Barclay News Archive

Misson Statement

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.


Book Smiles has returned for the 2019 - 2020 school year!

Last year, Barclay was able to collect over 400 books in one month for BookSmiles! These books were donated to local families and classrooms, as we wanted to help every child have a library of books at home. 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!

2019-2020 Barclay ECC Applications

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 @ 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.

Character Education at Barclay

Our teachers work hard to instill in our students the 3 core values of our school:


The Barclay Early Childhood Center has been named as a NJ School of Character! We were commended for our incorporation of Character Critters into our program. with puppets representing our Core Values as well as Thankfulness, Caring, Kindness, and Honesty. We were also acknowledged for the integration of Cultural Proficiency and Equity into our Character Education initiatives.

We look forward to applying for National School of Character in December, 2019!

2018-2019 Applications for Barclay ECC

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 If you have additional questions, contact Colleen Thompson at

Designer Bag Bingo at Barclay!
Designer Bag Bingo at Barclay!

Join us for Designer Bag Bingo December 1, 2017. Doors open at 6:30 pm for a 7:00 pm start time. Tickets purchased by November 22nd are $25 and tickets purchased after November 22nd are $30. Get your orders in to the Main Office as soon as possible. At this time, tickets will be available at the door.

Green Apple Day of Service

Our Green Apple Day of Service is planned for Saturday, October 14 from 9:30 - 11:00 AM. The event will be rescheduled in the event of rain. Please check the website for updates.

Week of Respect

Barclay Early Childhood Center is celebrating The Week of Respect from October 2 - 6. During this time period, we join schools across the State of New Jersey in helping students to develop age-appropriate interpersonal skills so that they can demonstrate respect for others. Our Ambassador for Respect is Rusty the Respectful Raccoon. Ask your child if he or she has met Rusty!

Construction at Barclay

Starting July 24th, the front entry doors at Barclay Early Childhood Center will be closed. All parents and guests are asked to enter Door #3 (located at the mid-point of the building). There will be signage to help you find the temporary building entrance. We expect construction to continue through the summer and, most likely, into the start of the school year.

Cherry Hill Food Bank Drive

Please bring in non-perishable food items to Barclay Early Childhood Center's Lobby. All food will be donated to the Cherry Hill Food Bank. Collection will run from June 1 - 16, 2017. Thank you!

Barclay Carnival

Thank you to all who attended and/or helped with the Annual Spring Carnival. A good time was had by all!

2017-2018 Applications Available

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.

Updates to our Website
Updates to our Website

We have made two changes to our website:

  • Principal's Monthly Letters can now be found by clicking the "Principal's Updates" link in the menu at the top of our site
  • All PTA information can now be found by clicking on the "PTA" link in the menu at the top of our site
Pajama Day

We will have a Pajama Day Fundraiser on Friday, December 9, 2016. More details to follow...

Assisted Drop Off

Assisted Drop Off will allow parents who have more than one child in their car to use the drop off system

Your student must be signed up for the Assisted Drop Off program via the Main Office.

If your situation changes during the school year and you meet the requirements for Assisted Drop Off, please contact the Main Office to sign up.

Any questions, please don't hesitate to ask Main Office for details.

2016-2017 Lottery Applications

The 2016-2017 Lottery Applications will be available ON OUR WEBSITE and in our MAIN OFFICE as of February 1, 2016. Your child should be 3 or 4 by October 1, 2016. The application period runs from February 1, 2016 thru March 1, 2016 at 4 pm. You will be directed to complete the application and MAIL TO OUR CENTRAL OFFICES (address will be on the Application). Applications will also be available at our Open Houses on February 11, 2016 (10 am) and February 16, 2016 (7:00 pm)*. Please contact our secretary, Colleen Thompson at 856-429-7283 ext 4010 to reserve a spot. Notification letters will be mailed out on or before March 31, 2016. Any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Main Office at 856-429-7283.

*Weather permitting.

Martin Luther King Day of Service

Barclay students will participate in the Martin Luther King Day of Service on Tuesday, January 19th. Students will be creating Valentine's Day cards which will be sent to our troops overseas.

Parents are invited to contact their child's classroom teacher for the times students will be working on the cards - volunteers are needed!

This project is brought to Barclay Early Childhood Center by our Character Education Committee.