Concordia Learning Center Jersey City

Concordia Learning Center Jersey City

This year, we are trying something NEW!!!

Concordia Learning Center will be using the electronic system, SignUp Genius, for  2018 Preschool Registration.

No more braving the cold weather, you will now be able to register your child from the comfort of your own PC or mobile device.

March 1, 2018 at 8:00am

Concordia Learning Center Registration for 2018  will be open via the following link:

In order for a child to participate in the PreK-3 program, the child must be

  • Three (3) years old by October 1, 2018 and
  • A Jersey City resident

There will be 86 slots and 29 alternate slots available online.

The first 86 families will be contacted within a week to schedule an appointment where the child MUST be present and ALL original,

  • Required documentation
  • Birth certificate, two
  • Current proofs of residency

Immunization records: must be available to finalize your child’s registration for the 2018-2019 school year.

Numbers 87 to 115 will be contacted in the event an opening becomes available.

Concordia Learning Center Jersey City Website

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Thank you for considering Concordia Learning Center!!

About Concordia Learning Center Jersey City:

St. Joseph’s School for the Blind began in 1891 owned and operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. The school provided an academic program and an enriched extra-curricular program to an average and above average population of students who were blind/visually impaired.

The school was then, as it is now, a non-profit, non-secreatarian agency accepting children of every race, creed and national origin and continues to be the only school for the blind in New Jersey.

Today, St. Joseph’s School for the Blind continues its primary mission to serve individuals who are blind/visually impaired and has expanded service to include individuals with multiple disabilities and preschool disabled from throughout New Jersey.

The school offers a full range of programs and services from birth through adulthood. Our Early Intervention Program for infants/toddlers from birth to 3 years of age provides teams of special educators to teach infants/toddlers in a natural setting how to compensate for any reduced or total lack of vision.

The school also provides a 5-day-a-week education program over a period of ten months per year, with an extended school year program in July and August. The major areas of curriculum emphasis include: New Jersey Core Curriculum, Activities of Daily Living, Pre-Vocational Skills, Communication and Sensory Motor Skills, Orientation and Mobility and Personal/Social Skills. Arts and Crafts, Music, Technology and Community Integration activities are also incorporated into the curriculum as well as Speech, Physical and Occupational therapy services.

In addition to the full-time day program, the school offers a residential program on a five day/four evening per week basis which provides an expanded core curriculum for students and better prepares them for independent living.

To meet the growing need for special services, the school recently added the Realizing Adult Potential (RAP) program, a self-directed day program for adults with special needs. The program promotes independence through life skills training, real life experiences and includes training in personal care, meal prep, vocational/job skills, personal finances and more.

In an effort to better utilize our facility and meet the growing needs of our Jersey City community, a Preschool Program opened in 2009 with the approval of the New Jersey Department of Education. The program currently provides vital services to 105, 3-year-old Jersey City non-disabled residents. The state funded program is one of the highest quality pre-k programs in the nation, offering a developmentally appropriate curriculum. The program is designed to have a significant impact on academic achievement in early and later school years and has additionally provided the opportunity to integrate children with disabilities with non-disabled students. Working together, teachers have designed academic and social activities for the children, which have resulted in positive experiences for all students.

Preschools In Jersey City : 

Press Release for JC Education Fair 2017

EVENT:  JC Education Fair 2017 (Education Fair in Jersey City)

WHEN: Saturday, September 23rd. 2017 10a.m. to 2p.m.

WHERE: Hamilton Park, Downtown Jersey City

                   McWilliams Place, 8th Street

                   Jersey City, NJ 07304


CONTACT: Mamta Singh, [email protected]

Jersey City, NJ, September 23rd, 2017 – JCFamilies will be launching and distributing their new directory at the JC Education Fair 2017, which will cover all bases for parents and families interested in local schools and day cares.

Over 57 Jersey City and Hoboken-based public schools, private schools, charter schools, and day cares will be represented at the upcoming JC Education Fair 2017 where parents and families can obtain information firsthand from school representatives on open houses, school curriculum, as well as intermingle with other families and educators alike.

Parents will not only learn how to better navigate the different school systems and calendars, but also become privy to special events, enrichment classes, promotions and obtain resources from some of the leading childcare facilities and most prestigious schools in and around Jersey City and Hoboken. Schools like Hamilton Park Montessori, The Ethical Community Charter School and AlphaMind Academy will be in attendance for this family-friendly event that will appeal to children of all ages. JCFamilies will be hosting the 2nd Annual ‘Face-Off’ Magic Show, a free program showcasing the marvelous and mystical talents of local Magicians for all to enjoy.

Parents will be able to walk away from this experience able to discern which school will be the right fit for their young scholars and families. Team members of JCFamilies will also have a table set up to answer any of your questions, and we will be distributing our newly-launched directory for the 2017-18 school year. Stop by and say hi! For additional information please visit our website and subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive event updates.

*JCFamilies is a not-for-profit organization that connects over 25,000 local parents through its various channels, providing information, resources and wholesome parenting experiences to local communities.  JCFamilies is the largest and fastest growing community of parents in the Jersey City area.

Education Fair in Jersey City

Open House 2018-19: Schools Jersey City

Open House in Schools & Pre-Schools In Jersey City:




189 Brunswick Street (main entrance: 371 7th Street), Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone :(201) 420-1550

Please, call the school to learn more about 2018 Enrollment.

We are now accepting admissions for children in our Older Toddler, Preschool, Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms for an immediate start date and for the 2018-2019 school year!

We are also taking registrations for our new Annex building opening on property in Spring 2018 for all classrooms!




150 Warren St #108, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 333-5600

Wednesday, January 10, 2018:  6:30 – 8:30 p.m.


10 Regent St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 516-0700

Please, call the school to learn about 2018 Enrollment.


Phone: (201) 338-8320

Please, call the school to learn about 2018 Enrollment.



324 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304 – Phone: (201) 706-3403

Information Session at the school:
February 3, 2018,        10:00 am to 12:00 pm
March 3, 2018,            10:00 am to 12:00 pm
April 7, 2018,               10:00 am to 12:00 pm
May 5, 2018,               10:00 am to 12:00 pm
June 2, 2018,              10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Virtual Information Session on the following days:
January 17, 2018,        8:30 pm
February 21, 2018,       8:30 pm
March 14,2018,            8:30 pm
April 18, 2018,              8:30 pm
May 16, 2018,              8:30 pm
June 13, 2018,             8:30pm




95 Broadway, Jersey City, NJ 07306 – Phone: (201) 984-4151
[email protected]

Please, call the school to learn about 2018 Enrollment.



1 McWilliams Place, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 533-1910

Please email the [email protected] to reserve your seat for any of the sessions below:

First Step Sessions: (please note: these sessions are for adults only with the exception of the Open House events)

  • January 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
  • January 23, 2018 @ 9:00 am Coffee Chat**
  • February 3, 2018 @ 10:00 am Saturday Open House*
  • February 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
  • February 13, 2018 @ 8:30 am

*Open House: Children are welcome to come enjoy fun activities while parents learn about our school and programs

**Coffee Chats: are for Parents of children already attending Montessori and/or Elementary

Kindly include the number of spaces you would like to reserve and the age of your child in your email. If your child is currently enrolled in a Montessori school, simply email our admissions department directly with your inquiry.



Our open house dates are second Thursday of every month at 7:30pm

  • Hoboken :  Feb 8th – April 12th – June 14th
  • Jersey : Jan 11th – Jan 11th – May 10th




508 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 630-4700

January 23rd at 6:30 pm



2572 John F Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, 07304 – Phone: (201) 434-5938

Please, call the school to learn more about 2018 Enrollment.



Liberty Towers, 33 Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 918-6643

Sat, 20 Jan @ 10am-12pm
Fri, 9 Feb @ 6-7:30pm
Sat, 24 Feb @ 10am-12pm



338 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 200-1160

Open Houses are not offered,  but parents can schedule a tour Monday to Friday 8:00 am or 4:00 pm


601 Park Ave, Hoboken, NJ 07030 – Phone: (201) 844-8535
We don’t do Open Houses, but  parents are encourage to register or at least contact us if they are planning to bring their students for any of our classes.
210 9th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 420- 6792
Please, call the school to learn more about 2018 Enrollment.


Please, call the school to learn more about 2018 Enrollment.




242 10th Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: 201-309-0440

Please RSVP by emailing [email protected].
Children are always welcomed!

Saturday, January 20, 2018- 10am-12pm





116 Hillcrest Rd, Warren, NJ 07059 – Phone: (908) 580-2267

Sunday Jan 21 (10 am – 12 noon)
Saturday Feb 24 (same time)
Sunday March 18 (same time)
Saturday April 7 (same time)
Saturday May 5 (11 am – 2 pm)




252 9th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 205-1218

Please, call the activity center to learn more about 2018 Enrollment.


125 1st St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 360-2450

Please, call the activity center to learn more about 2018 Enrollment.


Phone: (201) 423-1200

Please, call the activity center to learn more about 2018 Enrollment.



189 Brunswick Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 1(855) 783 2687

Please, call the activity center to learn more about 2018 Enrollment.



165 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 377-0718

Please, call the activity center to learn more about 2018 Enrollment.






How to Save Money on School Supplies

How to Save Money on School Supplies

Going back to school can be a fun time for your kids. They get to learn new things, see their friends again every day, and of course get the coolest and newest school supplies. However, this can be far less exciting for parents when they see the long list of supplies required for the school year ahead. From pencils to markers to notebooks to scissors and glue, your kids are going to need heaps of new learning materials.

Thankfully, we have compiled some of the best ways on how to save money on school supplies. You can save tons of money on school supplies for the upcoming school year. Follow these few simple tips and tricks so you can get your kids everything they want, and save money doing it!

Check Your House

Believe it or not, you likely have tons of school supplies laying around the house already. Things like to hide in closets, drawers, old backpacks, and other nooks and crannies.

So, do a sweep of the house and look for simple things like new pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, rulers, post-its, and pens. Even those these are small items, they can add up in price at the store because your kids often need a lot of each item. This is an easy and simple way to save money on school supplies.

No Sales Tax Holidays

If you are lucky enough to live in a state with a no sales tax holiday, take advantage of his opportunity. You can go shopping for school supplies, new clothing, and even computers. This is a great way to save some extra money and a wonderful way to save money on school supplies.

Buy in Bulk Stores

Have a membership at those huge bulk stores like Costco? Then, buy those schools supplies there. Even though you may pay a bit more out of pocket initially, you can a huge supply of items like pens, pencils, paper, markers, notebooks, and loose-leaf paper. It is very likely your kids will need more paper and pencils as the school year goes on. Instead of having to run out to the store in the middle of the year when there are no more back-to-school sales, you will already have the extra supplies they will need. This is a very

It is very likely your kids will need more paper and pencils as the school year goes on. Instead of having to run out to the store in the middle of the year when there are no more back-to-school sales, you will already have the extra supplies they will need. This is a very convenient way to save money on school supplies.

Take Advantage of Back-to-School Sales

Of course, nearing the end of summer there are going to be tons of school supply and clothing sales at almost every store. Keep a close eye on flyers, social media, emails, etc. to keep an eye out for when sales are about to begin at your favorite stores. You can often find deep discounts on some of the most common supplies on your kid’s school supply list from their teachers.

Be Smart with Backpacks

One of the biggest expenses you will encounter for the up and coming school year is a backpack. Backpacks are often quite pricey for one of good quality. Use coupons when you can, buy second-hand, or wait for sales to come about at your favorite stores and your favorite brands.

You can still find great quality backpacks that aren’t the super popular name brands like NorthFace, Billabong, and Nike. Look at backpacks from Lands End, Timberland, and JanSport. They often have sales and they will actually last your kids the whole entire school year.

School Uniforms

If your kids need school uniforms, never buy them from a school uniform store. They are often extremely overpriced and the quality of clothing can be lacking as well. If any store is going to hike up the price of uniforms, it will be a designated school uniform store.

Instead, shop around for your kid’s uniforms at places like Lands End, Old Navy, and Gap who all now carry great quality and affordable uniforms. Uniforms are often overlooked as a “school supply,” so make sure you consider this as a school supply. It will help you keep on track with your budget and save money on school supplies overall.

Buy From Multiple Stores

Yes, this may be a bit annoying to run from store to store, but financially speaking, it will likely be worth it. Generally, one store only has select items on sale. So you may get those pens, pencils, scissors, and pencil boxes on sale, but what about the rest of the list? Buy the things that are on sale from one store and go to another store and buy the items that are on sale there. Whatever is left over, search for stores that are likely to have the remainder of the list on sale.

Additionally, you can buy the rest of the school supply list online from websites like Amazon. These kinds of websites will have no frills and fuss and have amazing prices for school items. Even better – if you have Amazon Prime you will get free 2-day shipping.

Try the Dollar Tree

You may not associate the Dollar Tree with school supply shopping, but you can find great items at even better prices here. They will have all of the basics like pens, pencils, notebooks, erasers, scissors, glue, and tons more. Give it a shot! You will save money on school supplies and can use your savings for other things.

Walmart, Staples, and Office Max Flyers

Keep your eye on these stores flyers when August rolls around. Stores are getting ready for families who are going back to school and the sales abound. You can often find the best deals advertised in these kinds of flyers and you can use the flyers to plan out your shopping trip. Write down what you need that is on sale at each store. Then make your way to each store, stick to the list of items on sale at each store, and you will watch the savings pile up.


Office Max is offering $5 off a $25 purchase in store and online by either downloading the coupon from their site or using 5OFF25 at checkout online.

Walmart has 97 cent bins right by the checkout with great deals and tons of savings!

The Waldo School, World of ABC in Jersey City

 The Waldo School, World of ABC in Jersey City

school in Jersey CityAn Interview with Founders, Daniela Sarbu & Dorota Mani And Curriculum Director, Courtney Bode

Located in the heart of the Waldo section of the Jersey City Waterfront, World of ABC, The Waldo School sets the standard for leading private education.

What inspired you to open The Waldo School, World of ABC:

Our inspiration were our children. We are two mommies who were looking for schools for both of our children. There were not many then as there are right now. We were looking for something different than what we had in the area. A school that was academically advanced but with a well rounded curriculum, with inspirational facilities that were green, sustainable and eco friendly too. We wanted chess, music, etiquette; multiple things that we could not find in the schools that were currently in the area.

We opened our doors in 2010. We found a space that was completely raw and we helped design it. We were almost at 80% capacity in our first year only. Most families enrolled here are from close neighborhoods in downtown Jersey City.

Private schools in jersey cityWhat kind of curriculum do you follow & how is it different from other schools in the area:

We use the International Baccalaureate program. It is a primary years program for kids from Pre-K to Highschool. The idea here is to promote inquiry based approach to teaching where kids are encouraged to ask questions and we use these learnings to develop a lot of our lesson plans and activities.

It’s a very student centric approach driven by the children’s’ interest. They are really invested in what they’re learning. Simultaneously we are also a little more academic than other schools. While following their interests we are also making sure we deliver targeted mathematics, language and arts, science instruction so the kids are not only learning what they are expected to know but a little more too. We also have smaller classes with lower ratios so students get the individual instruction that they need.

It’s important to add here that our children are a year ahead with their current programs, but because we make our approach fun, exciting and innovative, they s don’t even know that they are learning so much!

pre-schools in jersey cityWhat extracurricular activities do you offer:

In addition to academics we believe that a child needs to be well rounded socially, emotionally and physically and because of that we offer a range of extracurricular activities that are included in our tuition. Music, swimming (with a salt water system), basketball, soccer, Spanish, art, robotics, chess are all programs that are part of our curriculum from 8.30am – 3.30pm. For extra coaching in these areas, we offer private lessons too.

Students enjoy an indoor pool and gymnasium for physical education or indoor recess.

We are in the process of opening our outdoor space in June with chess tables, hoops, picnic tables etc.

pre-k in Jersey CityWhat is the student/teacher ratio in your school:

Our program runs from Infant – 3rd grade and every year we plan to open a new classroom as our kids are growing with us. In general, each classroom has about 12 students. Our ratios are as follows:

1:3 in Infants and Toddlers

1:6 in Pre-K

1:12 in KG & Up

Do you have early drop off and after care options available:

Our school day runs from 7.30am -6.00pm.

daycares in Jersey City

Do you provide an option for catered lunch:

We ask parents to send lunch for their kids with instructions as needed. However for parents who would like to order lunch through us, we do work with a chef who delivers meals for kids daily to our facilities. This is not included in the tuition

We do however, offer a snack at 10.00am and 3.30pm for all kids. We take into consideration all dietary restrictions.

private school in Jersey CityDo you offer summer camp programs:

We have two summer camp programs. One program for preschoolers and second one for kindergartners and up.

Our Pre-K program is fun. A great introduction to school for kids who are new. We include academics but with summer there is a lot of outdoor time, sports and different theme based activities that we plan our days around. Interested parents can see detail on our website

The Elementary summer program is based on STEM so includes robotics, programing, engineering, math and science in addition to sports as well.

We open summer camp to not just the enrolled children but all kids of jersey city and beyond. Summer camp is also a good introduction for new students that are starting in September. They get acquainted with the premises and the teachers which makes for a very smooth transition for them.

elementary school in Jersey CityWhat makes you different from other schools in the area:

This school is being run by two mommies. We are not a business. We are a facility that is a home away from home for our children.They are all happy and excited. Yes, we are challenging them academically in addition to a wide range of extracurriculars but they are also learning self confidence and getting a well rounded experience.

We are also blessed with really good teachers and not to mention exceptional students! It’s important to have all the right degrees but we also choose good teachers based on their interaction with kids in the classroom.

What would you like to say to our families:

Come and see us. Our doors are always open! We make sure all our children are safe and getting the well rounded experience they need. We do everything in our power to nurture successful individuals with a strong foundation.

It is also important to note that we have a very experienced nurse on our staff at all times too.

We conduct tours for all parents on Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm-5pm. We prefer more intimate tours with fewer families on a given day so that we are able to give them more time to ask questions and listen to their concerns.

Our admissions process is also on a rolling basis. We accept applications all year around and revert to families within 3 business days on availability and next steps. We believe in open communication and transparency!

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Tips for NJ Graduates with Student Debt from the Class of 2017

Tips for NJ Graduates with Student Debt from the Class of 2017

It’s graduation season, and with the excitement of caps and gowns comes a stark reality: in just a few months, many college graduates will face their first student loan payments.  For graduates of colleges and universities in New Jersey, paying student loans may be even more challenging as they face expensive housing throughout much of the state and a tight job market.  So how can you make sure that you stay on top of your student loan payments after you graduate?

Pay Interest During the Grace Period

After you graduate or otherwise leave school, most student loan lenders (private and federal) allow a six-month period of time before you make your first student loan payment.  This is known as the grace period.  During this time, you don’t have to make any payments on your student loans, but interest will continue to accrue.  At the end of the grace period, the interest that has accrued during the time that you were in school and the grace period will capitalize and will be added to the principal of your loan.  This means that your loan may increase substantially by the time that you make your first student loan payment.

One way that you can help to reduce the amount that is added to your student loan balance at the end of your grace period is to make interest payments during the grace period.  Any amount that you pay, no matter how modest, can help to offset the total amount that you owe on your loan.  If you are working, you could make much larger payments during the grace period.  If you aren’t working, you may consider using some of the money you got for graduation to pay your interest.  Any amount that you pay will help to slash the total amount that you pay on your loan — and can help you pay off your loan more quickly.

Make Extra Payments

Once you are past the grace period and are paying off your loan, consider putting additional money each month towards your student loan payments to help you get out of debt sooner.  Any extra money that you add towards the minimum amount can reduce the total amount due — and help you pay off your loans faster.

Of course, your monthly student loan payments may already be high.  New Jersey is home to some pricey private colleges, such as Drew University (at $45,552 per year), Princeton University ($43,450 per year) and Seton Hall University ($35,940 per year).  However, even an extra $50 per month — the price of one dinner out or buying a coffee instead of bringing one from home for two weeks — can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars on your student loans.  Even if you are already paying a substantial amount on your student loans, it makes sense to cut your budget to work put some extra funds towards this debt.

Refinance Your Loans

When you applied for your student loans, chances are good that you had no income and either no credit score or a low credit score.  A few years out of college, you now have an opportunity to refinance your private student loans — and save yourself money in the process.

Refinancing works by replacing multiple loans with one new loan with a lower, fixed interest rate and shorter loan term.  To be eligible, you typically need a credit score of at least 660, a steady income and a history of making regular, on-time payments.  You can refinance your federal student loans along with your private student loans, but just be aware that you will lose the protections of those loans if you do so, such as income-based repayment options.

Explore Loan Forgiveness Options

If you work in certain fields, New Jersey may help you pay off your student loans — but only if you meet certain qualifications.  The state has four separate student loan forgiveness or redemption programs available for nursing faculty, prosecutors and public defenders and primary care physicians and dentists.

For nurse faculty, New Jersey offers student loan deductions of up to $50,000 for eligible borrowers to address a shortage in this area.  The state is also offering student loan repayments of up to $1,883 for qualified prosecutors and public defenders through a federal grant, and up to $120,000 in student loan redemption for primary care providers in medically underserved areas in New Jersey.  For primary care providers, qualified professions include physicians, dentists, physician assistants, certified nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives.


The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ


An Interview with Jean-François, Center Director, The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ

The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ is located in downtown Jersey City and walking distance from Grove Street Path Station. The French American Academy opened in the former St Mary High School. Their charming 3-story building, offers 30 classrooms with bright light, warm colors and ample space. We were warmly greeted by their faculty and students. A special thank you to their center director, Jean-François, for giving us his time.

When did The French American Academy of Jersey City open it’s doors:

This school is part of a group of schools called the French American Academy founded 10 years ago. The French American Academy first opened three Pre-K classes in September 2007 in Dumont, NJ. The school has grown ever since.

We moved to a bigger campus in New Milford in Bergen County in July 2010 and shortly after  opened a second campus in Morris Plains in Morris County in September 2010. The Jersey City campus opened its doors in 2012.

Private school in jersey city

What kind of curriculum do you follow & how is it different from other schools in the area:

The French American Academy of Jersey City is a private bilingual school. We offer an early-start, gradual immersion, dual language (French and English) education to students from Pre-K2 through 4th grade. From Sep 2017, we are expanding to 5th grade.

In Sep 2018 we will open the Middle school in Jersey City with 6th, 7th and 8th grades with French, American & Spanish tracks. We will be accepting students from various international backgrounds and communities.

There is more emphasis on the French language in the early years (Pre-K-Kindergarten) to set up the foundations. From 1st grade, instruction in English gradually increases and by 5th grade children are spending about 60% in French and 40% in English.

Bilingualism is at the core of our curriculum and in some classes like in science, students are taught in both languages with both an American and a French teacher present in the classrooms. It’s a demanding bilingual curriculum with an emphasis on projects and investigation. In our community, we welcome children from families whether these families speak French at home, or English or another language.

Our school is accredited by both, Middle School Association on College and Schools, and the National French Ministry of Education, and is a member of New Jersey Association of Independent School.

Pre-school jersey cityWhat is the student/teacher ratio in your school: 
5:1 in Pre-K (the legal requirement is 6:1)
8:1 in Pre-K for three year old (the legal requirement is 10:1)
10:1 in Pre-K for four year old (the legal requirement is 12:1)
12:1 in Kindergarten (the legal requirement is 15:1)
16:1 in First Grade (there is no more legal obligation but the public school ratio is usually 25:1)
18:1 in Second Grade and up (there is no more legal obligation but the public school ratio is usually 25:1)

Pre-school in jersey cityDo you have early drop off and after care options available:

The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ school day runs from 8.30am -3.15pm. Before-school-care opens at 7:30am.
After-school-care starts at 3.15pm and ends at 6:30pm.
A bus from Bus4us company brings the students from Weehawken / Hoboken to Jersey City in the morning and take them back in the afternoon.

Do you provide an option for catered lunch:

In Jersey City we partner with Simply Gourmet. You can easily order your child’s lunch online with them or send your child with a lunch box. Their meals are nutritious, delicious, and kid friendly. Our other campuses have their own catering company. We have this planned for Jersey City too in the future.

Elementary School jersey cityWhat extracurricular activities do you offer:

Enrichment classes typically run from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Offerings may include:
Art, Sports (Soccer, Tennis and Team Games), Hip-Hop, Music (Guitar and Piano private lessons), Chess, Cooking, Woodworking, Programming
Our Enrichment Program offers every day at least two different classes: one for older children and one for younger children.

Students also enjoy a huge inhouse  gymnasium for physical education or indoor recess.

Do you offer Summer Camp programs:

The French American Academy, Jersey City’s Summer Camp program runs for 8 weeks (end June – mid August)

We also offer mini camps in February and over Spring break.

What would you like to say to our families:

Everyone is welcomein The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ! We also have Financial Aid budgets for qualifying families.
The French American Academy is a school of excellence and we hope you will give this gift to your child.

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Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park, NJ

All about Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park, NJ

An Interview with Joanne Johnson, Director of the new and growing Kiddie Academy, Educational Child Care in Hamilton Park, NJ

Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park





When did Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park open its doors:

Our Hamilton Park location opened in July of 2016.  It has been a wonderful experience for us so far! The community has been so warm and welcoming. We love seeing our neighbors, and try to participate in as many community events as possible. It’s great to see our families out at the community events too. The majority of our families live right here in Hamilton Park! In NJ we have 4 sister sites including us; Hoboken, Hamilton Park, Florham Park and Secaucus. All of our centers are committed to providing exceptional experiences for our students and their families. While Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park may be a brand new facility, the company is grounded in roots stemming back 36 years, making us Downtown Jersey City’s newest childcare, with the oldest roots!

Pre-school Jersey City

How many classrooms do you have here:

We have 10 classrooms and also have an indoor gymnasium.

What are the age groups of children enrolled:

We have a broad age range. We start with children as young as six weeks of age and go through Kindergarten for full time care. We also accommodate children up to the age of twelve. The older children come for winter breaks, spring breaks, before & after care and summer camp.  To secure a space, families may enroll for any age group as far as two years in advance. We do not require an application. Families can simply call in and learn about availability free of charge. We strive to make our operations as convenient as possible for our families.

Private school jersey cityWhat is your teacher/child ratio in your classrooms:

Our ratios vary based on the specific age group. We follow all NJ state regulations.

Do you provide an option for catered lunch:

We have a commercial kitchen at our facility.  We provide, breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack & low fat and whole milk (certified organic). Meals are prepared fresh daily using all natural, organic ingredients. For our student’s safety, the school is nut free. In the event of a student allergy and/or preference, our catering company will create meals for the child that meet their dietary restrictions.

Summer camp Jersey cityDo you have early drop off and after care options available:

Our operating hours are from 7am through 6.30pm. Families enjoy the benefit of being able to bring their children here anytime during those hours without incurring additional charges. This is a tremendous advantage for working families that can at times have unreliable schedules or face commuting delays. By offering unrestricted schedules throughout our operating hours, we have enabled our families to use our services without fear of unnecessary late fees and avoid commuting stress.

Day cares jersey cityWhat kind of curriculum do you follow:

Our curriculum called is called Life Essentials and is based on the 4 Pillars of Learning. Those pillars are: Technology, Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum, Character Education and Health & Fitness. The curriculum is written and developed at our corporate headquarters in Maryland and is overseen by our Curriculum Advisory Board. Board members, Dr.Rivkin, Dr. Wheeler, Dr. Rogowsky and Dr. Watson-Thompson work collaboratively to evaluate and refresh our curriculum. Refreshed curriculums are piloted for a year at a corporately owned school prior to being rolled out to our centers. This ensures that it is as finely tuned as possible by the time it comes to us.

Each teacher is able to enhance the curriculum to meet the needs and interests of their current students. Having this flexibility enables us to provide an experience that is tailored to our current student body.  Additionally, children from 6 weeks – 2 years of age receive an individualized lesson plan that is unique to them. To ensure that we are continuing to develop plans that meet our students needs and support their learning, our faculty complete developmental checklists and compile student portfolios for each child. We offer live streaming webcams in all classrooms, so parents can log in and watch as their child learns and explores! Also included are electronic daily student reports so parents are always aware of what happened during their child’s day.

What extracurricular activities do you offer:

We incorporate Spanish and American Sign Language into our curriculum. Additionally, we enhance our curriculum with a Music program called Kindermusik. Our older students also enjoy the benefits of having technology in their classrooms. Whether it’s a smart table, computer, or touch screen smart board, we teach our students how to interact with technology in a purposeful way that will support their understanding and engagement with these tools.

Do you offer a Summer Camp program:

Absolutely! All existing students are automatically enrolled in our Summer Camp. Children from the community can also enroll in the camp program. Summer camp is broken down by age group and is geared towards students 2 years through 12 years of age. Campers will experience a summer like no other! Campers enjoy field trips, camp activities and splash days! We are thrilled to launch our brand new Biological Sciences Experience this summer! Campers will have an opportunity to learn about, handle and interact with real specimens brought right to their classroom. Sharks, stingray, turtle, starfish, insects and reptiles are all of the list to be explored this summer at Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park! Enrollment is open to the community right now and will end once all spots have been filled. We urge interested families to enroll as soon as possible as space is limited.

What would you like to say to our families:

We are thrilled to be part of the community and invite you in to learn more about the services we offer. At Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park, we are a community within a community! Many of our families have developed bonds and friendships through the school which has intern enhanced their experience living in Hamilton Park.  Our multicultural school population offers students a richly diverse learning experience that exposes them to a world beyond downtown. Our State of the Art Facility has been designed to optimally meet the needs of our student body. Our learning environment, makes the school an idyllic place for students to learn and families to come together. Our award winning faculty is at the heart of everything we do! They are among the top talent of early childhood educators in our area. We simply cannot say enough about them!  Additionally, a member of our leadership team is always on site to ensure the appropriate operations of the school and that our families always have a supervisor available to them.

We invite you to come learn more about the services we offer through a personal tour of the facility. For your convenience, tours are offered M-F 7am-6:30pm. We look forward to showing you our difference!

Check out the website:

Call to schedule a tour : 201-241-4443

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All about The Brunswick School in Jersey City, NJ

All about The Brunswick School in Jersey City, NJ

Quick Points: 

  • The Brunswick School in Jersey City is conveniently located in downtown JC, 2 blocks from Hamilton Park.
  • Huge parking lot for parents.
  • Citibike stand just opposite to the school.

An Interview with Jillian Hernandez; Founder of the new and growing Brunswick School

How did the Brunswick School come about? What inspired you?

We opened a year and a half ago in July of 2015. Obviously I have a passion for children in early education but my background is in Human Resources so I wanted to start a business that could make a difference in the community. I spend most of my time interacting with the teachers and making sure they are happy. If teachers are happy, children are happy and as a result parents are happy. The teachers here have a true passion for what they do…I wish I could spend more time in the classroom…but the highlight of my day is when one of the teachers brings a couple of kids in here and shows me what they’ve done.

I also recognized that there was a huge demand in this area for quality education. There are so many young families here now in Jersey City. At the time when we started building the school there were not many options…now fortunately there are a lot more options for the community which is great, as it will bring more people to Jersey City.

What is the teacher/child ratio in your school:

Under 18 mths: 1:4, 18mths – 2.5: 1:6, 2.5 & older: 1:10

But we always have extra hands and staff too.

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How many classrooms do u have in the school:

We have 11 classrooms and in the process of opening up an additional classroom and indoor playroom coming very soon. This used to be a catholic grammar school, so its nice that we can continue to expand into additional spaces that already exist within the building.

Our program starts at 6 months up to Kindergarten. We have two baby rooms, three young toddler rooms, four older toddler rooms, One Pre-K room and One Kindergarten room.

Do you provide an option for catered lunch:

Yes! Our chef is fantastic. She provides breakfast, lunch and snacks to the children. It’s all organic and super healthy (it’s busy bee organics). It’s included in the tuition.

We also teach the children about what they are eating and why.

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Do you have early drop off and after care options available:

We are open from 7 am – 7pm which is nice and convenient for parents that work and have to commute. Our core day starts at 8.30 am and ends at 4.30pm, but before that and after is before care and after care.

What kind of curriculum do you follow:

Our director Erin and I built the curriculum. We researched various different curriculums that are out there and created our own. We didn’t want to subscribe to one but take the best of all.

A lot of it is based on Arts & Crafts, Music, Movement but heavy on Academics (Math, Reading, Writing, Science, History) through utilizing different creative outlets. That’s our whole premise here..teaching the children to enjoy the process of learning. For the little ones it’s more about the socialization and maintaining a structure, trying to maintain the routine the parents have at home, here in the school.

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What extracurricular activities do you offer:

The kids get Zumba and Yoga and the older kids have Science Enrichment once a week and Spanish a few times a week. We also have Rockasorri coming in once a week for Music. We also have an outdoor play area and we take them out twice a day.

Do you offer Summer Camp programs:

Yes, we do have a summer program. Most of the spots go to siblings that aren’t in the school. Our summer camp is separate from regular school. We have a separate classroom for summer and it’s more fun based with field trips, visits at Hudson Play etc. And the kids are older. Enrollment for camp is open and we ask for a two week minimum.

How do you foster Diversity?

We celebrate every holiday and ask parents to come in and celebrate with us. Our teachers are from different nationalities and backgrounds and they also help us carry things out like that.

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In your opinion, what sets your school apart from others?

-We have the best teachers, they are just amazing human beings that care with great educational backgrounds and are certified.

-Our Food! These kids eat better than most of Jersey City! Super healthy and organic.The chef makes sure they are getting a balanced diet between what they like, fruits and vegetables. We also take care of dietary restrictions.

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