Child Care and Education at the 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 state-renowned childhood development center serving families throughout the area. Kirby offers full-time and part-time programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children

Our Infant child care, Toddler Programs, Academic PreschoolFull-Day Kindergarten, Kindergarten Wrap-Around and Before- and After-School programming for first through sixth 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 6th 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.