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Child Care, Preschools, Nanny Services in NJ

Child Care / Nanny Services After School Child Care
Child Care Providers Special Needs Child Care
Drop-In / Parttime Child Care Child Care Services

From nurturing infants to enriching after school care, the professional child care providers listed below are dedicated to providing a loving and stimulating experience for your children. They welcome your interest and invite you to call for more information, schedule a tour to visit their facilities and meet the staff.

Ys and JCCs also provide a variety of childcare options. See listings below and under Ys/JCCs/Rec Facilities for facilities serving your community.

For a current list of all licensed child care centers in New Jersey, visit the State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families website. For assistance by phone, call 1-800-332-9227.

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AuPair in America

Child Care Connection
1001 Spruce St., Suite 201, Trenton, ­609-989-7770
    Child care resource and referral agency provides referrals, training and education.

Child & Family Resources
111 Howard Blvd., Suite 104, Mount Arlington, 973-398-1730
    Child care resource organization for Morris County offers child care referral and professional development.

Programs for Parents, Inc.
500 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973-744-4050
    Free child care counseling, referrals, provider training and education for Essex County.

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Catholic Charities Child Care Programs
P.O. Box 676, Perth Amboy, NJ 08862, 732-934-2800
    Catholic Charities Diocese of Metuchen child care programs offer enriching educational and recreational programs for children before and after school, on school breaks, and during the summer. Programs offered in Hillsborough, New Brunswick, Hackettstown, Phillipsburg, and Long Valley.

The Children's Corner
45 Church St., Liberty Corner, 908-647-8401
    Full, half, and extended day programs for infants through kindergarten prep. Afterschool program for students in grades K-5, summer camp, science lab, indoor gym, learning garden, enrichment classes, field trips, Bible, community service learning projects. Now enrolling for summer camp and fall classes.

Greater Morristown YMCA
• Ada Budrick Child Care & Learning Center
  220 Vreeland Ave., Boonton, NJ 07005, 973-335-0619.
• RF Blake Children's Center
  65 Horsehill Rd., Cedar Knolls, 973-984-2255
• Collinsville Child Care Center
  125 South St., Morristown, 973-538-2366

JCC Blaustein Early Childhood Center
Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center
775 Talamini Rd. (conveniently located off Rt. 202-206), Bridgewater, 908-725-6994 •
         Open enrollment and now registering for 2018-2019! Year-round infant (ages 6 weeks+) and toddler programs. Half and full day school programs for 2, 3 and 4 year olds with nurturing, licensed, professional staff who promote academic learning in a developmentally appropriate, child-centered environment. Early drop off (starting at 7:00am) and late stay hours (until 6:00pm) are available. Kindergarten enrichment program available in the ­afternoons with busing from select Bridgewater schools. Children enjoy weekly swimming instruction in our heated indoor pool along with yoga and music as a regular part of our program. Additional enrichment programs include karate, swim lessons, gymnastics, dance, basketball and more! Our flexible programs accommodate parents' schedules. Fun filled days at summer camp and vacation camp programs enhance our well-rounded, quality program. J-Crew After School Program for Grades K-6. Call for a personal tour and information to reserve your child's space now!

The F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA
54 East St., Madison, 973-377-4945
    Childcare and early childhood education for infants through school age children.

Lakeland Hills Family YMCA
100 Fanny Rd., Mountain Lakes, 973-334-2820 x14
    Full and partial day care for children 21⁄2 through Kindergarten, after school programs and full and half day summer camps.

Noah’s Ark Country Day School
618 Central Ave., Westfield, 908-232-0175
Infants, toddlers, Pre-K/Kindergarten
    Noah's Ark embraces the impressionable first years in a child's life by fostering each child's uniqueness. With activities and curriculum developed specifically for each age group, your child will learn by having fun. We pride ourselves in embracing children's natural curiosity, inspiring them to explore the world around them. With colorful, loving classrooms full of books, toys, paints and activities, minds are sure to be engaged and feel happy. Most importantly at Noah's Ark, wondering why always ends in fun. Progress is continually evident in your child's emotional growth, social skills, verbal communication, intellectual awareness and physical capability. Spanish incorporated during the day.

Raritan Valley Community College Childcare Center
Rt. 28 & Lamington Rd., North Branch, 908-231-8807.
         Child care services for ages 3 mos.-4 yrs.

The Small Society Academy
20 Bay St., Stirling, 908-647-3838
    Director: Donna McCrea. Ages: 4 wks.–5 yrs. Total: 120. Ratio: varied according to age groups. Tuition: varied. Open enrollment.
    Our concept is to provide a secure and loving environment within a semi-structured program enriched by many positive new experiences and the feeling of success.

Westfield Area YMCA
    Child care education services include full day early learning, half day early learning, and full day Kindergarten. Drop-in is available at the Garwood Family Center YMCA. Before and after school care for grades K-8 are offered at Y sites and in the schools.
• Westfield Area Y
  Main Y Facility, 220 Clark St., Westfield, 908-301-YMCA (9622)
• Garwood Family Center Y
  500 East St., Garwood, 908-391-1616
• Bauer Branch
  422 E. Broad St., Westfield, 908-317-YMCA (9622) x 423
• Early Learning Center
  170 Elm St., Westfield, 908-654-8460

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drop-in / part-time child care

In addition to the part-time child care programs offered below, see listings under NJ Preschools for high schools offering part-time student-led programs for preschoolers.

Christ Church Nursery School Drop-In Babysitting
30 East Lane, Short Hills, 973-379-6549
    Drop-in service available Mon.-Fri. for infants to age 6 mid-Sept.–mid-June.

Mother's Morning Out at Ogden
Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church, 286 Main St. Chatham, 973-635-1144
    State licensed program designed specifically for two-year olds follows a traditional preschool format.

Time Out for Parents
Presbyterian Church, 140 Mountain Ave., Westfield, 908-654-5157
    Child care and preschool experience for children 3 months to 3 yrs. offered one or two mornings a week.

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after school child care

In addition to the popular options below, a variety of before and after-school child care and kindergarten wraparound programs are offered within the elementary schools. They are run by the local school district or by outside agencies contracted by the district.

Ys and JCCs are also major providers of before and after-school child care programs, many offering transportation to and from public schools. Check with your school district and area Y and JCC for information.   

Catholic Charities Child Care Programs
P.O. Box 676, Perth Amboy, NJ 08862, 732-934-2800
    Catholic Charities Diocese of Metuchen child care programs offer enriching educational and recreational programs for children before and after school, on school breaks, and during the summer. Programs offered in Hillsborough, New Brunswick, Hackettstown, Phillipsburg, and Long Valley.

The Connection
79 Maple St., Summit, 908-273-4242
    The Connection's enrichment programs include STEAM activities and have been developed in cooperation with the Summit Board of Education, integrating homework assistance with fun activities. We provide a safe, engaging environment that motivates and inspires learning beyond the school day.

Garwood Family Center YMCA
500 East St., Garwood, 908-391-1616
    Before and after school care for grades K-8 are offered at the YMCA.

“J” Crew After School Program
Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center
775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater, 908-443-9028
Director: Eli Goldstein • Email:
    The J-Crew After School Program is open to children in Grades K-6. The program creates a safe and fun environment where children can develop friendships and explore new ideas. Program offers a variety of social, recreational, cultural and community service activities. Children can participate in a variety of included enrichment activities such as swimming, cooking, Zumba, yoga, drawing and much more. Additional enrichment programs include nature, mixed martial arts, sports buffet and specialty cooking. Time is provided for homework help and special interest activities that expand upon school experiences. J-Crew maintains a high staff-to-child ratio allowing children to safely engage in a range of ­interesting and fun activities. Transportation is provided from various schools in Bridgewater. Vacation Camp programs offered during school breaks and vacations. Open enrollment…register now!

Jewish Community Center of Central New Jersey
1391 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains, NJ 07076, 908-889-8800
Contact: Steve McGarr, x254 • Email:
     After School at the J provides structured and enriching after- school programs in a safe and supportive environment with the benefit of all that the JCC facilities have to offer. Students arrive at the JCC on our supervised buses and meet their grade-group teachers and assistants for snack and homework time. JCC preschoolers' days are extended in an age-appropriate classroom. Daily electives are included. An array of programs including (but not limited to) art, sports, cooking, improv theater, and fitness are offered in one of the JCC program areas. Our after school program has use of the full-sized gymnasium, outdoor play spaces, art studio and more! Students are served a healthy snack each day and are under the supervision of certified teachers and qualified assistants. Each group maintains high student to staff ratios under the guidelines of our Children's Services state-licensed programs.

Jointure for Community Adult Education Enrichment Programs
    Before and after school enrichment programs and school break camps in Bridgewater, Branchburg and Hillsborough schools.

The F.M. Kirby Children's Center of the Madison Area YMCA
54 East St., Madison, 973-377-4945
    Kindergarten wrap-around, before and after school care for 1st-5th grades.

Madison Community House Classes
25 Cook Ave., Madison, 973-377-0244
    Before school, after school, summer programs and nursery school.

Westfield Area YMCA
Main Y Facility, 220 Clark St., Westfield, 908-301-YMCA (9622)
    Before and after school care for grades K-8 are offered at the YMCA and at Westfield and Mountainside schools.

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