Child Care & Education

Special Announcements 

After careful deliberation with state and local health officials and our staff and volunteer leadership, we have made the decision to temporarily close the Madison Area YMCA's Family Center and F.M. Kirby Children's Center. We are aware that this situation continues to be extremely fluid, and, as a result, our reopening plan will remain to be determined. Please stay safe and be well. 

The F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA
High-Quality, Full-Service Early Childhood Education Center

Child Care Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00am to 6:00 pm; extended care available until 6:45pm
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00am to 6:00 pm

The F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA is a state-renowned early childhood education center that offers curriculum based, comprehensive programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children. With ongoing enrollment, families can enroll in Kirby any time of the year. Teacher longevity, child-centered curriculum, STEM programming at every age, a YMCA membership, and a sprawling campus, complete with five playgrounds, away from busy streets make Kirby an ideal location for early childhood education.

Kirby provides a developmentally rich environment supported by a specially trained and caring staff who help children develop strong skills and physical, social and emotional confidence.

Kirby uses a recognized, developmentally appropriate curriculum for all ages delivered by caring, experienced teachers. Our average lead teacher tenure exceeds 10 years, and our child/teacher ratios typically exceed New Jersey state requirements. An on-site Registered Nurse is also part of our staff.

As the site of a former elementary school, the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center is specifically designed for children. It is situated on almost three acres of property and boasts a full-size gym, a full kitchen that serves snacks and hot meals developed by a staff nutritionist and five state-of-the-art playgrounds to serve all age groups.

The F.M. Kirby Children’s Center offers Summer Day Camp for children entering Kindergarten to second grade.