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  • La Casa's signature program was "Familias Unidas," New Jersey's first biligual/bicultural daycare and youth services program for delinquent youth, which started in 1972.

Early Childhood Education

Preschool Education Program & Head Start

La Casa offers a free, quality, and culturally appropriate early childhood educational with an English/Spanish bilingual program to Newark residents.  Curriculum, instruction, personnel, support standards, and facilities are consistent with and under the auspices of Newark Public Schools.  Three centers are accredited by the The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Pre K experience is designed to provide a welcoming learning and socializing environment.  Children learn by playing and exploring their interests while being encouraged and supported by qualified staff. Pre-K education is demonstrated to significantly improve a child’s learning and readiness for kindergarten. The program serves 255 children ages 3 & 4 at its three centers and children receive free freshly made and shared family style meals daily (breakfast, lunch and pm snack.) La Casa opened 5 Head Start Preschool Centers this fall.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Newark Resident, with three proofs of Newark residency
  • Age 3 or 4 on or Before October 1st
  • Proof of immunizations
  • Universal health exam

Locations and Contact Information:

  • Early Childhood Center I – 75 Park Avenue (NAEYC Accredited)
  • Early Childhood Center II – 39 Broadway (NAEYC Accredited)
  • Early Childhood Center III – 202-216 First Street (NAEYC Accredited)
  • Head Start Center IV – 201 First Street
  • Head Start Center V – 87-89 St. Francis
  • Head Start Center VI – 168-174 Roseville Ave
  • Head Start Center VII – 43-45 Elizabeth Ave
  • Head Start Center VIII – 432-437 South 15th Street


  • Summer Program: M-F 8:00am – 4:00pm
  • Preschool School-Year Program: M-F 8:25AM – 3:05PM
  • Wraparound program: M-F 7am – 8:25am and 3:05pm – 5:30pm. Wrap around program is only available for income qualified families or with a fee for individual families.

Program Highlights:

  • The only English/Spanish bilingual/bicultural learning environment in the City of Newark.
  • Board of Education curriculum
  • Fully certified and licensed professional instructional staff
  • 2 trained instructional staff for 15 children – with supportive volunteers assisting in all classrooms
  • Modern and fully equipped centers
  • Fresh, healthy, and delicious family style breakfast and lunch provided by La Casa’s very own kitchen “La Olla”

Summer Program

The eight week Summer Enrichment and Literacy Program offers a meaningful literacy experience to foster and promote reading, writing, speaking, listening and language development. Certified teachers adapt activities according to individual needs andthe  interest of each child and the whole group. Play and recreation is part of the daily schedule. Children receive free freshly made and shared family style meals daily (breakfast, lunch and pm snack.)

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