Programs

Infant Program


The Infant Program is for children from 6 weeks of age.

We know that there is nothing more important to you than the safety, care and well being of your child.  So, in our Infant Program, Children are our first 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 as well as allowing them to learn and develop at their own pace.  Even routine activities, such as diapering and feeding, are opportunities for the staff to smile, sing, talk, hold and interact with your child.

We also know that parent involvement is extremely important.  We ask parents to provide us with specific instructions on their child’s needs and preferences.  Each child’s schedule is 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.

Toddler Program


Children attend the Toddler Program when they are walking well – usually between the ages of 12-15 months.

The Toddler Program is a structured program that offers a variety of activity throughout the day to encourage the further development of each child.  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.

The Toddler Room consists of several learning centers – books/quiet play, housekeeping, dress up, blocks, puzzles, manipulatives, art, and a climbing cube and slide for large motor development.  Outdoor play is on our specially made Toddler Playground with a poured rubber surface.  There is equipment for climbing and sliding, and a sand table and water play for the warmer weather.  In addition, our Toddlers enjoy going outdoors in our 6 seat stroller for walks around our facility and spacious grounds.

Transition from the Toddler Room to the Early Learning Day Care 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 discuss transition times with the parents prior to any transition taking place.

Beginner Class


Monday-Friday, 8:30-noon or 8:30-2:30 p.m.

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 activites to help in the development of large and small motor skills, number and letter recognition, and calendar and weather education, as well as many opportunities to make friends, learn to share, take turns, and follow direction. Children are welcome to attend the Apple Picking and Pumpkin Picking Field Trips, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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

Early Skills Class

Monday-Friday, 8:30-noon or 8:30-2:30 p.m.

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, follow direction, sit in their seats, 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 center, toys, educational computer programs and various activities.  Field trips include apple and 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 Pre K Class is for children who are 4 years old by October 1st of the school year.  The options for this class are 5 day, 3 day or 2 day week.

Children are prepared for Kindergarten during their time in the 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


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

We offer a different fun and exciting theme each week.  Children participate in indoor and outdoor games, arts and crafts relevant to the theme and water play.  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!

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!

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, computer, coloring, crafts, toys, Wii, jump rope and free play.  Children may bring a healthy breakfast to eat 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 put children on the bus and takes 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)

Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade participate in this fun-filled after school program. Our large auditorium provides plenty of room for basketball, scooters, Wii, air hockey, ping pong, indoor 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 p.m.

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 p.m.

Supplemental Classes Offered at Agapé

Cooking Class

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Agape Child Care Center offers a supplemental cooking class for kids ages 3-4 on Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00 pm. Each group of classes lasts for 6 weeks. Miss Lana teaches the kids the basics of cooking, how to make fun snacks, and safety in the kitchen.

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



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



Drawing Class

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Agape Child Care Center offers a supplemental drawing class through Teach 2 Teach which introduces children to basic drawing and sketching concepts and encourages free expression in each student and creativity through drawing. Each class clump lasts for 5 weeks, and classes are held on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 pm. Each clump has a different theme, such as It's a Bug's Life or At the Zoo, and that theme is the focus for the major project the students work on over the 5 week period.

For more information, please visit http://www.teach2teach.com/agape-drawing-class or call 973-728-1028 (Agapé) or 317-690-5397 (Teach2Teach).




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).