Welcome to Barclay Early Childhood Center!
The Barclay Early Childhood Program is a comprehensive preschool that services both typically developing and special needs children, ranging in ages from three to five years old. The goal of our program is to provide our students with an exceptional early childhood learning experience.
The program services over 350 children, 40% of which are children with special needs. Our children with special needs are placed in the program through identification, evaluation, and eligibility procedures. Typically developing children (children without special needs) are placed in the program through an application and lottery procedure that begins in February and ends in March of each year.
Our classes offer a variety of programs that are designed to meet the specific needs of each child. Our highly trained teaching staff involves the children in numerous activities that focus on developing the following areas: sensory integration, fine and gross motor skills, social skills, cognitive abilities as well as language skills. Teachers and specialists utilize a multi-sensory approach when teaching concepts and skills. Our standards based curriculum, along with remedial and compensatory training, is designed to help children reach their potential.
The teachers at the Barclay Early Childhood Center are NJ State Certified and hold both regular and special education certifications. Our Child Study Team includes a social worker, a learning disabilities consultant, and a psychologist. The teaching staff and specialists, along with the Child Study Team, work as a cohesive team, to best meet the needs of our children.
If your child is going to be absent from school, you must call the Absentee Hotline 856-429-7283, and Press 1. If you do not call, our school office is required to call you until you are reached. Please call the number so that we can minimize unnecessary calls. Thank you.
Barclay is an Allergy Aware Building
Read important information explaining why we ask that no peanuts/nuts, latex balloons or perfumes enter the building.
Tuition payments are due on the 15th of each month. Please send Check or Money Order (no cash), along with your coupon to:
J.F. Cooper Elementary School
1960 Greentree Rd.
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Payments are due the 15th of every month, August - April. Tuition payments are no longer received at Barclay. Checks and Money Orders should be made payable to "Cherry Hill BOE" and mailed in time to be received by the 15th of the month to avoid a late fee of $25.
Parking and Student Drop Off
Parking at school is limited. Parents are asked to park either in the front of the school building or on the street. We ask that you obey the posted "No Parking" signs on the street in front of the building, and the yellow curbs which also indicate no parking. Please do not block residential driveways.
Additional spaces are available on Dorado, Winston Way and Covered Bridge Road as the spots in front of the school fill up quickly.
We ask that the parking lot in the rear of the school be reserved for faculty and staff, which avoids having staff members park in the front of the building or on the street, further congesting the front of the school during drop off and pick up. Carpooling, arriving early and walking are strategies that some of our parents have used to avoid the parking problems at Barclay in the past.
Please hold your child's hand while navigating around the school grounds. Playing on the school grounds during drop off/pick up time is prohibited. The school does not assume responsibility for monitoring students when under the care of their parents.
Please check with your child's teacher to confirm your date and time of Parent/Teacher Conference.
Please check with your child's teacher to confirm the date and time of your Parent/Teacher Conference.
Wear your FAVORITE COLOR OR NUMBER
Family Game Night has been re-scheduled and will take place on Thursday evening, February 16th. 6 - 7:30 PM. Please join us for board games, crafts, as well as this year's featured event - Family Pick Up Volleyball!
Please join Barclay Early Childhood Center in our celebration of Read Across America! During the week of February 27 - March 3, guest readers are invited to read a favorite childhood story to a classroom. Please see your child's classroom teacher to sign up!
Each day, children are invited to participate in daily themes.
Monday, February 27: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish - Dress in your favorite color!
Tuesday, February 28: Fox in Sox - Crazy Socks Day
Wednesday, March 1: Wacky Wednesday - Dress Wacky Day
Thursday, March 2: Crazy Hat Day in honor of Dr. Seuss' Birthday
Friday, March 3: The Sleep Book - PJ Day
We've also scheduled surprise Guest Readers throughout the week!
Certain Special Education classes will be renamed and/or relocated for the 2017-2018 school year. Click here for details on these changes.Two identical information sessions regarding the transition plan for these changes will be held on February 9 and March 2, 2017. Click here for details on these sessions.
2017-2018 Applications are now available! Please read the information carefully. To attend, your child must be 3 or 4 by October 1, 2017. Applications are to be completed and mailed to our Malberg Administration Building by March 1, 2017 at 4 pm. If you have any questions regarding the Application process, kindly contact Barclay's Main Office at 856-429-7283 x4010.