The Falcon’s Nest Preschool is the Child Development Laboratory class of the Monroe Township High School Working With Children program. For two hours a day, four days a week, Monday through Thursday, children from the community attend a preschool class taught by the High School students. The morning class operates from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and the afternoon class operates from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The program begins in November and runs through the end of May. The students follow a developmentally appropriate curriculum and there is always a certified staff member and paraprofessional in the room. The curriculum covers numbers, letters, shapes, colors and holidays. We focus on developing independence, increasing social skills and building self-concept and the joy of learning.
The classroom is completely outfitted with small motor manipulative materials and gross motor toys. Many art and fine motor projects are planned. There is a bathroom in the classroom, which is sized especially for the children. We have three computers with age appropriate programs for the children. There is an outdoor play area enclosed in the center of the school. Monroe Township High School is a secure facility and there are two full-time nurses on staff. All children must be immunized before starting school.
Our day begins with a circle time to familiarize children with the topics and letters of the week. Typically we then break up into “work time” when individual children work one-to-one with a high school student. We then have free play followed by snack. Care is taken to provide snacks that are healthy and peanut free. We make certain to be familiar with all food allergies and restrictions. After snack, we have a story time, with sharing, and arts and crafts, game time, and group letter time. We complete our day with a “recall” and summation of the topics of the week. Children are released and sent home only to their parents or authorized adult.
Children from Monroe Township and Jamesburg are accepted in chronological order, with preference to the older children. We accept a maximum of fifty children each year. The children are paired with an advanced high school student, who plans their activities and tracks their progress. Parents are notified of class time and acceptance before June 30th for the following school year.
For registration please complete an application and send it by April 30th for November Preschool classes to
Falcon’s Nest Preschool
Attn: Ms. Jodi Silberstein
Monroe Township High School
200 School House Road
Monroe Township, New Jersey 08831
For further information please send an email to Jodi.Silberstein@monroe.k12.nj.us or contact the school at