2023 Private + Preschool Guide: Presented by Goddard School of West Long Branch - The Monmouth Moms

We’re excited to bring you our 2023 Private & Preschool Guide, presented by:

The Goddard School of West Long Branch

Deciding where to send your child to school 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 2023 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 Child’s Place School is celebrating its golden anniversary in 2024!  Over those 50 years, the little red school house on West Front St. in Lincroft has welcomed thousands of children through its doors, and many of them now, as adults, are sending their own children to ACP to give them the same gift of a joyful childhood experience. Children from 2.5 to 7 years of age (in addition to a weekly toddler program) thrive under the care of teachers who have spent over 25 years at ACP, together with younger staff who bring fresh ideas and creativity. A leafy campus on nearly four acres and a mission to spend at least 50% of every day outside, provides the perfect balance and environment for discovery, play, creativity and learning. ACP has built a wealth of meaningful traditions, parent events and community building since 1974 and even has a strong group of alumni dating back to the early days of the 1970s.

   At A Child’s Place School we believe that Children are Born Curious®.  We view every child as already possessing the ability to explore, discover and learn as well as being competent and capable of forming their own theories about the world around them.  For this reason no two years are the same at ACP, as the interests and needs of every child in the class change and require a response. When children have a seat at the curriculum table they are given the chance to pursue ideas that excite and motivate them. Our job is to harness that motivation to help them learn how to think rather than what to think.  We believe that all people do their best work when they are valued and seen within a community that welcomes them for who they are. That being said, we do very much believe that each day should have a predictable structure with designated blocks of time for various curriculum themes.  Our program recognizes the importance of collaboration and cooperation as we work with every child to develop their social-emotional skills including leadership, communication, empathy and engagement. Today’s modern child is at risk of viewing the world and adults as having a responsibility to entertain them.  Children at ACP, however, are inspired and empowered to explore, problem solve and experience the joy of learning, building character and the ability to find fulfillment in their own pursuits.

  Programs at A Child’s Place include: the Half Day Nursery Class offering three mornings for 2 ½ to 3 year olds and five mornings for 2 ½ to 5 year olds; the All Day Nursery Class for 4 and 5 year olds; and the full day Primary Class for 5 to 7 year olds.  On either side of all of these programs is the option to use extended care from 8AM to 4PM.  A weekly parent and toddler class (16 months to 2 ½ years old) is also offered during the year. ACP is currently enrolling for September 2024–visit the website to book your tour!

Location Information

A Child’s Place School
1409 West Front St.
Lincroft, NJ 07738


[email protected]



Christian Brothers Academy invites you to join a time-honored tradition of academic excellence, one which raises the bar for students to reach their fullest potential. An education at CBA is a transformative experience, one which lasts well beyond your high school years. A CBA graduate is a man of honor and integrity, a man of character and faith, a man of intellect and leadership.

Open House & Entrance Exam registration, individual campus tours, and more are available at CBALincroftNJ.org/admissions.

Contact: Jennifer Maccarella, Director of Enrollment Management ([email protected])






Location + Open House Dates

850 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738

(732) 747-1959

Open Houses:

  • October 1 / 12-3 p.m.
  • October 25 / 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Entrance Exams:

  • October 28 & November 18

Contact: Jennifer Maccarella Director of Enrollment Management: ([email protected])


Holy Cross Academy is an exemplary, award-winning Preschool through Grade 8 Catholic school nestled on a suburban campus in Rumson, NJ. Holy Cross Academy has a rich tradition of academic excellence, proudly recognized for its exemplary educational programs. Our committed team of passionate educators fosters an engaging and challenging learning environment, empowering students to reach their full potential both intellectually and spiritually.

As the parish school of The Church of the Holy Cross and a proud member of the Diocese of Trenton Catholic Schools, Holy Cross Academy is dedicated to instilling Christ’s love and teachings in our students. We nurture their spiritual growth, encouraging them to become compassionate, caring, and responsible individuals.

At Holy Cross Academy, we believe that education should be more than just books and lectures. Our dynamic approach to learning includes hands-on experiences, interactive technology, and a variety of extracurricular activities. By fostering a holistic learning environment, we help students develop their minds, bodies, and souls.

Our mission is to help students fully discover the unique individuals God created them to be. By nurturing their talents, skills, and passions, we empower them to become future Catholic leaders who positively impact their communities.

Enroll your child at Holy Cross Academy today and provide them with an education that enriches their mind, strengthens their spirit, and prepares them for a bright future.

Call us to schedule a tour and learn more about our admissions process. We look forward to welcoming you into the Holy Cross Academy family! 

Location + Contact Information

40 Rumson Road Rumson, New Jersey  07760

(732) 708-3113


Holy Cross Academy – Preschool

At Holy Cross Academy Preschool, we believe that every child deserves a magical learning adventure during their early years. Our primary goal is to create a safe and imaginative environment where young learners can thrive and grow. We understand the significance of this crucial phase in their lives, and we are dedicated to providing the best foundation for their future success.

Unlocking Potential: Our preschool program aims to prepare young minds to meet the challenges of the world by nurturing their curiosity and thirst for knowledge. Through a play-based, developmental curriculum tailored to each child’s unique needs, we ensure that their first school experiences are filled with positivity and joy.

Building Strong Hearts and Minds: We believe in educating the whole child—nurturing not only their intellect but also their hearts. Values such as kindness, empathy, and friendship are woven into our daily activities, helping children develop essential social skills and emotional intelligence.

Empowering Independence: As children embark on their educational journey, they will learn the power of self-reliance and accomplishment. Our curriculum fosters a sense of pride in completing tasks independently and instills in them the confidence to take care of themselves.

A Haven of Safety: At Holy Cross Academy, your child’s safety is our top priority. Our dedicated staff ensures that each child feels secure—physically, intellectually, and socially—allowing them to explore and learn with confidence.

Guiding Lifelong Success: Early childhood is a time of rapid brain development. The skills and competencies they acquire during this magical phase will serve as the foundation for their future success. We strive to shape strong leaders with compassionate hearts, who will make a positive impact on the world around them.

Don’t miss this opportunity to give your child an enchanting start to their educational journey. Join us at Holy Cross Academy Preschool and watch them flourish as they play, explore, and imagine in a child-oriented wonderland. Secure their place now and witness them grow into confident, kind-hearted leaders. Enroll today and embark on a journey of wonder and joy with us!



Location + Contact Information

40 Rumson Road Rumson, New Jersey  07760

(732) 708-3113



Are you completely satisfied with your current childcare situation? Is your child being challenged to meet his/her full potential in a structured but warm and nurturing classroom environment? Does your child ask if today is a school day? Kiddie Academy parents say yes!

We provide educational childcare for children aged 6 weeks through Pre-Kindergarten. We also offer before-and-after care for school-age children. We are open Monday – Friday from 7:00am-6:00pm ALL but ten days per year! At Kiddie Academy, we know that choosing the perfect childcare can be an overwhelming task. Researching, calling, touring, asking, deciding…A tour is the best way to determine if Kiddie Academy is the right fit for you and your child. You’ll get to see our classrooms, meet our staff, learn about our curriculum and programs, and ask as many questions as you need. To get started, all you have to do is follow the link below and schedule a date and time that’s convenient for you. We can’t wait to meet you and your child!

Our infants and toddlers spend the day with warm, mature caregivers who understand the developmental stages of young children. They encourage each child’s individual growth while providing parents with guidance as they work to achieve important milestones. The children learn communication with sign language reducing frustration levels while their verbal skills emerge. Our terrific twos enjoy a balance of nurturing and fun while exploring educational concepts. Large group instruction is introduced in playful ways that allow the children to learn to communicate, cooperate, and share. Alphabet, color, and shape recognition as well as calendar concepts are mastered during this year…and let’s not forget about potty training.

Our preschool and pre-kindergarten students are led by an experienced teacher who has all of the tools needed to deliver the highest level of learning. Children sing songs about the sounds letters make, strengthen their fine motor muscles to allow for neat handwriting, explore math concepts in everyday applications, participate in science experiments and discovery, and so much more. Every child receives small group computer instruction on a weekly basis.

Our School Age students enjoy before and after care inclusive of delayed openings and early releases. An afternoon snack is provided each day. Daily homework help is also available and care is offered on the many days local public schools are closed.

Location + Contact Information

5 Allyson Way Allentown NJ, 08501




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 14th, November 9th & January 11th; call to register. 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. 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, young students enjoy classes in science, foreign languages, art, computers, drama, music, swimming, and library. Dedicated faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, extensive technology, and enriching after-school activities provide for an exceptional and welcoming educational environment. 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 oakhillacademy.com


Upcoming Open House Dates: Pre-registration Recommended (Here)




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


235 Hope Road Tinton Falls, NJ 07724






  Situated on over 38 acres in Holmdel, New Jersey, Saint John Vianney High School is a family community that approximately 850 students call home. Our namesake was a remarkable parish priest, whose life and work inspire everything our school has stood for over the last 50+ years. Our motto, “Knowledge, Commitment, Involvement”, is a combination of the three ideals that guide our school every day. We promote an educational environment where the overall student is developed while instilling Catholic values that support the growth of each of our students, as well as the beliefs that are sacred to their families.


  Our vibrant community offers outstanding academics and exceptional extracurricular activities, including first-rate athletics. Academic excellence is the hallmark of an SJV education. In a co-ed environment, our students are encouraged to achieve their best and work hard to accomplish their personal goals. Our dedicated faculty members mentor our students and instill in them a passion for learning in an environment that is nurturing and supportive. Our innovative approach to teaching, which incorporates the use of the finest technologies available, leads to higher-order thinking skills and overall academic success among our students. In addition to our outstanding college preparatory curriculum, SJV also offers our students over 30 athletic teams, more than 35 clubs, and Lancer Productions, which puts on multiple shows each year. 

Commitment to developing the overall person is the centerpiece of our spiritual and educational philosophy. It remains a constant focus in all that we do, educating the whole person- mind, body, and spirit. At Saint John Vianney High School, we shape our students into well-rounded people who demonstrate intellect, love, faith, growth, and commitment to service.







Saint John Vianney High School

540A Line Road Holmdel, NJ 07733

732-739-0800 X 110 Hours: 8am to 3pm



 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
550 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ  07738
732-741-3133 ext. 225



Voyagers’ Community School is a dynamic educational institution that guides students as they explore their passions and reach their full potential. Nestled on the Brookdale Community College Lincroft campus, the school offers a wide range of resources and programs tailored to fuel curiosity, creative thinking, and problem-solving – all enhancing personal development and lifelong learning.

Our school provides an extensive array of resources to support students’ educational journey. From a well-equipped library to cutting-edge technology, students have access to the tools they need to work with focus. Additionally, our dedicated and passionate teachers and staff ensure that students receive personalized attention, encouraging them to develop their unique strengths.

Voyagers’ Community School provides a flexible and comprehensive schedule for both students and parents. Our admission process is designed to be inclusive and welcoming, with an emphasis on the student’s fit rather than rigid criteria. We invite parents and students to schedule a tour and interview to learn more about the school’s philosophy and how it aligns with their educational goals. Join us at Voyagers’ Community School, where curiosity is nurtured, and lifelong learners emerge. Call 732-842-1660 or click here to book a tour to begin your Voyage of discovery today! 

 School Hours:

Preschool – 8:30 am-3:30 pm

K-8 – 8:30 am-3:00 pm

HS – 8:30 am-2:45 pm

 Additional Programming Offered:

  • Homeschooling – flexible attendance 

  • After-school Classes 

  • STEAM Birthday Parties

  • Drop-in Care 

  • Private Tutoring 


Location + Contact Information

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Brookdale Community College

765 Newman Springs Road

Parking Lot 4, Lincroft

NJ 07738, USA





235 Hope Road
Tinton Falls, NJ 07724



 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. 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).



550 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ  07738
732-741-3133 ext. 225

  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.



Goddard School of Tinton Falls & Middletown

209 Harmony Rd.

Middletown, NJ 07748


4 Hartford Drive

Tinton Falls, NJ 07701



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.


Cross of Glory Nursery School

95 Cambridge Dr.

Aberdeen, NJ 07747

(732) 583-1118


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


St. John’s Nursery School

2000 Florence Ave.

Hazlet, NJ 07730

(732) 888-7886


Sandy Hook Child Care Center

335 Pennington Rd.

Highlands, NJ 07732

(732) 291-2368


King of Kings Preschool

250 Harmony Rd.

Middletown, NJ 07748

(732) 671-3348


Holy Cross Academy Preschool

40 Rumson Rd.

Rumson, NJ 07760

(732) 842-0348


Tiny Treasures Nursery School

2024 New Bedford Rd.

Spring Lake, NJ 07762

(732) 449-4073

Monmouth County Private Schools

Private Schools

Christian Brothers Academy

850 Newman Springs Rd.

Lincroft, NJ 07738




Christian Brothers Academy is an independent, Lasallian, college-preparatory school providing a contemporary and balanced Catholic education for young men. A rich and rigorous curriculum, programs of spiritual formation, and a broad range of academic, athletic, and cultural activities enable students to become intellectually mature and morally responsible leaders for the Church and society.



Red Bank Catholic

112 Broad Street

Red Bank, NJ 07701




Red Bank Catholic is a vibrant, beloved, Catholic co-educational institution with a storied history, an extraordinary spirit and a record of achievement in the classroom and beyond. Our over 800 students come from over 50 towns and 60 schools. They are young men and women of competence, compassion, commitment and curiosity and together with over 14,000 alumni, they make up the “Casey Family.”


St. John Vianney

540A Line Rd. Holmdel, NJ




Students at Saint John Vianney High School have a complete high school experience. Extracurricular activities, clubs, and athletics keep our students well rounded. Our students constantly strive to follow our motto of “Knowledge, Commitment and Involvement”.



St. Rose of Lima

51 Lincoln Place

Freehold, NJ 07728



West Side Christian Academy

1211 Bangs Ave. Asbury Park, NJ 07712



St. Rose High School

607 7th Ave. Belmar, NJ



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


St. John Vianney

540A Line Rd. Holmdel, NJ



Coastal Learning Center (special needs)

38 Arnold Blvd. Howell, NJ



Brookdale Community College

765 Newman Springs Rd.

Lincroft, NJ 07738

(732) 224-2345


Saint Leo the Great

550 Newman Springs Rd. Lincroft, NJ



Solomon Schechter Day School

22 School Rd. Marlboro Township, NJ



Mater Dei High School

538 Church St. Middletown, NJ



St. Mary’s Elementary School

538 Church St. Middletown, NJ



Children’s Center of Monmouth County (special needs)

1115 Green Grove Rd. Neptune, NJ 07753



Ilan High School

1200 Roseld Ave. Ocean, NJ



Saint James Elementary School

30 Peters Place. Red Bank, NJ 07701



Holy Cross Academy

40 Rumson Rd. Rumson, NJ 07760



Rumson Country Day School

35 Bellevue Ave. Rumson, NJ



Monmouth Montessori Academy

2307 Railroad Ave.

Spring Lake, NJ 07762

(732) 449-0500


Ranney School

235 Hope Rd. Tinton Falls, NJ



Oakland School (for the disabled)

62 Hance Ave. Tinton Falls, NJ



Trinity Hall (all girls)

101 Corregidor Rd. Tinton Falls, NJ



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