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2018 Village Green South Orange/Maplewood Area Preschool Guide

With a number of local preschools holding open houses and registration this month, Village Green is re-posting our preschool guide, adapted from a list originally published by realtor Mark Slade.

If you own and operate a preschool and are interested in being included in the list, please contact us at [email protected].

Note: The listings with descriptions and photographs are advertisers. We have reached out to all preschools with the option to boost their listing through advertising. However, preschools do not have to be advertisers to be included in the overall list.

South Orange Country Day School
461 Vose Avenue
South Orange NJ 07052
Phone: 973.762.6451
www.socds.com

We want to support students as they explore and make sense of their world. We strive to prepare students to leave SOCDS with: an ability to clearly communicate their needs and to resolve conflict by articulating the facts a respect for our environment and the choices that we make everyday an ability to interact with and respect all people, regardless of learning style and preference, appearance, or experiences a desire to explore new learning environments, and to have the skills to be self directed learners in any learning setting.


Far Brook School

52 Great Hills Road
Short Hills, NJ 07078
973-379-3442
www.farbrook.org

Farbrook is a pre-k through 8th grade private school, whose statement of purpose is “It is our desire to touch the lives of children so they may live life wisely and with great joy.” Pre-k, or Nursery, is for four year olds; with half day 8am-12pm, and full day 8 am-3 pm. Early morning drop off and extended care are available daily.

Hedwig Gruenewald Early Childhood Center
of Congregation B’nai Israel
160 Millburn Avenue
Millburn, NJ 07041
973-379-4040
www.cbi-nj.org

“A welcoming environment, open to the community, where Jewish customs, holidays, Shabbat and basic Jewish concepts are part of our daily life.” The Hedwig Gruenewald Early Childcare Center offers child/caregiver classes for toddlers 15-23 months, a transitional 2s program which starts with caregivers, and evolves into a drop-off class, and preschool classes for 2, 3, and 4 year-olds. Extended day available 8:30 – 2:45.

Montrose Early Childhood Center
South Orange-Maplewood School District
973-378-2086
[email protected]
somsd.k12.nj.us

The Montrose Early Childhood Center offers a unique program of early childhood education for every student. As an individualized program, our focus is on each child’s developmental needs.   We promote a positive, secure, and inclusive environment, enabling each child to grow with a sense of joy and wonderment. Renée Joyce is the Director of the Montrose Early Childhood Center since its opening in September of 2015.  Ms. Joyce has been in the field of education for 32 years and most of that time with early childhood students and their families.

Prospect Cooperative Preschool
646 Prospect Street
Maplewood, NJ 07040
973-763-8955
www.prospectpreschool.org


Prospect Cooperative Preschool school fosters creativity, confidence, and socialization through intentional play and meaningful exploratory learning. Our students thrive in an inclusive and community driven environment, which offers parents and caregivers the unique opportunity to play an integral role in their child’s early education through direct classroom participation. Prospect offers morning and afternoon classes for children ages 2 1/2 through 5 with optional enrichment and lunch bunch programs.


The South Mountain YMCA Early Childhood Learning Center

10 W. Parker Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
973-762-0860
www.smountainymca.org
www.facebook.com/southmountainy

The South Mountain YMCA Early Childhood Learning Center offers 7am to 7pm childcare programs, preschool, and enrichment classes to children from the age of 6 weeks through preschool. The South Mountain YMCA also provides summer camp, afterschool care, and enrichment programming for school aged children and teens. “As the largest childcare provider in Maplewood, the Y offers a childcare program with families in mind and creates an environment where your child will thrive.”


Thelma K. Reisman Preschool

of Beth El
222 Irvington Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-763-0113
www.bethelnj.org

Led by Director Danielle Weitz, Beth El’s Thelma K. Reisman Preschool offers education and enrichment for children ages 12 months to five years old, as well as programs for parents and families. The school offers early drop off and extended day, as well as a summer camp.

Work and Play
19 Prospect St.
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-327-4729
http://www.workandplaynj.com/earlychildhood
Learn more at our Open House on Saturday, January 27th from 10-11:30am.

Inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach, Work and Play’s early childhood education program, led by Rebecca Gartman, is fluid, dynamic and responsive. Children lead the curriculum as they engage in meaningful play and project work based on their inherent interests. In the multi-age setting, teachers are partners in children’s learning, sparking thought and extending thinking with rich language, continued observation, and reflection.

At Work and Play, teachers make thoughtful choices based on the individual needs of each child.  Teachers mindfully plan for each day.  They value the power of the learning environment and strive to create beautiful and complex spaces that encourage collaboration, creativity, and wonder.  Teachers carefully select materials to provoke thinking and questioning, inspire exploration and investigating, and promote problem solving.

The Work and Play team collaborate with children and families to ensure the early childhood experiences and routines will engage and support the growth and development of a child’s early years.

Other Options:

Children’s Academy
37 Church Mall
Springfield, NJ 07081
973-379-3524
www.childrensacademy.net

Hudson Way Immersion School
587 Springfield Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
908-598-8088
www.hwis.org

Iris Family Center for Early Childhood Education
of Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel
432 Scotland Road
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-763-4600
www.tsti.org/early-childhood-center

JCC Metrowest Early Childhood
Leon & Toby Cooperman Building
Ross Family Campus
760 Northfield Avenue
West Orange, NJ 07052

The Kinder Gan Preschool
120 Parker Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
973-763-7455
www.maplewoodjewishcenter.org

Kinderenrichment
550 Ridgewood Road
Maplewood, NJ 07040
201-306-2558
www.kinderenrichment.com

Le Parc Place
195 Maplewood Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
973-616-1968 or 973-762-3077
www.leparcplace.com

Mickey Fried Nursery School
of Oheb Shalom Congregation
170 Scotland Road
South Orange, NJ 07079
www.ohebshalom.org/nursery-school/at-a-glance/

Millburn Co-Op Nursery School
951 Ridgewood Avenue
Millburn, NJ 07041
973-379-2778
www.millburncoop.org

The Montessori Children’s Academy in Short Hills
200 Hartshorn Drive
Short Hills, New Jersey 07078
Phone: 973-258-1400
Fax: 973-258-1430
www.themontessorichildrensacademy.com

Montrose Early Learning Center
of the South Orange Maplewood School District
525 Academy Street
Maplewood, NJ 07040
973-762-5600 x.1748 or x1840
www.somsd.k12.nj.us

Morrow Memorial Preschool
600 Ridgewood Road
Maplewood, NJ 07040
973-763-5460
www.morrowpreschool.org

Neighborhood House Nursery School
12 Taylor Street
Millburn, NJ 07041
973-376-0739
www.neighborhoodhousenursery.org

The Nursery at Our Lady of Sorrows School
162 Academy Street
South Orange, NJ
Phone:(973) 763-4040
https://thenurseryatols.org/

Open Door Nursery School
432 Wyoming Avenue
Millburn, NJ 07041
973-376-9303
www.opendoornurseryschool.com

Playhouse
88 Franklin Avenue
West Orange, NJ 07052
973-736-9451
www.PlayhouseOnline.org

The Montessori Children’s Academy in Short Hills
200 Hartshorn Drive
Short Hills, New Jersey 07078
Phone: 973-258-1400
Fax: 973-258-1430
www.themontessorichildrensacademy.com

The Red Oaks School
21 Cutler Street
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-539-7853
www.RedOaksSchool.org

St. Rose of Lima Academy
52 Short Hills Ave.
Short Hills, NJ 07078
973-379-3973

St. Stephen’s Preschool
Saint Stephen’s Church
119 Main St., Millburn
Nancy Siracusa, Director 973-376-3534 Ext. 20
ststephensmillburn.org/preschool/

Totri
465 Valley Street
South Orange, NJ
Hours of Operation:
Phone: 973-761-4309
totrichildcare.com

Village Babies Development Center
401 Valley Street
South Orange, NJ
(973) 378-5906
www.villagebabies.com

Weekday Cooperative Preschool
111 Irvington Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-762-7879
www.weekdaynurserycoop.org

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