The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA will be offering half-day programs for children ages 2.5-3 during the school year

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA will offer half-day preschool readiness programs for children ages 2.5-3. The programs are designed to educate, engage and grow young minds as they get ready for preschool and beyond.

Both the Y’s Toddler Plus program for children age 2.5, and the Three Day 3s program for children age 3, are state licensed and feature the Creative Curriculum and CATCH health and wellness activities. Both also include music and gym, with the Three Day 3s also incorporating one swim lesson per week for potty-trained students. The programs follow the same calendar as the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District and will run from September-June.

“The Y’s preschool readiness programs are designed to help young children acclimate to a school setting and give them the skills needed to enter preschool,” said Diane Romond, child care director at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA. “In our programs, students will develop socially, emotionally, physically and academically while making new friends, exploring the world around them, and just having fun.”

The Toddler Plus program is open to children who will be 2.5 years old by Sept. 1. It will be held Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Three Day 3s is open to children who will be 3 years old by Oct. 1. It will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Families have the option of extending the Three Day 3s program an additional hour with Lunch Bunch from noon to 1 p.m.

Registration for these programs is open to active members of the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA. Registration can be done online at or in-person at the Y’s Welcome Center, located at 1340 Martine Ave. in Scotch Plains. Not a Y member? Join the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA today at

For more information on preschool Readiness programs at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA, or to tour the Child Care center, contact Diane Romond at 908-889-8880 ext. 120 or [email protected].

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is dedicated to improving the quality of life of the individuals, families and communities it serves through programs and services that build wholeness of spirit, mind and body. The YMCA is a not-for-profit organization founded on Christian principles, serving people of all ages, races, faith, cultures and socio-economic conditions. For information, call the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA at 908-889-8880 or visit Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is 501(c)3 organization with a GuideStar 2022 Platinum Seal of Transparency and a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator.