Childcare-Education

Child Care and Education at the F. M. Kirby Children's Center

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. 




F.M. KIRBY CHILDREN'S CENTER
54 East Street, Madison, NJ, 973-377-4945

The F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA is the largest high-quality early childhood education provider in Morris County. We are a Grow NJ Kids rated school and awarded a Golden Acorn Award for Excellence from Preschool Advantage. Our educational and engaging curriculum creates a stress-free learning environment in a social setting. With full-time and part-time programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children, students grow with us as we guide them through every age and every stage of childhood. Individualized learning plans for every child and an emphasis on social skills create happy students with a love of learning for years to come.

Our Infant Care, Toddler Programs, Academic PreschoolFull-Day Kindergarten, and Before- and After-School programming for kindergarten through fifth graders are all designed to challenge students in a fun atmosphere. Our age-appropriate curriculum is one of only four approved by the State of New Jersey and is taught by certified, caring teachers with an average lead teacher tenure of almost 12 years. Our child/teacher ratios exceed New Jersey state requirements. A Registered Nurse is also part of our staff.

Located in a former elementary school, the Kirby Center boasts spacious classrooms, a full size gym, a cafeteria that serves healthy meals and snacks that meet the Department of Agriculture nutritional guidelines and five certified playgrounds to serve all age groups.

Talking Tots, our toddler speech program, is a half-day speech and language development program designed specifically for toddlers under the direction of a licensed pediatric speech and language pathologist.

Kindergarten through 5th grade students from public and parochial schools in Madison, Chatham and Florham Park are transported to and from Kirby with free transportation by our certified CDL staff. We also transport students to and from religious education classes at St. Vincent Martyr.

Children at Kirby enjoy the benefits of a YMCA membership, which allows them to enroll in Y programs, such as swimming, dance, gymnastics, etc. Free bussing is provided between Kirby and The Family Center.

School's Out? For select days when the district schools are closed, Kirby offers drop-in enrichment days for kindergarteners through 5th graders. Click here for more information and to register. 

MiniQuest, our summer day camp, is available for preschoolers through 1st Grade at the Kirby Center. To learn more about MiniQuest, click here. For our full range of Quest Camps, click here. 

Interested in learning more?
Schedule a tour with our Director of Child Care Services by calling 973-377-4945 or by email.