Maplewood and South Orange Preschools

You have just found the home of your dreams in Maplewood or South Orange, and now you have to find the perfect preschool for your children. Thankfully, this area has many offerings, from part-time and all-day options, to both religious and non-denominational options. In this post, we are listing some of the many preschools in Maplewood and South Orange for your consideration.  

Each family is unique with their own specific set of needs, but there’s something on this list for everyone. And just like when you knew your house was “the one” when you walked through the front door, trust your gut when searching for preschools and daycare centers. With proper research and patience, you’ll find the perfect option for your family.

Once you narrow down your list to a handful of possibilities, be sure to ask for a tour of each facility during the day so that you can see it up close and in action. Are the children happy? Do the teachers seem happy? For more questions to ask, click here.



Applecore Learning  prides itself on placing each child’s development, growth and safety as a top priority with age appropriate learning activities.

Kinder-Gan Preschool incorporates learning centers in the classroom, such as art, math, science, blocks, computers and writing, to provide an environment of choice that is designed to challenge the children.

Le Parc Place, in the heart of Maplewood village, nurtures and develops the unique talents and abilities of each child through creative exploration and artistic self-expression, with lesson plans that are adapted to include various learning styles.

Morrow Memorial Preschool is a co-op preschool in the heart of Maplewood village where parents and caretakers assist the teachers with day-to-day activities.

Prospect Co-Op Nursery School is designed for families that want to be involved in the early education of their children, through involvement with the preschool curriculum, administrative decisions and day-to-day activities.

South Mountain YMCA is one of the largest providers of childcare in the area, with programs designed to nurture the potential of children, promote healthy living and foster a sense of social responsibility.



Bobbie’s Playhouse is an in-home daycare center in South Orange that provides a warm, loving and nurturing environment along with a structured social environment to foster academic and developmental growth.

Buzzing Bees In Home Childcare is a family owned and operated facility that focuses on helping a child develop cognitively, emotionally, socially and physically in a fun, nurturing environment.

Children’s Learning Tree believes that the interaction between teacher, child and parents is the optimal team based approach to early learning. Their approach is based on the belief that children learn best in a nurturing, self-exploratory, diverse and purposeful environment.

Little Stages Child Day Care, offering services for infants through pre-kindergarten, is a family oriented environment that encourages a child’s development in fun welcoming ways, and where all styles of learning are recognized.

Mickey Fried at Oheb Shalom offers a warm, creative environment where children can learn as they play while focusing on Jewish traditions and religion.

Montrose Early Childhood Center, a new school for special needs and general education children, offers both full and half day programs where the special education and general education students are mixed to promote self confidence and achievement for all students.

Our Lady of Sorrows Nursery and Preschool, offers services for children 6 weeks through pre-kindergarten, teaching respect and responsibility through play-based programs founded on Christian love and community.

South Orange Country Day School offers a progressive child-friendly environment that stimulates learning, promotes independence and encourages personal responsibility for all students.

Temple Sharey Tefilo Israel Iris Family Preschool offers a stimulating, stress-free environment that emphasizes individuality, creativity and communication and where children are encouraged to grow and develop confidence with a positive self image.

Thelma K. Reisman Preschool of Beth El provides a warm nurturing Jewish environment for young children to grow physically, academically and socially.

Totri Day Care focuses on the emotional, social, intellectual, and physical growth of a child through exciting, enriching activities in a fun, bilingual (English/Spanish) and developmentally appropriate environment.

Village Babies Development Center is an early childhood development facility in South Orange where children are offered a gentle, secure and unique development experience through play-based programs.

Weekday Cooperative Preschool is a multicultural cooperative program where teachers strive to form a solid foundation for future education through social interaction and a hands-on approach.

Work and Play early childhood program is unique, small, and individualized. Alongside the teachers, your child will create, explore, and learn independence in the indoor and outdoor classrooms. While you work your child can play.

Some of our next few posts will offer lists of a few of the many preschools in Millburn/Short Hills, West Orange, Livingston and Montclair/Glen Ridge.

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