Early Childhood Education


We utilize the Creative Curriculum for Preschool and Infant/ Toddlers Goals and Objectives to begin building a strong academic foundation for our students. Its curriculum framework is based on developmentally appropriate practices-stressing instruction and teaching in ways that match the way children develop and learn. The framework focuses on the following: How Children Develop and Learn, The Learning Environment, What Children Learn, The Teacher’s Role, The Family’s Role.

The curriculum framework is applied to eleven areas that can be found in each classroom:

Art-Blocks–Computers–Cooking-Discovery Center-Dramatic Play–Library-Music &Movement-Outdoor / Active Play-Sand & Water Play-Toys & Games

Our program is given in a math and literacy-rich environment and integrates social emotional skill development. Our teachers follow a very interactive curriculum that encourages independence and self-discovery. Thus, our students not only gain a strong academic foundation, but develop character and habits of mind they need to be successful in school and in life-independence, strategic planning, problem solving and critical thinking skills.

By the time our students graduate from our program, they have reached or exceeded the developmental milestones appropriate for their individual needs.

Urban League of Essex County Early Childhood Education

Full Day Preschool

We are committed to developing the essential academic, cognitive, and social skills that our children need to excel in Kindergarten and beyond.  Our program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is licensed by the State of New Jersey to provide quality services to children from 18 months of age to 5 years.

Our Early Childhood Center is open from 7:30am to 5:30pm, Monday through Friday, and follows the Newark Public School District's (Newark Board of Education) academic calendar from September to June.  Wrap Around Care is available during the summer months providing an enriched summer filled with fun learning activities.

What Our Parents Are Saying

“The Urban League is an excellent school. They treated my child the same as I, with love, care, attention, and the direction for higher education”

-Ivy Hall,parent of a 2010 graduate

“If you want your child in a pleasant, warm, loving, and all around well-balanced environment, then I strongly urge you to consider the Urban League Preschool. My children have enjoyed their experience at the school and learned so much. I am grateful for all the work they do in and outside of the classroom.”

-Mrs. Gowdie, parent of 2009 and 2011 graduates

urban league of essex county early childhood education


  • High quality, NAEYC-Accredited Early Childhood Center
  • Certified Teachers
  • Full-day, year-round service
  • Nutritious meals


504 Central Ave

Newark NJ 07107

What to Bring

  • Your child’s birth certificate and immunization records
  • 3 Proofs of address and parent identification

For more information contact:

Ms. McMillian, Family Worker
973-624-9535 ext. 205

Urban League of Essex County Early Childhood Education
NAEYC Urban League of Essex Certification

General registration for all Early Childhood Center programs begins in April for the coming September, but you are welcome to contact us anytime about vacancies at (973) 624-9535, x223