North Ward Center Child Development Center

The North Ward Center operates one of the largest preschools in Newark, NJ. Established in 1975, the North Ward Center Child Development Center has served more than 4,000 preschoolers. We have more than 40 preschool classes that provide nearly 700 three and four year olds with fundamental learning skills. The Child Development Center is one of the largest Abbott preschools in the state of New Jersey.

The Center has invested more than $10 million to construct four preschool buildings in four locations without any money from taxpayers.

Our facilities are located at:

  • 475 Mount Prospect
  • 346 Mount Prospect
  • 300-306 Mount Prospect
  • 341 Roseville Avenue

In partnership with the Newark Public Schools, we are providing Newark children with their first educational experience in state-of-the-art surroundings. Among the highlights of our program:

  • 15 children in a classroom
  • Certified preschool teachers
  • Structured curriculum
  • Math and phonetic awareness
  • Licensed, state-of-the-art preschool facilities
  • Experienced, caring, professional certified staff
  • Spacious, well-equipped, outdoor recreation and play area
  • Cooperative learning centers
  • Computer-assisted instruction utilizing the latest interactive,
  • multi-media, equipment and age-appropriate educational software
  • Audio and video technology enhanced preschool curriculum
  • Reading-readiness
  • Math-readiness
  • Early literacy
  • Socialization skills
  • Art and Music Appreciation
  • Second language instruction
  • Gross and fine motor skills development
  • Nutritious breakfast, hot lunch and healthy snack

The Abbott preschool program is free for Newark residents and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To be eligible for the program, residency in Newark is required. For more information about the program, call 973-481-1023.

The North Ward Center also operates the Forest Hill Child Development Center, a private preschool for children ages 2 to 5. The program runs Monday thru Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and snack are included for $150 per week. All children are accepted, including those not yet toilet trained. There are immediate openings. Call 973-481-1023 if you are interested.