Our curriculum recognizes all areas of learning. Materials and experiences are provided for hands-on exploration, emphasizing a process vs. product approach. This allows each child the freedom to learn, grow and discover at his or her own pace and promote positive relationships for all children. Daily activities provide for individual and group times, indoor and outdoor play, active and quiet times, child directed and teacher initiated experiences. Our literature based curriculum is designed to reflect our philosophy to develop each childs self-esteem and positive feeling toward learning. Small classes allow for maximum child-teacher interaction.

2 Year-Old Preschool Class


Our 2 ½ year-old program is designed to introduce the young child to school.  We learn through play and hands-on experiences using literature and our environment. We meet each child where they are in their development and work together with parents to foster independence and a love for learning. The main goal is to have the children grow and love school!


Program Highlights: Pumpkin Exploration, Squirrel and Acorn Study, Dancing with Pete the Cat, Winnie the Pooh’s Birthday Celebration, Planting a Rainbow Art


3-Year Old Preschool Class

An important goal of our 3 year old program is for children to learn to use language and social skills to function as a member of a group.  Teachers focus on educating the whole child in all areas of development:  social, emotional, cognitive, creative and physical.  Classroom activities are carefully structured to promote independence and to build self-esteem in our young learners.


Program Highlights:   Name Study, Daddy/Family Project, Weekly Math Class, G is for Giving Project and Holiday Open House, Laura Numeroff Author Study, 50th Day of School Celebration, Grandparent’s Day


4-Year Old Preschool Class

Our Pre-K program continues to build upon the learning that began in our 3’s Program.  Children are given opportunities to grow and learn in the areas of social, emotional, cognitive, creative and physical development.  Classroom activities relate to science, math, social studies, language arts, writing and pre-reading skills.  Teachers focus on kindergarten readiness skills preparing children to be confident, independent, cooperative learners.


Program Highlights:  Handwriting Without Tears Program, Fall Festival Celebration, Dinner with Dad, Mother’s Day Tea, Author Studies: Tomie dePaola and Eric Carle, Spring Awakening Field Trip to Rosalind Environmental Center, 100 Book Celebration, Baby Chick Hatching Project


5-Year Old Preschool Class

We offer a Pre-K 5 option for Pre-K students who will turn 5 by February 29, 2020.  This class is also designed for children who have completed a Pre-K class but who would benefit from an extra year before kindergarten to grow and develop.  The focus is on skills that will build confidence and lead to success in kindergarten.  Through a project based curriculum, the children will travel through 4 habitats of the world—Oceans, Arctic, Desert and Rainforest while developing basic reading, writing, math, social studies and science skills.


Program Highlights:  Handwriting Without Tears Program, Dinner with Dad, Mother’s Day Tea, Underwater Museum (Ocean Unit), Igloo Project and Class Book (Arctic Unit), Rainforest Project

First Presbyterian Church Nursery School

326 Bloomfield Ave. Caldwell, NJ 07006

Tel: 973-226-6674

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