ORANGE, NJ — Unity Day Nursery is the recipient of a $45,000 grant from the Orange Orphan Society that will help fund summer and wrap-around programs at the well-regarded early childhood center.

Founded in 1897, Community Day Nursery is one of the oldest childcare centers in North America.   It provides a free public school prekindergarten program for children in East Orange through its partnership with the East Orange School District.  Families who require a longer day can take advantage of the wrap-around before- and after-school programs and summer camp. 

The past year has been particularly difficult for the school as it faced challenges brought on by the pandemic.  “We are excited that come summer, parents will be able to feel good about leaving their children in the care of our teachers and staff and that the children will be playing and learning together,” said Executive Director, Mary Porcelli.  Community Day had to cancel the summer program last year because of the virus.

Families appreciate the warm and inviting environment where teachers are caring and responsive, the classrooms are safe and clean, and the kitchen staff prepares fresh and healthy meals onsite each day.  Children play outdoors on five large playgrounds.  Teachers at the school are all certified to teach PK-3 by the state of New Jersey.  Of the eight teachers on staff, five have master’s degrees.   The quality program attracts high-caliber teachers who are experts in early childhood education. The bilingual teaching staff speak Spanish and Haitian Creole.  Parents and family members take part in parent education workshops and other family events that build relationships and make parents partners in their children’s early education.

Orange Orphan Society has been a supporter of Community Day Nursery for many years and the financial assistance they provide has made it possible for the school to continue to fulfill its mission of providing a safe and stimulating learning environment for the young children of East Orange.

Community Day Nursery is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.   We have been serving children and families in our community since 1897. We admit students of any race, color, or national origin. For more information go to