2021 Bergen County NJ Preschools and Childcare Centers Directory: Increased awareness of the positive impact of early childhood education is a major factor in parents placing their preschoolers in the best available programs in the Bergen County area. A 2021 study shows that “one in five people (18%) believe the period from the start of pregnancy to age five is the most important period of a child and young person’s life for health and happiness in adulthood,” according to Ipsos.
According to the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, the breakdown of child care referral requests is as follows by age:
- Infant/Toddler – 40.7%
- Pre-school age – 33.5%
- School-age – 25.8%
According to Child Care Aware of America, the primary care setting of children under age 5 living with a working mom includes the following:
- Relatives – 27.3%
- Organized Care – 32.7% (Center-based Care: 25.9%, Family Child Care Homes: 6.8%)
- One of their parents – 24.4 %
- Multiple arrangements – 26.7%
- No regular arrangements – 11%
- Mothers who work full-time are more likely to use non-relative care for their children.
According to ChildCareAware.org, the most important factors when choosing a child care center are:
- Quality (which includes provider education, provider experience and training, and a low child-adult ratio)
- Activities for children
For Bergen County working parents and parents looking to place their children in a social and/or early learning environment, choosing the right preschool or daycare center is possibly one of the most important decisions they will make for their child.
With this in mind, mybergen.com is providing the following list of questions and considerations for you, your family (and your support team), as well as a checklist and specific questions for preschools, nursery schools, children’s daycare facilities, etc.
This comprehensive checklist was compiled and created from guidelines provided by the Child Care Aware of America, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Questions to Ask and Other Considerations When Researching a Preschool, Early Education or Childcare Center
- Is the program licensed? Ask to see the license. If not, ask why and then check New Jersey licensing regulations to ensure the program is not required to be licensed.
- Look at the program’s past inspection reports and complaint history.
- Find licensing information and inspection reports for your state and view inspection reports.
- Are visits from parents allowed and encouraged anytime the child care program is open? If you are not allowed to visit at any time (without calling ahead), this is not the best program for your child, and you should consider a different program.
- Does the program have an appropriate number of adults looking after each group of children? This is known as the child-to-adult ratio. Recommended ratios are usually lower for younger children. For example, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that child care centers have no more than 3 infants under 12 months old per adult.
- Are children, including infants, supervised at all times, even when they are sleeping?
- Does the director (of a child care center) have a college degree in child development or a related field? Do teachers (or the owner and operator of a family child care home) have a credential or college degree in early childhood education or a related field?
- Do all adults in the program receive ongoing training in working with children and child development?
- Is there a planned schedule for each day or week that encourages learning and includes active and quiet play, group and individual learning activities, rest time, and mealtimes?
- Is the environment safe, clean, and well maintained? For example, are safe cribs provided for each infant, and does the program follow safe sleep guidelines? Are electrical outlets covered?
- Are medicines and dangerous items, including cleaning supplies, kept out of the reach of children?
- Is there a written discipline policy that explains how behavioral concerns are handled? For example, does the policy clarify that there will be no spanking, humiliating, or excluding children? Do discipline techniques included in the policy teach and guide children rather than punish them? How does the program make sure that techniques are used in clear, consistent, and fair ways?
- Does the program feel warm and welcoming? Are the children happily engaged in activities?
- Do the adults seem to enjoy working with and caring for the children? Are they actively involved with the children, and do they pay attention to the needs of each child?
- Have all adults working in the program had state and national background checks, including fingerprinting?
- Have the adults in the program been trained on preventing child abuse and recognizing and reporting the signs of abuse?
- Is there someone present at all times who has been trained in pediatric first aid and CPR? Do staff know how to respond to an allergic reaction? Is there a first aid kit available? Are the adults in the program trained in how to prevent injuries?
- Does the program have a clear, written plan to follow if a child is injured, sick, or lost?
- Is there a written plan for responding to emergencies and disasters such as fire or flooding? Does the program conduct regular fire drills?
- Is the program open when you need it to be?
- Is the program conveniently located for your family?
- Does the program provide transportation that could help you get your child to and from the program or to and from school?
- Can your family afford this program?
- Does the program offer any discounts or scholarships or participate in a child care assistance program?
- How does the child care program support your child’s learning and development? Your child is always learning, and the child care program you choose must take important steps to encourage that learning.
- When you are not there, how will the program interact with your child? How will that program interact with you to make sure you can get to work with peace of mind?
- Are children cared for in small groups with an appropriate number of adults present at all times?
- Does the program maintain a list of who is allowed to pick up your child and check that list when your child is picked up?
- Is the outside play area safe for children? Is the area enclosed and safe from traffic? Is the area clean, well maintained, and free of standing water?
- Are nutritious snacks and meals provided to children at appropriate times?
- Is food safe and developmentally appropriate? For example, no foods that are choking or allergy hazards.
- What are rules, guidelines, and protocols relating to COVID-19 safety?
- Have all enrolled children received their recommended immunizations—including your own child? Does the child care program keep records to show that all children are up to date on all their required immunizations?
- If the program will transport your child, is there a signed permission slip in place? Are the vehicles used for transportation safe, registered, and insured? Are there appropriate car seats and seat belts available for each child? Is the driver a licensed and insured adult who has undergone a national and state background check that includes fingerprints?
- Are the adults responsible for giving medication to children trained on how to do this safely? Are medications labeled to make sure the right child gets the right amount of the right medication at the right time? Are records kept to show when children received medication and how the medication was given?
- Do the children and adults wash their hands frequently, especially after diaper changing or using the toilet, before and after eating or handling food, and when handling bodily fluids (such as wiping noses)?
- Are toys, tables, toilets, and diapering surfaces cleaned and sanitized after use?
- Has the building been checked for dangerous substances like lead and radon?
- Does the program have a policy for when your child is ill?
- Does the program participate in a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS), if available? If yes, what is the program’s rating level?
- Is the program accredited by a national or state-recognized accrediting body? National accreditation is another good indicator of a high-quality program.
- Have you seen and do you agree with the child care program’s contract and policies? Every high-quality child care program will have a written contract and policies.
- Are there written personnel policies, job descriptions, and annual training plans for all adults working in the program?
- Do staff receive annual performance evaluations, and will you be asked to complete an annual evaluation of the program and staff? Does the program use the feedback from these evaluations to make decisions?
- How often do the adults working in the program choose to stop working there?
- If the program is in a family child care home, ask how long the provider has been in business. You can also ask for contact information for other families who can provide a reference.
- Are all areas well organized, and are materials easy to use and easy for children to get to?
- Do you see plenty of age-appropriate toys and items to encourage different kinds of play?
- For infants and toddlers, are there toys that promote learning?
- Are there different areas for different activities such as reading, art, and playing with toys for older children?
- Does the program have a planned schedule for each day and week that includes age-appropriate indoor and outdoor activities that encourage learning?
- Are there activities that prepare children to learn early reading, writing, math, and science?
- Will you get daily updates on how your child is doing and what they have been learning?
- Does the program track children’s developmental milestones, and will the program schedule regular time with you to discuss your child’s development, including annual conferences?
- Which learning plan or curriculum does the program use? Is it based on research? Does it cover all areas of your child’s learning? How will this program make sure that the curriculum meets the individual needs of your child?
- Do the adults in the program seem to really know each child and respond to their individual needs? How will the program get to know you and your child, your goals for your child, and your routines at home?
- How will the program support you and your child if being apart is difficult?
- Do the adults talk with children in a positive tone of voice throughout the day and sit or kneel to be at the child’s level?
- Does the program support all cultures and languages spoken by children and families?
- Does the program seem to respect and want to understand your family’s cultural values and traditions? Is there staff in the program that speaks the same language you speak at home?
- Do the adults in the program seem willing to develop a relationship with you and work with you to support your child’s development? Are they also willing to engage with your child’s other parent and family members involved in your child’s life?
- Do the adults in the program celebrate children’s accomplishments?
- Do you like the person who will be teaching and caring for your child?
- Do you like how the program communicates and interacts with families?
- Do you think you will feel comfortable having conversations with the teacher or program director about your child’s needs, how your child is doing, and if you have any concerns?
- Does the program provide learning activities to take home and events that include you and other family members? Are events scheduled at times when your family can attend?
- Do you agree with how the program handles discipline and challenging behaviors?
- Does the program have a no-exclusion or no-expulsion policy? How will they work with you and your child to prevent expulsion or exclusion if your child displays challenging behaviors?
- Is the schedule flexible to meet an infant baby’s unique needs for sleeping, eating, and playing?
- Does the program practice safe sleep at all times? Will your infant sleep in a safe crib with a firm mattress, a well-fitting sheet, and nothing else in the crib?
- Are caregivers talking and interacting with infants when babies are awake, including during diapering, feeding, and play?
- Do you feel that the caregivers will understand your child’s unique personality and preferences?
- Do infants have supervised time playing on their tummies each day?
- Are infants’ bottles clearly labeled with the child’s name and the date and properly stored?
- If you are breastfeeding, how will the program support you?
- How will the caretakers communicate with you each day about your child’s day, including mood, eating, sleeping, and how they responded to your child’s needs
- Are diaper-changing surfaces cleaned and disinfected after each use? Do staff wash their hands before and after each diapering?
- Does the program change or adjust activities to ensure that children with disabilities can participate in all activities?
- Have the adults in the program been trained to work with your child’s unique needs, or are they willing to get trained?
- Is the program willing to partner with your child’s early intervention program or special education provider? Will they allow other providers to enter the classroom and make suggestions? How will you, the program, and your child’s other providers work together?
Portions of this checklist have been adapted from content created by Child Care Aware of America. The checklist also draws on the Parent Toolkit from the U.S. Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Bergen County Preschool, Early Education and Childcare Centers
There are many preschools, early education centers, nursery schools, and childcare facilities in Bergen County. In fact, we’ve confirmed 15 facilities in just one local zip code! The following sponsored content directory of Bergen County preschool and childcare centers will help you research your own childcare and early education options. Do the COVID-19 and other factors, available programs, hours, etc., at some of these facilities may change from month to month.
Am-Tree Developmental Nursery Schools in Montvale, NJ
The Am-Tree Developmental Nursery Schools team is committed to helping children progress socially, emotionally, and physically while learning at play. Efforts are focused on enhancing the parent/child relationship by having your children return home feeling happy and content. The Am-Tree curriculum is planned and implemented to build self-confidence. They focus on “Character Education” throughout the year, introducing feelings, manners, respect, friendship/caring, honesty, trust, teamwork, caring for nature, and responsibility. Children enrolled in the Am-Tree program receive a strong foundation for their personal development and academic future. By supporting children and preparing them for future success both in and outside of the classroom, Am-Tree strives to bring out the best in every child.
A unique dimension to the Am-Tree Developmental Nursery School’s offering is their Partner Programs, including Song and Smile, Happy Tree Yoga, and Dancercise.
You may schedule a tour at Am-Tree’s two locations. Their infant/toddler center is located at 200 Summit Avenue, Montvale, New Jersey. The youngest learners explore and play in spacious, bright, and attractively decorated rooms designed to pique children’s curiosity and imagination. The Am-Tree Preschool, servicing young preschoolers (2 ½-3 years), pre-K (4-5 years), and kindergarten (5-6 years), is located at 115 Spring Valley Road in Montvale. For more information, call 201-391-8103 or visit www.amtree.com.
Appletree Preschool in Hackensack and River Edge, NJ
Appletree Preschool offers a curriculum to encourage young children to explore various developmental areas while meeting New Jersey Preschool Learning Standards. Children participate in activities that are designed to encourage engaged group participation while promoting independent growth, with an emphasis on kindergarten readiness. Highly qualified Appletree teachers are warm and nurturing and understand child development. The school maintains a class ratio lower than New Jersey state regulation, enabling teachers to give more attention to each child.
Appletree Preschool has two convenient locations in Bergen County, located minutes from Routes 4, 17, 46, 80, and the Garden State Parkway. The River Edge school is located at 20 Kinderkamack Road, and the Hackensack school is located at 150 Hudson Street.
For more information, visit www.appletree-preschool.net.
The Apple Tree Child Development Center of Wyckoff
Not attending some form of preschool could put your child at a serious disadvantage when they get to kindergarten. With more Bergen County children enrolled in pre-k programs, kindergarten is no longer where they learn to be part of a group, follow directions, and separate from their parents. Kindergarten students are often well beyond the adjustment period and are already learning to read, write, and more. The process of choosing a preschool that is right for your child and will fit within your daily life and work schedule can be overwhelming.
Fortunately, Bergen County area parents have Apple Tree Child Development Center in Wyckoff, NJ as an option. This highly-respected center is committed to children and their families, focusing on young children’s personal, developmental, and educational needs. The Apple Tree Child Development Center understands that each child develops in their own way and at their own pace. They offer programs for children 6 weeks through 6 years old, including infants, toddlers, pre-school, pre-k, and a state-certified kindergarten.
Unlike many other Bergen County area options, Apple Tree Child Development Center offers a unique program structure that allows children to develop a positive sense of self and achievement. Their programs are designed around the four learning areas Cognitive, Social, Emotional, and Physical. The curriculum combined with music, gymnastics, art, and cooking round out and enhance the developmental areas.
Consider these outstanding features and advantages of Apple Tree Child Development Center in Wyckoff, NJ:
- Over 20 years of experience
- Developmental and age-appropriate programs include a creative curriculum, letterland, music and movement, and developmental assessments.
- Kidz in the Kitchen cooking
- Field trips in spring, summer, and fall
- State licensed and certified teachers: All teachers certified CPR/first aid
- Drop off and pick-up with fast and easy parking
- Large indoor and outdoor play areas
- Art/cooking/Hindi/ music/computers
- Open door policy always in effect
- Conveniently located in Wyckoff, New Jersey, minutes from Routes 17, 208, 287
- Free park and ride for commuter parents for New York City with bus pick up right on Goffle Road
- Extended days 7:00 am – 6:30 pm year-round
- Summar camp program
- State of the art security system
- Separate entrance to infant suite
- Ages 6 weeks to 6 years
- Meticulous cleaning and sanitizing of the facility, equipment, and toys. All small toys are cleaned and disinfected several times each day. Large toys and cribs are cleaned and disinfected at the end of each day.
- Excellent preparation for kindergarten. Apple Tree children are well-prepared for the challenges of elementary school and beyond.
- Exciting & playful learning environment – The Apple Tree’s environment has been designed to stimulate your child’s senses and imagination. Space design, colors, and lighting were researched and carefully chosen to create the best environment for learning and caring.
- A loving and caring staff of talented and highly qualified teachers and assistant teachers.
For more information about Apple Tree Child Development Center in Wyckoff, NJ, or to arrange to take a tour, call 201-447-2266 or visit their website. The center is located at 545 Goffle Road, Suite 2, Wyckoff, New Jersey.
Children’s Place Early Care & Learning Center in Rutherford, NJ
For over a decade, the Children’s Place Early Care & Learning Center has been a trusted resource for Bergen County area parents seeking high-quality care and early education for children 6 weeks through 4 years of age. Located in a charming Victorian house in Rutherford, New Jersey, The Children’s Place Early Care & Learning Center prides itself on being an NJ-State-Licensed early learning center that offers a unique, homey environment with staff who are loving, nurturing, experienced, and committed to providing a wonderful learning environment for children.
The culture at Children’s Place Early Care & Learning Center is focused on creating a love for learning. Children are allowed to explore, build confidence in their own ideas, and develop their own skills, as the staff assists in cultivating positive behavior, bringing out the best in each child, and preparing them to be lifelong learners. They consider both chronological age and the child’s development when deciding which group would be most appropriate for each child. Young children develop at different paces and have different needs. The Children’s Place team strives to provide the best environment for each child to thrive while meeting their needs.
The Children’s Place infant/toddler class is licensed for 12. Each age group has its own separate class. Their infant ratio is 3:1, and toddlers 18 months and older are 5:1. The preschool class is licensed for up to 16 children. The ratios fluctuate depending on the ages currently enrolled but are generally kept between 6:1 and 8:1. Infants follow their own individual schedules and are stimulated throughout the day by being read to, talked to, and sung to. Infants are also introduced to other developmentally appropriate activities. Toddlers and preschoolers follow a general schedule that includes child-directed and teacher-directed activities, sensory play, art, circle time, mealtime, rest time, and outdoor play. Schedule and activities are based on children’s interests and needs.
All equipment, toys, and activities are specifically chosen because they are developmentally appropriate for each group. Infants have their own classroom, so they are free and encouraged to explore and develop all skills. The Children’s Place team believes infants should be free to move their bodies, not be confined, so swings and excersaucers are not used. The center has a fenced and secure outdoor playground that can be gated to create two separate play areas so that infants can enjoy outdoor time safely while older children can run and build their motor skills. The playground features two types of surfaces, grass and a rubberized safety surface. They have outdoor playhouses, riding toys, outside easels, water, and sand tables.
Toddler and preschool classes are designed with various learning areas, including music, art, blocks, dramatic play, library, manipulatives, and a quiet space.
Developing a strong relationship with parents is very important to the Children’s Place staff. Reports go home to parents daily, and teachers meet regularly with parents.
Children’s Place Early Care & Learning Center is located at 276 Park Avenue, Rutherford, New Jersey. For more information, visit childrens-place-early-care-learning-center.business.site
Kiddie Academy in Northvale, NJ
Kiddie Academy has developed a comprehensive education-based child care program for its academies, which are structured to respond to the increasing demand for child care. The new Northvale, New Jersey location utilizes the Kiddie Academy Life Essentials curriculum to promote each child’s intellectual, social, physical, and emotional growth. Programs emphasize continuous, open communication between teachers and parents concerning each child’s development. Children embark on a journey with Kiddie Academy that prepares them for success in school and beyond. Their well-trained, attentive staff assists children in developing the confidence and self-esteem necessary to meet the challenges of tomorrow. The philosophy at Kiddie Academy is that care and learning go hand in hand. They also believe that fostering bonds between their educators and children and between educators and parents, academies, and the local community is essential.
Kiddie Academy of Northvale is located at 271 Livingston Street in the Northvale Square shopping center. For more information about Kiddie Academy of Northvale or to schedule a tour of the newly renovated facility, contact Patrick Paul at 201-767-1120 or visit www.kiddieacademy.com.
Kids Interactive Day School in Oakland, NJ
Kids Interactive Day School offers many activities to help stimulate the children’s minds in their care, including arts & crafts, sports, music, piano, playtime, outdoor activities, and field trips. All programs are organized for maximum fun and learning to ensure that every child enjoys each moment they spend at Kids Interactive Day School.
The Kids Interactive program uses developmentally appropriate practices in a safe, stimulating, challenging, creative and nurturing environment. They use a state-recognized curriculum to prepare the children and lay the foundation for higher learning. Their curriculum is integrated and introduces topics that spark children’s natural curiosities, interests, and enthusiasm. All activities are planned to encourage each child to explore, experiment, imitate, ask questions, and problem-solve to construct their own knowledge. The staff at Kids Interactive believes that each child should be appreciated and accepted at the level of their own maturity and ability.
Kids Interactive Day School is located minutes from Routes 17, 202, 208, and 287 at 8 Wright Way, Oakland, New Jersey. For more information, call 201-677-9222 or visit www.kidsdayschool.com.
Learn & Grow Academy in Palisades Park, NJ
Learn & Grow Academy, conveniently located for NYC commuters near Routes 46 and 80, is committed to providing exceptional childcare and high-quality education to all students. The Academy offers a safe and friendly environment where children are encouraged to explore and develop a strong self-image. Programs and curriculum at Learn & Grow have been specifically designed to ensure grade school readiness. The school is divided into classrooms based on the content areas that are taught.
Learn & Grow Academy is located at 440-4th Street, Palisades Park, New Jersey. For more information, call 201-944-3899 or visit learnandgrowacademy.com.
Lightbridge Academy in Fort Lee, NJ
The child care industry has never been more popular. With an estimated 14.5 million children enrolled in some type of program in the U.S. alone, it’s clear that parents are looking for the right fit for their families when they’re working throughout the day. That’s where Lightbridge Academy comes in.
The leading child care brand has been raising the bar in the industry for nearly 20 years. With an established presence across the Northeast, parents consistently turn to Lightbridge Academy and its unparalleled Circle of Care philosophy when finding the best child care for their families. And now, that Circle of Care is getting even larger with a Lightbridge Academy location in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
“Opening up a location in Fort Lee put us in a perfect position to help families that are living or commuting in the area. The center is convenient for working parents heading in and out of New York City, near many housing developments. This means we’ll be able to easily live out our mission to provide the best possible solution for two-income households,” said Jenelle Tuttle, franchise business coach for Lightbridge Academy. “I’ve had a lot of experience working for other schools, and Lightbridge Academy is the only one I’ve seen that truly encompasses its core values. Everything the brand does is designed to create an unbeatable environment for children and their families.”
Lightbridge Academy takes the needs of everyone in a child’s life into consideration when providing care, from their parents and teachers to members of their surrounding community. This ensures that children are being cared for in a supportive and nurturing environment. The brand also goes above and beyond to take the stress off of parents’ plates—with its ParentView Internet Monitoring System and eCommunication app, parents have the ability to check in on their children throughout the day and receive progress reports pictures, and other updates.
“We provide the perfect solution for working parents, especially as two-income households become more common. There’s no need for parents to feel rushed or stressed when they’re picking their children up or dropping them off at one of our centers—we’re ultimately here to help,” said Brenda Febbo, Lightbridge Academy’s chief marketing officer. “Our model is truly unique within the booming child care industry. That’s why we’re constantly working to bring the Lightbridge Academy brand to new communities and neighborhoods.”
Since 1997, Lightbridge Academy’s core values have drawn together thousands of parents, children, staff, franchise owners, and communities to form the supportive relationships necessary for children and families to thrive. The Lightbridge proprietary Seedlings early childhood education curriculum encompasses solid academic learning with developmentally appropriate practices to cultivate the whole child. Lightbridge Academy is known as The Solution for Working Parents. They remain committed to meeting their evolving needs while never forgetting that children are at the center of why we are all gathered together.
Lightbridge Academy welcomes Fort Lee-area families to call and discover what sets their school apart. Parents will experience peace of mind knowing that their children are receiving the best possible care, along with a quality early childhood education.
The Lightbridge Academy child care center, located just minutes from Routes 4, 9W, 46, 80, the PIP, and the GWB, at 2 Executive Drive, is currently enrolling for their Infant, Toddler, Preschool, and Pre-K programs.
Call 201-585- 2020 or click here to schedule a tour of the Academy in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
Palisades Preschool & Kindergarten and Palisades Country Day School in Closter and Fort Lee, NJ
For more than 50 years, Palisades Preschool & Kindergarten in Fort Lee, New Jersey, and Palisades Country Day School in Closter, New Jersey (22 years) have provided innovative academic programs that stimulate and challenge each child to reach their fullest potential.
The staff at Palisades believes “Good Beginnings Never End.” Early childhood education is where children develop positive attitudes towards learning. The low student-to-teacher ratios allow Palisades to provide personalized attention to each child while guiding them through a highly engaging, multi-sensory learning program.
These well-respected Bergen County early learning institutions have long understood the importance of fostering inner creativity and incorporating fun into their curriculum as a major component of the learning process.
- The Palisades’ Sports programs offer games and team activities that enhance the child’s growth and development.
- The Music program introduces children to pitch, rhythm, melody, harmony, performance art, classical composers, and the sounds of various musical instruments.
- Creative Movement classes consist of gymnastics, Zumba, and yoga.
- Art classes expose the children to “The Masters” and encourage them to create their own masterpieces.
- Science classes stimulate thinking through doing, exploring, and learning.
- Nature classes uncover the mysteries that are found within the environment and world around us.
- Spanish Language Lab introduces numbers, colors, basic conversations, etc.
- Learning about the community is enhanced by appropriate educational field trips.
- Character Education classes emphasize the importance of positive ethics, manners, and morals.
- The importance of proper nutrition is reinforced through the curriculum as well as healthy snack options.
- The dedicated. S.T.E.M. room and individual classroom computers allow for a fully integrated Computer Technology program.
- The “Handwriting Without Tears” program develops pre-writing skills.
- The “Make a Difference” program is a home-school connection that promotes “sharing is caring” for those in need. Through donations to the Center for Food Action, Toys for Tots, C.L.A.W.S., etc., children learn that everyone can “make a difference.”
The Palisades staff constantly works towards the growth and development of the children. The teachers possess diverse interests and talents, including warmth and a sense of humor, which they share with the children. Teaching is a process that constantly renews itself. Through their work, staff and children are continually growing.
Each large, bright classroom features developmentally appropriate activity centers, including; block center, dramatic play area, manipulatives, art, science, technology, and reading and writing. Playgrounds feature a combination of climbers, slides, sand areas for digging and building, and a large assortment of riding vehicles. Teachers are constantly using different items and games to vary the outdoor experience while encouraging motor development.
Palisades Preschool & Kindergarten and Palisades Country Day School offer a safe, secure, and developmentally appropriate environment for children that stimulate creativity and foster intellectual growth. Palisades’ curriculum reflects that social, emotional, and physical growth is integral to the young child’s learning ability.
Click here to learn more about Palisades Preschool & Kindergarten and Palisades Country Day School, as well as their summer camps. Visit Palisades Pre-School & Kindergarten on Facebook.
Parents are encouraged to visit Palisades, meet the staff, and tour the facilities.
School and Camp Locations:
The Palisades Preschool & Kindergarten and Palisades Rainbow Camp
2324 Fifth Street, Fort Lee, New Jersey
Palisades Country Day School Lower School (16 months – 3 years old)
212 Herbert Avenue, Closter, New Jersey
201-784-7600 Ext. 2
Upper School (4 and 5-year-olds)
248 Herbert Avenue, Closter, New Jersey
201-784-7600 Ext. 1
Palisades Country Day Camp
248 Herbert Avenue, Closter, NJ
201-784-7600 Ext. 3
Prime Time Early Learning Centers in East Rutherford, Edgewater, and Paramus, NJ
If you live in the Bergen County area, chances are there’s a Prime Time Early Learning Center near you. If you grew up in Bergen or have kids or friends or family with kids, chances are you know someone who attended a Prime Time Early Learning Center. More than 30 years ago, Rochelle “Ricci” Wasserman and her husband Joel Wasserman established Prime Time Early Learning Centers as a comprehensive child care program designed to nurture and educate young children from infancy through school age. Since then, the Prime Time name has become synonymous with nurturing child care and quality education.
Prime Time was developed to provide a loving, learning environment for families with young children. Each school is led by a director, supported by an assistant director and/or educational director. There is a headteacher and an assistant teacher in each classroom. Each child is supported by other specialized center staff members, trained as early child care providers, and certified to administer first aid and CPR to children and adults. New Jersey licenses Prime Time to provide full-time childcare to children ages 6 weeks through 10 years.
Prime Time offers a comprehensive extended day program, a full-day preschool, before and after school enrichment programs for elementary school students, and summer camp for children to age 10. Their dynamic program and proprietary curriculum exceeds state licensing requirements and paves the way for a solid academic and social foundation.
Programs and curriculums are based on age:
- 6 weeks-18 months (Infants)
- 18 months-2 years
- 2 years-3 years
- 3 years-4 years (preschool)
- 4 years-5 years (pre-K)
- After school enrichment programs for elementary school students
- Summer camp for children to age 10
Pickup and drop-off times at Prime Time Early Learning Centers are completely flexible and are determined by the family’s contracted hours per week at the center. The centers are open Monday-Friday from 6:30 am-7:00 pm.
Prime Time publishes a bi-monthly parent newsletter, “Parent Connections,” recaps recent events, alerts parents of any significant news, and provides seasonally relevant child-wellness tips. They also utilize a real-time, web, and app-based program, PreSchool2Me, for daily communications with parents regarding their child’s activities. An emergency call/email/text notification system is in place for emergency or weather-related school closures.
Lead teachers at Prime Time have Associate Degrees in Early Childhood Education or better – NJ State licensing equivalencies. Assistant teachers are education students and experienced caregivers with appropriate NJ state licensing equivalencies. The staff also participates in ongoing professional development in early childhood education and health/safety practices. All Prime Time staff are certified to administer CPR to children and adults and trained on fire drill evacuations and school lockdowns. All new hires undergo a thorough criminal history background check, NJ state fingerprint registry, provide three professional references, and require a classroom working interview before hiring. Prime Time also employs a coded entry pad system that unlocks doors as well as tracks parent’s entry and exit times.
Fees are completely dependent on the child’s age, the schedule of contracted hours per week, and multiple discount packages are available.
The Prime Time Early Learning Centers website offers two pages of testimonials from satisfied parents. The website also features bios for all Prime Time Center Directors.
Prime Time Early Learning Centers Bergen County Locations
20 Hackensack Street, East Rutherford, New Jersey
40 Edgewater Place Edgewater, New Jersey
Mack-Cali Centre II, 650 From Road, Suite 185 Paramus, New Jersey
Tutor Time in Saddle Brook, NJ
Tutor Time of Saddle Brook has earned a reputation for offering exceptional child care with a dedicated and compassionate team of teachers. The many accolades and endorsements from parents posted to the school’s website clearly illustrate the ‘Tutor Time difference’ in providing nurturing, supportive child care and early education.
Tutor Time of Saddle Brook offers separate classrooms and playgrounds for each age group and an awesome room called the Tutor Towne Village that enhances children’s creativity and role-playing.
The educational child care programs at Tutor Time’s School Readiness Pathway are designed to offer a comprehensive path to prepare your child for elementary school. The School Readiness Pathway features developmentally appropriate programs with specialized curriculum for a variety of ages. Classrooms include:
- Early Preschool
- Spring Break
- Summer Camp
Tutor Time Special Enrichment programs include:
- Dance Class: In this class, children are introduced to the basics of ballet, tap, coordination and motor skills, rhythm, singing, and exercise dance.
- Karate Instruction: This program will help your child develop their focus, listening, and reaction skills.
- Physical Fitness and Tumbling Program: This program is designed to boost children’s fitness levels and self-esteem through diverse and enriching physical activities.
- Music Program: This program will introduce your child to music and help foster a love of music through song and movement.
- Foreign Language Program: This program will introduce your child to basic Spanish language concepts.
Tutor Time of Saddle Brook is located at 368 Midland Avenue, Saddle Brook, New Jersey. For more information or to arrange a tour of the school, call 201-398-9611 or visit tutortimesaddlebrook.com.
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