Registration for Newark Community-based Preschools is Now Open

Parents Invited to Register Their Children for Pre-K3 and Pre-K4

Newark, NJ, April 28, 2014 – Early registration for students who will attend Pre-K Three and Pre-K Four classes (ages 3 and 4 respectively) at Newark’s community-based preschools for the 2014-2015 school year in now open. Students will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis. 

All children celebrating their third or fourth birthday on or before October 1, 2014 are eligible for enrollment in any of the community-based preschool programs under contract with the Newark Public Schools. Children enrolled at the contracted centers should be registered on-site at the center of choice. The centers are listed on the district’s website at the following link.

(In accordance with New Jersey Department of Education, Preschool Program Implementation Guidelines, mixed-age classes are the standard in both district and community-based preschool programs.)

Admission Requirements

Proof of Age: Birth Certificate (Original) or Baptismal Certificate (Original) or Passport.

Proof of Newark Residency: The preschool program is offered free to children who live in Newark with their parent(s) or legal guardian(s). Any three (3) of the following documents may be offered to prove legal residence: Voter Registration Card, Deed or mortgage statement, Recent property tax bills (last 6 months), Official notarized lease or affidavit of landlord verifying that student lives at the given address, Utility Bills (water, gas or electric), Driver’s license, Federal, State or County issued identification (containing a home address), Financial account information (containing home address), Employment documents and/or benefit statement containing home address.   (One of the documents must have been issued within the last 30 days of the date the child is registered for preschool.) 

Proof of Immunizations: All students must meet the current requirements for age-appropriate immunizations. (Proof of vaccinations must be submitted at time of admission.) All students must be immunized unless exempt, as permitted by law. Provisional admission shall be granted to any children from another state or country that are in the process of completing their immunizations, provided they have started their immunizations. 

Home Language Survey: As part of required district intake screening for every child, a Home Language Survey (HLS) is to be completed in the preschool office by the adult registering the new student. This survey takes no more than two minutes to complete and is used to establish eligibility for bilingual and/or ESL instructional support for the Pre-K students. 
There is a separate process for registration to attend Newark Public Schools Pre-K and Kindergarten classes. For more information on Community-based and Newark Public Schools Pre-K and Kindergarten classes, contact the Newark Public Schools Early Childhood Education office: 973-733-6234/8389, or log on to