About Our Program

The Asbury Park School District’s Early Childhood Department infuses high-quality programming with enrichment learning experiences for all students and families. To achieve this, we implement a variety of resources that are specialized to specific areas of need and overall child development.

All preschool classrooms implement a research-based curricula program that is approved by the New Jersey Department of Education. Currently, our Preschool Program uses Creative Curriculum by Teaching Strategies. This program infuses core foundational learning components for young students in six-week long units of study. Each unit of study is centered around a real-life topic that is relevant to our students. Some topics include Clothing, Recycling, and Buildings. To support learning Teaching Strategies Gold is used as our core assessment tool, which focuses on individual student growth in the main areas of development: Social-Emotional, Physical, Language, Cognitive, Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies, The Arts, and English Language Acquisition. In addition, we support transition to kindergarten through the inclusion of the Big Day Pre-K program, which serves as an instructional supplement. Students are immersed into interactive and goal-orientated learning opportunities that align with specific foundational academic skills, such as letter recognition, counting, and early comprehension. The Second Step program is also implemented to further develop each child’s social skills and emotional regulation through mini-lessons that focus on specific developmentally-appropriate problem-solving techniques.

To enhance the quality and integration of the “whole child” into our Early Childhood programming, the following supports are available for students, families, and staff:

  • Master Teachers
  • Health Services
  • Preschool Intervention and Referral Team (PIRT)
  • Community Parent Involvement Specialist

Please visit our Staff Resources page for contact information for each of these resources.

The Asbury Park School District’s Early Childhood Department is excited and enthusiastic about the programs and extended services that we provide for our community’s youngest learners and their families. We look forward to working with you for a positive and enriching school year!

2020-21 Preschool Curriculum Alignment
Important Dates to Remember
NJ Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards
Preschool Classroom Schedule
Preschool Locations

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