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Early Childhood Education


To form a partnership between the myriad of childcare, preschool and social service facilities that are available throughout the community and the public school sector.


Excellent early childhood education reflects a comprehensive vision of support for optimal development and learning of every young child. This vision encompasses teaching practices, relationships with parents and connections with community agencies. While early education is part of a continuum that extends throughout the school years, the distinctive characteristics of young learners and their need for developmentally appropriate practices require special attention. Early childhood education should be founded on an amalgam of the best theory, research and practice available.

The Paterson Public School District and the Paterson Board of Education have the expectation that all preschoolers who attend our program for two years and are developmentally ready, will have the necessary skills to read age-appropriate books. We firmly believe that preschool children can learn to read in a way that is developmentally and culturally appropriate if they are presented with the necessary supports.

Early Childhood publishes Volume 1, issue 1 of Healthy Futures

The March 2011 issue of our newsletter, Healthy Futures contains valuable information for all Paterson Public School families and, indeed, anyone interested in learning about the many good things happening in the Paterson Public Schools Department of Early Childhood Education. You can read the current newsletter here: English     Español     Arabic

Free Preschool for Paterson Children

Studies show that children who attend preschool have a long-lasting advantage in school. If you are a parent or guardian of a Paterson boy or girl who is 3 or 4 years old, they are entitled to a full day of preschool instruction at no charge. Registration should take place at the preschool center of your choice. Click on the appropriate language link for more information in: English  or  Español or call 973-321-2274. There is also a helpful video available in English or Español.

Project Child Find

If your preschool child, age 3-5, is experiencing physical, social, emotional, communication, cognitive, or sensory difficulties please contact the Department of Early Childhood at (973)321-0431 or (973)321-2216. If eligible, an educational program will be provided at no charge through Paterson Public Schools. For children ages 6-21 please contact the Department of Pupil Personnel Services at (973)321-2365.

The Early Childhood Education Collaborative

The Paterson Public Schools district is committed to providing the children in Paterson with the highest quality and most comprehensive early childhood educational experiences. The Early Childhood Collaborative partnership seeks to expand and improve educational opportunities and services for children and their families. The initiative is committed to creating a well-coordinated, citywide Early Childhood Education Program for young children and their families.