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.
Early Intervention Services
If you are concerned that your baby is not meeting developmental milestones, contact Early Intervention Services for assistance.
If your child is absent from school, you will receive an automated attendance call to all available numbers and email addresses. We encourage you to call the Absentee Hotline, 856-429-7283, and press 1 or email Colleen Thompson, as early as possible. If we receive the call early enough, we can stop the call from going out, however, please understand that there is still the possibility you will receive a call. 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:
Cherry Hill Public Schools
Central Business Office
Attn: Lin Czerwinski
45 Ranoldo Terrace
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
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 $15.
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.
The mission of the Barclay Early Childhood Center is to provide an inclusive, high-quality preschool program for all children. WE focus on the development of the whole child, including the Core Values of Respect, Responsibility and Citizenship. WE emphasize meeting the individual needs of our students through developmentally appropriate instruction and therapeutic support. WE are a learning community. WE are Barclay.
Barclay has collected over 400 books in one month for BookSmiles! These books will be donated to local families and classrooms; we want to help every child have a library of books at home. Thank you for all your donations. It's not too late to donate! The collection bin will be in our lobby through the end of the school year. Good condition books for babies through teenagers can be donated. Thank you for supporting a love of reading in our community!
Applications for the 2019-2020 School Year at Barclay Early Childhood Center are now available. Please complete and return to our Central Offices no later than March 1, 2019. Please RSVP to Colleen Thompson @ firstname.lastname@example.org for the 2/1/2019 Open House or the 2/4/2019 Open House. Any additional questions, contact the Main Office at 856-429-7283.
Our teachers work hard to instill in our students the 3 core values of our school:
RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY AND CITIZENSHIP!
I am pleased to announce that Barclay Early Childhood Center has been selected as a 2018 Promising Practice School by Character.org. Our application centered around our work with Reverse Inclusion with Speech Support.
The Barclay Early Childhood Center has completed an application to be recognized as a NJ State School of Character. Application deadline was December 7, 2018. We await official notification as to our status sometime in January.
Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are available on our website. Our enrollment period ended March 1, 2018, but we are now taking applications for the waiting list. Tuition for the 2018-2019 school year will be $2,500.00. Classes are 5 days a week, 2 1/2 hours a day. AM session is 9-11:30 (no requests for AM are taken); PM session is 1-3:30. There is NO transportation provided. Applications can be mailed, faxed (856-795-4788) or sent via email (to email@example.com). If you have additional questions, contact Colleen Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board of Education has appointed two new members to fill the vacancies created by the resignations of former Board members Mr. David Rossi and Dr. Edward Wang. Mr. Ben Ovadia will fill Mr. Rossi's seat; Mrs. Corrien Elmore-Stratton will fill Dr. Wang's seat. Resumes submitted by Mr. Ovadia and Mrs. Elmore-Stratton are available online. The new Board members will be installed following the completion of their security background checks. The Board would like to thank the candidates who completed the full application process to fill the open seats. A list of those who completed the process and granted permission for their names to be released is available online.
Summer Enrichment programs at Cherry Hill High School East for rising 5th through 11th graders and Summer Music Enrichment Classes at Cherry Hill High School West for rising 4th through 12th graders are still open and continue to accept registrations! Details and registration forms are available online. Disregard deadlines on paperwork.
ATTENTION STUDENTS, PARENTS AND GUARDIANS: The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Summer Food Service Program provides free meals when school is out! Who is eligible:
- Children 18 years of age or younger who come to an approved open site or a site to which they are enrolled.
- Adults over the age of 18 years who are enrolled in school programs for persons with disabilities.
- At sites that require enrollment, benefits are available only to children who receive free or reduced-price meals at school.
HOW TO LOCATE A SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM FEEDING SITE:
To find the closest feeding site near you, text FOOD to 877-877 or Summer Meals to 97779 or visit the USDA site finder web site at www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks
On Thursday, May 16, 2019, Superintendent Dr. Joseph Meloche testified before the New Jersey Assembly Education Committee regarding the dire shortage of qualified special education teachers across the state. Dr. Meloche's full testimony is available online.
The Cherry Hill Public Schools Administration and Board of Education are committed to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance District wide. A synopsis of ADA-related work in the Cherry Hill Public Schools facilities, as discussed at the May 2019 BOE Business & Facilities Committee Meeting and Work Session, is available online.
LaCoyya H. Weathington