About Us | Mara Center


  • State-licensed, high quality facilities 
  • Year-round schedule, Monday - Friday
  • Open enrollment, full and part time 
  • Flexible schedules and extended hours: 7am - 6:30pm
  • Child/teacher ratios that exceed New Jersey standards
  • Interest-Based Learning Centers
  • Age appropriate curriculum
  • Teachers certified in CPR, First-Aid, and Epi-Pen support
  • Experienced, certified, and caring staff
  • Nationally recognized Healthy U program using the CATCH® Curriculum
  • Monthly in house educational visits from local zoos, artists, and community leaders
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Art, Engineering and Math)
  • Recreational swim and gym time at the Y
  • Healthy snacks (peanut-free center)
  • Structured play time
  • Daily reports on your child's day
  • Field trips and special events
  • Summer Camp for preschoolers
  • Family programs
  • Open door policy


  • A self-contained wing of the Meadowlands YMCA with a private entrance and state-of-the-art security system
  • Brand new, bright, large, and modern indoor space with age-appropriate classrooms
  • Turfed outdoor play area that's accessible to all ages 
  • Access to the YMCA's various amenities (Technology Lab, Gatorade gym, & Aquatics Center)
  • Cafe with a health-conscious menu that's available for school lunches and take-home meals