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Paramus School District

Early Childhood Center

The Early Childhood Center opened in 1973 as a pre-kindergarten experience for the Paramus Public Schools children. The ECC has grown steadily, expanding from a single classroom with one teacher and aide to its current six classrooms, seven teachers, and 12 aides at two different campuses. 

ECC 2018-19 Open House

When: Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Early Childhood Center at Paramus High School (View directions here.)

Registration for the 2018-19 school year begins on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Please call Ms. Jennifer Rafferty at (201) 261.7800 x 3062 for an appointment.

ECC Schedules & Tuition

Location: Paramus High School Early Childhood Center

A.M. Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9:00–11:30 a.m.
P.M. Schedule: Monday through Friday, 12:15–2:45 p.m.
Full-Day Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.–2:45 p.m.

Three-Year-Old Program
Location: Parkway Elementary School Early Childhood Center

Three Half-Day Schedule: Monday through Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Four Half-Day Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Full-Day Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.


  • A.M. Sessions (3 and 4-year-old students): $3,750/year
  • P.M. Sessions (3 and 4-year-old students): $3,300/year
  • Full-Day Sessions (4-year-old students only): $7,600/year
  • Three half days (3-year-old students) Monday through Wednesday 9:00–11:30 a.m.: $2,550/year
  • Four half days (3-year-old students) Monday through Thursday 9:00–11:30 a.m.: $3,400/year
  • Lunch Buddy Program: One time fee of $550/year

ECC History & Philosophy

Since 1973, when Dr. Ben Barbarosh established the Early Childhood Center, we have strived to create and maintain an atmosphere in which children feel valued and respected. In a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment, we encourage the development of self-confidence, self-respect, and the joy of learning.

The Early Childhood Center has expanded to include a new program for 3-year-old preschoolers, which is located in the Parkway Elementary School. The Paramus High School four-year-old preschool program has four newly-renovated classrooms and playground facilities. Since its inception, the four-year-old program has been integrated with the high school child development classes. The child development high school students balance each week between the child development classroom, where they learn theory, and the Early Childhood Center, where they put that theory into practice through hands-on learning with the children. This multi-age concept supports learning for both the preschoolers and the high school students.