MONTVILLE, NJ - The Montville Township Public Library opened its doors for a different kind of event on March 28. Instead of a music concert or a local history lecture, district residents were treated to a fair featuring preschools around the area.
"This is the first time the library has held a preschool fair and we hope it becomes an annual event," said Pam Gorman, who serves as the adult programs coordinator at the township library. "Here, parents get to talk with preschool representatives and see what they have to offer for the kids. So far, we've had an enthusiastic response from local preschools and residents."
These young educational facilities were given the space to set up tables to advertise their business and programs. The group of preschool establishments included All Saints Academy (Parsippany), Goddard School (Towaco), Millie's House (Towaco), Kiddie Academy (Montville), Learning Garden Academy (Pine Brook), Little Learners Academy (Denville), ABC's of Learning (Towaco), Pine Brook Jewish Center Nursery School (Montville), Fun Time Kids Academy 2 (Towaco), Kids Connect (Montville), Busy Beaver & Transfiguration Nursery School (Lincoln Park, Towaco), Apple Montessari School (Towaco), Kids R Kids Learning Academy (Montville), and Lakeland Hills YMCA Preschool & Pre-K (Mt. Lakes).
"This fair is wonderful and a good place for parents to gather information," said Elizabeth Zarro, from Parsippany, who is the director of Apple Montessori School. "We're just excited to talk with people about our school. There's competition in Montville Township. We particularly wish to make residents aware of the summer program at our school."
This year, the Apple Montessori School is celebrating its 48th anniversary. At the library’s fair, this school, as did the others, were very pleased to be given a chance to connect with the local Montville community and meet some potential new students.
"Being here and setting up a table is absolutely awesome," said Ann Marie Scirica, from Cedar Grove, owner of the Fun Time Kids Academy 2. "It's nice to see your competition and interact with families. Overall, the fair is a nice opportunity and very family-orientated."
Fun Time Academy 2 has been in business for the past 16 years, and its students have participated in many local community events, such as the Earth Day clean-ups.
At its height, about 100 visitors came to see all of the preschools and what they had to offer for their children.
"The preschool fair is wonderful," said Montville resident Shari Schwartz. "I wish the library had this when I was looking for preschools when my kids were younger."
Schwartz's own seven-year-old daughter Addison is a young graduate of the Pine Brook Jewish Center.
"I can go on and on about the Pine Brook Jewish Center," said Addison. "The preschool was nice and fun. They brought snacks as we learned to read and count to ten."
For more information on the events and programs of the Montville Township Public Library, visit their website at https://www.montvillelibrary.org/.
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