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Best Preschools and Daycares
The local people and places who are providing safe and caring environments for our children.

by Amy Kodrich

The value of an early childhood education is indisputable. The experience contributes to a child’s development, fostering relationships with their peers and building skills they’ll carry throughout their years of education. The decision parents need to make doesn’t come lightly, but the following Best Preschools and Daycares have long been part of the South Jersey community and understand the importance of these special years in a child’s life.

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: $209/week (full time), $49/day (part time)
Ages: 18 months to kindergarten
Student to teacher ratio: 6:1
What’s new: Calvary Hill provides quality childcare in a safe, nurturing environment. Academics are phonics-based and all subject matter is presented from a Biblical worldview.

Congregation Beth El
8000 Main St., Voorhees, (856) 675-1166,
Hours: 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Programs: Infants (7 weeks old) through kindergarten
Fees: Varies by age group
Ages: 7 weeks to 6 years
Waitlist: If needed
Student to teacher ratio: Varies by age group. Consistently exceeds state guidelines and always has two teachers in a room.
What’s new: This program has been growing by leaps and bounds. The ECC is so excited to see how their program has been able to address the needs of families. They also have a new student support advocate, Amanda Barrish, who has very quickly become an invaluable part of the team.

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, and summer camp
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: Future Scholars offers summer camp for children up to age 13 with field trips and daily in-house activities. Flexible scheduling and tuition packages for every budget. Call to reserve your spot today.

Lightbridge Academy of Mount Laurel
4518 Church Road, Mount Laurel, (856) 552-2808;
Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Programs: Infant, toddler, pre-K, kindergarten
Fees: Call or visit for information
Ages: 6 weeks to 6 years
Waitlist: In some classes
What’s new: Their proprietary early childhood education curriculum impacts the “whole” child. By embracing every moment as another opportunity to learn, all developmental areas are met, unlocking every child’s potential, including academic success.

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
What’s new: Shining Lights offers programs and academics for all developmental ranges as well as full-day kindergarten. This year’s summer camp program is Adventure Awaits. Summer camp enrollment and new enrollment for Fall 2022 begins April 8th.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 10.
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