YWCA Princeton Summer Childcare Program

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About the Program

An engaging and multicultural setting led by attentive, experienced educators for children ages  3 – 6 yr olds. Our programs emphasize well-rounded learning where all children are respected and supported. Your child will learn independence, social skills and problem solving–all while having fun in a nurturing, safe environment.

Join us this summer, for 10 weeks of amazing learning and fun through guided play. Exciting weekly themes (TBD), variety of indoor & outdoor activities, including water fun, music and movement, arts and crafts, scientific discovery, nature activities and age appropriate events within each classroom

Please review our updated parent handbook below for details on our safety protocols and information about the summer curriculum:

2020 21 Parent Handbook

If you have any questions, please contact Tara O’Shea, Director of Childcare and Programs via email or call 609-497-2100 ext. 325.

Summer 2021 Weekly Themes

For children 3 – 6 years old.

Week 1 (June 21- June 25)  Moovin’ and Groovin’
Week 2 (June 28 – July 2) Time Travelers
*Week 3 (July 6 – July 9) Party in the USA
Week 4 (July 12 – 16) Around the World
Week 5 (July 19 – July 23) Creative Campers
Week 6 (July 26 – July 30) Rainforest Adventures
Week 7 (August 2 – August 6)  Lego Week
Week 8 (August 9 – August 13)  Discovery and Invention
Week 9 (August 16 – August 20)  Going Green
Week 10 (August 23 – August 27)  Space is the Place

For children 3 – 6 years old registration fee: $25

Summer Childcare Weekly Rate*
Full Day (9:00 am – 3:30 pm)
Includes Lunch Hour Care (12:00 – 1:00 pm). 
Bring bagged lunch please.
Half Day (9:00 am – 1:00 pm)
Includes Lunch Hour Care (12:00-1:00 pm)
Bring bagged lunch please
Before Childcare (7:30 am – 9:00 am) $50
After Childcare (3:30 pm – 6:00 pm) $100


YWCA Princeton (59 Paul Robeson Place).


Parents/guardians should park their car in a parking spot in the lower parking lot and walk their child in to the building each morning. Being on time is very important as we start the morning off with our first ballet lesson from 9-10 am. Parents/guardians must drop their child off at The Burke Foundation Early Childhood Center at YWCA Princeton side entrance each day when they are dropping them off and picking them up.


Dancers should come dressed in a short-sleeved leotard and sneakers or close-toes shoes (no flip-flops) and bring ballet slippers to change into. Ballet tights are not recommended in summer, so please don’t send your child dressed in tights, it’s too hot. Hair must be neatly up and off the child’s face.

Items to Bring Each Day

Full Day Ballet children should bring:

  • a bag lunch (with ice pack)
  • a bathing suit, towel, and a plastic bag with the child’s name on it for the wet suit (Monday and Thursday only)
  •  a change of clothes, cream sun block (NO SPRAY SUNBLOCK)
  •  water bottle with child’s name on it
  •  socks and sneakers for walking and playing (no sandals or flip-flops allowed)


The YWCA will provide snacks for the children once a day for half-day campers and twice a day for full day campers. Snacks will consist of a fruit or veggie option, a cracker/cookie option and a water/juice option. If your child has an allergy and you would like to provide us with your own snacks, that is permissible and we will keep your child’s snack separate and safe for the week. Friday is fun day and we will serve ice pops in the afternoon.


If your child is staying for the lunch hour or is a full day camper, parents are to provide a non-perishable lunch each day for their child. We do not have refrigeration for lunch boxes so please make sure that you include an ice pack in all lunch bags.

In consideration of the many food allergies children have today, the YWCA appreciates your cooperation with the elimination of any food products that contain nut or nut products from our camp.

Our plans changed — can I switch our schedule or withdraw my child?

Last minute changes present a challenge that can affect staffing, supply ordering, special events and registration processing. Therefore, a transfer fee of $25 applies if less than one week prior to the beginning of the month of service is given. Withdrawals are permitted any time but are subject to a $200 non-refundable fee (per child).  Refunds will not be given for absences.

Are scholarships available for the Summer Program?

Financial scholarships are available on a first come, first served basis. For consideration, please complete this application before May 1.