2022 Preschool Guide presented by The Goddard School of West Long Branch! - The Monmouth Moms


We’re excited to bring you our 2022 Preschool Guide, presented by:

The Goddard School of West Long Branch

Deciding where to send your little one to preschool can be overwhelming, 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 2022 Preschool Guide is packed with some of the best local schools Monmouth County has to offer! Check it out below!


West Long Branch

Imagine going to work every day and loving what you do. It’s a thought most people dream about. At our school that dream is a reality. We are grateful to have an unparalleled high retention rate compared to the national average. Our director, assistant director and teachers are all highly trained and dedicated to our children.

Since opening 25 years ago, The Goddard School of West Long Branch continues to serve Monmouth County families with a safe nurturing, happy and loving space. We allow working parents to breathe easier when choosing to enroll their child in our childcare center. We provide our families with the latest technology, educational tools, and curriculum to prepare our students to be their best as they enter Kindergarten.

Our teachers prioritize socialization and play based learning while implementing daily lessons. Teachers utilize interactive smart boards and Spanish language lessons to engage students in dynamic activities throughout their day. As we look forward to the next 25 years, we will continue to have the same passion and devotion, maintaining the greatest standards for our current and future families.


Location + Contact Information

Goddard School of West Long Branch

361R Monmouth Road

West Long Branch, New Jersey 07764 





A Grow NJ Kids 4 Star Rated Center

Children of the King is a non-denomination Christian childcare center in Long Branch , offering classes in: Nursery ~ Toddler ~Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten levels. We recognize that each child is a unique creation of God with different strengths, abilities, and rate of learning. Our approach to learning is to meet each child where they are at socially and academically as we guide each child through stages of development during these formative years.

Our Center utilizes Creative Curriculum in each class. Creative Curriculum is a developmentally appropriate research based curriculum that uses a child directed study approach. We supplement this curriculum to include our bible based verses and songs to instill in children that God loves each and every child. Our Teachers are loving and caring and are professionally trained, with years of experience. The path to a solid foundation starts here!

  • Affordable tuition
  • Low child to teacher ratio
  • A safe loving environment
  • Flexible programs
  • Falamos Portuguese
  • Hablamos Español

Please check us out on Facebook: childrenofthekingacademy or on our website at childrenoftheking.org Give us a call to schedule a tour 732-571-2223

Location + Contact Information

Children of the King Academy

167 Cedar Ave.

West End Long Branch, NJ 07740

732.571.ABCD (2223)






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.


Location + Contact Information

Goddard School of Middletown

209 Harmony Rd.

Middletown, NJ 07748







   Welcome to The Goddard School of Wall, where every day is filled with fun learning adventures! Our experienced, caring, and attentive teachers provide your child with countless opportunities to grow academically, socially, emotionally, and physically in a safe and loving environment. Each classroom in our School provides your child the opportunity for future successes in life. Our environment has been designed to encourage discovery, and spark imagination in everyday learning opportunities.

  We explore a variety of new subjects, develop lasting academic skills, and have fun while learning with our enrichment activities! This diverse range of supplemental programs provides your child with phenomenal ways to learn and grow, including SMART technology in our two PreSchool and two Pre-K classrooms. Our faculty’s average tenure is 12 years, and our director has proudly worked with our school for over 17 years. With two buildings (including an infant/toddler annex building and main building), we also have two of largest school playgrounds in Monmouth County. Windows are bullet resistant and shatterproof, and safety bollards surrounding both buildings. Goddard of Wall cares for children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age (Infants to Pre-K) and we’re open Monday through Friday 6:30 am – 6:00 pm.





Location + Contact Information


Holy Cross Academy Preschool is magical learning adventure for three to five-year olds

   The aim of our preschool program is to provide a safe, creative learning environment in which children will thrive.  We want to prepare young children to meet the needs of the day; to give them a thirst for knowledge; and to educate the whole child; the intellect and the heart.  In a world which is becoming increasingly competitive, we want Holy Cross Academy to be a place for every child to be a child – free to play and explore and imagine in the course of a child-oriented day.

With a play-based, developmental curriculum that meets the needs of each child, their first school experiences will be positive and joyful.  They’ll learn about kindness, listening, friendship, and self-reliance.  They’ll learn how to take care of themselves and the feeling of completing tasks by themselves.  Along with building a strong sense of self, they’ll also feel safe – physically, intellectually, and socially.

Early Childhood is the most important time of their lives. The brain is developing at super speed. The skills and competencies children learn now will guide them throughout life.  It truly means so much to us that they become strong leaders with kind and gentle hearts.

“It takes courage and strong character to grow-up and become who you really are.”

Location + Contact Information
Holy Cross Academy

40 Rumson Road

Rumson, New Jersey  07760

(732) 708-3113




  Learning Tree provides a warm, safe and nurturing environment for 2 1/2-to-6 year olds. Our small class sizes and dedicated and creative staff create an ideal atmosphere for young children as they experience school for the first time.
  Children will participate in circle time, music and movement activities, and crafts as they learn and play together each day. They will work one-on-one and in small groups with teachers to develop fine motor skills. Children are provided with a snack each day and also have time to play outdoors on our playground. Learning Tree offers an afternoon Enrichment Class where children have additional opportunities to explore and expand on more exciting topics.
  Over 30 years ago the United Methodist Church of Red Bank began to offer quality preschool classes for their church members. As the school grew in popularity it was expanded and classes were offered to the community. In 1995 the school changed its name from Red Bank Cooperative Nursery to Learning Tree Preschool. We foster a relationship with the community by participating in programs including Backpack Crew and Pajama Program. Our classes run September to June. We began offering an additional camp program in recent years. Please call for more information or to schedule a tour! Visit us on Instagram and Facebook to see our classes in action.
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   Since 1968, Mastro Montessori has committed to nurturing the development of each child with patience, understanding, and love.  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 dedicated to maintaining a genuine Montessori experience for our Toddler Community ages 15 months to 3 years old, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary age children.  

   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.  Please visit our Open houses on October 8th, November 6th & January 12th; call to register. 2023-24 application deadline February 1, 2023.  Financial assistance is available to families that qualify.  


Location + Contact Information

Mastro Montessori

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


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. The Early Childhood curriculum at Oak Hill Academy’s Pre-Kindergarten, located at the Pacelli Center for Early Learning, is designed to inspire children to become enthusiastic, lifelong learners. Students are encouraged to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their own ideas and think their own thoughts. Our goal is to help children become independent, self-confident and inquisitive learners while they acquire good habits and a positive sense of themselves. In addition to the Singapore math and Wonders reading & writing curriculum, PreK students enjoy classes in science, foreign languages, drama, music, swimming, and library. Graduates of Oak Hill Academy gain acceptance and excel at many premier high schools.
Schedule a tour or visit one of Oak Hill Academy’s upcoming open houses list below!


Location + Open House Dates

Oak Hill Academy

347 Middletown-Lincroft Rd.

Lincroft, NJ 07738

(732) 530-1343


Upcoming Open House Dates

Saturday, October 22, 2022 10am-1pm
Friday, December 2, 2022 9am
Saturday, January 7, 2023 10am-1pm
Friday, February 24, 2023 9am
Saturday, March 25, 2023 10am-1pm
Friday, May 12, 2023 9am



 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, Library, music,  character development, and sign language. Currently, 2-, 3- and 5-day preschool classes are available for 3-year-olds and 3 or 5 days for four-year-old students. 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



  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 





  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 created in a way that allows students to receive nurturing, individualized attention. Students have the opportunity to visit the Searle Library, the Lower School music studio, world language classrooms, art, and the community garden. Specialized classes such as science and health 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




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Cross of Glory Nursery School

95 Cambridge Dr.

Aberdeen, NJ 07747

(732) 583-1118


Leapfrog Learning Center

174 Patterson Ave.

Shrewsbury, NJ 07702



Mountain Hill School

720 Kings Hwy E

Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716

(732) 291-0056


Colts Neck Reformed Church Nursery School

139 County Rd. 537

Colts Neck, NJ

(732) 462-4662


Meadow Flower Nursery School

300 Ridge Rd.

Fair Haven, NJ 07704

(732) 219-9444


Sunshine Schoolhouse

67 West Main St.

Freehold, NJ 07728

(732) 409-2636


Creative Campus Nursery School

215 Middle Rd.

Hazlet, NJ 07730

(732) 264-8050


St. John’s Nursery School

2000 Florence Ave.

Hazlet, NJ 07730

(732) 888-7886


Home Away From Home Academy

1182 Highway 34

Aberdeen, NJ 07747

(732) 290-0033


Lightbridge Academy of Eatontown

801 Hope Rd.

Eatontown, NJ 07724

(732) 695-6900


Kiddie Academy of Freehold

45 Gibson Place

Freehold, NJ 07728

(732) 683-2086


The Goddard School of Hazlet

560 Holmdel Rd.

Hazlet, NJ 07730

(732) 335-4400


Sandy Hook Child Care Center

335 Pennington Rd.

Highlands, NJ 07732

(732) 291-2368


Growing Tree Children’s Academy

12 Hillcrest Rd.

Holmdel, NJ 07733

(732) 264-1750


Holmdel Montessori

101 Crawfords Corner Rd.

Holmdel, NJ 07733

(732) 975-9897


Genius Kids Academy of Howell

29 Newbury Rd.

Howell, NJ

(732) 987-5777


The Goddard School of Marlboro

50 Route 520

Morganville, NJ

(732) 617-8181


The Learning Experience

762 State Route 34

Matawan, NJ 07747

(732) 290-2591


The Malvern School

130 S Main St.

Marlboro, NJ

(732) 780-1700

Also in Freehold, NJ


First Discoveries Early Education

70 Route 35

Middletown, NJ 07748

(732) 747-8500


Marlboro Montessori Academy

257 Route 79

Morganville, NJ 07751

(732) 946-8887


The Goddard School of Tinton Falls

4 Hartford Drive

Suite 6

Tinton Falls, NJ 07701

(732) 933-4888


Wall KinderCare

2401 Atlantic Ave.

Manasquan, NJ 08736

(732) 223-6210


Sandy Hook Child Care Center

335 Pennington Rd.

Highlands, NJ 07732

(732) 291-2368


Tiny Treasures Nursery School

2024 New Bedford Rd.

Spring Lake, NJ 07762

(732) 449-4073


Smart Start

786 River Rd

Fair Haven, NJ 07704

(732) 530-3870


K.I.D.S. Early Learning Center

60 Hazlet Ave.

Hazlet, NJ 07730



St. Rose of Lima

51 Lincoln Place

Freehold, NJ 07728



The Country Day School of Colts Neck

293 Route 34

Colts Neck, NJ 07722

(732) 252-8908


Voyagers’ Community School

215 Broad St. Eatontown, NJ



New School of Monmouth County

301 Middle Rd. Holmdel, NJ 07733



St. Benedict School

165 Bethany Rd.

Holmdel, NJ 07733

(732) 264-5578


Saint James Elementary School

30 Peters Place. Red Bank, NJ 07701



Rumson Country Day School

35 Bellevue Ave. Rumson, NJ



Monmouth Montessori Academy

2307 Railroad Ave.

Spring Lake, NJ 07762

(732) 449-0500






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