Early Childhood Program



NOW REGISTERING STUDENTS FOR 2021-2022
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3 and 4 year old Preschool and Kindergarten registration is going on now
by appointment only. Please call the Residency office to schedule your appointment
at 973-268-7821 / 973-268-7825.

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Información para Harrison Preescolar

See pictures of PRESCHOOL IN PROGRESS below.

 OUR UNIQUE CREATIVE CURRICULUM

The philosophy of The Creative Curriculum® is that young children learn best by doing. The Creative Curriculum® is built on theories of development in young children, that all children learn through active exploration of their environment and therefore the environment plays a critical role in learning.

The Creative Curriculum includes developmentally appropriate goals and objectives for children within four main categories of interest: social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language. The social/emotional stage helps promote independence, self-confidence and self-control.

The Creative Curriculum® is research-based and supports the development of the whole child. High-quality, comprehensive resources empower educators to intentionally teach and care for our youngest learners during the most critical and formative years of development

Click on the link to view our unique curriculum 

 Curriculum Objectives

TEACHERS & STAFF

Our preschool teachers are all NJ State Certified Teachers with 10+ years of experience, and many with advanced degrees. Most of our teachers and teacher assistants are diverse and also speak a second language, including Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Arabic, and Italian. 

All centers listed on our website are contracted by Harrison School District and supervised by our Early Childhood Department staff.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (ELL)

We highly encourage parents to continue speaking their native language at home.
Bilingualism is a valuable asset for all children. We recognize the importance of supporting
both home language and second language development. Developing fluency in more than one language not only enhances children’s academic skills but also prepares our students for the increasingly diverse world in which we live. Knowing more than one language is a skill to be valued and encouraged.
Research shows that continuing to develop your child’s native language does not interfere
with the acquisition of English. It actually facilitates the process!

 

ANTI-BULLYING SPECIALIST

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Early 
Childhood Anti-Bullying Specialist

Mrs. MaryAnn Capobianco
Early Childhood
(973) 268-5851
maryann.capobianco@staff.harrisonschools.org

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Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Early Childhood Department is to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all preschool children.

In support of this mission, the Early Childhood Program does the following:

  • Provides assistance for the achievement of the state Early Childhood Standards through professional development, support of programs, and guidance in the effective use of technology;
  • Provides a health care program which addresses each individual student;
  • Maintains a strong partnership with the community and its resources;
  • Establishes a strong commitment to parents and family support; and
  • Embraces multicultural issues and diversity.
The Harrison School District accomplishes this mission by providing certified personnel in all areas of the Early Childhood Program.

PRESCHOOL News

Please click on link below for up-to-date Preschool information

Harrison Early Childhood Preschool Education

Harrison Early Childhood Preschool Education

Early Childhood Staff

Director: JoAnn Dignazio-Botch

School Nurse: Eileen Gilgallon

EC Facilitators:
Maryann Capobianco, Maria Silva, Anne Marie Zarbetski

Pre-School Intervention Specialist: PIRT Team

Speech Pathologist/Early Intervention/PSCD Case Manager: Larissa Canova

Secretary: Vera Da Silva

Fiscal Specialist: Yahaira Torres

EC In-district teacher: Elizabeth Markowski

EC In-district aides: Lyn Scocco, Jenna Williams, Wilder Otayza 

 

 

NURSE'S NOTES

Mrs. Eileen Gilgallon RN CSN is here to provide for your child's medical needs during school hours in accordance with district policy, and NJ State Law.

Screenings are conducted annually (height, weight, BP, vision and hearing) for all students.
6A: 16-2.2 Required Student Medical Exam
Each student must be examined upon entry into the school district. This examination must be done no more than 365 days prior to entry and must state what, if any, modifications are required for full participation in the pre-school program.
AGE APPROPRIATE VACCINATIONS FOR PRE-SCHOOL CENTERS
18 MONTHS - 4 YEARS 4 doses of DTaP, 3 doses of polio, one dose of MMR, at least one dose of Hib if initiated after first year of life, one dose of varivax or letter from PMD stating date of disease, at least one dose of pneumococcal vaccine if initiated after first year of life.
Lead screening every year up to age 6 (per statute of Harrison Board of Health), and finally a record of a mantoux screening.
A flu vaccine is required for every child by December of that school year.
NUTRITION AND SNACK REQUIREMENTS
Young children's diets need special care and planning to ensure the development of strong bones and teeth, firm muscles and healthy tissue. Proper nutrition also contributes to good health and protects against every day illness.
It is necessary for each pre-school center to implement a healthy food policy for ALL lunches and snacks sent to school.
Unhealthy foods will not be served to children during school hours.
Early food and eating experiences are the foundation for the formulation of attitudes about food, eating behavior, and consequently, food habits.
Culturally acceptable family foods is a dietary goal for feeding your children, and strongly encouraged.
MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION
All medication policies of each center are developed to comply with state law. Please consult with the Director of your chosen school to arrange for medication administration.
I am always available for consultation and assistance for special needs and concerns. Please feel free to contact me.
Please keep your school updated with any illness or immunizations your child receives.
We welcome your input as partners in your child's health and education and we look forward to a healthy happy school year.
Sincerely,
Eileen Gilgallon, RN, CSN

PRESCHOOL IN PROGRESS

Enjoy our pictures of your children below.
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