Preschool Inclusion Program
The Bergenfield Board of Education is proudly continuing its free full day integrated preschool program made available through the Preschool Expansion Aid [PEA], and all Bergenfield children who will be at least three years old by October 1, 2023 are eligible. Attendees are expected to be present for the full day, from 8:30 am through 3:10 pm, for the duration of the school year. Currently, the district has five integrated preschool classes housed at Franklin, Hoover and Lincoln elementary schools, though the location of these rooms is subject to change prior to the start of the 2024 school year.
As part of our effort to address the needs of our youngest learners, and based on a successful experience during the 2022-2023 school year, the district will continue to have two additional sections of preschool at the Bergenfield Head Start location. These classes will be open only to preschool students who reside in Bergenfield and will follow all of the same requirements as the preschool rooms housed within our elementary buildings. Since Head Start is a federally funded program for families of low income, those who attend our program offered at Head Start must be income eligible. If you feel your family may qualify, please indicate this on the preschool application. To learn more about Head Start, CLICK HERE
Each class, regardless of its location, is taught by a New Jersey certified teacher accompanied by a skilled paraprofessional, both of whom are dedicated to providing the best educational foundation for your child. This program, based on the Creative Curriculum for Preschool, provides the children of Bergenfield with an excellent child-centered experience and is designed to prepare our students to succeed academically and socially as they begin their school journey.
If there are more requests than can be accommodated, a lottery will be held in the Spring for all eligible students, and the date and time of the drawing will be posted on the district website. Please note that if you applied last year and did not get into the three-year-old class, you must apply again this year in order to be included in the lottery. Once accepted into the program, families should contact Ms. Alice Nieves, District Registrar, at 201-385-8600, ext. 1609 to begin the registration process.
We are looking forward to working with your child in the upcoming school year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or my administrative assistant Ms. Lindsey Kristoff at 201-385-6250 X1910.