Phone: 973-677-4000 ext. 52750


Degrees and Certifications:

Maria DeFalco, BSN, RN, CSN

Hi my name is Maria DeFalco and I have been the preschool nurse with the Orange Early Childhood Program for 21 years now.  I graduated with my BSN from The College of NJ (TCNJ) and then did my School Nurse Certification @ Caldwell University.

I love meeting all the children and parents/guardians for the first time at registration and I am responsible for ensuring that all proper documentation is handed in to start school (i.e. physicals, up-to-date immunizations, asthma action plans, food allergy action plans, seizure action plans, or any other documentation I may need to take care of your child's health needs).

I cover all the preschool classes at: OECC,  Heywood, Forest, Oakwood, John Robert Lewis Early Childhood Center and MCDC.

During the school year I am very involved in the classrooms working with the children to teach them proper hand washing, Toothbrushing, Healthy Nutrition, Healthy Hearts, etc. 

I am responsible for many screenings as well:  heights & weights, vision & hearing, blood pressure, and dental.   If you have any concerns, please see your Doctor.

And in addition to all of the above, of course, I am here for your children if they are sick or injured.  Therefore, it is always very important to make sure I have current, accurate emergency phone numbers in case I need to reach you throughout the school day. 

I look forward to partnering with you to keep your children happy and healthy so they may learn to their fullest potential.

I can always be reached at (973) 677-4000 ext. 52750

Phone: 973-677-4000 ext 53713


Degrees and Certifications:

Linda Vicci, BSN, RN

Hi, my name is Linda Vicci and I am a preschool nurse for the Orange Early Childhood Program.  I graduated from Villanova University with my BSN. 

This is my 9th year working in the preschool program in Orange.  Prior to that, i worked for 10 years as a part-time school nurse for 2 other districts in NJ. 

I have worked with all grade levels and especially love working with preschoolers.

I cover all the preschool classrooms at: OECC II @ Scholars, Norjenes, Blessed Hope, and Valley Settlement House.

 As a preschool nurse, I am responsible for reviewing the students' records in order to identify any special health needs such as: asthma, food allergies, other allergies, seizures, or any other condition that I need to be aware of in order to properly care for your children.

 Other responsibilities include performing vision, hearing, height and weight screenings.  Additionally i provide classroom instruction on handwashing, toothbrushing, heart health and nutrition.  And I am always available if your child is sick or injured at school.

 I look forward to working with you and your children to promote their health and learning.

Please feel free to contact me at anytime @ 973-677-4000 ext. 53713