Preschool: Tours, Open Houses and Registration Guide

Editor’s note: This guide was first published in early December, but we are putting it up again because many open house tours and registration will happen this month.

Choosing your child’s preschool is tough decision. Montessori, play-based, academic….? Do you need part-time, full-time, want a co-op…? There are so many decisions to be made. Luckily, Baristaville offers lots of choices. We’ve worked really hard to create a list of Baristaville preschools so you can start the process of enrolling your little one in the 2011-2012 school year:


Shoresh Preschool
936 Broad Street
Bloomfield, NJ
Ages 2 – 5.
Open houses on  Wednesday, January 26 from 10:30 am-12 pm  and Thursday, February 10 from 7 pm – 8:30 pm. Call 973.338.1500 for registration information.

Executive Baby
102 Broad Street
Bloomfield, NJ
Ages 6 weeks – Pre-K
Call 973.743.3531 to schedule a tour and for registration information.

The Education Station
156 Washington Street
Bloomfield, NJ
Ages 6 weeks – kindergarten
Call 973.743.7003 or email program director here for more information.

Glen Ridge

Middleton Early Learning Center
P.O. Box 8196
Glen Ridge, NJ
Ages 2 1/2 – kindergarten
To arrange a visit, call the director at 973.677.4176. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Glen Ridge Public School Pre-K
Linden Avenue School
205 Linden Avenue
Glen Ridge, NJ
Registration week – January 10 – 14.

Forest Avenue School
287 Forest Avenue
Glen Ridge, NJ
Registration week – January 10 – 14.

Nursery School of Christ Church
74 Park Avenue
Glen Ridge, NJ
Infants – kindergarten
Call 973.743.7582 for more information.

Pilgrim Nursery School
195 Ridgewood Avenue
Glen Ridge, NJ
Ages 2 1/2 – 5
Call 973.743.5596 ext 13 for registration information.


South Mountain YMCA
13 Jefferson Avenue
Maplewood, NJ
Ages 6 weeks – preschool
If you have any questions or would like to request a tour, please contact Danielle Myers at 973.762.0860.

Prospect Co-op Nursery School
646 Prospect Street
Maplewood, NJ
Ages 2 – 4
Contact the Registrar for more information. To arrange a tour, contact the Director at 973.763.8955.

Morrow Memorial Preschool
600 Ridgewood Road
Maplewood, NJ
Ages 2 1/2 – 4
Lottery for public registration on January 8 at 9:30 am. Contact the Registrar office here for more information.


Hedwig Gruenwals Early Childhood Center
160 Millburn Ave.
Millburn, NJ
Ages 2 – Pre-K
Call 973.379.4040 for more information.

Millburn Co-op Nursery
951 Ridgewood Road
Millburn, NJ
Child must be three by October 1 of the year of entry. Children attend for two consecutive years.
Admissions are rolling and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information call 973.379.2778 or email here.

Montessori School of Millburn-Short Hills
5 Bleeker St.
Millburn, NJ 07041
Full day and half day programs for children ages 2 1/2 to kindergarten.
Registration and visitation began in November. For questions, information or to schedule a visit, call 973.379.4710 or email here.

Zadie’s Nurturing Den
One Walnut Street
Summit, NJ
Infants – Pre-K.
Instead of an “open house,” parents can make appointments for an individual tour of the school here.

St. Stephen’s Preschool
119 Main Street
Millburn, NJ
Ages 15 months- kindergarten
If you would like to get more information and schedule a tour, call Sheelagh Clark at 973.376.3534:Prompt 20.

St. Rose of Lima Academy
52 Short Hills Avenue
Short Hills, NJ
Pre-K through 8th grade.
Open house tours on Thursday, January 27 at  7 pm  and Sunday, January 30 at 12 pm.


Park Street Academy
46 Park Street
Montclair, NJ, 07042
(973) 783-1900
Ages 2 1/2 – kindergarten.
Instead of an “open house,” parents can make appointments for an individual tour of the school.
Open Enrollment: Monday, January 10 at 7:30 am First-come, first-serve basis contingent upon payment of an annual, non-refundable registration fee and deposit.

Montclair Community Pre-K
49 Orange Road
Montclair, NJ, 07042
Ages 3 and 4
Open house tours from January 10 – 14 at 9:30 am. Evening tour on Thursday, January 13 at 7 pm.Open registration for the 4-year-old program will take place on Wednesday, January 19 from 9 am – 12 pm. Open registration for 3-year-olds will take place on Tuesday, January 25 from 9 am – 12 pm.

St. Cassian School
190 Lorraine Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043
Pre-K – 8th grade
Open houses on Sunday, January 30 from 10 am – 1 pm and Wednesday, February 2 from 9 am – 11 am and  1 pm – 2 pm.Call 973-746-1636 for more information.

Montclair Cooperative School
65 Chestnut Street
Montclair, NJ, 07042
(973) 783-4955
Ages 2 1/2 – Pre-K / Grades K – 8th.
Open House on Thursday, December 9 and Thursday, January 20 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am. Register to attend here. Private tours can also be arranged.

Union Congregational Nursery School
176 Cooper Ave
Montclair, NJ 07043
(973) 744-7424
Ages 3 – Pre-K
Open House tours are Thursday, December 16 at 9 am, Saturday, January 8 at 10 am, Wednesday, January 19 at 9:30 am.

Watchung Cooperative School
71 Mount Hebron Road
Montclair, NJ, 07043
(973) 783-4535
Ages 2 1/2 – Pre-K
Open House on Saturday, January 29 10 am – 12 pm or by appointment

40 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, NJ, 07042.
(973) 744-6521
Infants – Pre-K.
Applications for the full and part time infant care program accepted on a space available basis – In-house registration for currently enrolled families begins Monday, January 10.  Registration for new families for September 2011 begins in mid January.  Please call the office or e-mail for specific dates and to schedule a tour.

St. James Preschool
581 Valley Road
Montclair, NJ
Ages 2 1/2 – Pre-K
Open house dates: January 6 at 10 am, January 8 at 10 am, January 10 at 7:30 pm. Call director at 973.744.0105 for more information.

Children’s Studio
289 Park Street
Montclair, NJ, 07043
Ages 2 1/2 – Pre-K
Contact the school here or call for more information.

Parkside Montessori School
53 Norwood Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043
Toddler – Pre-K
Call 973.509.7379 to get more information about registration.

Montclair Kimberley Academy Primary School
224 Orange Road
Montclair, NJ 07042
Pre-K – 3rd grade
December 10: Maplewood area reception for families interested in MKA from 10 am – 12 pm. Call the Admissions Office at 973.509.7930 for details. Personal tours of the Primary School Campus are offered on an on-going basis.  Call or email Beth DeRose in the Admissions Office at 973.509.7930 to make an appointment.

Ben Samuels Children’s Center at Montclair State University
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ, 07043
Ages 12 weeks – Pre-K
Call 973. 655.7177. An additional pre-school classroom for 3 & 4’s has been opened. Available spots now.

Shomrei Emunah Preschool
67 Park Street
Montclair, NJ, 07042
Ages 2 – Pre-K
Call 973.746.5031 for more information.

Pilsbury School
433 Park Street
Montclair, NJ 07043
Ages 2 1/2 – Pre-K
School tours begin October 1 and remain ongoing until enrollment is full. Email here to schedule a tour.

Over the Rainbow Nursery School
32 Pleasant Ave.
Montclair, NJ 07042
Ages 2 ½ – 5
Instead of an “open house”, parents can make appointments for an individual tour of the school here.
Registration begins in early February for currently enrolled students and their siblings. Registration is open to the public after February 15.
Short Hills
Far Brook School
52 Great Hills Rd.
Short Hills, NJ
Grades nursery – 8th.
Small group tour on Friday, January 7 gives an opportunity to learn about Far Brook from current parents, Directors of the Lower and Upper Schools, and the Director of Admissions.South Orange

South Orange Country Day School
461 Vose Ave
South Orange, NJ
Ages 2 1/2 – kindergarten in a Montessori education.
Accepting applications for January admission to the Nursery program (children who have turned 2 1/2 years old).
If you are interested in touring the school, please contact Ms. Annemarie at 973.762.6451 or

The Baird Preschool
5 Mead Street
South Orange, NJ
Ages 2 1/2 – Pre-K
Applications will be accepted at the Baird between January 3 to January 7 at 12 pm. On Friday, January 7, a random drawing will be held to determine in which currently non-enrolled will be entered.

The Iris Family Center at Temple Sharey Tefilo Israel
432 Scotland Road
South Orange, NJ
Ages 2 – 5
Open enrollment begins in January. Contact 973.763.4116 for more information.

Mickey Fried Nursery School
170 Scotland Rd.
South Orange, NJ
Ages two to five years old.
January 14-19: Enrollment for families new to the Nursery School who are members of Oheb Shalom Congregation. January 20-22: Enrollment for present Nursery School families who are not members of Oheb Shalom Congregation. January 27: Enrollment opens to the public.

The Nursery at Our Lady of Sorrows
162 Academy Street
South Orange, NJ
Ages 6 weeks – 3 years-old
The Nursery is currently not accepting applications because it is full.

Beth El Preschool
222 Irvington Ave.
South Orange, NJ
Ages 18 months – 4’s program.
Instead of an “open house,” parents can make appointments for an individual tour of the school, by contacting the director, Sandy Sachs, at 973.763.0113 to schedule a visit.

Weekday Nursery School
11 Irvington Avenu
South Orange, NJ
Classes for 2, 3 or 4 year old children. Weekday Nursery is a co-operative nursery school, where the parents agree to assist in the classroom on a rotating basis.
Contact Liz Lehrer at 973.762.7879 or email here.


Summit YMCA
67 Maple Street
Summit, NJ
Ages 3 – 5
Open house on Saturday, January 22 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. For more information contact Priti Patel, Preschool,Childcare Director, at 908.273.3330 ext. 162 or here.


Executive Kids
271 Grove Ave
Verona, NJ
Ages infant – Pre-K
Enrollment is open year round to new students. There are only a few openings, but they offer a waiting list. Call 973.571.9515
for more information.

West Orange

Playhouse Preschool
88 Franklin Avenue
West Orange, NJ
Ages 2 1/2 through kindergarten, as well as summer programs.
Open House on Wednesday, December 8  from 7 pm – 9 pm. RSVP at 973.736.9451 if you would like a tour or to join the open house.

JCC Metrowest Preschool
Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, Ross Family Campus
760 Northfield Avenue
West Orange, NJ
Ages 2 – kindergarten
Call 973.530.3479 or email for more information.

A Child’s Way – Jewish Montessori
300 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ
973.731.0160 ext. 212
Ages 18 months – kindergarten
Offers monthly tours to new families starting at 11 am. Click here for dates.

Golda Och Academy (formerly Solomon Schechter Day School)
122 Gregory Avenue
West Orange, NJ
Pre-K – 5th grade
Open Houses: December 16 from 9:30 am – 11 am / February 3 from 9:30 am – 11 pm. Arrange a tour by calling 973.602.3601 or e-mail here.

If you know of a great preschool we’ve left out, please email us at and we will update.

(Photo: Flickr/Micah Sittig)



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