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    Early Childhood Education

    Jacquelyn Blanton, Executive Director of Early Childhood Learning
    The Orange Board of Education provides a full-day preschool education for all three and four-year-old residents of Orange. Currently, twenty-three in-district preschool classrooms are offered. In addition, the district collaborates with five licensed community childcare programs and Head Start. There is no fee for the school day (8:30-3:20). Before and after school care is available. The fee for this additional program is based upon income eligibility.




    To utilize a strength-based approach to learning that is steeped in play to prepare our students with the foundational skills needed for school success. As our students master their world, play helps them develop new competencies that lead to enhanced confidence and the resiliency they will need to face future challenges. We are committed to developmentally appropriate learning environments that promote the building of skills from one grade to the next while celebrating and embracing the various cultures and experiences of all students. 



    The Department of Early Learning endeavors to have all students enter third grade with a firm foundation in prerequisite skills to support learning opportunities in the upper grades and beyond.  

    Through continuity of learning, students will have improved academic, social, emotional, and personal skills that will become anchors for more advanced skills. 

    We pledge to develop and nurture a culture that fosters life-long learning, responsible citizenship, and 21st century skills for all early learners. 


    Core Values

    Core Values in the Department of Early Learning 

    1. We value being Focused, Intentional, and Targeted (F.I.T.) 
    2. We value Developmentally Appropriate Practices 
    3. We believe in the Power and Innocence of Play
    4. We believe in a Developmental Continuum of Learning   


     Our Mantra: Hustle, Execute, and Grind!


    Basic Principles and Philosophies 

    • We believe that all children deserve equal opportunity to develop personally through a quality preschool educational experience.
    • We believe that a developmental approach to preschool education supported by a comprehensive research-based curriculum provided educational opportunities that allow for success in life.
    • We believe that all children should be provided with a quality educational environment that promotes his/her cognitive, and social-emotional growth.
    • We believe that high-quality preschool programs have a positive impact on the student as well as the entire community.




    Current Locations of Preschool Classes:

    • Blessed Hope Day Care Center
    • Forest Street Community School 
    • Heywood Avenue Elementary School
    • Oakwood Avenue Community School
    • Orange Early Childhood Center (OECC)
    • OECC at Scholars Academy
    • John Robert Lewis Early Childhood Center
    • Norjenes Day Care Center
    • Montclair Child Development Center/Head Start
    • Valley Settlement House
    • West Orange Community House

    Preschool Registration Requirements

    • Three years of age by October 1st
    • Four years of age by October 1st
    • Must be a resident of Orange Township
    • Original birth certificate
    • Child’s immunization record
    • Current lease or mortgage statement
    • Two CURRENT proofs of residency (PSE&G bill, telephone or cable bill - no cell phone bill, please)
    • If you are living with a friend or relative in a private home, the homeowner must provide proof of residency. Additionally, the landlord or managing agency must complete the Landlord Affidavit (provided by the Board of Education).
    • Picture ID


    Please contact the Office of Early Childhood for more information about the preschool program or the registration schedule. We look forward to meeting you and your child!