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Clifton Public Schools - Federally Funded Preschool Program

Preschool Registration for ​income eligible* Clifton residents who will be 4 years old by October 1st, 2017 is now open!. (*​I​n​​come requirements ​can be found below).

Clifton Public Schools offers free Full-Day Preschool to Qualifying* 4 Year Olds.

* Requirements for Participation:

  1. Children must be 4 years old by October 1, 2017 (DOB between 10/2/2013 and 10/1/2014)

  2. Children must be residents of the City of Clifton

  3. Parents/Guardian must complete a Federal Family Application demonstrating income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (see grid below**)

  4. Parents /Guardians will be required to drop off and pick up their children at the given school start and end times.

  5. Families must first register their qualified child with Clifton Public Schools (click the "Online Registration" below). 

  6. After completing registration with Clifton Public Schools, families will be contacted  by the preschool registration team ​ ​to complete the income qualification and preschool intake process.

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** Federal Poverty Guidelines: 2017 Income qualifications:
Families will be required to demonstrate income as at or below 200% of poverty as defined in the chart below.

Household Size/
Family Size
1 $24,120
2 $32,480
3 $40,840
4 $49,200
5 $57,560
6 $65,920
7 $74,280
8 $82,640
9 $91,000
10 $99,360


Questions about preschool registration? Call 973-778-0305

Clifton Early Learner Academy Information:

  • The program will follow the Clifton School year calendar.
  • Each class has 1 certified teacher and 1 assistant teacher.
  • The program utilizes the nationally recognized High Scope Preschool Curriculum.
  • The preschool will serve breakfast, lunch and snack with menus meeting CACFP guidelines for preschool aged children.

The Clifton Early Learner Academy Primary Program location:

  • The Clifton Early Learner Academy, 39 Allwood Rd. Clifton, NJ

If you would like additional information, please call 973-778-0305