The HCYMCA Child Learning Center’s Annual Open House Celebrates NEW Infant-Waddler Program Innovations with Special Workshop

 In Early Childhood Education

Michael Reisman, M.Ed.
Director, HCYMCA Early Childhood Education

It is during the first five years of a child’s life that he or she will grow and develop most rapidly.  These are the most important five years in every child’s life, and the most vulnerable.  That is why the Hunterdon County YMCA Child Learning Center in Annandale has upgraded, expanded and enriched its Infant-Waddler indoor and outdoor spaces.  In partnership with Grow NJ Kids, the Child Learning Center has expanded the Infant Classroom to include soft, easy-clean flooring, soft blocks, furniture, and cause-effect toys that stimulate cognitive, large and small motor development.  The Tadpoles smartphone app keeps our families connected to the program throughout the day, allowing for morning drop-off notes, real-time photo-sends from the teachers, and end-of-day digital reports summarizing activities, naps, diaper changes and meals.  We also have a space set aside with glider-chairs for parents to spend time with their babies in the classroom, as well as breastfeed on-site whenever they’d like.  Better spaces, better materials, better communication = better care.


To celebrate, on Saturday, January 6th as part of the Hunterdon County YMCA’s Try-The Y Week, the Child Learning Center will host our own Open House and Parenting Workshop.  Jean Jamele, Director of Parenting and Childbirth Education at Hunterdon Medical Center for the past 30 years will lead a discussion from 11am-12pm on Sleep, Separation and Solids (foods). Click here to learn more.

“Since I am passionate about women’s and children’s health, I consider it a blessing to be able to serve the community in this role”, Jean stated. “Parenting is ever-changing, but parenting topics tend to run commonly, such as breastfeeding, sleep health, returning to work, introducing solid foods and toddler eating habits.”  Jean has found that through leading parenting peer-groups to discuss concerns and curiosities, such as the Babysteps program she developed through the Medical Center, villages of support grow around families, and collective parenting wisdom emerges. Jean says, “It is a joy to assist parents as they develop wisdom and their children grow through the phases of development.”

Jean Jamele, MSN, RN, NE-BC, IBCLC, ICCE specializes in education, with certifications in lactation consultation, childbirth education, and child passenger safety.  She will lead the discussion Sleep, Separation and Solids beginning at 11am on Saturday, January 6 at the Child Learning Center Open House at the Round Valley Branch of the Hunterdon County YMCA.  The Child Learning Center Open House includes tours of the Center and registration/enrollment specials. Arts/crafts activities for all ages will be available in our classrooms stating at 10am.  The event, which is free and open to all,  runs in conjunction with the Open House at the Round Valley Branch of the YMCA, located at 1410 Highway 22 in Annandale.  More information can be found at www.hcymca.org, or contact the Child Learning Center directly at 908-236-0055 ext. 4605.

Michael Reisman, M.Ed. is Director of Early Childhood Education for the Hunterdon County YMCA.  mreisman@hcymca.org  908-483-4623

For information regarding Round Valley Child Learning Center Programs call 908-236-0055, ext. 4605.  For the YMCA Milford Preschool, 908-995-9107

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