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Director Dr. Ruth Cummings-Hypolite 


The Department of Early Childhood is committed to providing the 3- and 4-year old children, who are Jersey City residents, with developmentally appropriate preschool experiences. Our mission is to:

  • Provide a learning environment that will help children develop intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development.
  • Include education on health, nutrition, and social and emotional well being into a daily program of varied activities.
  • Enhance children’s feelings of self-worth and appreciation of their own and other’s ethnicity, cultures, and languages.
  • Develop social competence by providing opportunities for children to make decisions and solve problems during their school day.
  • Ease the transition of children into primary grades by providing appropriate early childhood experiences.

We contract with childcare centers throughout Jersey City to provide classes for most of our three year olds, and the majority of our four year olds attend classes in the Jersey City Board of Education schools. All classes are small—no more than 15 children—and are staffed with certified Early Childhood professionals and paraprofessionals. We do provide breakfast and lunch for our Preschool students.

If you have questions about our Early Childhood Preschool program, contact our office by phoning us at  201-915-6045.

Our Curriculum

We use the High Scope Curriculum which is a research- based, educational approach that emphasizes "active participatory learning."   Active learnings means students have direct hands-on experiences with people, objects, events and ideas.  Learn about your pre-schoolers day through this video that offers a a glimpse into our Pre-K classrooms.

 Click here for:  Pre-Kindergarten Registration Information  


Professional Learning Opportunities for Parents and Staff

See our catalog of learning opportunities for parents and staff:  JCPS Naptime Workshops

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