We are pleased to announce full day preschool

    to residents of the

    Matawan Aberdeen Regional School District!



    Program Information



    Preschool classes are currently at Cambridge Park Preschool and Cliffwood Elementary. Spots are filled on a first come basis.  


    Child must be 3 or 4 years old on or before October 1, 2020, a resident in the Matawan Aberdeen Regional School District. Students must be fully toilet trained or in the process of learning. Pull ups are not permitted.


    Tools of the Mind is a research-based early childhood model combining teacher professional development with a comprehensive innovative curriculum that helps young children to develop the cognitive, social-emotional, self-regulatory, and foundational academic skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.

    The Approach

    Tools of the Mind gives teachers the tools to ensure every child becomes a successful learner, developing the underlying cognitive, social and emotional skills needed to reach his or her highest potential.  Melding Vygotskian theory with cutting edge neuroscience research, Tools is a unique approach to teaching and learning with research demonstrated outcomes for children and teachers.

    Tools of the Mind is based upon a specific set of beliefs about how children develop and learn. Tools instructional interactions are designed to help teachers be more effective in identifying teachable moments, assessing children’s development and differentiating instruction. It takes the learning process beyond traditional academic subjects by applying methods that promote independence, curiosity, decision making, cooperation, persistence, creativity, and problem solving in young children.  Tools teachers focus on helping children become intentional and reflective learners, creating a classroom in which instruction in literacy, mathematics and science reflect children’s learning capacity, rather than age-level expectations.

    Tools combines a comprehensive early childhood curriculum with an innovative approach to teacher professional development to effectively transform early childhood teaching and learning, and improve child outcomes. 


    All teachers are certified by the State of NJ. Our school psychologist and school social worker are part of our Child Study Team. For students with IEPs, we have two speech therapists, and offer Occupational Therapy & Physical Therapy.  In addition, we have our own on-site nurse. 


    The Community YMCA’s Child Achievement Center provides on-site before and after care services to students for an additional fee. Click here for more information.  


    Specific information regarding registration can be found in our registration packet.  Registration will not be complete without the following:  Proof of Residency Checklist, proof of age, immunization requirements, physical examination requirement, proof of income (if applying for reduced tuition).