The Advantage Before & After School Program will ensure your child is safe and supported. We operate in a way that considers the care, welfare, health and safety of all the children in our program. Our staff will encourage your child’s growth and development during the before & after school hours, from 7am-6pm, for children grades K-8 in the Lebanon Township School District.

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Children participate in structured games & activities to encourage physical activity & the development of fine motor skills during their day. Games include basketball, soccer, scatter, freeze tag, sharks & minnows and more!

Healthy U

We provide children with healthy, well balanced snack options daily.  Children are taught the value of balanced meals and are engaged in group conversations with staff.  One option is a fresh fruit or vegetable every day!

Homework Support

Staff know the time you spend with your children is important.  We have college level staff to assist with homework daily.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does the Advantage Program operate during emergency/weather related delays/early dismissals?

    No, to ensure the safety of participants and staff the program only operates on scheduled early dismissals.

  • What are your staffing requirements?

    The ratio for our childcare program, in accordance with state requirements, is one staff member for every 15 students, where two staff members must be present in a group of six or more children. There are typically two staff on site at the Early Care Program and four to five staff on site for the After Care Program. YMCA Camp Bernie does not provide one-on-one services.  The director and all staff must have cleared background checks, fingerprints and medical clearance. All staff receive 12-20 hours of training each year in Child Grow & Development, Positive Guidance & Discipline, Health & Safety Procedures and the CATCH/Healthy U curriculum. Staff at each site have CPR/First Aid/AED and Epi Pen certifications. 

  • What children are eligible to participate in the Advantage Program?

    Any child attending school in the Lebanon Township School District, in grades K-8, is eligible to apply for the before and/or after school program. Enrollment can be on a drop-in basis, or from two to five days per week, for both before school and after school care.

  • Where are the programs located?

    Before Care is located at Woodglen Middle School cafeteria, 70 Bunnvale Road, Califon. After Care is located at Valley View Elementary School gymnasium, 400 Rt 513, Califon. The Lebanon Township School District will notify parents on any changes of location. 

  • How many days until my child can attend the program?

    It may take up to three business days from the date we receive the enrollment packet for the child to be able to attend the program.

  • What is offered during the school’s scheduled days off?

    YMCA Camp Bernie offers a Vacation Camp program during holiday breaks/professional development. Any child from the area, grades K-8, are welcome to attend! Children participating in the Advantage Program five days a week can attend 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for free!  Children who attend two to four- days a week can attend at a discounted rate!  There must be a minimum of five children attending for the program to run.  Click on Vacation Camp to learn more!

  • What are the Advantage Program hours?

    Before Care operates at 7 a.m. until 8:35 a.m. when staff dismiss middle school aged children to school and bring elementary aged children to their bus. After Care begins when school dismisses — 1:10 p.m. on half days and 3:10 p.m. on regular school days — and ends at 6 p.m. 

  • Is financial assistance offered?

    We offer discounts for siblings enrolled full time in either Early Care or After Care or both. Confidential financial assistance is available for the Advantage Child Care program through NORWESCAP Child and Family Resource Services. Please contact NORWESCAP of Hunterdon County at (908) 782-8183 for more information.

Kids need camp more than ever this summer!

Camp Bernie will be implementing new procedures into our camp program for summer 2020 to address COVID-19.  These are in accordance with State, CDC, and YMCA/ACA guidelines and are available on our Day Camp web page.


Overnight Camp has, unfortunately, been canceled for the summer of 2020.  Please see our Events page for info on our alternate programs this summer: Family Archery, Family Horseback Riding, Weekend Cabin Rentals, Community Swim Lessons, and Labor Day Family Camp!