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Please continue to check this section of the website for the most up-to-date information on our preschool program.


Tuition-Free Full-Day Preschool

In October of 2022, the district received state aid to begin to provide tuition-free preschool to all three and four year olds. The district will phase this program in over the next five years, adding more and more seats each year. For the 22-23 school year, we will be transitioning our current half-day preschool students to full day, and will add students from our waitlist as spaces become available. 

If you would like to be added to our waitlist, please click here. You will be contacted with additional information on how to register if a spot should open up.


Preschool for Students with Disabilities

Preschool students with disabilities may be eligible for special education services as indicated under federal law, IDEA, and state law, N.J.A.C. 1:6A. In order to receive special education services, the pre-school child will need to be referred to the Child Study Team for evaluation. Children may be eligible for services on the day of their third birthday. The initial referral should be directed to the Director of Special Services. Once a referral is received, a meeting will be convened with the parent and the pre-school Child Study Team. If the parents and the child study team agree to conduct an evaluation, an evaluation plan will be designed. An evaluation plan typically includes a multi-disciplinary set of evaluations such as a cognitive assessment, social assessment and a speech and language evaluation. Other evaluations may be added if needed. Once the evaluations are completed, an eligibility meeting will be held to determine the student's eligibility for services. If the student is eligible for special education services, an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) will be developed and services will be initiated.


If you have additional questions about our preschool program please contact April Vitiello, our coordinator of Early Childhood Education, at




The Nutley School District serves approximately 4,100 students in Kindergarten through grade 12. The five elementary schools serve students K-6 and include Lincoln School, Radcliffe School, Spring Garden School, Washington School and Yantacaw School. John H. Walker Middle School serves students in grades 7-8 while Nutley High School addresses the needs of students in grades 9-12.