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Mountain Lakes Country
Day School
356 Route 46 East
Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046

Phone: 973-983-9831

Fax: 973-983-0725

Business Hours

7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday


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At 3 years of age, children can join our Preschool program. This program offers hands-on, developmentally appropriate curriculum for three to four year olds. We offer a well-rounded variety of independent and group learning times.  All children experience opportunities such as socialization, reading, math, experimental science, arts & crafts, cooking, multicultural experiences, stories, songs, music activities, outdoor play and computers.

MLCDS utilizes Teaching Strategies Creative Curriculum, an early education curriculum that is designed by child development theorists and is based on current research as to how children learn. The curriculum is designed to be a blueprint for the teachers to plan and implement a developmentally appropriate program for our students.

Through hands-on small group activities, children will develop strong academic skills, problem solving, beginning reading, writing, math and science, self-confidence, respect for others and leadership.     



      A typical day in our Preschool Program:

  • 7:00-8:50      Arrival/Free exploration/Breakfast
  • 8:50-9:00      Clean-up
  • 9:00-9:15      Large Group Time
  • 9:15-10:15    Choice Time/Interest areas
  • 10:15-10:20  Clean-up 
  • 10:20-11:00  Outdoor play/Gross motor activities
  • 11:00-11:15   Handwashing/Snack
  • 11:15-11:30   Small group activities
  • 11:30-11:50   Read-aloud
  • 11:50-12:00   Movement and Music
  • 12:00-12:30   Lunch
  • 12:30-1:00     Handwashing/Toileting
  • 1:00-2:30       Rest/Quiet activities
  • 2:30-3:00       Wake-up/Toileting
  • 3:00-3:15       Read-aloud
  • 3:15-3:30       Snack
  • 3:30-4:30       Outdoor play/Gross motor activities
  • 4:30-6:00       Free exploration/Interest areas