• About Us


    Our preschool classrooms run half-day. We offer 3 and 5 half day sessions with morning or afternoon options. Classroom instruction is based on the Creative Curriculum for Preschool, which uses a child centered approach designed with learning centers to promote creative play, motor skills, communication, and cognitive development.  Preschool teachers provide developmentally appropriate daily activities providing a foundation for future academic and personal success. Instruction targets each child's areas of strengths and needs to include music and song, arts and crafts, computer learning and fun, pretend play, and activities related to seasonal projects, self-care and socialization. Students participate in project-based investigations using a study approach with a theme.  We also use the FUNdations Phonics Program to address prereading skills such as learning letter-keyword-sound, alphabetic order, and letter-formation skills. The use of augmentative, assistive technology and structured learning strategies enhances the development of each child.

    All preschool teachers are dually certified in early childhood and special education. Our classrooms are supported with the assistance of paraprofessionals. A registered school nurse is on site to provide daily nursing services and address medical emergencies.

    Physical Education, Art, Music, and Media Center instruction are provided by certified teachers who work collaboratively with the preschool classroom teachers to support and enhance the curriculum. We also provide a Preschool ELL (English Language Learning) Teacher who provides services for students who qualify.

    The Preschool Program integrates students identified as eligible for special education and related services. Classes meet Monday through Friday for either morning or afternoon sessions. There is also a full-day program available for students in need of a program based on the principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). 

    The Preschool Program is supported by a staff of Speech/Language Specialists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and BCBA who provide related services in accordance with each child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP). 

    Transportation for special education preschool students is provided on a home to school basis.   


    Additional Information about Preakness Early Childhood Center 

    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. Children need to be toilet trained. 

    Where is the Wayne Preschool currently located?

    The Preakness Early Childhood Center located at 1006 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne.

    What is taught in Wayne Preschool?

    The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is a research-based curriculum emphasizing exploration, discovery and play. It supports each child by fostering developmentally appropriate social/emotional, language, cognitive, and motor skills. Students are encouraged to develop creativity and critical thinking skills through investigations using a study approach. It is one of the four New Jersey Depatment of Education recommended preschool curricula, aligned to the NJ  Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards.  For more information about this curriculum see below. You can also access their website at   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 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) a week. 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 current 2021-2022 tuition for five days a week is $428.00 per month; three days a week is $232.00 per month.

    When and how do I register?

    Registration is ongoing and is a multi-step process. The first step in the enrollment process is to complete the online Preakness Early Childhood Center Preschool Placement Request e-Form. You will then be provided a link to complete an online registration form, make a payment and then provide documents via email, proving residency in Wayne. (Please see below.)

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

    Once you have confirmation of placement from the Preschool Registrar you will be required to complete Step 1 (online) and Step 2 (in-person) of the Wayne Preschool registration. Your child cannot begin the program until BOTH Step 1 and Step 2 of the Registration is completed.

    PART 1 – TUITION PAYMENT (Click here for 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.)