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.  The families we serve are mainly located in Hackensack and neighboring towns such as Teaneck, Maywood and New Milford.

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


“The program at the YMCA is convenient and gives their father and I time over the weekend to spend with the children doing family activities. The activities in the classroom help in their development and the children look forward to coming to school. They also love swimming!” - Mother of two enrolled children, Teaneck


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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.


"The teachers at YMCA Happy Day Child Care center are caring and I am satisfied with everything. My child is advancing in every area!" - Parent of daycare child, Teaneck


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.




“YMCA Happy Day Childcare has a variety of activities. My children like to come to school every day. The classrooms are clean and the teachers are pleasant. I wish I could stay and be a part of the day!” - parent of YMCA daycare twins, Teaneck


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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

2017 Rates

Full Time Monthly Fee $795

2 full days a week $420; 3 full days a week $630

Half Day: Monday - Friday, 7am to 12:30 pm Monthly Fee $540

Please contact the the Early Childhood Education Director for availability.

YMCA Childcare Brochure - click here for English and Español!

Register now!!!  Click here for registration form

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.