Mara Center for Early Childhood Learning


Preschool & Child Care for Children 6 Weeks - 5 Years Old 

We focus on nurturing the potential of every child with age appropriate, center-based learning activities and a curriculum that develops social, emotional and creative skills to establish a lifelong love of learning. The Mara Center for Early Childhood Learning is housed within the new Meadowlands YMCA, which has offered child care for nearly 100 years. We couldn't be more excited to have our new home providing daycare and preschool in East Rutherford! During our extensive history of youth development, we've created approaches that are scientifically proven to be effective. Parents can have peace of mind knowing their child is in a safe and productive environment at the Y. 

A Positive Learning Atmosphere

With our interest-based learn centers and well-trained staff, the Mara Center provides a positive atmosphere that will instill a lifelong love of learning in our students. We are a multi-cultural center that celebrates the cultures, languages, and customs of all members of our community. A sensitivity to diversity, ethnic groups, nationalities, and languages is woven into our daily activities.

Preschool & Daycare Like No Other

As a part of the Meadowlands YMCA, the Mara Center offers families some unique advantages that won't be found at other preschools in Bergen County. Once families enroll in the Mara Center, they will also receive a complimentary YMCA Family Membership. This allows full access to our state-of-the-art 82,300 square foot facility.

As a Y member, families will enjoy special pricing on sports and activity classes for the whole family, plus free group exercise classes like yoga, youth cycling, Body Pump, kickboxing and many more. Members are also able to utilize our Child Watch facility, which provides free childcare when you would like to take a workout class, use the pool, relax with a massage, etc. Learn more >>

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Schedule Your Tour Today

There's better way to experience the Mara Center than on a private tour with one of our Directors! Call us at 201-636-0053 to schedule a time that works best for you. We can't wait to meet your family! 


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