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The South Orange-Maplewood area offers a multitude of preschool and day care options. If the process is overwhelming to you or you don’t have the time to do your own research, there is a wonderful local mom who offers a pre-school concierge service for families. https://nicolechildcare.com


Children’s Academy (Ages 2 1/2-6 1/2)
37 Church Mall
Springfield, NJ 07081
973-379-3524
childrensacademy.net

Far Brook School
52 Great Hills Road
Short Hills, NJ 07078
973-379-3442
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.

Golda Och Academy (Grades Pre-K-5)
Wilf Lower School Campus
122 Gregory Avenue
West Orange, NJ 07052
973-602-3757
goldaochacademy.org

Golda Och Academy is the preeminent preparatory school for Jewish education in New Jersey. An accredited, independent private school, it educates students in state-of-the-art facilities that serve to unlock their potential by cultivating critical thinking skills and nurturing intellectual curiosity. Guided by an exceptional faculty and a meaningful partnership between school and home, students develop a love of learning, a personal relationship with the State of Israel and its people, and a commitment to the betterment of the world.

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

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.

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

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

JCC Metrowest Early Childhood
Leon & Toby Cooperman Building (Ross Family Campus)
760 Northfield Avenue
West Orange, NJ 07052
973-530-3479
jccmetrowest.org/programs/early-childhood-center

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

Kinderenrichment (Children must be 5 yrs old by January 1st of the year of entry)
550 Ridgewood Road
Maplewood, NJ 07040
201-306-2558
millburncoop.org/kinderenrichment

Le Parc Place (Ages 2 1/2-5)
195 Maplewood Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
973-616-1968 or 973-762-3077
leparcplace.com

Mickey Fried Nursery School (Ages 2-5)
of Oheb Shalom Congregation
170 Scotland Road
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-762-7069
mickeyfriedpreschool.org

Mickey Fried Preschool believes that children learn as they play. It offers a warm, creative environment where each child’s unique style of living and learning is valued and nurtured. The preschool offers extended hours (8:00am – 6:00pm). Perfect for working parents. Contact the school to schedule a tour.

Millburn Co-Op Nursery School (Children must be 3 yrs old by October 1st of the year of entry)
951 Ridgewood Avenue
Millburn, NJ 07041
973-379-2778
millburncoop.org

Millburn Cooperative Nursery School is a multi-age program with an emphasis on socialization and independence. Learning is inspired by children’s spontaneous curiosity. Children play outside every day and grow at their own pace. As a co-op, parents participate in the classroom every day.

Montclair Cooperative School (Ages 3-14)
65 Chestnut Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
201-306-2558
montclaircoop.org

Montclair Cooperative School is a community of students, teachers and parents dedicated to creating a diverse and nurturing environment and providing rigorous academics through an experiential curriculum. Children flourish intellectually and develop social skills along with a deep sense of community responsibility.

The Montessori Children’s Academy in Short Hills
200 Hartshorn Drive
Short Hills, NJ 07078
973-258-1400
themontessorichildrensacademy.com

Montrose Early Childhood Center
South Orange-Maplewood School District
973-378-2086
somsd.k12.nj.us/montrose/

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.

Morrow Memorial Preschool (Ages 2 1/2-5)
600 Ridgewood Road
Maplewood, NJ 07040
973-763-5460
morrowpreschool.org

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

The Nursery at Our Lady of Sorrows School (Ages 6 weeks – 3yrs)
162 Academy Street
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-763-4040
thenurseryatols.org

Open Door Nursery School (Ages 2 1/2-5)
432 Wyoming Avenue
Millburn, NJ 07041
973-376-9303
opendoornurseryschool.com

For more than 40 years, Open Door has provided positive, enriching experiences for preschoolers. It offers a play based curriculum that fosters the emotional, social, physical and intellectual development of its students. The goal is to encourage each child to be self-confident and independent. Open Door wants its students to think critically and love learning!

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

Prospect Cooperative Preschool (Ages 2-5)
646 Prospect Street
Maplewood, NJ 07040
973-763-8955
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 Red Oaks School (Ages 3-6)
21 Cutler Street
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-539-7853
RedOaksSchool.org/academics/early-childhood

South Mountain Nature School (Ages 2-8)
South Mountain Reservation
Essex County
973-219-2392
southmountainnatureschool.com

South Mountain Nature School offers Forest Preschool, Caregiver & Child Class, After School Class, and Summer Camp in the South Mountain Reservation. Its nature immersion curriculum is taught by Cedarsong Way-certified and NJ State-certified teachers. Classes help develop a deep connection with nature and inspire cooperative play.

The South Mountain YMCA Early Childhood Learning Center
10 W. Parker Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
973-762-0860
smountainymca.org
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.”

South Orange Country Day School
461 Vose Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-762-6451
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 every day 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.

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

St. Stephen’s Preschool (Ages 4 months – 6yrs)
119 Main St.
Millburn, NJ 07041
973-376-0688
ststephensmillburn.org/preschool

Thelma K. Reisman Preschool 
of Beth El
222 Irvington Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-763-0113
bethelnj.org/learn/preschool/mission-and-philosophy

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.

Totri
465 Valley Street
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-761-4309
totrichildcare.com

TSTI Iris Family Center Preschool Program (Ages 2-5)
432 Scotland Road
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-763-4600
tsti.org/early-childhood-center

The Iris Family Center focuses on each child’s developmental needs and promotes a positive, secure and accepting environment. Rituals are introduced in an age-appropriate manner, in an atmosphere conducive to curiosity and wonder. A love of nature is instilled through use of three outdoor classrooms and a campground.

Village Babies Development Center (Ages 6 weeks – 5yrs)
401 Valley Street
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-378-5906
villagebabies.com

Weekday Cooperative Preschool (Ages 2 1/2-4)
111 Irvington Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-762-7879
weekdaynurserycoop.org

Work and Play
19 Prospect St.
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-327-4729
workandplaynj.com/south-orange-nj/play/

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 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.

Hearth Realty Group
22 First St, South Orange, NJ 07079
973-991-9954
Adamson Ramsey Homes
973-991-9954

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