Early Childhood Education Program Overview
As part of Pemberton Township Schools, the Pemberton Township Preschool Program offers a high-quality, comprehensive educational program for every three year old and four year old child in Pemberton Township. Our high-quality preschool program is aligned to NJ Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards of quality and addresses all domains of learning. All classes are led by certified preschool teachers, while addressing the needs of the whole child.
Research has shown that children who participate in a high-quality educational program promotes the development of children's critical-thinking skills, fosters awareness of diversity, and supports enthusiasm and engagement as the cornerstones of approaches to learning. Preschool children fare better with high-quality preschool experiences. Intentional interactions, intentional planning, carefully selected intentional materials, health and safety routines and practices are all measures of high quality. A high-quality preschool program requires dedicated and qualified teaching staff, working in partnership with children's families, to systematically assist children in developing social competence and confidence. Young children's social and emotional growth and learning occurs as a result of their interactions with others and is interconnected with their development in the physical and cognitive domains.
The Pemberton Preschool program is recognized as a National School of Character. The Pemberton Early Childhood Education Center was awarded a five-star rating from Grow NJ Kids.
We have established supportive preschool partnerships to help create the kind of environment in which families, schools, and the community work together to achieve and sustain shared goals for children. Our well-defined preschool education program incorporates a wide range of family involvement and family educational opportunities to foster such partnerships. Our preschool program is designed to ensure recognition and respect for culture and diversity.
Our free, comprehensive preschool program includes a six and a half hour day for children from September through June. Our district calendar is located HERE.
Pemberton Early Childhood Education Center hours are 9:10 am -3:40 pm.
Fort Dix Preschool program hours are 8:00 am -2:45 pm.
Both three and four year olds are provided transportation to our preschool program.We provide a bus safety orientation at the start of each school year for both children and families.
Deborah Ceplo, Director of Early Childhood Preschool through Kindergarten
Deb Ceplo is the Director of Early Childhood Preschool through Kindergarten. She has previously served as the principal of the Pemberton Early Childhood Education Center and assistant principal of PECEC since its opening in 2011. Prior to that, she was the assistant principal of Aletta Crichton Elementary School since 2007. She began her career in Pemberton in 1987 as an elementary teacher and has earned her bachelor’s degree from Glassboro State College while completing her Masters work from Marygrove University and Rowan University. She also holds her Chief School Administrator certification.
Jamillah Parker, Supervisor of Early Childhood
For more information about the Early Childhood Program, call (609) 893-8141, ext. 1500.
Jamillah Parker is the Supervisor of Early Childhood and has been with Pemberton Township Schools for 16 years. She became the Supervisor of Early Childhood in December, 2022. Prior to this role, Parker served as the Preschool District Social Worker since November, 2006. She earned her bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Montclair State University and her master's degree in Social Work from Rutgers University.