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Best Preschools and Daycares 2021
A look at local providers giving children a strong foundation of learning in a caring environment.

by Liz Hunter

The past year has been a balancing act when it comes to managing a family. The safety and well-being of our children was of utmost importance, and thanks to the dedication of preschools and daycares in our area, they continued to learn and have fun—even in masks. We hope our annual Best Preschools and Daycares provides the information you need to find the right fit for your family.

Beginnings at MFS—The Moorestown Friends School Early Childhood Program
110 E. Main St., Moorestown,
(856) 235-2900,
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3 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: $9,775 to $20,050
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 8:1
Coming in 2021: A new Lower School outdoor playscape which will create an environment that stimulates creativity, independence and problem-solving in an innovative and exploratory setting.

Calvary Hill Preschool (Formerly Little Ambassadors)
Calvary Hill Church, 535 Mullica Hill Road,
Glassboro, (856) 891-3669
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Programs: Full-time and part-time enrollment available, 12 months
Fees: $197/week (full time), $46/day (part time)
Ages: 18 months to kindergarten
Student to teacher ratio: 6:1
More information: Calvary Hill Preschool provides quality childcare at an affordable price, and parents love CHP because the staff care about their children and the kids love coming to school each day.

Future Scholars Early Learning Center
1351 Route 38 W., Building B, Suite 1,
Hainesport, (609) 518-1333,
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Programs: Infant, toddler, preschool, kindergarten, before and after care, summer camp and remote learning support
Fees: Costs vary per age and program
Ages: 6 weeks to 13 years
Waitlist: Some age groups, call for availability
Student to teacher ratio: Varies per class
What’s new: Remote/hybrid school-age learning support in a new 4,000-squarefoot space with full-day kindergarten program. COVID protocols include daily health screenings, HVAC UV air purification systems and rigorous cleaning and disinfecting routines.

Lightbridge Academy
4518 Church Road, Mount Laurel,
(856) 552-2808;
COVID Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Programs: Infant, toddler, pre-K, kindergarten and virtual learning support programs available
Fees: Call or visit for information
Ages: 6 weeks to 7 years
Waitlist: In some classes
What’s new: The new in-person kindergarten class surpassed the state learning curriculum and the center offers support to children taking virtual classes. Lightbridge Academy has installed the  Microcon® Advanced 3-in-1 Air Purification and Filtration System that continuously purifies the air, sterilizes all visible surfaces and is proven 99.9% effective against COVID-19.

Shining Lights Early Childhood Center
1720 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill,
(856) 424-4915,
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Programs: Full-day daycare, preschool and kindergarten
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
More information: Since 1998, Shining Lights has been providing quality childcare and developmentally appropriate programs for children from six weeks old through kindergarten. Daily activities include a mix of fun child-directed activities and challenging academics.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 11, Issue 11 (February 2021).
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