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2016 best Preschools & Daycares

by Suburban Family-- Editorial Staff

The top preschool and daycare programs in South Jersey, with stats, figures and updates for your little one and the whole family. The Bancroft Early Education Program
201 Kings Hwy. S. | Cherry Hill
(856) 348-4007 | Bancroft.org
Hours: 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Programs: Full-day and extended school year programs are available
Fees: N/A
Ages: 3 to 9 years
Waitlist: Currently accepting applications
Student to teacher ratio: 2:1
What’s new: Children at Bancroft are enjoying new inclusion opportunities in the community. Preschoolers attend the Cherry Hill story time/craft time, and some of their elementary students attend activities at the local kindergarten.

Baptist Regional Preschool
300 Station Ave. | Haddon Heights
(856) 547-2996 | BaptistRegional.org
Hours: 8:15 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Programs: Full- and half-day programs five days a week
Fees: $7,540 (full-day), $3,825 (half-day) per year
Ages: Age 4 by Oct. 1
Waitlist: No
Student to teacher ratio: 10:1
Fun fact: Parents are invited to come on the school’s selection of fun, educational field trips.

The Beechwood School
41 Beechwood Ave. | Haddonfield
(856) 429-0303 | TheBeechwoodSchool.com
Hours: 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Programs: Full- and half-day programs available
Fees: Cost varies by schedule
Ages: 2 ½ to 6 years
Waitlist: Yes
Student to teacher ratio: Varies by age, activity and time of day, ranges from 5:1 to 9:1
Fun fact: Beechwood has been family owned and operated since 1951, with a year round school program and summer camp for local families

Beginnings at MFS—The Moorestown Friends School Early Childhood Program
110 E. Main St. | Moorestown
(856) 235-2900 | BeginningsAtMFS.org
Hours: 8:05 a.m. to 3:10 p.m., extended day hours are 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Programs: Full- and half-day programs are offered for five, three or two days
Fees: $8,800 to $17,000 per year
Ages: Age 3 (as of Sept. 30) through grade 12
Waitlist: Yes, the program fills in the spring for the following school year
Student to teacher ratio: No more than 7:1
Fun fact: Moorestown Friends School is one of the only schools in the country to offer a coding program to all Lower School students (preschool through grade 4). This innovative program has three strands: coding, problem solving and teamwork.

Bright Beginnings Academy
315 Fries Mill Road | Sewell
(856) 582-1144
1600 Chapel Ave. W. | Cherry Hill
(856) 438-5321 | BBANJ.net
Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Programs: Full- and half-day options
Fees: Costs vary depending on school/ program
Ages: 6 weeks through kindergarten
Waitlist: No
Student to teacher ratio: 6:1, 2 ½-yearolds; 7-10:1 for older children
What’s new? Bright Beginnings has introduced their 6 weeks to 18 months infant program, as well as a toddler program for their Sewell location, to coincide with their Cherry Hill School. The school has also been included in the Grow NJ Kids Quality rating initiative for the state.

Discovery Corner Child Care & Enrichment Center
53 Haddonfield Road, Suite 322
Cherry Hill | (856) 667-6333
DiscoveryCornerKids.com
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Programs: Infant, toddler, preschool and pre-K programs with full-day options
Fees: $225 full day; $170 half day
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Waitlist: No
Student to teacher ratio: 4:1, infants; 6:1, toddlers; 10:1, juniors and preschool; 12:1, pre-K
Fun fact: Discovery Corner provides their students with breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack to keep them happy and energized throughout the day.

First Presbyterian Preschool
20 Kings Hwy. E. | Haddonfield
(856) 429-0609 | HaddonfieldPres.org
Hours: 9 to 11:30 a.m.; 12:20 to 2:50 p.m.; extended play from 8 to 9 a.m.
Programs: Half-day, toddler, preschool, pre-K and kindergarten enrichment programs
Fees: Tuition ranges from $670 to $2,000 for a September to May school year
Ages: 18 months to 6 years
Waitlist: Maintained as needed
Student to teacher ratio: 4:1 for Mother’s Morning Out, 6:1 for 3-year-olds; 9:1 for 4- and 5-year-olds
Fun fact: The educators at First Presbyterian work to teach children the importance of group work and friendships through their faith-based, Christian atmosphere.

Friends Academy of Westampton
315 Bridge St. | Westampton
(609) 267-8198 | FriendsAcademy.net
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with before-school care from 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and after-school care from 3:10 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Programs: Pre-K and kindergarten (full day)
Fees: $9,714 for full-day pre-K; $10,100 for kindergarten per school year
Ages: Pre-K through eighth grade
Waitlist: No
Student to teacher ratio: 8:1, pre-K; 12:1, kindergarten
Fun fact: Friends Academy offers a comprehensive environmental studies program for all students. Some highlights include raising, tagging and releasing Monarch butterflies, maintaining a compost heap and hiking the campus grounds.

Friends School of Mullica Hill
15 High St. | Mullica Hill | (856) 478-2908
FriendsMH.org
Hours: 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Programs: Pre-K (three half days, three full days, five half days or five full days) and kindergarten (full day)
Fees: $7,205 pre-K, three half days per year; $10,895 pre-K, three full days or five half days; $15,095 pre-K; $17,350 kindergarten
Ages: Pre-K through eighth grade
Waitlist: Yes, for some classes
Student to teacher ratio: Typically 7 or 8:1, but 10:1 max for preschool
What’s new? The campus has a number of new outdoor features, including a ga-ga pit, outdoor classroom, community garden and pre-K wooden playground house.

Holding Hands Learning Center
138 Tomlin Station Road | Mullica Hill
(856) 467-6811
HoldingHandsFamily.com
Hours: 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Programs: Full- and half-day programs offered on a full- or part-time schedule
Fees: Costs vary by age and number of days attending
Ages: 8 weeks through 12 years
Waitlist: Occasionally
Student to teacher ratio: Varies depending on age
Fun fact: Specialty enrichment classes include karate, dance and Spanish, all taught by trained and qualified instructors.

Little Ambassadors Preschool at Ambassador Christian Academy
535 Mullica Hill Road | Glassboro
(856) 881-3669
AmbassadorChristianAcademy.com
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Programs: Full and half days, with flexible part-time schedules
Fees: $165 a week
Ages: 18 months to 4 years
Waitlist: No
Student to teacher ratio: 6:1
Fun fact: Little Ambassadors students begin reading in K4, and by the end of the year they can accurately identify long and short vowels.

Moorestown Children’s School
(2015 Information)
760 Garwood Road | Moorestown
(856) 235-9040
MoorestownChildrensSchool.com
Hours: 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Programs: Full and half days, with before-and after-school options
Fees: Contact school for details
Ages: Infants through fourth grade
Waitlist: Yes, for certain classes
Student to teacher ratio: 4:1, infants; 6:1, toddlers and 2s; 9:1, 2 1/2 to 4; 12:1, 4 and up
Fun fact/what’s new: Along with standard lessons like reading and writing and the arts, students participate in hands-on science lessons and Mandarin Chinese.

Naudain Academy
6 School Lane | Voorhees
(856) 751-1510 | NaudainAcademy.com
Hours: 9 a.m. to noon half day; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. full day; 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. all day
Programs: Half and full day, before and after care, full-day kindergarten and summer programs
Fees: Costs range from $7,900 to $13,000 a year
Ages: 18 months to 6 years
Waitlist: Occasionally
Student to teacher ratio: 6:1, 18 months to 3-year-olds; 4:1, 3 to 4-year-olds and 4 to 5-year-olds; 7:1, 5-to-6 year olds
Fun fact: The Montessori Method states the most important years of education are between zero and six years because intelligence is formed within the first six years. Naudain’s Montessori education advances each child at his or her own pace through a specialized, hands-on curriculum.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Preschool
42 W. Main St. | Moorestown
(856) 235-0181 | OLGCNJ.org
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Programs: Full and half day programs available with after care programs from 3 to 6 p.m.
Fees: Costs vary depending on program
Ages: 4 and 5 years
Waitlist: No
Student to teacher ratio: 12:1
Fun fact: Our Lady of Good Counsel Preschool is a National Blue Ribbon Schools award winner for 2015, which is issued by the U.S. Department of Education.

Rancocas Friends School
201 Main St. | Rancocas (Westampton)
(609) 267-1265 | RancocasFriendsSchool.org
Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with before care available at 8 a.m. and after care until 6 p.m.
Programs: Full or half day with full-day kindergarten available
Fees: $5,000 for a full day, $4,000 for a half day, per year
Ages: 3 1/2 to 6
Waitlist: No
Student to teacher ratio: 6:1

Sari Isdaner Early Childhood Center at the Katz JCC
1301 Springdale Road | Cherry Hill
(856) 424-4444 ext. 1242 | KatzJCC.org/ECE
Hours: 6:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays
Programs: Half, partial and full day
Fees: Costs vary per age and program
Ages: 6 weeks to 6 years
Waitlist: Yes, for some age groups
Student to teacher ratio: 4:1, under 2 years; 6:1, 2 years to under 3-years-old; 10:1, 2 1/2 to 4; 10:1, 4 years; 15:1, 5 and up
What’s New? The staff is currently being trained on Tadpoles, a new electronic communication system that will be featured in the school. They also launched a new interactive playroom called Cindy’s Imagination Station, in memory of Early Childhood Center teacher Cindy Cohen.

St. Peter School
51 W. Maple Ave. | Merchantville
(856) 662-4387 | StPeterSchool.org
Hours: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Programs: Full- and half-day options with before and after care available
Fees: Costs vary depending on program
Ages: 3 to 4
Waitlist: No
Student to teacher ratio: 10:1
Fun fact: This early childhood education program is developmental, entertaining and meaningful, providing caring teachers and a developmentally appropriate academic program.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 6, Issue 12 (February, 2016).
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