Preschool Programs




    Enrollment for the 2018-2019 Wayne Preschool


    Online enrollment for the 2018-2019 School Year will be ongoing throughout the school year per availability.


    Class sizes are limited so the first step in obtaining placement for your child in the 2018-2019 Wayne Preschool is to complete the online 2018-2019 Wayne Preschool Placement Request form (see below for form).



    If you do not have the ability to access the Preschool Placement Request form, please contact the Wayne Preschool Registrar at 973-968-7407, for alternate instructions.


    Information about the Wayne Preschool Program

    Who can attend the Wayne Preschool?

    Enrollment is available to children ages 3 to 5 regardless of your town of residence; however, Wayne residents will be given priority. 

    Where is the Wayne Preschool located?

    The Wayne Preschool is currently located in A. P. Terhune, Theunis Dey, Packanack, Randall Carter and Ryerson Elementary Schools. 
    *Preschool locations and/or classes may be subject to change should there be an increase in enrollment for grades K through 5 at any of the listed schools.

    What is taught in Wayne Preschool?

    The Creative Curriculum for Preschool supports each child by fostering developmentally appropriate social/emotional, language, cognitive, and motor skills. For more information about this curriculum, you can access their website: www.TeachingStrategies.com 

    What is the schedule for preschool classes?

    Wayne Preschool offers half day classes for either 5-days a week or 3-days (Mon.-Wed.-Fri.) a week. Note: the Ryerson location only offers 3-days a week classes.  The morning classes run from 8:20 to 10:55 and the afternoon classes run from 12:10 to 2:45.

    What is the cost of the program?

    The tuition for five days a week is $403.00 per month; three days a week is $207.00 per month.‚Äč

    When and how do I register?

    The first step in the enrollment process is to complete the online Wayne Preschool Placement Request Form  

    Placement is ongoing throughout the school year and is granted on a first come, first serve basis pending availability.

    Once placement is obtained, what will be needed to finalize registration?

    Once you have confirmation of placement from the Preschool Registrar you will be required to complete Parts 1 and 2 of the Wayne Preschool registration.
    PART 1 – TUITION PAYMENT (click here) or payment instructions / schedule & late fee information)
    PART 2 – NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION (only to be completed once confirmation of placement has been obtained. The Wayne Preschool Registrar will provide you with Instructions.)

    How can I get more information?

    For additional information, please call the Department of Student Support Services at 973-317-2154 or the Wayne Preschool Registrar at PrekRegistration@wayneschools.com or 973-968-7407.  

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    For Preschool Students with Disabilities

    The Preschool Program is for students identified as eligible for special education and related services. Classes meet Monday through Friday for either morning or afternoon sessions. There is also an extended day program available for students in need of a program based on the principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). Instruction is based on the Creative Curriculum for Preschool, which uses a child center-based approach designed to promote social interaction, play, motor, communication, and cognitive development. Preschool teachers provide developmentally appropriate activities emphasizing each child's area(s) of strength and need. Each child is engaged in a multidimensional learning environment that combines instruction and play to create a foundation for future academic and personal success. Learning centers are utilized to promote creative play, motor skills, communication, and cognitive development. Daily activities and tasks include music and song, arts and crafts, computer learning and fun, pretend play, and activities related to seasonal projects, field trips, self-care and socialization. The use of augmentative, assistive technology and structured learning strategies enhances the development of each child. Preschool classroom are supported with the help of paraprofessionals.

    Physical Education, Art, Music, and Media Center instruction is provided by appropriately certified teachers who work collaboratively with the Preschool classroom teachers to support and enhance the curriculum.

    The Preschool Program is supported by a staff of Speech/Language Specialists, Physical Therapists, and Occupational Therapists who provide related services in accordance with each child's Individualized Education Plan. A registered school nurse is also on site to address medical emergencies and provide daily nursing services.

    Parent education programs offered by the preschool staff focus on parent-child interactions, specific areas of interest families have regarding child development and opportunities for families to get together to discuss mutual concerns are also provided throughout the school year. Parental participation is key to this program and is strongly encouraged.

    Parents are also encouraged to volunteer in the program and attend classes and therapy sessions to directly participate in their child's developmental growth. Parents will have the opportunity to learn useful techniques from the staff that they can use at home.

    Transportation for special education preschool students is provided on a home to school basis. Safety restraints are utilized appropriate to each child's need.

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