Early Childhood

Contact Info
Samantha Lott-Velez
Executive Director


Office Location
765 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Phone: 973-733-6234
Fax: 973-424-4372

Mission
The Newark Board of Education Office of Early Childhood is committed to providing every 3- and 4-year old child, regardless of individual needs, with a high-quality Pre-K Education that also puts the health of children and the engagement of families at its core, by ensuring equal access to the opportunity to learn through developmentally-appropriate resources and services that promote children’s learning and development to ensure readiness for Kindergarten and beyond.

Vision
All 4-year olds leave Pre-K ready for Kindergarten, and with a love of learning. Parents and Families who experience Pre-K in Newark have the knowledge and skills to support and advocate for their children’s education and health for the long haul.

OEC Goals:

  1. Improve the quality of teaching and learning to ensure all students demonstrate readiness to transition to kindergarten.
  2. Ensure all students experience a school and classroom environment that furthers their academic knowledge and their functional, physical and social- emotional skills.
  3. Improve the well-being and quality of health for children and their families so children are able to thrive in Kindergarten and beyond.
  4. Increase child attendance and decrease chronic absenteeism so that all children develop the habit of attending school regularly, leading to success in kindergarten and ultimately opening doors to college.
  5. Improve family engagement systems to ensure all Newark Pre-K families are actively engaged at home, school and within their community.
Samantha Lott-Velez
Samantha Lott-Velez

Executive Director

Shelly Caldwell
Shelly Caldwell

Director

Stacy Greenleaf
Stacy Greenleaf

Supervisor of NPS Head Start Program

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Ben Homan

Management Specialist for Early Childhood Information Systems

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Marie Dukes

Principal Auditor of Early Childhood Fiscal and Facility Management

B. Helena Blackwell
B. Helena Blackwell

Supervisor of Pre-K Health Services

Kelee Brown
Kelee Brown

Supervisor of Pre-K Professional Development

Kalisha Dorlean
Kalisha Dorlean

Supervisor of Pre-K Program Quality

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Mara Kaplan

Supervisor of Pre-K Child Assessments

Carol Little
Carol Little

Supervisor of Pre-K Teacher Quality

Cheryl Mack
Cheryl Mack

Supervisor of Pre-K Transition Services

Genevieve Murray
Genevieve Murray

Supervisor of Pre-K Curriculum and Instruction

Marshel Perkins
Marshel Perkins

Supervisor of Pre-K Inclusive Services