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Children's Corner of West Essex, Inc.

40 Freeman St
Roseland, NJ 07068

(973) 226-7300


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child is treated as a unique individual and teachers set expectations based on individual development state of the child within the group setting.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Children's Corner is an eclectic preschool whose mission is to allow all children to grow through creative learning developing a strong sense of self and independence. Children learn primarily through their senses and their body.

Our school environment is a place where children can explore and learn at their own pace instilling a love for learning. We provide many opportunities for problem solving both individually and in groups. The children learn to be logical and reasoning individuals through their direct interactions with people and the environment.

Classrooms are organized around ever-changing learning centers. It is our belief that children learn best when they are provided with an opportunity to freely explore their environment, guided by adults. The curriculum supports the rich diversity of our community and our philosophy of a respectful, fun place to learn and grow. Our preschool seeks to provide a physically safe and emotionally secure setting that encourages the development of the "whole child."

Our empathetic staff understands the complexity and pressures of modern parenting, considering both the needs of the child and the family. Through a team approach to teaching and a loving, positive environment the children become comfortable with every member of the staff. Themes help children explore and learn to understand both their world and the global world in which we live. Children are encouraged to socialize and demonstrate the use of manners throughout their day. Each child is unique, developing at his/her own pace.

We strive to treat every child as an individual within a small school "family", creating a sense of belonging and preparing them for the challenges of the world.

A Typical Day

7:00 AM School Open for Early Arrivals
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Table Activities, Breakfast, & Creative Play
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Gross Motor Activities, Creative Play, Art Activities
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Morning Circle
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM Small Group Academics, Creative & Fine Motor Activities
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Morning Snack
10:30 AM - 11:30AM Creative Arts, Small Group Activities
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Gross Motor Play
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch, AM Departures, PM Arrivals, Story
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Min. 30-Minute Nap Followed by Quiet Table Activities
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Quiet Table Activities and Late Sleepers Wake up
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Small Group Academics, Creative and Motor Activities
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Creative Play and Gross Motor Activities
2:30 PM - 6:30 PM Full Day Departures
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Afternoon Departures

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Each child has a formal mid year development evaluation which is discussed with the parents. On a daily basis teachers may provide parents with home activities to re-enforce work the child is doing at school.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Teachers and staff support the emotional needs of the children both on new enrollment and throughout the year as family events impact the child. Teachers will provide extra support for a child, allow them to attend a different class for the day if they feel emotionally attached to a different teacher, and work with parents to gain an understanding of the home life and how it is impacting the child. Head teacher works with young parents to discuss impact of family events, such as a new sibling, so that the student can be best prepared and supported.