Programs


Recently, Agapé was awarded a grant from the State of New Jersey! Included in the grant were several hours of observation, reporting and evaluating by a state approved consultant. 

Agapé scored above the state requirements – and then scored even higher after we implemented the consultant recommendations. The recommendations and training, along with the grant (which allowed us to purchase many new items), enabled us to improve the program beyond the already outstanding program we had implemented!

Infant Program

  • Starting at 6 weeks of age.

We know that there is nothing more important to you than the safety, care and well being of your child. In our Infant Program, children are our first and top priority!  Throughout the day we spend a great deal of time with gentle interactions, eye contact, rocking, cuddling, singing and playing to encourage your little one to feel secure. Routine activities, such as diapering and feeding, are opportunities for the staff to smile,  talk, hold and interact with your child. This all allows your child to learn and develop at their own pace!

We know that parent involvement is extremely important.  We ask parents to provide us with specific instructions on their child’s needs and preferences. This allows your child’s schedule to be based on their specific needs as per the instructions provided by the parent.  We send home a Daily Contact Sheet each day to inform you of your child’s day as well! 

Toddler Program

  •  Between ages 12-15 months 

Children attend the Toddler Program when they begin walking well. It is a structured program with a schedule that offers a variety of activities to encourage the further development of each child. The Toddler Room consists of several learning centers throughout the day.
Our manipulatives, quiet play, art, climbing cubes, and slides help develop you child's Large Motor Development as well as Fine Motor Development. 

 Indoor Outdoor
 Puzzles & Books Slides
 Crafts Sand & Water Play
 Free Play & Dress Up Strollers for Walks
 Manipulatives  Climbing Equipment
   

Outdoor play is on our specially made Toddler Playground with a poured rubber surface. 
In addition, our Toddlers enjoy going on scenic walks in our 6 seat strollers around our facility and spacious grounds.
            


Transition from the Toddler Room to the Beginner Class is based on the individual child’s developmental readiness and the                                                                     level of development of the children currently in the Early Learning Class. 

The Director will always discuss transition times with the parents prior to any transition taking place.

Beginner Class

 
Monday-Friday, 8:30-12:00 PM or 8:30-2:30 PM                    
  •   All children in this class are 2 1/2 years old by October 1st of the academic school year

Children in this class participate in various activities to help encourage their learning. We focus on the development of large and fine motor skills, number and letter recognition, and calendar and weather education. There are endless opportunities to make friends, learn to share, and take turns. During the Fall, children are welcome to attend the Apple Picking and Pumpkin Picking Field Trips, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Children do not need to be potty trained for this class and it is often a class in which potty training takes place as the teaching staff works in conjunction with the parents in the potty training process.

The Beginner Class is very similar to the 3-year-olds' Early Skills Class, but taught at the age-appropriate 2 1/2 year old level. 

 

 

Early Skills Class

    Monday-Friday, 8:30-12:00 PM or 8:30-2:30 PM             

  • This class is for children 3 years old by October 1st of the academic school year.

The Early Skills class is a preparation for the 4 year old Pre-K Class. Children learn to take turns, transition from one project to another and speak before their peers.  Numbers, letters, shapes and sizes are taught from a developmental, hands on perspective through arts and crafts, music and games.  These concepts are reinforced through our learning centers, toys, educational computer programs and various activities.  

Field trips include apple & pumpkin picking. Parents are welcome to attend all field trips! Children need to be potty trained to attend this class.

Pre-K Class


Monday-Friday, 8:30-noon or 8:30-2:30 p.m.
The options for this class are a 5 day, 3 day or 2 day week.

  • The Pre-K Class is for children who are 4 years old by October 1st of the school year.  
Children are prepared for Kindergarten during their time in our Pre-K Class.  Children learn letters, numbers, shapes, colors, sizes, sequencing and much more through a hands on approach to learning.  Using children’s natural curiosity makes learning easy and fun.  Teachers use dramatic play, learning centers, computers, arts and crafts, group games and music – as well as traditional paper, crayons and pencils to encourage the development of writing skills.

SUMMER DAY CAMP


  • Pre School Camp - Ages 2 1/2 - 4 Years Old
  • School Age Camp - Kindergarten through 5th Grade
Monday-Friday - Full Day 9-4:00pm or Half Day 9-12:00

Each week offers a different exciting theme for the children. Children will take part in arts & crafts and activities related to the theme. Pre-School and School Age campers participate in our indoor and outdoor games as well as water play in the warm weather.

School Age Campers attend a variety of field trips and twice weekly trips to Bubbling Springs! Special Guests come to the Center such as the Pirate Magician, Bubbles the Clown and more!  

All Children, Toddlers through School Age, participate in our AWESOME KIDZ TALENT SHOW! 
                
  Children can be scheduled to attend Camp one day a week or more - or for the entire summer!  Our Summer Day Camp is an exciting and FUN time for all ages!

Early Learning Extended Care Program


School Year -Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Summer Months - 6:30-9:00 a.m. and 4:00-6:30 p.m


The Early Learning Day Care Program is extended care for children ages 2 1/2-4.  Children have opportunities to play in the various interest centers, have daily story time and go outdoors on our state of the art playground.  In inclement weather there is plenty to do inside - games, puzzles, play dough, art, music and more!

For your convenience, parents have the flexibility to schedule extra hours as needed in this program!

Before School Program 

 Monday-Friday  6:30 - 8:30 am (times vary depending on school bus pick up)

  • Ages 5-12

Children participate in a variety of activities including board games, group games, computers, coloring, crafts, toys, Wii, jump rope and free play while waiting. Children may bring a healthy breakfast to eat here before leaving for school.  Breakfast may be eaten at any time until 8:00 a.m. (Please no chocolate or sweets.)

Children are transported to and from Agapé to various West Milford Schools by the West Milford Transportation Department.  Parents need to complete the transportation form provided by the transportation department or by Agapé, requesting that Agapé be their child’s pick up and/or drop off bus stop. Agapé staff will always put children on the bus and take them from the bus upon bus drop off.

After School Program 


Monday - Friday - 3:00-6:30 p.m. (drop off times depending on school)
  • Ages Kindergarten - 5th Grade
Our large auditorium provides plenty of room for basketball games, scooters, Wii games, indoor group games, and crafts. As children arrive from various township schools, snack is provided by Agapé. Children are then able to do their homework with assistance provided by staff as needed from 3:00-4:00 PM

Our state of the art playground, grassy areas, and large lot provide plenty of exercise and fun with running, kickball, volleyball, and playground climbing equipment and swings. Occasionally, in inclement weather, a movie and popcorn time is provided. 

Parents are to provide snack, if they choose, for children who attend after 5:00 PM


Supplemental Classes Offered at Agape

Dance Class

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Agape Child Care Center offers a supplemental dance class through King's Centre Dance which teaches children how to dance and perform at 2 yearly recitals.

Each class lasts for 12 weeks. Classes are held on Mondays and are offered for preschool students. For more details, please visit www.kingcentredance.com



Karate Class

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Agape Child Care Center offers a supplemental karate class through Romania's Traditional Okinawan Karate School which teaches children in martial arts and self-defense.

Each class lasts for 12 weeks. Classes are held on Mondays and separate classes are offered for preschool kids and kids ages 6-9.

For more information, please visit www.goshinkaiusa.org or www.candyromania.com


Music Class

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Agapé Child Care Center offers a supplemental music class in which children ages 2 1/2 - 4 years old learn the basics of music and interact with a variety of instruments for themselves. They really have a blast! Classes are held by Mr. Chris.

For more information, please visit the Agapé office or call Agapé at 973-728-1028.



Private Music Lessons

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Agape Child Care Center offers private, supplemental guitar, piano, and voice lessons through Teach 2 Teach which introduce children to their instrument and teach them the basics of music theory. These half-hour lessons are on-going and scheduling is flexible to the student's schedule. 

Lessons are available for children of all ages but are especially helpful for children ages 5-12. For more information, please visit www.teach2teach.com/agape-classes or call 973-728-1028 (Agapé) or 973-600-7884 (Teach2Teach).