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West Essex YMCA

Livingston, New Jersey

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West Essex YMCA

Livingston, New Jersey

(32)

Reviews (32)

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SuShuSML Sumulu

29 July 2019

Good people and staff as well as service but facilities need some upgrade compare to peers nearby. This is my only hope, it resides in an old town, township has new buildings, residents facility should sync with all the town old and new customers.

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Anuj Goyal

23 July 2019

Kids day care

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hema dhalli

9 July 2019

Good

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Suzan Lindsey

9 July 2019

My Grandsons enjoyed swimming at this facility. Great variety of fun stuff for the whole family.

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Chris Wang

25 May 2019

Small weight room area, good if you want to swim or play basketball

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Simon Tsang

23 May 2019

Great place! The treadmill and weight rooms very well equipped. Staff and trainers are generally very friendly and helpful. Warning: it's always super busy here but they have very long opening hours so you should be able to find your space without any difficulty. More...

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Brian Milhorn

23 May 2019

Great group at this ymca.

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PJ Kupris

16 May 2019

Great place for community and wellness.

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mary meade

9 May 2019

Beautiful pool, great cardio room. Lots of new equipment. Such a friendly place. Very diverse but down to earth , friendly. Very comfortable for people of all ages.warm friendly staff. More...

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Mario Rabe

31 December 2018

Very clean and respectful staff...

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Marc Coplin

31 December 2018

Top Notch Facility! Nice New & Modern Equipment! Friendly staff! Complimentary Coffee is a nice touch too!

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Louise Auzenne

8 September 2018

Peanut shell has been our son's 'home away from home' for the past 12 months, and he has loved it. He has been loved, grown into his personality, and made amazing friends. Every day he is learning something new, creating art work, and singing and dancing with a smile. We are so grateful for our experience at Peanut Shell and would recommend it highly. More...

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Rebecca Milligan

8 August 2018

Peanut Shell's NAEYC Accreditation (National Assoc. for the Education of Young Children) distinguished this center, from many in my area. As an educator, I was very familiar with the NAEYC standards. It was nice to see them in practice whenever I was present. Once I visited the center and met the director, the staff, and saw the space (which allows for multiple eyes on your child at any given time), my interest soared. My son started when he was about 21-22 Months of age, until he was ready for Kindergarten. There are so many wonderful things about Peanut Shell that a first time Mom, such as myself found invaluable. The staff is very caring, attentive, and patience. They offer an enriched learning environment with a certified teacher being a member of their staff. There's lots of sensory play, field trips, as well as special guests (musicians, artist, animals, dentist, horticulturist), they provide foundational academic skills, attention to hygiene, and nutrition. As a member of the peanut shell family, your child will have access to the local YMCA and the many programs it offers, which we utilized; such as soccer clinic & swim instruction. At Peanut Shell, my son participated in year long enrichment activities ,offered on site (additional payment required, directly to vendors), such as "Mad Science" and "Tumbling". You can stop by anytime unannounced, they offer great space for outdoor play, daily communication log for the younger ones, there's ample parking in the mornings & during pick-up. The center hours are great, and they almost never closes. The center is warm and friendly. Highly recommended. More...

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Gioia N

8 August 2018

We love the Peanut Shell! Our daughter has been attending here since she was 9 months old and will soon be going into her last year before Kindergarten! She loves it, we feel so comfortable there and she has learned so much! Not only does she learn academics, but how to make friends, make decisions on her own and be socially responsible! The teachers are fabulous and it is very well run! We are blessed to have found this wonderful place! More...

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Brian Fleming

8 August 2018

My wife and I spent months researching and visiting multiple child care facilities in the area before settling on Peanut Shell. Since we are both educators, our standards were extremely high and Peanut Shell exceeded all of our expectations. We were impressed with the professionalism of the staff, who are all extremely caring and nurturing to all of the children. In addition, the classrooms are clean, organized, and wonderfully decorated with children's art projects and information for parents. Our daughter is now entering her third year and we couldn't be happier watching her blossom into the wonderful person that she is today. She has had notable improvements with her interactions with other children as she continues to learn valuable skills like patience, teamwork, and respect. The center offers a variety of musical and physical extensions that have given her confidence as she discovers the growing world around her. More...

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Linda Pelaez

8 August 2018

We could not have been more pleased with everything about Peanut Shell with our 5 year old daughter. She begged to go there every morning. From the classroom and activities to the wonderful and caring teachers, Peanut Shell gets an A+ from our family. Thank you Peanut Shell for taking such great care of our daughter and helping her blossom. More...

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Ryan Stanley

8 August 2018

Very skilled staff, great programming. We recommend Peanut Shell every chance we get.

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Lindsey Lin

8 August 2018

If there is 6 stars I would give it to Peanut Shell! We transferred our daughter from another local place since she was 9 month old. For the past 2 years, my daughter is really happy and excited to see her friends/teacher everyday. This place is clean and bright with friendly staff. My daughter rarely gets sick so you know they make effort to ensure the environment is well maintained. The program director, Stephanie, is AMAZING! Highly recommend this place! More...

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Carrey Wong

8 August 2018

Peanut Shell is wonderful! My oldest went there starting at age 4 and my 2nd born went there starting at 1.5. The teachers really care about the children and their development. The hours work well for working parents, plus they hardly close during the year. I can't say enough good things about this place! More...

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Kate Corrado

8 August 2018

We love the Peanut Shell! Our kids are so happy there, learning a ton, and so social. We couldn’t be happier. I would (and do) highly reccomend it to anyone who asks me about daycare and summer camps.

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Doreen Badheka

8 August 2018

Peanut Shell is simply the BEST. The management, teachers, and all care givers are extremely loving, caring and very accessible. For the past 2.5 years, they have always answered my questions, taken time to discuss the smallest concern that a first-time parent can have and always with a big smile and open heart. I greatly value the experience of the senior staff at Peanut Shell, the management's dedication to following best practices in child care and their desire to bring the best in teaching (e.g. languages, art , music, reading etc.) as well as outdoor activities for our children. I have never had a moment of doubt about sending our children to Peanut Shell and would highly recommend them. More...

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Dawn Hernandez

8 August 2018

My son has been attending Peanut Shell Preschool for the last school year, he has a speech delay and fear of water. The teacher have worked with him and now he talks a lot better and gets in the pool every week. The staff is wonderful and encouraging. I couldn’t imagine my son anywhere else!! More...

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Kaitlyn Ghiassi

8 August 2018

We are so grateful we found Peanut Shell. My son has gained excellent social and speech skills with the help of his caring teachers. I know my son will be safe and loved when I drop him off each day. The directors and teachers invest so much of themselves into their students and I know they truly want the best for my child! More...

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Tracey Bock

8 August 2018

Peanut Shell has been incredible for my two year old daughter. Being a teacher myself, it is easy to spot quality care, enthusiasm and passion for children. All of my daughter’s caretakers have exceeded my expectations. They treat her like she is their own. It is the perfect balance of learning and social development and they expose the children to so many various sensory experiences. I highly recommend Peanut Shell to anyone who is looking for a quality daycare. More...

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Ivonne Salazar

8 August 2018

We love Peanut Shell. The staff is very loving and committed to providing the best care. They have a low teacher to student ratio, which was important to us. The staff is very approachable and they all welcome feedback. Each room provides a good balance of age appropriate play and learning centered on monthly themes. Once they get older, the kids go on field trips and take swim lessons. We feel really lucky to be a part of this daycare. More...

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Sandy Castor

8 August 2018

The team assembled is friendly and passionate about the work they do in pouring into and caring for our littles. My daughter has flourished in this environment and so has my career as the flexible hours allow for early drop off and extended pick-up hours. Take this as an endorsement of this facility because that's exactly what it is! More...

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Erika Bocian

8 August 2018

My oldest son started at PS when he was a year old. My youngest, when he was about 4 months old. Both went through the entire program graduating preschool. In total, we were PS parents for 7.5 years. PS has always been very supportive of our kids and our family. The staff is very caring! They love the kids and they understand how hard it is for a working parent to drop off their child for the day. To give you an example of what PS is.... One day, I visited in the middle of the day. It wasn't the rush of pick-up/drop-off, it wasn't nap time either. It was just a normal hour in the middle of the day. As I walked through the entire center (my son's class was in the back), I noticed that no kid was crying, not one! The teachers were engaged with the kids. Each class was doing something like singing, reading together, doing art-work. It was all so peaceful, inviting, and happy! Truly great to see. Thanks PS for everything! More...

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Gisel E javier

8 August 2018

I LOVE THIS DAYCARE.... they are beyond amazing. Is always a good morning, they really go beyond to make you feel comfortable. I was so nervous before I started, but then I was so relieved. Seeing my son open his arms for the staff was such a good feeling. The hours are awesome since I need 7am and latest 6:45. They barely close for holidays or weather. Omg and the daily pictures . They take the BEST pictures, all good things I can say. Thank you peanut shell More...

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Kristin Pelletier

8 August 2018

I cannot say enough good things about Peanut Shell. Both of my children have been going there since they were babies. Not only is the facility clean, the care is top notch! My children love their teachers and learn so much from them. More...

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lisette c

8 August 2018

The teachers here genuinely care for the students. They work hard to ensure the needs are met for each student. I could not be happier with the care my girls get at Peanut Shell. The staff is extremely stable which is hard to find in daycare settings. The teachers have curriculums for all students even the very little ones. The director is extremely responsive and involved. The preschool classes are great and the children are more than prepared for kindergarten. I am very happy that we chose Peanut Shell!!! More...

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Miracle7 7Sourni

30 May 2018

Awesome Y, but it seems like they pooled a lot of their resources into the weight and cardio machines and left other areas of the Y almost outdated, such as no locker room renovations. Pool is too warm, sometimes it needs to be a bit cooler so swim team can practice better. Maybe a 6 lane pool instead of 4 lane. More...

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TB WO

8 June 2017

We have been a part of the Peanut Shell family for over 6 years. All three of my children attended full time – two of them since infancy. My youngest is still in the Pre K 3 class. Each time I got pregnant I researched other day care centers in the area to see if there were cost savings elsewhere. I was never able to find a superior center or more cost effective services. (Additionally, Peanut Shell offers need based financial assistance for those who qualify) This was also the only center where an actual parent approached me during my tour and personally recommended the center. I find myself doing the same thing now! Since Peanut Shell is NAEYC accredited, it has stricter teacher/child ratios in each classroom and an excellent curriculum. I can attest to the curriculum as both of my older kids went into kindergarten already reading and writing thanks to Peanut Shell! Now, they both love stopping by to pick up my youngest so that they can visit their old teachers. It is truly a nurturing and loving environment. The center offers field trips for the Pre K classes and since they are part of The Y, the Pre K classes also go to swim and gym weekly at the West Essex Y. During the summer it transitions into a camp environment and the Pre K classes go to swim and gym twice a week. I can’t say enough about how truly special this place is! More...