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Best Preschools and Daycares 2018
When the time comes for you to send your little ones to daycare so or preschool, you want a facility that you can trust.

by Kaytlyn Mroz

When the time comes for you to send your little ones to daycare so you can go back to work—or even to preschool when they become of age—it can be worrisome. You want a facility that you can trust but will also enrich your children’s lives and help them grow—and is close to home.

Suburban Family takes your search seriously and wants to ease the burden. That’s why we have rounded up the facts about area preschools and daycares we know you can trust. Whether you are concerned about student-to-teacher ratios, the cost or even the programs that are available, we’ve got a comprehensive list for you. Deep breaths, the hard part is letting them go.

 

Beginnings at MFS—The Moorestown Friends School Early Childhood Program

110 E. Main St. | Moorestown

(856) 235-2900 | BeginningsAtMFS.org

Hours: 8:05 a.m. to 3:10 p.m., extended day hours are 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Programs: Full- and half-day programs are offered for five, three or two days

Fees: $8,800 to $18,650

Ages: Starting at age 3

Waitlist: Yes, the program fills in the spring for the following school year

Student to teacher ratio: No more than 7:1

Fun fact: Students, from preschool age through fifth grade, are able to enjoy a cutting-edge coding program taught by a full-time coding teacher.

 

Blooming Buds Learning Center

700 2nd St., Suites A & B | Swedesboro

(856)

 241-7611 | BloomingBudsLLC.com

Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Programs: Infant room, toddler room, preschool, pre-K and before and after care

Fees: Inquire for classroom costs

Ages:  6 weeks to 6 years

Waitlist: Maintained as needed

Student to teacher ratio: 4:1 for infants; 6:1 for toddlers; 10:1 for preschool; 12:1 for pre-K

What’s new: Blooming Buds is now an accredited participant of the Grow NJ Kids program.

 

Bright Beginnings Academy

315 Fries Mill Road | Sewell | (856) 582-1144

1600 Chapel Ave. W. | Cherry Hill

(856) 438-5321

BBANJ.net

Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Programs: Full- and half-day options

Fees: Costs vary depending on

school/program

Ages: 6 weeks through preschool

Waitlist: Yes

Student to teacher ratio: 4:1 infants;

6:1 toddlers; 10:1 preschool and kindergarten

What’s new? Their Cherry Hill location has just welcomed a brand-new art and music  program for their preschool students.

 

Discovery Corner Child Care & Enrichment Center

53 Haddonfield Road, Suite 322 | Cherry Hill

(856) 667-6333 | DiscoveryCornerKids.com

Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Programs: Infant, toddler, preschool and pre-K programs with full-day options

Fees: $225 full day; $170 half day per week

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

Waitlist: No

Student to teacher ratio: 4:1, infants;

6:1, toddlers; 10:1, juniors and preschool;

12:1, pre-K

Fun fact: Discovery Corner students can find their passions with the help of trained professionals in enrichment programs like American Sign Language, hands-on science class, yoga and gymnastics.

 

First Presbyterian Preschool

20 Kings Hwy. E. | Haddonfield

(856) 429-0609 | HaddonfieldPres.org

Hours: 9 to 11:30 a.m.; 12:20 to 2:50 p.m.; extended play from 8 to 9 a.m.

Programs: Half-day, toddler, preschool, preK and kindergarten enrichment programs

Fees: Tuition ranges from

$700 to $2,100  for a September to May school year 

Ages: 18 months to 6 years

Waitlist: Maintained as needed

Student to teacher ratio: 4:1 for Mother’s Morning Out; 6:1 for 3-year-olds; 9:1 for 4- and 5-year-olds

Fun fact: All year long, the preschool hosts school events including a winter carnival and even an aerobics class for parents.

 

Future Scholars Early Learning Center

1351 Route 38 W., Building B, Suite 1

Hainesport

(609) 5181333

FutureScholarsLearning.com

 

Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Programs: Before and after school care  and drop-in hourly daycare

Fees: Costs vary per age and program

Ages: 6 weeks to 13 years

Waitlist: Not at this time

Student to teacher ratio: Varies per class

Fun fact: Future Scholars is now an accredited participant of the Grow NJ Kids program and will be rated this spring season.

 

The Goddard School Of Voorhees

1211 Haddonfield Berlin Road | Voorhees

(856) 346-1234 | GoddardSchool.com

Hours:  7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Programs: Infant, toddler, preschool, pre-k/junior-k, kindergarten, school age

Fees: Costs vary per age and program

Ages:  Beginning at 6 weeks

Waitlist:  Not at this time

Student to teacher ratio:  Varies per class

Fun fact: The Goddard School of Voorhees’ on-site owner, Tracy Sortino, has worked with Goddard for over 20 years.

 

Puddle Jumpers Academy

235 Strawbridge Drive | Moorestown

(856) 722-8999

PuddleJumpersAcademy.com

Hours:

6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Programs: Infant programs through kindergarten

Fees: Costs vary per age and program

Ages: 6 weeks to 10 years

Waitlist: Not at this time

Student to teacher ratio: Varies per class

Fun fact: The philosophy at Puddle Jumpers Academy is pretty simple: Live, Laugh, Learn. They are all about a child’s natural curiosity, their fun sense of adventure and their self confidence—like when they jump in a puddle.

 

Sari Isdaner Early Childhood

Center at the Katz JCC

1301 Springdale Road | Cherry Hill

(856) 424-4444 ext. 1242

KatzJCC.org/ECE

Hours: 6:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. on

Fridays

Programs: Half, partial and full day

Fees: Costs vary per age and program

Ages: 6 weeks to 6 years with a pre-K and certified full-day kindergarten

Waitlist: Yes, for some age groups

Student to teacher ratio: 3:1 or 4:1 for under 18 months; 4:1 for 18 months to 2 years; 5:1 for 2 1/2 to 3 years; 6:1 for 4 and 5 years; 10:1 for kindergarten; 7:1 for 5 to 6 years

What’s new? Along with a new, two-day a.m. flex program for 2-year-olds, the school now implements STEAM—or science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics—in

their a.m. and p.m. curriculums, thanks to a colla borative program with Destination Imagination and their new STEAM COW (Cart On Wheels) which takes the STEAM lessons right into each classroom.

 

Shining Lights Early Childhood Center

1720 Springdale Road | Cherry Hill

(856) 424-4915 | ShiningLightsOnline.org

Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Programs: Full day kindergarten with half-day and full-day options available through pre-K

Fees: Costs vary per age and program 

Ages: 6 weeks to 6 years 

Waitlist: Yes, for some age groups

Student to Teacher Ratio: 4:1 to 10:1 from infants through preschool

Fun fact: They offer their students supplemental class options like piano, tennis and computers in addition to traditional programs like soccer and music. This allows Shining Lights parents to give their children a customized experience.

 

 

 

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 12 (February 2018).

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