Preschool Program

Applying for Dennis Township Preschool:

  • The application period for 2023-2024 is ALWAYS OPEN.
  • Only new students need to fill out the registration form.
  • Click here for the 2024-2025 Dennis Township Preschool Registration Form.
  • The Dennis Township free preschool program is open to Dennis Township residents with children who are 3 years old but do not turn 5 years old on or before October 1, 2023. 
  • Space is limited.  Depending on the number of interested students, a lottery may be necessary to determine which students can be enrolled.  Parents will be informed of lottery specifics, if a lottery is needed.
  • If you are currently enrolled in the preschool program, you do not need to reapply.
  • Click here to see the Preschool Supply List.

About Our Program:

  • We are a collaborative team of teachers, paraprofessionals, therapists, and administrators working together to get to know and develop a positive relationship with each child and his/her family to foster developmental growth and build a foundation for their future of success in education.
  • Our program is full day, as mandated by the NJDOE, and we follow the district calendar.
  • We have 7 preschool classes and each class has a maximum of 15 students.
  • Each classroom is staffed with a certified teacher and a highly qualified paraprofessional.
  • We use The Creative Curriculum:
    • A research-based program that teaches children to be creative, confident thinkers
    • Project based investigations called “studies” allow for hands on exploration and discovery opportunities to make learning engaging and meaningful for every child
    • Teachers use Teaching Strategies GOLD, an authentic, ongoing observational system for assessing students that is based on 38 goals and objectives for development and learning 
  • The Power and Importance of Learning Through Play 
    • When children play…
      • They acquire language
      • They problem solve
      • They explore social roles
      • They control behaviors and feelings
    • Through play, children learn about…
      • Themselves
      • The world around them
      • Other people
      • Other communities
      • Their community
  • Details about our program:
    • Free full day program 8:55am-3:15pm
    • Free transportation available
    • Before and after school care available
  • Questions and concerns can be directed to Christina Kelley (Preschool Master Teacher) [email protected] or Jamie Lynn VanArtsdalen (Principal) at [email protected] or (609) 861-2821 ext 102

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