Clifton BOE Offices   745 Clifton Avenue, Clifton, New Jersey 07013    973-470-2300

Clifton Public Schools - State Funded Preschool Program

PLEASE NOTE: At this time our State Funded Preschool classes are full.  If you would like to place your child on the waiting list please complete the registration process.  Available spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis upon completion of the entire registration process (online and in person).

Clifton Public Schools offers free Full-Day Preschool for income eligible 4 Year Olds (please see the table below for income eligible guidelines).  Limited spots are available for non-income eligible families on a first come, first serve basis upon completion of the entire registration process (online and in person)

Preschool Quick Qualifying Questionnaire

Please answer the following three (3) questions before resgistering your child for preschool:

  1. Does your child turn 4 years old on or before October 1, 2019?

  2. Is your child a resident of the City of Clifton?

  3. Are you able to provide the  means to drop off and pick up  your child  from school? School hours are from 9:00am to 3:00pm

If you answered "yes" to  all of the above questions, please continue the registration process by clicking the Online Registration button below. Once you complete the ONLINE registration you must report to the Board of Education building with the required documents. Then you will receive a phone call from the preschool to come in for final paperwork.

Apply Online


Income Guidlines

Questions about preschool registration? Call:
For English - 973-470-7154
For Arabic/Spanish - 973-365-5869
For Spanish - 973-472-1762

Clifton Early Learner Academy (CELA) Information:

  • The program will follow the Clifton School year calendar.
  • Each class size is limited to 15 students.
  • 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 (CELA) Primary Program locations:

  •  39 Allwood Rd. Clifton, NJ  | 290 Brighton Rd. Clifton, NJ