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Lawrence Day School

510 Lawrence Square Blvd South
Princeton, NJ 08648

(609) 588-5700


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Reggio-Emilia

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child is treated and valued individually. No cookie cutter method.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Lawrence Day School is a child care service that has been in existence since 1981. Because the needs of families vary in relation to young children the Lawrence Day School offers a total child care service by providing care for young children, and school camp programs for older children.

We believe that parents are the most influential teachers of their young children, and it is a community responsibility to strengthen and support the family in its role as the childâ??s primary educator.


The Lawrence Day School offers a development program accredited by The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for children 3 months through 5 years. The program is designed to help develop the individual child; physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually. It is geared toward the individual child, taking into consideration each childâ??s family life and developmental level. Children are introduced into a educationally prepared environment which offers practical and cognitive challenges to their mental and physical development. Teachers and caregivers provide lots of love and personal guidance. Each child is allowed to progress at his/her own level and rate. All children in addition to the basic program, are provided with a full academic program encompassing a curriculum above that found in the surrounding area. Our program provides for period of activity, rest, individual and group work. Outdoor play takes place daily, weather permitting. During the unfavorable weather conditions, children go in to our indoor gym room. Field trips to educational and cultural areas are also included in our program.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Each classroom provide age appropriate activities. Dailey sheets are provided. The school keeps an open door policy for parents to interact and/or inquire with their chidren.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We suggest that an adequate amount of transition should be provided for each child.