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Paramus School District

Early Childhood Center/PLAY

Children's hands hold clay rainbow and globe figures

The Early Childhood Center/PLAY opened in 1973 as a pre-kindergarten experience for the Paramus Public Schools children. The ECC/PLAY 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. 

2021–2022 ECC/PLAY Registration

A date for open registration has not been determined yet. As soon as a date has been set, it will be posted here.

ECC/PLAY History & Philosophy

Since 1973, when Dr. Ben Barbarosh established the Early Childhood Center/PLAY, 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/PLAY 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/PLAY, 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.