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Best Preschools and Daycares
South Jersey Area Options for Your Child's Development

by Chelsea Valcourt

Sending your child to a preschool or daycare program sets them up for success, as these programs offer children a place to develop independence, emotional, social and fine motor skills, and academic curiosity. These programs also serve as a gentle transition for students as they prepare to start kindergarten, and the importance of choosing the right preschool for your child cannot be understated. The following preschool and daycare programs cater to children of various ages, seasons and learning styles, making it possible to find the best fit for you and your child.

Westfield Friends School
2201 Riverton Road, Cinnaminson
(856) 829-0895

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (early/late extended hours available)
Programs: Half day, full day and extended hours
Fees: Visit
Ages: 2 and 3
Waitlist: As needed
Student-to-teacher ratios: 6:1

Of note: Westfield Friends offers a play-based curriculum in a nurturing and stimulating educational environment beyond daycare, framed by Quaker values. The program is connected to its PK-8th grade school, which was founded in 1788. Summer camp is available for students ages 3 and up.

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 ratios: Varies per class

Of note: 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 are available. Call to reserve your spot today.

Shining Lights Preschool
1720 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill
(856) 424-4915

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Programs: Full-day program
Fees: $236/3 full days – $295/5 full days
Ages: 18 months to kindergarten
Student-to-teacher ratios: Varies per class

Of note: Shining Lights offers programs and academics for all developmental ranges from 18 months through kindergarten. The program includes field trips, sports and special themed day events. Enrollment is now open for their summer camp and fall preschool session.

Apple Montessori School
1401 S. Church St., Mount Laurel
(888) 672-5552

Hours: 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Programs: Infant, toddler, preschool, kindergarten, summer camp
Fees: Varies
Ages: 6 weeks to 6 years
Waitlist: Call the enrollment center to confirm current status
Student-to-teacher ratios: Varies by program

Of note: Apple Montessori follows a modern Montessori approach to learning with a focus on advanced academics.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 14, Issue 8.
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