Early Childhood Education

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  • Franklin Township Public Schools is pleased to announce that our program is expanding! In 2017, we received a grant from the state of New Jersey to open additional preschool classrooms in order to serve all eligible four-year-olds in the school district. In the 2019-2020 school year, there will be 27 classrooms located throughout the seven elementary schools.

     This free, full-day program uses the HighScope Curriculum to help students build important academic and social skills. This approach uses a carefully designed process — called "active participatory learning" — to achieve powerful positive outcomes. The HighScope Preschool Curriculum not only helps young children excel in language and cognitive learning but also promotes independence, curiosity, decision-making, cooperation, persistence, creativity, and problem-solving — the fundamental skills that help determine success in adult life.

    Each classroom here in Franklin Township has one certified teacher and one paraprofessional who serve no more than 15 students. Each class is integrated with special education students and English Language Learners to provide a suitable environment for all students.

    The preschool daily schedule includes time for breakfast, morning meeting, small group instruction, structured play (Plan-Do-Review cycle), gross motor play, lunch, rest, and snack. Students attend specials in their schools such as library, physical education, music, and art. As an added benefit to being housed in preschool-5th grade schools, preschool students get to attend school events such as assemblies and field day.

    Please review the additional resources on this website for more information about our program.