808 South Ave. West Westfield, NJ 07090
Kinderprep is an academic preschool and Kindergarten for children ages 21/2 -6. Kinderprep was founded in 1995 by Lara Pallant and it is currently owned by Lara and Jennifer Kelly. In 2016 Kinderprep expanded adding an Infant and Toddler Program.
Ms. Pallant holds a BA. in Communications and is certified in Elementary Education, grades Nursery-8th. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children as well as the National Center for Learning Disabilities. As a mother of three and having a child with severe dyslexia Lara knows the importance of giving each student the support they need to find success in school.
Ms. Kelly holds an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and BA in Psychology. Jen is also a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Jen too is a mother and her love of children is apparent each and every day.
Lara and Jen are actively involved in the daily operation of the school. As active directors Lara and Jen are always available for both parents and staff members. Lara and Jen work hard to accommodate all students and are fully aware of the needs of young children.
Kinderprep's philosophy is to expose the young child to as many different learning experiences as possible, while creating a positive "first school" experience. Kinderprep's learning environment is designed to enhance children's social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development. Schedules, learning centers, and activities are planned to allow children to explore independently, to discover, and to learn through developmentally appropriate play. The Kinderprep program includes: Circle Time, Learning Centers, Pre-Math and Reading Activities, Science, Art, Music, and plenty of out door play. Our program is flexible, encouraging each child to learn at his or her own pace.
Parents find our class sizes to be most desirable. Kinderprep's teacher-student ratios and small class size were established according to what early childhood experts believe is best for the young child. Depending upon the age, class size is between 6-12 students. In addition we have a highly qualified staff. All of our teachers are college degreed, Certified in Early Childhood Education or completing their mentorship for permanate certification and all teachers are CPR certified. Each teacher is responsible for their own lesson plans, which are handed in to the director weekly for review.
In order to be a success we believe it is important for parents to be actively involved. We do this through daily reports, newsletters and parent envolvement. Each year parents may volunteer to help with holiday parties, field trips and fundraisers. We run two fund raisers a year, one to benefit the school and the other for a cause. We feel it is important for the children to understand we must help others. We also hold an annual "Family Night". All our Kinderprep students and their families are invited to "Family Night", where they can enjoy an evening with food and good company. Parents are also free to come in and do a craft or read a story anytime during the year. The children always enjoy special visitors.
Kinderprep is definitely a unique and different type of school. We are families with in one big family. As one mother recently said to us after graduation, "What are we going to do without , The Prep ? You have been such a big part of our family and we will never forget you. You were more than we could ever have imagined!"
If you are interested in enrolling your child or would like to set up a tour please contact the school. Typically we enroll in January for the following school year and for our summer camp. Occasionally, we do have openings during the year.
We welcome everyone and look forward to hearing from you!