Welcome to the Wayne Early Childhood Center


    ***We are excited to announce our Wayne Preschool Program is moving out of our elementary school buildings into the NEW Wayne Early Childhood Center at Preakness School, 1006 Hamburg Turnpike in the Fall of 2020!

    Our 2020-2021 initial in-person registration will take place for children who will be 3 years of age by October 15, 2020, on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.



    If you are seeking enrollment for the 2020-2021 Wayne Preschool please complete the electronic form here.

    2020-2021 Wayne Preschool Placement Request e-Form

     Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year will be ongoing throughout the school year per availability.

    If you are seeking enrollment for the CURRENT 2019-2020 Wayne Preschool please complete the electronic form here.

    2019-2020 Wayne Preschool Placement Request e-Form

    Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year will be closed March 31, 2020.


    Information about the Wayne Preschool Program/Wayne 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 2019-2020 Wayne Preschool program is located at the following Wayne Twp. Public Schools elementary schools:
    A. P. Terhune (40 Geoffrey Way)
    Lafayette (100 Laauwe Ave)
    Packanack (190 Oakwood Dr)
    Ryerson (30 McClelland Ave)
    Theunis Dey (55 Webster Dr)

    What is taught in Wayne Preschool?

    The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is a research-based curriculum emphaizing 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. 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 (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.​

    When and how do I register?

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

    After you complete the online placement form, you will receive an email indicating next steps. You will be required to complete an online registration form and then set up an in-person appointment to provide documents 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 placement is confirmed, what will be needed to finalize registration?

    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.)

    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 All Preschool Students

    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 area(s) of strength and need 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. The use of augmentative, assistive technology and structured learning strategies enhances the development of each child. Preschool classrooms are supported with the assistance of paraprofessionals.

    Physical Education, Art, Music, and Media Center instruction is 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.

    For Preschool Students with Disabilities

    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). Please call our Preschool Child Study Team (CST) for more information at 973-633-3170 ext #6.

    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). A registered school nurse is also on site to address medical emergencies and provide daily nursing services.

    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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