Early Childhood Services

Our Early Childhood Programs enable children between six (6) weeks to 5 years to improve their social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language skills. It also helps parents become more active participants in their children’s education. In the process, the children gain the building blocks to be lifelong learners and responsible members of their schools, families, and communities.

  • Our Early Childhood Goals

    Child Development

    Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers improve their social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language skills.

    EC Programs are about Social/Emotional, Physical, Cognitive & Language Development

    We increase the social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Throughout the day, they participate in free and structured educational activities. They also participate in field trips pertaining to certain themes and gross motor activities. In the process, we use several assessments (TS GOLD ECERS-3, and TPOT) to measure our progress and impact. Ultimately, the students will grow in all developmental areas.

    Parent Involvement

    Parents become more active participants in their children’s education.

    EC Programs are about parent involvement in their children’s education

    Parents become involved in classroom curriculum activities such as reading to the children, assisting in the creation of props for the curriculum themes and helping with bulletin boards etc. They also participate in monthly workshops on many topics to meet their needs, such as child development, nutrition, reading to your child, etc. Ultimately, parents will have an increased understanding of Developmentally Appropriate Practice.

    Quality Schools

    All Early Childhood Centers meet formal research-based, high-quality early childhood program standards.

    EC Programs are formal, research-based, high-quality programs

    Two (2) of our ECCs are maintaining high-quality standards and are preparing for reaccreditation process through NAEYC. Another ECC is preparing for the NAEYC accreditation process. All seven (7)EC programs are participating in the GrowNJ Kids Quality Rating Improvement Scale. We are working toward all of them achieving NAEYC Accreditation and/or complete the Quality Star System (QRIS).

  • Early Childhood Centers (ECC)

    PRAB is the largest preschool provider in the New Brunswick School District, providing high quality, early childhood education to over 600 children. New Brunswick children, ages 3-5, receive six (6) hours of educational programming throughout a ten (10) month, school-year. All ECCs are free of charge and include daily breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack. Children may also participate daily in before and after care service and in our two (2) month summer program.

    Joyce Chase, MAEd
    Site Director
    18 Drift ECC
    18 Drift Street
    (732) 828-4709
    Shari Boyington, MAT
    Site Director
    Saint Ladislaus ECC
    197 Somerset Street
    (732) 342-7425
    LaToya Dawkins, MSEd
    Site Director
    Joyce Kilmer ECC
    411 Joyce Kilmer Avenue
    (732) 339-8772

     

    Lorraine Carniglia
    Site Director
    Downtown ECC
    323 George Street
    (732) 545-0426
    Darshna Amarnani
    Site Director
    Raritan Gardens ECC
    300 Hoffman Boulevard
    (732) 247-5640
    Christopher Blount
    Site Director
    Mario Gonzalez
    Child Development
    Center

    287 Townsend Street
    (732) 828-4572

     

    To enroll your child in one of our ECCs:

    You must be the child’s parent or guardian.

    Follow the enrollment instructions in the New Brunswick Public School’s Office of Early Childhood Education website.

    Schedule an on-site appointment with the Office of Early Childhood Education at (732) 745-5300 ext. 4060.

    Download and complete the Pupil Registration Form, and bring the following documents:

    1) Child’s ORIGINAL Birth Certificate
    2) Child’s Immunization Record
    3) Two (2) Proofs of your Current Address: *(Residency verification is required).

    • If you own your home, you must provide a tax bill & 1 utility bill.
    • If you rent, you must provide a lease and one utility bill.

    Note: Utility bills such as PSE&G, landline telephone, cable, or water must be no older than 60 days.

    • If you are living with someone or renting a room, this requires a home visit to verify address.
    • Documents pertaining to military status
    • Letter from Women Aware/Letter from New Brunswick homeless shelters

    Enroll as soon as possible, as placements are done on a first come, first serve basis, based on complete registrations. Incomplete registrations delay placements.

    If your child will participate in our Wraparound and/or Summer Programs:

    Submit Income Verification (For Wraparound, you may qualify for free, reduced, or pay service, based on your income)

  • Parent Infant Care Center (PIC-C)

    New Brunswick high school students who are parents can stay in school while their infants and toddlers receive on-site day care. Student and children receive case management and counseling services through graduation from high school. PIC-C is a partnership with New Brunswick Tomorrow and the New Brunswick Public Schools.

    Janice Tumbleson
    Site Director
    Parent-Infant Care Center
    1000 Somerset Street
    (732) 745-5300  Ext.3088

    To enroll yourself and your child in PIC-C, you must:

    • Attend New Brunswick High School

    • Be pregnant or have a child

    • Agree to receive case management and counseling services through graduation

  • Our Early Childhood Services Partners

    Our Early Childhood Services count on the continued partnerships and collaborations with the community institutions below. We encourage you to visit their websites to learn about and access their programs and services, which include the following areas: Early Childhood, Youth, Family, Housing & Homelessness, Immigration, Community Service Access, Energy Conservation, Health & Nutrition, Education (PreK-12, Higher, etc.), Arts & Culture, Economic Development, and Community Development.

    Catholic Charities/Child Care Solutions (CCR&R)

    Provide professional development opportunities; parent resource and education; and subsidies for qualifying families

    Central Jersey Family Health

    Collaborate on children’s development al screening project for ages 0-3

    Clinica Latina

    Provide behavioral health support for families in need

    Grow NJ Kids

    Provide professional development for our staff; and quality star rating system for Early Childhood Programs

    Eric B. Chandler Health Clinic

    Provide quality health care opportunities for children and families; and workshops for families on healthy eating and living

    M.C.F.O.O.D.S

    Provide help for families in need through food assistance

    Middlesex County Mental Health Center

    Provide mental and behavioral health support for families in need

    NAEYC: National Association for the Education of Young Children

    Provide Professional development opportunities through local and nationwide trainings and conferences; Nationally recognized Accreditation System

    New Brunswick Fire Department

    Provide safety workshops for children and families

    New Brunswick Free Public Library

    Conduct school visits and story hours; Provide library visits for children to increase their understating on the importance of reading and literacy

    New Brunswick Public Schools

    PRAB is the largest preschool provider for the New Brunswick Public Schools, serving over 630 students; our PIC-C program also receives funding from NBBOE

    New Brunswick Tomorrow/Early Childhood Consortium

    Plan activities for families, and provide professional development opportunities

    Perform Care NJ

    Provide mental and behavioral health support to our families in need

    Rutgers Behavioral Health Center

    Provide mental and behavioral health support to our families in need

    RWJUH Community Health Promotion Program

    Provide Health and Safety education to our children and families

    Saint Peter’s Healthcare System

    Provide quality health care opportunities for our children and families; and workshops for families on healthy eating and living

    Salvation Army

    Provide clothing donations to our families in need

    State Theatre of New Jersey

    Introduce our children to the art of theatre, and open their horizon to be sensitive to different art styles

    Unity Square Neighborhood Revitalization Project

    Provide resources for our families who live in the Unity Square neighborhood

PRAB serves everyone regardless of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, familial status, gender, sexual orientation, or functional impairment. We also serve as a voice to ensure equity & access to community resources and benefits for all people groups and communities in Central New Jersey.

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Rita Koromi, MAEd, MAEl

Senior Director
Early Childhood Services
90 Jersey Avenue
(732) 828-4510