The Palmyra Board of Education has been awarded aid through New Jersey's Department of Education (DOE) Preschool Education Aid Package!

Preschool Open House Flyer from css

^^^^click the pic above for the recent flyer shared with new preschool families.

Upcoming Events for Our NEW Preschooler Families

Preschool BACKPACK
The BACKPACK is a place on our website where school places important virtual information for families to view.

A message from Dr. McBride,
Superintendent of Schools:
Preschool Letter to District Families 9-8-2022

On September 8th, Palmyra School District was selected to receive NJDoE Preschool Education Aid !
Palmyra is proud to expand our Preschool program to run:

  • 3 classes of full day programs for 3-and 4-year-olds

  • FREE to Palmyra residents s

    elected by lottery for open seats

  • All classes will be taught by fully certified/licensed preschool teachers

  • Students already attending our existing preschool program are automatically in the new program

PRESCHOOL at Charles Street School

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Preschool Lottery selection was done at 9am on September 15th.

There are a limited number of seats for the 2022-2023 school year. By order of lottery selection, parents will be notified if their child has been accepted into the program or has been placed on the waitlist. Notification will be made on September 16th.

Early next week more info will be available.

preschool lottery results selected 15 September 2022

Your notification letter will indicate if you have been accepted into the program or placed on the waiting list.

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Families placed on the Waiting List

Thank you for your interest in our expanding preschool.
Your names have been held aside should a space become available.

Families selected for Preschool

Preschool will begin October 3rd.
Please see below for instructions for the next steps necessary to maintain your status as a Preschool selected student.

District Registration is your next step!

Our District Registrar is
Ms. Kim Allen
kallen@palmyra.k12.nj.us
856-786-9300 x1000

Our registrar is directing you to follow steps 1-4 to get your child all set for Palmyra Preschool:

  1. Complete online REGISTRATION information HERE

  2. Gather required information from checklist HERE

  3. Gather required medical information from this supplemental checklist HERE

  4. Set up Appointment with District Registrar to come in during office hours to complete Preschool registration.

Due to the unusual nature of this year's registration timing, please be aware that an appointment is MANDATORY-no walk-ins will be taken for Preschool Registration.

Full and accurate registrations MUST BE COMPLETED by September 23rd in order to maintain your Preschool Selection Status.

FAQ

Please consult our FAQ section here to the right >

If you still have additional questions or questions regarding your next steps including questions about eligibility/residence and registration please see our FULL REGISTRATION PAGE HERE.

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preschool class of 22

What does "full day" mean for preschool?
A full day of preschool will be from 8:30am to 2:30pm. Time for a nap, a snack and lunch are planned as part of the program.

When will classes begin for this new preschool?
Classes will start on Monday, October 3rd.

Does my child need to be potty-trained in order to attend?
No. Although we do hope that they are working in that direction, it is not expected.

Can I get added to the lottery?
The application is now closed. The deadline for Palmyra families to apply was August 31, 2022.

When will we learn if Palmyra has been accepted into the free preschool program?
The District was notified with the great news from the state on September 8th.

When will we find out if our child is able to be in the free preschool program?
Families were notified of their lottery status after noon on September 15th.

What is the age requirement for applicants?
Children must be 3 or 4 years of age on or before October 1st 2022 to be eligible for the New Preschool Expansion.

My child is currently enrolled in the existing tuition-based preschool program, do I need to complete an application for them?
No, existing registered preschool students are automatically enrolled in the new program.

Is there a half day option?
No. There will no longer be a half day program, all classes are full-day only.

What do you mean by "lottery"?
Responses to the application Google Form will be assigned a number and the students will be chosen randomly by number for the available openings.

Can my child take advantage of the Palmyra After School Program (PASP)?
No, at this time, our PASP program is only designed for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade.

How does my child get to school?
Palmyra is a walking school district and parent/guardians are responsible to provide transportation.

PRESCHOOL

We will have 3 full-time integrated classrooms for three and four-year-old students! The Palmyra School District’s vision is to create a preschool program where children are encouraged to learn and grow by providing a foundation of developmentally appropriate experiences in a safe and nurturing environment. It is our belief that each child is a unique individual and that all children can learn.

Our established, 30 year preschool program will continue to provide an inclusive setting that recognizes children's varied abilities, interests, needs, and learning styles. Our preschoolers experience a variety of early reading and math concepts, language development, fine and gross motor skills, related arts and social skills.

Palmyra School District's integrated preschool program has been designed to promote a comprehensive and equitable environment by bringing together children of all social, demographic, and economic backgrounds into a collaborative classroom setting.

Our August 24th Town Hall session shown here to the right was moderated by our elementary school principal, Mrs. Octavia Lee and Superintendent, Dr. Brian McBride.
The event was for parents of preschoolers and was streamed out through facebook as well as here on our website for those that could not attend in-person. Many great questions answered at the event!

PRESCHOOL TOWN HALL EVENT RECORDING