Welcome to the Wayne Early Childhood Center



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    Our preschool classrooms run half-day. We offer 3-day a week and 5-day a week 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. Fundations phonics instruction integrates activities for 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). Please call our Preschool Child Study Team (CST) for more information at 973-968-7400.

    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.   

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    Our 2021-2022 online registration will take place for children who will be 3 years of age by October 15, 2021, on Friday, March 19, 2021

    Please see the instructions below regarding registration information and scheduling appointment times.



    If you are seeking enrollment for the 2021-2022 Wayne Preschool please complete the electronic form here.

    2021-2022 Wayne Preschool Placement Request e-Form



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    Additional Information about our 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 Wayne Preschool program is located at the The Preakness Early Childhood Center, 1006 Hamburg Turnpike.  Renovations have taken place to enable us to offer 12 inclusion classrooms for over 200 preschoolers this fall.  This is a thrilling endeavor for our school district to offer a specialized early childhood education at one location.


    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 through investigations using a studiy 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 (Mon.-Wed.-Fri.) 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 2021-2022 Wayne Preschool Placement Request Form. You will then be provided a link to complete an online registration form, make a payment 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 you have confirmation of placement from the Preschool Registrar, you will then be required to register your child in our OnCourse database.  Within OnCourse you will be prompted to upload all of your residency documents.  Upon completion of this online registration, the school nurse will contact you for all required medical documentation.  Preschool registration will not be considered complete without the submission of residency documents, medical documents and a tuition payment.

    (click here for payment instructions / schedule & late fee information)

    (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 reach out to the Wayne Preschool Registrar at PrekRegistration@wayneschools.com. 

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