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

Clifton Public Schools - State Funded Preschool Program

Registration begins on February 18, 2020 for the 2020-2021 School Year

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)

For information on the limited income eligible 3-year old Pre-School Program, please call 973-472-8880 to get started.

Registration Requirements

  1. Your child must live in Clifton

  2. Your child must be 4 years old by October 1, 2020

  3. You must be able to drop off your child at 9 AM and pick up at 3 PM

If you meet these requirements, 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 Guidelines 2020 

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.