Our inclusive preschool programs benefit children ages three to five as they prepare for kindergarten in the public school system. Classes are taught in a bilingual (English/ Spanish) format to accommodate dual language learners, helping students to build vocabulary and emergent literacy skills in both English and Spanish. NJ Department of Education Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards of Quality guide El Primer Paso’s programs, serving as a model for delivering high-quality educational experiences to our students and outlining developmentally appropriate teaching practices and expected learning outcomes for young children. We follow the NJ Department of Education early childhood curriculum model, Creative Curriculum, which is a research-based program to foster positive relationships, social-emotional competence, constructive play to support essential learning, and teacher-family partnerships. Special needs students are served alongside of typically able students in a least restrictive environment that benefits children of all abilities. Nutritious meals or snacks are provided in both the full-day and half-day programs. Tuition is assessed on a sliding scale basis and scholarships may be available for children in need.
Preschool program schedules:
*Early Care – 7:00 AM when school is in session
*Full-day – 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM Monday through Friday
*Half-day morning – 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM Monday through Friday
*Half-day afternoon– 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM Monday through Friday
*Half-day afternoon T/Th – 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM Tuesday and Thursday
*Half-day afternoon M/W/F – 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM Monday, Wednesday and Friday
*Aftercare Program – 2:30 to 6:00 when school is in session
English as a Second Language
Our adult ESL curriculum focuses on communication skills for the workplace and social environments, and also examines cultural issues.
Students at all levels of proficiency are welcome.
The half-day classes, which meet at the same time as our morning preschool classes are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Family Child Care
El Primer Paso offers referrals to family day care providers who are registered with the state and who provide child care services affordable to low- and moderate-income families. Providers care for up to 5 children in their homes.
El Primer Paso provides educational support for these dedicated community providers to connect their in-home care programs with high-quality early care and education practices. Caregivers also receive assistance with transportation for children to and from the preschool program, facilitated by Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs. All of the children participating in the family childcare program also receive a new toy during the Christmas season.