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The King's Daughters Day School is proud to be a United Way Member Agency.unitedway33 West Grand Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07202

Phone: 908-353-7171
Fax: 908-353-6310

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Educational Programs


Our program is licensed by the New Jersey Department of Human Services and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  Of the approximately 4,300 licensed child care centers in the State of New Jersey, only 249 have received the honor and distinction of accreditation.
One of the most unique services available to our families is our sick child care program. 

 Our programs include:

  • Infant/Toddler Care
  • Preschool Care 
  • School Age Care
  • Before & After School Care
  • Music Program
  • Sick Child Program
  • Summer Day Camp

Infant/toddler

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Our infant toddler programs provide early care and education for children ages 12 months to three years.  Our four infant/toddler classrooms are lead by a two member, full time teaching team and a part time afternoon teacher assistant.  Each multi age group classroom is made up of ten children.  The children stay together as a group until they age out into our preschool program. 

Our program follows the High/Scope educational approach (www.highscope.org, www.zerotothree.org)   Learning activities in the program provide children the opportunity to explore creative materials, express their ideas, and stimulate their curiosity.  This promotes language, reading and math readiness, fine and gross motor skills, as well associal, emotional and cognitive development.  In addition to our daily routine, the program has two very unique features:  cooking and developmental music.  Our children also have the opportunity to participate in seasonal special events.  Two examples are a petting zoo and pumpkin picking.  Our very large outdoor space is transformed into a zoo and a pumpkin patch.

Parents are kept informed of their child’s individual routine in multiple ways; daily interaction, a daily individual tracking sheet, the classroom “Daily News,” and informal and formal parent teacher conferences.

Preschool blocks

Our preschool program provides early care and education for children ages three to five years.  Our six-multi age classrooms are lead by a two member, full time teaching team and a part time afternoon teacher assistant.  Four of our smaller classrooms have 15 multi age children in the group, and our two large classroom host 20 children each.

Our program follows the High/Scope educational approach (www.highscope.org).  Learning activities in the program provide children opportunities to explore creative materials, such as clay and painting, and to express their ideas, and stimulate their curiosity.  This promotes language, reading and math readiness, fine and gross motor skills, as well associal, emotional and cognitive development.  Furthermore, our daily routine has three very unique features:  organic gardening, cooking and developmental music. 

Our children also have the opportunity to participate in seasonal off site special and cultural events.  In additional to traditional trips that help support a particular curricular study, the children attend concerts and theater performances.

Parent are keep informed of their child’s daily routine in numerous ways; daily interaction, the classroom “Daily News,” our monthly classroom newsletter, and informal and formal parent teacher conferences.

Since September 2002, the Day School has subcontracted with the Plainfield Board of Education under the Abbott Legislation for parity in education, to provide early care and education for 60 preschool-age children (four classes, total). 

School Age Program

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The King’s Daughters Day School provides services to children ages 5 to 12 years and their families.  The School Age program provides children with an organized, safe environment while their parents continue to work.  This program supports working parents, by offering transportation to and from Plainfield and North Plainfield schools during regularly scheduled days as well as half school days, full days when schools are closed for workshops or holidays and emergency closing.  

The summer component offers a ten-week summer enrichment program.  Summer camp weekly activities include: music, trips, fine arts, science, crafts, swimming, a book club and 4H. 

Our after school curriculum is influenced by what the children bring to the Day School.  Completing homework is a key element of the program, and is balanced with snack, social time, physical activity, crafts, and play activities to stimulate intellectual curiosity in literacy, math, science, logic, music, drama and art, not necessarily in that order.  The children’s preferences and experiences guide the thematic content of the program.  One of our activities is gardening.  Our children have become avid organic gardeners.  Our vegetable garden has doubled in size, and we are a registered 4H club.

Summer camp weekly activities include: music, trips, fine arts, science, crafts, swimming and a book club.  Breakfast, lunch and snack are served at no additional cost to the parents.  During the ten-week summer camp program our children are involved in an intensive art project that takes eight weeks to complete.  During the summer of 2007, they created a mosaic planter for our front lobby.  This past summer, the children had an opportunity to experience working with an artist in residence.  The children under the tutelage of a local artist, painted two acrylic paintings.  These paintings were then presented to our child care community with an art show. 

Music

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The Music Program at The King's Daughters Day School was established in October 2005 through the auspices of a generous grant from the Turrell Fund.  In 2007, we received additional funding from the Tyler Foundation and the New Jersey State Council on the Art, Union County Cultural and Heritage Commission.  The Day School engages the services of a music consultant to help relate musical experiences into all the developmental domains, and training teachers to explore music as part of the active learning model. 

Through finger plays, songs, and the playing of instruments, music is woven into the fabric of our program.  Viewed from a developmental perspective, music is interconnected with several elements of the child’s developmental stage and process.  One of the richest areas is language development.  Used effectively, music can increase both receptive and expressive language.  Developing listening skills, learning the vocabulary of music and having an avenue for self-expression are a part of the music experience. 

The use of symbols is an important and fundamental literacy skill that is developed as children learn how to document the music they create.  For the child who is active and does not typically participate in reading and writing activities, music provides an alternative path to developing symbolic representation.  Creation of a song is similar to the writing of a story and literacy skills are required and expanded.  Additionally, the child is using both sides of the brain, which has been found to be essential to reading. 

Developmental music experiences also influence physical development.  Children actively use their senses as they connect sounds to their sources.  The creation of objects that make sound involves fine motor skills.  The playing of instruments is both a fine and gross motor experience.  Movement in conjunction with music can increase coordination and awareness of the child’s body in space. 

There is also a significant impact on the child’s social and emotional development when music is used as a tool of self-expression.  Children lacking age-appropriate verbal skills can communicate moods and feelings through the creation of music.  They also can begin to understand emotional cues through songs about emotions, in which they play out what it is like to be sad, happy, angry or scared.  As the center of the experience, the child is free to explore the emotional content of her/his life using a safe medium.

The music program is not exclusive to our indoor environment.  We have created sound garden on our playgrounds.  They include chimes, drums and a kalimba along with traditional early childhood musical instruments.

Our children have also been introduced to the concept of ensemble playing; coordinating what they play with the teacher and others playing in the ensemble.  Each year, during our annual Winter Sing local musician are invited to accompany our children and families.  This is a prime example of the concept of the interdependent social community.  Activities in the Music Program reinforce the child’s sense of his/her own identity and culture and celebrate the differences of world cultures (e.g. different instruments and songs). 

As part of its mission, The King's Daughters Day School is committed to fostering the development of a child with an inquiring and creative mind.  The Day School’s Music Program, establishing the foundation for the children’s lifelong understanding and love of music.

Sick Child Program

We are the first child care center in the State of New Jersey to render a service designed to meet the needs of mildly ill children.  It is staffed part-time by a registered nurse whose primary responsibility is to care for children who are recovering from acute illness, and to take care of children who become ill at the Day School.  This service is available free of charge to enrolled families.
We also provide family support on an individual and personalized basis. This includes: parent education, crisis intervention and the distribution of clothing and food to help families satisfy their basic needs.
Fees for our services are based on family size and income.  We participate in all New Jersey child care voucher programs and we are a United Way member agency