Summer Youth Programs

Each summer, the On-Campus Continuing Education Department opens its doors to many children entering grades 1 – 8 as of September. Our Summer Youth Program provides academic instruction, recreation and cultural indoor and outdoor activities.

Participants have a choice of programs that offer math, reading, writing, recreation, dance, acting, artistic skills, arts & crafts, computer, science, sports, and much more. Computer lab time and recreation is also incorporated in the daily schedule.

Our indoor and outdoor activities play an integral part in the youth program. These unique experiences can encourage lifelong learning, enthusiasm and commitment to service, self-confidence, and a stronger sense of community among participants.

We have been fortunate enough to see many of our previous participants grow up and accomplish their goals by being successful students in high school and/or college. As a result, we believe that our summer program is very beneficial in the lives of those who attend.


 

Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and staffed by highly qualified New Jersey certified teachers, Essex County College’s Child Development Center offers a full day care and education program for children. Breakfast, lunch and snack are prepared on-site each day and served family-style to all children at no additional cost.

Since 1975, the Child Development Center (CDC) has experienced continuous growth and development. An expansion of the Center took place in October 1999, which allowed additional space for 55 more students to enroll. Initially geared toward children ages two to five, the CDC expanded in 2011 to include youngsters 13 to 24 months of age. In 2012, the began offering care to infants ages three to 12 months. The multi-year expansion marks a new stage in the evolution of the CDC, which has been on campus providing child care for decades.

FREE PLAY/ BEFORE CARE
8:00am-8:30am
Children will be able to select puzzles, read books and table toys.
Purpose: This time of the morning is for Social interaction, Self-Help Skills, Language Skills.

BREAKFAST
8:30am-9:00am
Breakfast is to be served as children enter the classroom
Individual & Small Group Table Activities After Breakfast: Lotto Games, Books, Manipulatives, Crayon Drawings
Purpose: Small Motor Coordination, Pre, Math and Pre-reading Skills, The ability to make choices, and develop personal relationships.

GROUP MEETING
9:00am-9:20am
Circle Time, Group Discussion, followed by planning time in Small Groups
Purpose: To Help Children Express Thoughts, Ideas and Feelings Verbally.

CHOICE TIME
9:20-10:20am
Work & Activity Time Individual & Small Group Activities, Exploration and use of interest Areas: Art, Science, Manipulatives. Library, Blocks Music, Sand and Water and Computers
Purpose: Varies according to Child’s Choice of Activities, Experiences, Ability to make choices, Develop Skills, Further Knowledge& Expand Concepts, Problem Solve,
Develop Personal Relationships, Express Feelings and Develop Inner Controls.

CLEAN UP TIME
10:20-10:30am
Purpose: Responsibility for Appearance of Environment, Care of Materials Ability to Work with Others Spatial Awareness

OUTDOOR CHOICE
10:30-11:20am
Large Muscle Activities, Creative Movement, Outdoor Play or Neighborhood Walk (or A
Combination of These Bases on Weather
Purpose: Physical development & Specific Skill, Spatial Awareness, Self-Expression, Music & Rhythm Skills, Relaxation, Expansion of Children’s Knowledge and Understanding of the World Around Them.

LUNCH TIME PREP
11:20-11:35am
Toileting and Preparation for Lunch
Purpose: Developing Good health Habits

STORY TIME
11:35-11:50
Purpose: Listening Skills, Receptive Language, Vocabulary. Imaginative Thinking, Love of Books

LUNCH & TEETH BRUSHING
11:50am-12:30pm
Purpose: Development Health Habits/Self Help
Social Conversation, self-Help Nutrition Concepts

REST
12:30-1:30pm
Purpose: Self-Help Skills-Putting out Cots, Making Beds Relaxation, Restoring Physical
Energy. Self-Help Skills-Working Cooperatively

GROUP ACTIVITY
1:30-2:30pm
Snack Time, Work and Activity Large Muscle Outdoor Play
Purpose: To Provide A Wide Range of Outdoors Activities and /or Large Muscle & Physical Activities that will allow each Child to respond According to individual Interest and Needs

CHOICE TIME
2:30-3:00pm
Language and Social Skills
Purpose: Listening Skills Receptive Language, Vocabulary, Imaginative Thinking, Love of Books

COMPUTERS
3:00-4:00pm
Purpose: Small Motor Coordination, Pre-Math and Pre-Reading Skills, problem Solving

OUTDOORS/ LESSON EXTENSION
4:00-5:30pm
Purpose: Physical Activities, Physical Science, Life Science and Earth Science

TRANSITION TO HOME
5:00-6:00pm
Purpose: Reflection of the Day/Home Connections
Story time, Re-enactment of stories Music and Movement

Child Development Center
A. Zachary Yamba Building – Room G302
303 University Ave.
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973)877.3357

Main Campus Parent Information Session/Registration

Tuesday, April 9 @5:30 (Multipurpose Room 3234, Green Area)

Tuesday, April 16 @5:30 (Multipurpose Room 3234, Green Area)

Saturday, May 4 @10:00am (Multipurpose Room 3234, Green Area)

It is our belief that a successful program encompasses the whole family. Therefore, parents/guardians and participants are encouraged to attend a session to learn more about the program and procedures, receive additional information and ask questions.

Topics discussed will include:

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Experienced Teaching Staff
  • Preparation for the upcoming School Year
  • Breakfast and Lunch served
  • Friday Field Trips
  • Before and After Care Programs
  • Financial Assistance maybe available for income qualifying families
  • 10% Family discount for two or more siblingsChild Development Center – Main Campus, NewarkPlease call (973) 877-3357 for more information

Main Campus

July 8 – August 16

Grades 1-8 / Ages 6-13

Child Development Center

July 8 – August 16

Ages 2½-5

Main Campus

Before Care: M-Th 7:30 – 8:15am

After Care: M-Th 4:15 – 5:30pm

(No Before and After Care on Fridays)