Bergen County schools, including Ridgewood & Glen Rock, are consistently ranked among the top in the state and some among the top of the country. But did you know that we also have some of the best preschools around? Here is a roundup of some local preschools and their unique offerings.


Ridgewood Cooperative Nursery School offers a unique and positive educational experience for preschool children ages one and a half to six years. This play-based school with small classes offers parents the privilege of being in the preschool classroom with your child once a month. The Ridgewood Co-Op is a warm and loving school that parents help organize. This structure allows for a personal relationship with your child’s teacher as you actively participate in your child’s first preschool experience.


West Side Nursery School is an accredited play-based preschool in Ridgewood, dedicated to nurturing the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of children ages 2 1/2 to 6. Their developmentally appropriate curriculum includes art, music, indoor and outdoor play, letter/sound recognition and formation, number sense, counting, sorting, and working with shapes and patterns, as well as other hands-on experiences in math, science, and social studies.


Montessori Learning Center has been serving families of Ridgewood and the surrounding townships for more than three decades, offering an air-conditioned environment, state of the art security system, a beautiful enclosed playground, before and after care, transportation to public schools and a student valet drop-off and pick-up system for parents. True to the Montessori method, their programs are based on a child-centered, hands-on approach to learning that encourages self-development and full expression of one’s potential beginning at an early age.


First Presbyterian Nursery School provides age-appropriate reading and math readiness, stories and songs, large and small muscle development, science, social studies, and art, as well as a special gym and music program, for children 3-5 years old. Also, the school has a valet service at drop-off and pick-up time where the teachers meet the children at the cars.


Bethlehem Early Learning Center offers programs for children as young as 18 months to 5 years old. Their curriculum is theme-based offering age appropriate activities, projects and learning centers to develop letter and number recognition and to build Kindergarten readiness skills. They provide hands-on opportunities to engage students in science, math, art and social studies. Special weekly classes include Music, Gym, Chapel, Spanish, and Manners.


Sara’s Preschool is a state accredited school, family owned for twenty-seven years, offering an infant program, a toddler class, preschool classes, and an after school program. The children are placed according to their age as of October 1st of the school year and they continue with that group until the following September. They are open 52 weeks a year from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Little Ivy Learning Center provides thoughtfully crafted pre-school, transitional kindergarten and child-care programs for children through age six. They offer morning and full-day programs from 7am-6:30pm with programs focused on academics, home arts, social & physical development, art, music, games & movement.


Glen Rock Cooperative Nursery School uniquely combines the finest pre-school education (including NJ state certified programs and teachers) with parental participation at every level. Areas of development include: socialization; language; music and art skills; acquisition of basic mathematics; and “hands on” natural science experiences. The underlying School Philosophy is Learning Through Play, so all developmental activities are structured with particular goals and skills for children to acquire by doing.


Glen Rock Community School is the only preschool affiliated with the Glen Rock School District and provides an environment where children 18 mos. to 5 years old, through active learning principles, will continue to grow socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically. Their teachers engage the students in stimulating and challenging activities through various teaching methods and are supportive of all student learning styles and developmental differences.