Educating Our Children
The North Ward Center takes pride in its educational programs. The North Ward Child Development Center offers free full-day preschool to qualified Newark children. It is the largest such program in the state. Parents who do not qualify for the North Ward Child Development Center, but who still want a high-quality preschool can enroll their children in the Forest Hill Academy, a private preschool operated by The North Ward Center.
Robert Treat Academy Charter School was founded in 1997 by The North Ward Center. It has earned a reputation for excellence and has been recognized as one of the highest performing schools in the state by the Department of Education. In 2008, it was awarded a Blue Ribbon by the U.S. Department of Education.