Childcare Center



YMCA Happy Day Child Care Center

Weekly swimming lessons, experienced staff and a modern, progressive curriculum that lays the foundations of social development and future academic success.

We are located at 360 Main Street, Hackensack NJ, at the intersection of Main St. and Passaic St.


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School Philosophy

At Happy Day Child Care Center our goal is to provide a nurturing, safe and developmentally challenging environment for your children. The early learning years inspire children’s enthusiasm for loving life and the experiences within it. This includes but is not limited to learning, exploring, working and playing with other people and learning how to be a responsible individual and part of a group.

We have developed our program based on the four domains (Cognitive, Language, Social/Emotional, and Physical) of development in children ages 2-5. At Happy Day Child Care Center we believe that each domain or puzzle piece is important because they help to develop the “whole child.” We focus on each child as an individual and an active member of a group focusing on their strengths and nurturing their weaknesses.


Curriculum & Objectives

In order to develop your child’s sense of curiosity, promote their social/emotional growth, enhance their language skills and strengthen their cognitive development. At Happy Day Child Care we have developed a theme rich curriculum which incorporates math, science, language, social studies, art, motor activities, and most importantly play. Children age 2-5 learn many important skills through exploring their curiosity.

• They will participate in activities that promote their social emotional growth, like circle time and show and tell.

• They will develop their English language skills learning about each letter of the alphabet, identifying its sound, and exploring rhyming, rhyming and developing their pre-reading and reading skills.

• They will begin to explore numbers and learn to represent each number through composing and decomposing, creating and extending patterns, measuring using standard and non-standard tools.

• They will explore science and learn about making predictions, testing their ideas and participating in many hands on experiences.

Click here to view our 2015/16 school year curriculum themes

Click on one of the below images for more specific information on our classrooms by age group:










Strong swimmers build confident kids! As part of our childcare program all children age three and older receive instructional swimming lessons from our YMCA’s Aquatic Staff once a week.



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The YMCA Happy Day Child Care Center is a place where youngsters thrive in a warm and secure environment. Our experienced and caring staff ensure that our children have fun while setting the foundation for academic and social-emotional skill development.  Our daycare center features excellent, caring bilingual teachers, and an enriching curriculum filled with enjoyable and stimulating activities.

Designed so that preschoolers have fun while they develop basic academic and social skills needed for kindergarten and future grades. Children play in our gym or playground daily. Swim lessons are provided weekly for 3 to 5 year olds at no extra charge to parents.

Monday - Friday / 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Age 2 - 5 years

Monthly Fee $755 (2015 rate)

Part Time Hours and Half Days are available. Please contact the Director below for days, times and fees.

YMCA Childcare Brochure - click here for English and Español!

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Contact Jessica Malas, Early Childhood Education Director at 201-487-6600 x 211 ( to set up an appointment or for more information. YMCA preschool membership is required. Financial Assistance is available.