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Central New Jersey Jewish Preschools

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At some point in time, almost all parents will find themselves in the market for a preschool, daycare, or both. Which is kind of terrifying. Because you are picking the place where your child will have his/her first formal educational experience and be left in the care of others on an ongoing basis. No big deal.

So, how do you choose? To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of Jewish preschools and daycares in Monmouth & Middlesex counties. We’ve even put together the Top Ten Questions to Ask a Preschool.

The fine print: The information on this page was provided by the respective schools and as such we can’t ensure the accuracy of any particular entry. If you are a local preschool and would like to update, or add, your information, please contact mmc@kveller.com. Thank you!

Aberdeen

Temple Beth Ahm Preschool
550 Lloyd Rd
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
732-583-1010
preschool@templebethahm.org
Denomination: Conservative
Ages Served: 2 – 5 years
Program Hours: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Approx. # of Students: 20 – 50
Summer Camp: Yes
Mommy & Me: Yes
Food Allergies: We are peanut-free but are sensitive to children with all different kinds of allergies. Under the watchful eyes of the staff children are encouraged to try a variety of foods (fruits and vegetables) and we protect them from foods they cannot eat.
Description: We encourage age-appropriate activities promoting creative thinking and discovery. In our nurturing atmosphere a child’s emotional, social, and intellectual abilities are encouraged to develop and mature under the guidance of our qualified, caring and dedicated teaching staff.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Chicken soup—you put together different ingredients to get a wonderful and unique product. 

The Early Learning Center of Temple Shalom
5 Ayrmont Lane
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
732-566-2961
eddirector@templeshalomnj.org
Denomination: Reform
Ages Served: 2 – 5 years
Program Hours: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Approx. # of Students: 20 – 50
Summer Camp: No
Mommy & Me: Yes
Interfaith: We warmly welcome children from interfaith families
Food Allergies: We do our best to accommodate allergies. ELC students are not permitted to bring food with nuts. We ask for allergy info each year so we can make accommodations and work with parents to ensure health and safety.
Description: We provide age-appropriate, hands-on experiences that incorporate Common Core standards in language arts, music and movement, cognitive skills, dramatic play, fine and gross motor activities, science, and other areas. Our students learn about Judaism and Jewish values in a warm and nurturing environment.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Matzah ball soup—warm and nourishing.

 Deal

Preschool of the Arts
100 Grant Ave
Deal, NJ 07723
732-927-7079
info@njpreschool.org
Ages Served: 18 months – 4 years
Program Hours: 9:15 a.m. – 3 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Approx. # of Students: 20 – 50
Summer Camp: Yes
Mommy & Me: Yes
Special Needs: We make every effort to accommodate children with special needs.
Food Allergies: We are nut-free and cater to individual students’ needs.
Description: We are the first Jewish preschool in Monmouth County to utilize the Reggio-Emilia progressive, child-centered approach to early childhood education. Weekly extras include music, yoga, and gym.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Vegetarian chopped liver—traditional, but with a modern twist, and healthy for the body and soul.

Yeshiva at the Jersey Shore
100 Grant Ave.
Deal, NJ 07723
732-663-2929
office@yatjs.org
Denomination: Modern Orthodox
Ages Served: 2 – 5 years
Program Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., extended day option available
Approx. # of Students: 0 – 20
Summer Camp: Yes
Mommy & Me: Yes
Food Allergies: We are able to accommodate most common allergies. However, we may not be able to accommodate every allergy.
Description: Our child-centered curriculum is designed to nurture every student’s intellect and unique sense of self. Our atmosphere is designed to enable children to learn and grow while building self-esteem. Our groundbreaking approach to curriculum integration ensures that students make connections between disciplines and build skills across the curriculum, preparing them for lifelong learning. With superior academics and an unparalleled teaching staff, we cultivate excellence, one child at a time
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Chicken soup—warm, comfortable, and loved by everyone.

East Brunswick

Chai Early Childhood Center
3 Lexington Ave.
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
732-333-3220
info@ebchabad.com
Denomination: Chabad
Ages Served: 15 months – 5 years
Program Hours: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Approx. # of Students: 0 – 20
Financial aid available
Summer Camp:
Yes
Food Allergies: We are a nut-free facility and work hard to accommodate children with other allergies.
Description: Our curriculum is progressive and multi-sensory and teachers use the latest educational methods. Jewish life and values are taught in a vibrant and joyful way. Specialties include photography, Zumba, yoga, woodworking, community garden, intergenerational programming, and an art program where children study famous artists and their techniques and use their inspiration to create their own masterpieces. We have a warm and nurturing environment with experienced and loving teachers. Our facility is a bright, clean, modern space and eco-healthy certified.

The Center For Early Learning
511 Ryders Lane
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
732-225-7070
lperel@ebjc.org
Denomination: None
Ages Served: 2 1/2 – 5 years
Approx. # of Students: 0 – 20 students
Program Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Financial aid available
Summer Camp: No
Mommy & Me: Yes
Special Needs: We have certified special ed teachers on staff, and are equipped to handle many different needs.
Food Allergies: We are a nut-free facility.
Description: We are a warm, nurturing program and integrate Hebrew and Jewish values and customs into our curriculum, learning through fun, and hands-on activities.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Kugel – because it’s nice and cozy and warm

Yeshivat Netivot Montessori
511 Ryders Lane
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
732-985-4626
admissions@mynetivot.com
Denomination: Centrist Orthodox
Ages Served: Toddlers – 8th grade
Approx. # of Students: 100+
Program Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Financial aid available
Summer Camp:
No
Mommy & Me: No
Food Allergies: We are very accommodating
Description: We are a Jewish day school dedicated to using the Montessori method to revolutionize Jewish education.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Manna—every child finds the taste they are looking for. Montessori schools have proven that they produce well-rounded, self-motivated, academically successful children who retain their love of learning and discovery throughout life. “Follow the child” is the cornerstone of Montessori education, expressing the belief that children will succeed and thrive when their individual learning needs are met in a thoughtful, well-prepared environment with engaging, developmentally appropriate materials.

Edison

Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva
2 Harrison St
Edison, NJ 08817
732-572-5052
smadsen@rpry.org
Denomination: Orthodox
Ages Served: Nursery – 8th grade
Program Hours: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Approx. # of Students: 100+
Financial aid available
Summer Camp:
Yes
Description: At RPRY, your child will find a world of learning opportunity in a warm, nurturing environment. We provide outstanding Torah and secular education under one roof, and invest in each child. Our Early Childhood Program sparks our students’ creativity, love for Judaism, and fosters their intellectual, social, emotional, moral, and spiritual growth.  

Highland Park

Above and Beyond Child Care Center
201 South 3rd Ave
Highland Park, NJ 08904
732-545-5437
director@AboveandBeyondKids.com
Denomination: None
Ages Served: 6 months – 5 years
Program Hours: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Approx. # of Students: 20 – 50 
Summer Camp: Yes
Mommy & Me: No
Food Allergies: We will happily observe all health precautions necessary to ensure the safety of every child.
Description: We are a non-denominational program enriched by Jewish values. Our bright, spacious classrooms are modern, clean and vibrant. Our highly trained, dedicated staff provides consistent year-round high quality care. The experienced- based curriculum is enriched with Jewish values and includes a broad range of exciting activities each day, including music and movement class, nature walks, music and Shabbat party.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Kugel – because we are warm and mushy.

Manalapan

Congregation Sons of Israel
33 Gordons Corner Rd
Manalapan, NJ 07751
732-446-4924
missjackie@sonsofisrael.com
Denomination: None
Ages Served: 6 months – 6 years
Program Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Approx. # of Students: 50 – 100
Summer Camp: Yes
Mommy & Me: Yes
Food Allergies: We make special accommodations and treat each allergy individually. Keeping all our children safe is one of our main priorities.
Description: We provide a warm, hands-on, creative, and enrichment environment and want our students to feel safe, happy, secure, and loved.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Matzah ball soup—warm, comforting, loving, and enriching

Temple Shaari Emeth
400 Craig Rd
Manalapan, NJ 07726
732-462-6432
jlieberman@shaariemeth.org
Denomination: Reform
Ages Served: 2 – 6 years
Program Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Approx. # of Students: 100+
Financial aid available
Summer Camp: Yes
Mommy & Me: Yes
Interfaith families are welcome and included in all facets of preschool and temple life.
Special Needs: We work closely with therapists, doctors ,and school districts to accommodate each child’s individual needs.
Food Allergies: We are a peanut conscious building. All children with allergies have an allergy action plan in place. All teachers are aware of allergies and we store Epipens and Benadryl.
Description: Our school offers an individualized approach to programming and includes enrichment activities including yoga, tae kwon do, dance, movement, and concerts. The facility includes an indoor gym and fully refurbished outdoor playground.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Babka—because our school is sweet with a wide array of ingredients and filled with warmth.

Marlboro

Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Monmouth County
22 School Road East
PO Box 203
Marlboro, NJ 07746
732-431-5525
info@schechtergmc.com
Ages Served: Toddlers – 8th grade
Denomination: None
Program Hours: Vary, early drop-off & extended day available
Approx. # of Students: 100+
Financial aid available for qualifying families
Summer Camp:
Yes
Special Needs: We work closely with therapists, doctors, and school districts to accommodate the needs of children with special needs. Compensatory Education services are offered by the Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission, based on student evaluation.
Food Allergies: SSDS does not serve or permit peanuts or nuts of any kind, or foods with nuts in the ingredients into the building. Parents are asked to avoid sending snacks that may contain traces of or made on equipment that processes nuts.
Description: Solomon Schechter Day School is recognized in the community for its excellent academic program as well as its nurturing and supportive environment. Now celebrating our 37th year, the school proudly boasts an outstanding academic program, dedicated faculty and a state of the art facility. Our integrated general and Judaic education of the highest academic quality fosters a love of learning and profound appreciation of Jewish heritage, values, and traditions.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food:
A hot bowl of matzah ball soup on a cold winter day. We strive to make everyone feel comfortable and at home.

Metuchen

Neve Shalom Nursery School
250 Grove Ave
Metuchen, NJ 08840
732-548-2238
nurseryschool@neveshalom.net
Ages Served: 2.5 – 6 years
Denomination: Conservative Egalitarian
Program Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., early drop off & extended day available
Approx. # of Students: 20 – 50
Summer Camp: Yes
Mommy & Me: Yes
Financial aid available on a case by case basis
Interfaith: Our school is diverse in its makeup. We are comprised of families where both parents are Jewish, interfaith families where one parent is Jewish and the other is not, and non-Jewish families who simply like the school.
Special Needs: We treat every child as an individual, no matter their ability level. We do whatever we can to make each child feel valued, safe, and included in every aspect of our daily classroom routine.
Food Allergies: Every child is unique. If someone has a chronic illness, disability, or allergy, we accommodate their needs to the best of our ability.
Description: We are a NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accredited preschool and believe that children learn through play and active exploration of their environment. We provide fun and challenging learning experiences that incorporate early literacy, math, science, social studies, art, music, and physical education into the daily classroom routine.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Rugelach—sweet, comforting, familiar, and keeps you coming back for more.

New Brunswick

Gan Yeladeem Learning Center
222 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-545-6555
gan@aemt.info
Denomination: Reform
Ages Served: 6 weeks – 5 years
Program Hours: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Approx. # of Students: 20 – 50
Financial aid available
Summer Camp:
Yes
Mommy & Me: Yes
Interfaith: Our school has children from a variety of backgrounds.
Special Needs: We work with families to accommodate the needs of each child.
Food Allergies: We are a nut-free school.
Description: We are a small, child-centered Jewish program.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Kugel—because people can’t get enough of it.

North Brunswick

JCC of North & South Brunswick Early Childhood Center
1001 Finnegans Lane
North Brunswick, NJ 8902
732-297-0696
morah.jen@bnaitikvah.org
Denomination: Conservative, but open to all.
Ages Served: 2.5 – 5 years
Program Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Approx. # of Students: 20 – 50
Summer Camp: Yes
Mommy & Me: Yes
Interfaith: We welcome and embrace children from interfaith families.
Special Needs: We work closely with parents to connect them with support through Early Intervention and local school districts. We welcome observations and visits from therapists and make every effort to implement practices in IEPs and other recommendations from treatment providers.
Food Allergies: Our school is peanut and tree nut free and accommodates children with all kinds of food allergies.
Description: We are a play-based learning program and art, music, and physical activity are essential aspects of our program. We have a friendly community environment and beautiful facilities housed within a lovely synagogue.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Matzah ball soup—warm, comforting, and delicious.


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