, art, movement, snack, story time and group free play are all part of the day. Children must be two by the start of the summer session (June 26) and do not need to be potty trained. Please bring a nut-free snack, diapers and a change of clothes. In-person registration only begins: April 3 for Family Members; April 4 for Kinder Members and New Members

SESSIONS

10 one-week sessions June 26th -September 1st

HOURS

9:30am-12:00pm

COST

$155

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

IBKN Summer Parent Information Packet

 

Location Address: Geyer Family Branch, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042 Register
AGES

3-6

Fill the Gap with Fun
Is your 3-6 year old out of school in June before our camp session starts? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! June Bugs offers children ages 3-Kindergarten a safe, fun, and creative first time camp experience. Children grow in self-reliance, confidence, and self-esteem, while building lots of new skills. Children are grouped according to their age, and move through the program center to different activities and adventures throughout the day. Must be potty trained. Children must bring a nut free lunch, a change of clothes, a swimsuit and a towel daily.

Registration for both programs will take place April 3 (family memberships) and April 4 (kinder and new memberships). In person registration only.

SESSIONS

2 one-week sessions June 12th-June 23rd

HOURS

9:00am-1:00pm

COST

$195

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

June Bugs Parent Information Packet

 

 

 

Location Address: Geyer Family Branch, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042 Register

Children must be 4 years old 10/1

Offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Teachers expand the skills developed in Threes class.  The program encourages creativity, fine motor and cognitive skills. Children are confident and well prepared to meet all challenges of preschool.

  • Involve children in classroom tasks, such as cleaning up messes, and creating displays of artwork. Foster a sense of community and shared responsibility.
  • Provide opportunities for small groups of children to work together to complete a task.
  • Set the stage for children to carry out simple experiments, such as mixing colors; discovering items that sink or float.
  • Provide materials to encourage emergent writing skills. Children will use the materials in a many ways as they play.
  • Create “zones” for different kinds of play.

 

More Four Fours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 09/11/2017 - 12/17/2017
9:30 am - 11:45 pm
ages: 4-5
Cost: $400 Four Monthly Payments
Location Address: Geyer Family Branch, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042 Register

Children must be 3 years old 10/1
Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday

Children are assisted with socialization and are encouraged to grow through hands-on art projects, games, music, and play.  Children will be able to master various pre-kindergarten skills (color, shape, group play, name recognition, and cooperation).

  • Provide support as children begin working and playing with one another.
  • Validate the feelings of the emotional three. Celebrate accomplishments, and help seek solutions to problems.
  • Offer a wide variety of materials to encourage sorting and classifying.
  • Play dough and clay are popular with three-year-olds, as are finger paint and tempera paint. Encourage open-ended, process-oriented use of these materials.
  • Offer an array of fine motor materials, such as puzzles, lacing and linking activities, and simple building toys. Sort and organize materials to help children be successful, and rotating materials to maintain interest.
  • Create warm, cheerful rituals for daily tasks such as putting away toys, washing hands, and preparing for nap.
  • Encourage sequencing and recollection skills as teachers discuss events from the recent past, such as a cooking project from earlier in the day.

 

Thrills for Threes: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 09/11/2017 - 12/17/2017
9:30 am - 11:45 am
ages: 3-4
Cost: $300 Four Monthly Payments
Location Address: Geyer Family Branch, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042 Register

Children must be 2 years old by 10/1
Offered Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday

For most children this is their first experience in a group without a parent.  We focus on socialization, verbal communication skills and pro-social behavior.  Children participate in group free play, art, music, story time and physical activities.

  • Provide safe, acceptable outlets for active play, indoors and out. Look for ways to allow children to safely challenge themselves as they build gross motor skills.
  • Offer plenty of duplicates of popular toys, and offer children protected places to play with favorite toys. Teacher/parent strategies such as careful supervision and redirection allow children to feel that they can play safely near other children.
  • Provide props to encourage more complex dramatic play. Allow children to take the lead as teachers join in their pretend play.
  • Provide materials that encourage fine motor skills and sorting/matching skills. Use materials that allow children to experience variety, including size, shape, texture, weight, transparency and composition.
  • Allow carefully-supervised exploration with sand, water, and non-toxic art materials.
  • Facilitate children’s budding awareness of the natural world.
  • Encourage children’s language acquisition by providing new words throughout the day.
Time for Twos: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 09/11/2017 - 12/17/2017
9:30 am - 11:45 pm
ages: 2-3
Cost: $200 (M/W) or $190 (T/TH) Four monthly payments
Location Address: Geyer Family Branch, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042 Register