What is the Name of Your Favorite Preschool?

Share with us what makes your preschool special in this week's Reader's Choice poll.

It may be the loving teachers, colorful art supplies or the engaging picture books.

But there is something about a beloved preschool that stays with us. The sweet children's art made around their handprints, the puppets and stuffed animals, the miniature kitchen set where kids "practice" cooking.

After our children graduate from preschool and enter the world of elementary school, we remember fondly the adorable skits, Halloween parades, pajama days and keepsake art projects.

Surely there is a preschool in your town that represents the wonderful experience of early childhood education.

Share it with Patch during this week's "Reader's Choice" poll. If we've forgotten to list it, enter it in the "other" category. And be sure and comment and tell us why that school provides a wonderful experience for children. We will share the results with you on Friday, after the voting stops at 9 a.m.

Stay tuned and encourage your friends, neighbors, teachers and fellow parents to vote.

Carolyne Curley March 20, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I bet St. Peter's is a lovely school. However I noticed that St. Peter's is asking folks to vote for the school on their Facebook page. - http://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Peters-Nursery-School/191041090908777
anthony j. popola March 20, 2012 at 10:15 PM
i didn't know they had a facebook page; my daughter went there and loved it; an excellent place
Denise March 21, 2012 at 01:39 AM
St. Peter's provides a nurturing and fun environment for all students. It is such a happy place with many opportunities for children to explore, play and learn. There are two teachers in every classroom. The teachers are kind, experienced and patient. St. Peter's is a wonderful introduction to school!
GiGi March 21, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Bright Star is fantastic! The staff is highly qualified and the kids truly enjoy attending. They seem to make learning so enjoyable for the kids!
John Medina March 21, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I cannot say enough about the First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell Pre-School. Marybeth Intili and her staff run an excellent program with a wnderful mix of play and academics. My daughter cannot wait to get there in the morning and looks forward to Monday mornings! She is well prepared for kindergarten next year with a wonderful vocabulary, great writing and drawing skills and excellent social skills!
Sandy B March 21, 2012 at 01:54 PM
LOVE LOVE LOVE First Presbyterian pre school. This is my second child in the program and I have one more signed up to start next year. Mrs Intili is a wonderful director and all of the teachers are excellent. They really go the extra mile for all the kids.
Caroline March 21, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I love First Pres Nur School. They have a great staff and my daughter loves to go to school. She is well prepared for kindergarten and Mrs Rogers has given her all the tools she needs while having a great time. Each grade has their own neat organized classroom. For kids I think seeing organized classrooms is important. Love this school!
George March 21, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Tried several of them and stayed with Kiddie Kampus. Kids are not only having fun (like in some of the others (playing outside for 2 hours out of a 3 hours program ?!?) but actualy learning something. Actualy let me correct myself. They are learning a lot! As well as this school doesn't take off on any occasion (official holidays only, not like some others for teachers conference, teachers training, etc.). Staff is simply great and has all necessary experience and education to work with kids and more than that they love to work with kids...
Let's keep Caldwell safe March 21, 2012 at 03:10 PM
The Children's House, in Verona. The excellent teachers and teaching style made my son love to learn, and consequently came out "overly prepared" for kindergarten (if there is such a thing). He had a blast and we all made great friends.
Shannon O. March 21, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Absolutely love First Pres. Nursery School! MaryBeth Intili organizes an energetic, enthusiastic staff that prepares children for kindergarten.
Elsa Slater March 21, 2012 at 04:10 PM
First Presbyterian Nursery School! Caring, imaginative, and well-trained staff and lots of meaningful learning make this a fun and happy place for my children. The new kindergarten enrichment program is a wonderful addition to the curriculum too!
Katherine Guantez March 21, 2012 at 04:33 PM
First Presbyterian Nursery School!! It is a wonderful, warm learning environment. My daughter absolutely loves going there and I look forward to sending my son there next year! They have an excellent music program, they do so many great crafts and activities, and the teachers are the best. I also love the fact that they are a nationally accredited school.
Kelly T. March 21, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Kelly T. First Presbyterian in Caldwell !! Class curriculum is literary-based and designed to address early childhood development. Pro-social skills and emotional development are woven in a supportive yet accountable manner. The "feel" of the school is one of respect, kindness and joy. When teachers love their job, it shows on the students' faces....our child is smiling.
Angela Kessler March 21, 2012 at 08:58 PM
My daughter is at A Pleasant Day in Caldwell. We love it. She loves her teachers and her friends. As much as she is happy to see me at the end of the day, she hates to leave because she loves it there. Its so nice when I pick her up to see how happy all of the kids are. It truly is "A Pleasant Day"!
Danelectro59 March 21, 2012 at 10:49 PM
First Pres was fantastic for our kids. Lots of parental involvement encouraged, and very positive parent-teacher meetings. Mary Beth wasn't the head of it when our kids went there, but we've known her and her family for many years, and she's been a real asset not only for the preschool, but for the church as well. Both of our kids made friendships there that continue to this day.
janet pedrazzi March 22, 2012 at 01:03 AM
First Presbyterian church nursery school has exceeded our expectations. Our daughter was a student there for 3 years and is now enrolled in the AMAZING kindergarten enrichment program. My son is now in the 3 year old class. I love how Marybeth and her staff celebrate the uniqueness of each child and meet them all at their own developmental level. The staff is so loving and accepting of all the students while also providing them with the routines and limits they need. I can't imagine a more perfect place for my precious little ones to begin their educational journey. My children have truly developed a love of learning through the warm and nurturing environment provided at First Pres.
RGS March 22, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Does that make the votes and comments any less valid? Obviously people wouldn't take the time to vote and post if they didn't believe in it. Not sure what the point is.
Angelica March 22, 2012 at 10:28 AM
I have 2 Bright Start graduates and 2 more to go! We love Bright Start and recommend highly!!
Ellen A. March 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM
It's not a surprise that First Presbyterian Nursery school gets such wonderful 'press'--their Director, Marybeth Intili, sets the right balance for the staff and the children benefit greatly from their wonderful mix of educational and social learning, all within a nurturing and supportive atmosphere. Parents truly have allies in fostering the growth of their little ones at First Pres and so they get my enthusiastic vote too.
Maria Felten March 22, 2012 at 01:19 PM
There are young energetic teachers with LOTS OF ENTHUSIASM AT A PLeasant Day....and looking through the eyes of children......that's all that matters :)
Lisa Capalbo March 22, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I vote for Bright Start Early Learning Center. My daughter attends and just loves it there. The staff is very warm and nurturing to each child's individual personality. I would recommend them to anyone.
Colleen Kyriacou March 22, 2012 at 03:03 PM
My son attends A PLEASANT DAY preschool and we could not be happier!! The staff are friendly and attentive and the classes are small, so the children benefit greatly from the low ratio of teachers to children. My son even asks to go to school on the days he does not attend because he loves it so much!! He is learning a tremendous amount in the pre-k program and will be more than ready for kindergarten this September! If you are looking for a preschool that will nurture and encourage your child, in addition to providing a wonderful, well rounded education, then A PLEASANT DAY is the perfect place for your family!
Barbara March 22, 2012 at 04:06 PM
My children went to A Pleasant Day Nursery School (years ago) and loved it! (Since then the ownership has changed). The teachers that made the most impact on my children there opened up A Bright Start in West Caldwell. If I still had kids that age, I would be sending them to Bright Start. What a wonderful group of people who truly care about our children!
Ben Mulick March 22, 2012 at 09:32 PM
First Presbyterian Nursery School is where i went and i think they were amazing and should be first! go First Pres!
Ryan Van Etten March 22, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Bright Start!
Tom March 23, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Since ownership has changed at A Pleasant Day the school is updated and clean. I toured the school years ago for my eldest and was not impressed. Since i now have 2 little ones i toured again this year and signed up immediately! Very impressive!
Ellen March 23, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Another vote for St. Peter's Nursery School! The director & teachers provide a safe & nurturing learning enironment. My oldest son attended St. Peter's & is so well prepared for kindergarten!
John March 23, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Another vote for St. Peter's Nursery School!
Megan Pellegrino March 23, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Love, love A Pleasant Day!!!!!! As a elementary teacher for 14 yrs finding the perfect place for our daughter was of the utmost importance! Knowing that my daughter loves going each and everyday and loves her teachers warms a mothers heart! It is always a pleasant day for us!
Michelle S March 30, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Love Love Love.... A Pleasant Day. There bright loving staff makes the difference in this school. My 2 year old son has been attending for 6 months and i can't express how much he's has grown intellectually, socially and even his manners are amazing. I know its because of the love and patience he gets from his great teaches is why he is so pleasant and doesn't miss a sneeze with a bless you. When he started he didn't talk at all. He is in Early intervention and they accredit his rapid speech improvement for his school. Such a short period of time he can't stop talking. He loves it there so much that when it's time to leave he doesn't want to go.


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