2021 Monmouth County Preschool Guide! - The Monmouth Moms



  Deciding where to send your little one to preschool can be overwhelming, especially when only you know what’s best for your child. Whether you’re new to the area or are looking for more options, we’ve got you covered! Our 2021 Preschool Guide is packed with some of the best local schools Monmouth County has to offer! Check it out below!





  Saint Leo the Great Preschool located in Lincroft, NJ, provides a warm, loving, caring environment that encourages individuality and builds self-esteem and confidence. Highly experienced teachers and paraprofessionals use play to further language and vocabulary development, improve social skills, introduce scientific and mathematical concepts, and develop a student’s spirituality.

  Saint Leo the Great School believes in the capacity of the individual to lead with compassion, learn with commitment, and act with courage. Students are inspired to achieve the highest standards of intellectual achievement through developmentally appropriate instruction that allows for individual differences and learning styles. Saint Leo’s has been nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for its academics, character development, and commitment to the environment.

  Preschool students will also enjoy classes in Spanish, art, music, and sign language. Currently, 2-, 3- and 5-day preschool classes are available for 3-year-olds. All classes are 8 AM -1 PM with extended care and after-school care programs available. Please call 732-741-3133 ext. 225 to schedule a tour.

Location + Contact Information
Saint Leo the Great Preschool
550 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ  07738
732-741-3133 ext. 225



Imagine your child’s future at Oak Hill Academy – one of the finest independent schools for students in grades PreK-8 located on a beautiful 20 acre campus in Lincroft. Oak Hill’s intention is to provide a student centered curriculum that emphasizes strong communication, problem solving, and computational skills. Students develop positive social and emotional traits in a caring, safe, and engaging environment. Graduates gain acceptance and excel at many premiere high schools.

Schedule a tour or visit one of Oak Hill Academy’s upcoming open houses list below!


Location + Contact Information

Oak Hill Academy

347 Middletown-Lincroft Rd.

Lincroft, NJ 07738

(732) 530-1343


Open House Dates:

Open House Friday, December 3, 2021 9:00 am Pre-K – 8
Open House Saturday, January 29, 2022 1:00 – 4:00 pm Pre-K – 8
Open House Friday, February, 18, 2022 9:00 am Pre-K – 8
Virtual Open House Tuesday, March 22, 2022 6:30 – 8:00 pm Pre-K – 8
Open House Tuesday, May 17, 2022 9:00 am Pre-K – 8





   The mission of the Atlantis Preparatory School is to develop each individual child to reach their greatest potential by providing a comprehensive, well-rounded curriculum and a strong foundation for success. We are committed to the development of the whole child so that each student can discover his own path to greatness. We believe in not just the wellness of your child, but your entire family. When you enroll your child in an Atlantis Prep Program, you will receive a complimentary all access Family Membership to The Atlantic Club.

A COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM: Offering traditional subjects with a focus on the importance of foreign language, art & music, wellness, and non-traditional subjects
LEARNING IN THE AGE OF TECHNOLOGY: Utilizing Apple TVs and iPad as teaching tools to enhance the learning experience and bring lessons alive
BUILDING A STRONG FOUNDATION: Preparing children for future success, both academically and developmentally
DEVELOPING THE WHOLE CHILD: Providing support to students that is as unique as they are, while nurturing their natural abilities and talents
THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY: Developing children’s social and readiness skills, with an emphasis on the importance of unstructured play times & pretend play for childhood development
HIGHLY QUALIFIED EDUCATORS: Our caring and certified staff is encouraged to participate in continued trainings to ensure an ever-improving environment & curriculum
PARENT PARTNERSHIP: Parent participation and communication is our key to success

Click below to learn more about programs offered!


Location + Contact Information

Atlantis Prep

1904 Atlantic Avenue
Manasquan, NJ 08736



First Steps – 18 Months by Oct 1
Starters – 2 Years by Oct 1
Jr. Learners – 3 Years by Oct 1
Preschool Plus – 3 1/2 Years by Oct 1
Jr. Kindergarten – 4 Years by Oct 1
Midstream – 4 1/2 – 5 Years (Kindergarten Prep)
Kindergarten – 5 Years by Oct 1






  Since 1968, Mastro Montessori has committed to nurturing the development of each child with patience, understanding, and love. We are an independent school community that is enthusiastic and passionate about the Montessori method, providing a nurturing environment for children ages 15-months through age twelve. As the first Montessori school in Monmouth County and the only school in the area to be certified by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), we are committed to maintaining a genuine Montessori experience for children to become lifelong learners.

We welcome you to visit our school and observe first-hand why we think a Montessori education provides the best environment for a child to learn.



Location + Contact Information

Mastro Montessori

35 White Road
Shrewsbury, New Jersey 07702
(732) 219-5400




      Luther Memorial Preschool is a family oriented program and thus we try to maintain personal contact with parents on a daily basis. Parents will conference with the teacher twice a year, but are encouraged to approach staff at anytime with questions or concerns. The school is governed by the Preschool Board of Luther Memorial Church. The classes are equipped with qualified and experienced teachers: one serving as Lead Teacher and the others as Assistant Teachers. We keep a small student/teacher ratio to ensure individualized attention and close supervision of all students. 


Location + Contact Information

Luther Memorial Preschool

818 Tinton Avenue

Tinton Falls, NJ 07724

(732) 542-2727





  Temple Beth Ahm Preschool is designed to provide a happy and nurturing environment enabling children to develop a positive self image and love of learning. The curriculum is diverse and flexible, allowing the children to utilize all of their senses while developing the foundations for reading, language, math, science and social studies. In addition to our fine secular curriculum, Judaism is integrated daily through art, holiday celebrations, books, food and song. The culture and values instilled at a young age become part of the student’s general knowledge that develops and grows as they do. Our students leave our program happy, healthy and ready to take on kindergarten because they have the appropriate social and academic foundations they can now build upon.

We offer classes for children ages 2, 3 and 4 with half, mini and full day options. Classes meet Monday, Wed, Friday with an optional Tuesday programs. We have an extensive Mommy & Me program taught by Miss Kim for babies and toddlers. In addition we offer a 7-week Summer Camp for children ages 2 through 5, just right for little ones.


Location + Contact Information

Amy Naphtali – Director

550 Lloyd Road

Aberdeen, NJ 07747






  Saint James Preschool, established in 1992, builds a strong foundation for academic success in the elementary years and beyond. Developmentally appropriate activities take place in a warm, joyful, nurturing Christian environment. Our program is designed to provide for the development of the TOTAL child- the physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and spiritual aspects. The atmosphere will be both interactive and engaging, where young children will grow in awareness of God, self, and others. We want our children to build a positive self-image; explore their natural sense of wonder; discover their creative spirit; learn problem-solving skills; develop self-control and consideration of others; increase coordination, balance, and body image; and know that learning is fun!

Qualified and dedicated staff will work with your child in helping them develop independence and self-control, while gaining new knowledge and friendships. We strive to make your child’s first experience a positive one, where we meet our young children’s spiritual and academic needs.


Location + Contact Information

Saint James Elementary School

30 Peters Place

Red Bank, NJ 07701

Phone: 732-741-3363


Preschool Hours and Sessions

 3 Year Old Program    

3 Day Session: M, W, F

5 Day Session: Monday – Friday

8:30 – 1:45

4 Year Old Program

3 Day Session: M, W, F

5 Day Session: Monday-Friday

8:30 – 1:45

Transitional Kindergarten T. K. Program

Monday – Friday

8:30 – 1:45









 Ranney’s expert and caring Early Childhood (age 3 to Pre-Kindergarten) faculty guide their youngest learners to form foundational skills leveraging Reggio Emilia, a developmental theory that encourages learning through exploration and creation. Our teachers are specialists in Early Childhood Education and our classrooms intentionally support the learning process. The classroom starts in September with a blank canvas and evolves through the year as children take responsibility and demonstrate new knowledge. As a result, each classroom becomes a unique reflection of a particular class of students. Class spaces are in a constant state of growth and change; change that can be impacted by students’ own contributions.

Early Childhood classes are kept small, with low student-teacher ratios so that students can receive nurturing, individualized attention. Students have the opportunity to visit the Searle Library, the Lower School music studio, world language classrooms, and the community garden. Specialized classes such as science, health and art are integrated within the homeroom setting. Early childhood students have the opportunity to build relationships with multiple “specials” teachers as they progress through their Lower School experience. Athletic facilities extend beyond the gymnasium and field spaces to include an indoor heated pool and outdoor play structures designed with a variety of age-appropriate physical challenges.

Ranney’s nurturing learning environment encourages children to build confidence, discover their talents, and love learning in Early Childhood, which extends into Lower School (Kindergarten through fifth grade), Middle School (sixth through eighth grade), and Upper School (9th through 12th grade.)

Location + Contact Information

Ranney School

235 Hope Road
Tinton Falls, NJ 07724







At Here We Grow Preschool & Daycare, we understand that each child has unique needs and interests. We provide the environment and tools your child needs to thrive to the best of their abilities. We provide programs that focus on social emotional development, language and literacy, mathematics and reasoning, scientific knowledge, creative development and physical development. We offer a rich learning environment that is developmentally appropriate. Once your child leaves Here We Grow Preschool & Daycare, they’re fully prepared for the next stage of their young lives.


Location + Contact Information

216 Atlantic Street
Keyport, New Jersey


[email protected]

(732) 497 5900




Learning Tree provides a warm, safe, and nurturing learning environment for your 2 1⁄2 – 6 year old children. We offer small class sizes and are following all health and safety protocols to keep our students learning in the classroom.

Over thirty years ago, the United Methodist Church of Red Bank started the Red Bank Cooperative Nursery School for its members. As the school grew, this quality preschool experience was offered to the community. In February 1995, the name of the school was changed to Learning Tree Preschool. Learning Tree is committed to active parent involvement in preschool education. We give all families the opportunity to become part of our school family, whether or not they can participate in the classroom.


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Established in 1998, Freehold Montessori the principles of education developed from the research of Dr. Maria Montessori. The school is an affiliate of the American Montessori Society.  We have teachers   and teacher’s aides whom have been with the preschool for numerous years, including our resident primary teacher whom has been with us for over 20 years!

Our mission at Freehold Montessori is to be able to deliver a complete Montessori program by providing a diverse educational community that is built on the Montessori philosophy that fosters curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking for its students. Additionally, we consider the emotional, intellectual, physical, and social development of the total child by addressing the uniqueness of each child in a nurturing, emotionally secure and academically excellent environment. At Freehold Montessori, teachers follow students’ individual needs to achieve personal academic excellence and to become life-long learners who respect themselves, others and their environment. Our program is based on children’s developmental needs and creates freedom within limits through a carefully prepared environment. The environment allows exposure to materials and experiences that develop intelligence as well as physical and psychological abilities. Montessori materials are self-correcting, interesting to children and developmentally appropriate. The prepared environment is central to the implementation of the Montessori Curriculum. A great deal of time and care went into preparing the classroom environment. The child’s work within this “‘prepared environment” consists mainly of using the materials especially designed by Maria Montessori.

  Freehold Montessori Preschool is located on three beautiful acres of wooded land in Freehold, New Jersey. Our quaint buildings and wonderful shaded play areas were intelligently and thoughtfully designed to enhance the education experiences for both teachers and children.




Location + Contact Information

781 Elton Adelphia Road
Freehold, NJ 07728

(732) 625-1998
[email protected]





For 30 years, The Goddard School has been a trusted name among families. Our distinctive structure ensures that children are known and appreciated for their individual talents and personalities. We are committed to providing open communication about your child’s care and accomplishments through daily activity reports, regular parent-teacher conferences and more.

The Goddard School’s Educational Advisory Board (EAB) is a knowledgeable group of educators, researchers and experts in child development, early learning, technology integration, brain development, parent engagement and health and nutrition. The EAB evolves and shapes our play-based learning program, putting research into action and empowering children to become school-ready, career-ready and life-ready.

We provide ample opportunities for fun learning experiences in the classroom and in outdoor learning spaces, promoting a lifelong love of learning in literacy, science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. We also offer a wide range of enrichment programs, such as handwriting, yoga, physical fitness and sign language, that allow your child to learn through experience.




Locations + Contact Information

Goddard School of Tinton Falls & Middletown

209 Harmony Rd.

Middletown, NJ 07748


4 Hartford Drive 

Tinton Falls, NJ 07701





Saint Mary School’s nurturing staff provides academic excellence within a small class size that promotes faith, respect, self-discovery and a love for a lifetime of learning. Starting with our Little Saints at age two continuing through eighth grade Saint Mary School gives each student the tools necessary to learn and thrive in a joy-filled classroom. Our outstanding teachers make each day at Saint Mary School a great choice for your child.


Location + Contact Information

St. Mary School

538 Church Street

Middletown, New Jersey  07748 





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