39 Allwood Road, Clifton, New Jersey 07014    973-778-0305

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Welcome to the Clifton Early Learner Academy!

The Clifton Early Learner Academy encompasses all the classes that make up our Public Preschool Program. We have classrooms located at school #17, 12 Annex, Father Michael Judge Center (at school 15), and 8 Annex. We opened our doors in 2015 and are part of the Department of Education Preschool Expansion Grant.

Clifton Early Learner Academy News and AnnouncementS
CELA Mission Statement
We believe in creating a safe environment where children are motivated and nurtured, inspired, and empowered to be lifelong learners.   Together, our goal is to create an inclusive community where everyone is accepted and respected.

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Kindness Certified
Clifton Early Learner Academy is proud to announce that they have been recognized as being Kindness Certified!
Water project
Walking water?!  The children in room 1 learned all about mixing colors. The first day they observed how the water traveled up and across the paper towel out of one glass into another. The second day, they realized that the two colors mixed and created a new color! Each day we added a color and a paper towel into an empty cup. They were very excited to see which color would be created next.
Mr. Steve's Hard Work
We Are Safe at CELA. One of the ways we remain safe is by having an awesome custodian who is willing to work hard to clear our sidewalks from deep snow. Thank you, Mr. Steve for your excellent work!
In Ms. Michelle and Ms. Alysea's classroom students are practicing letter recognition, patterning, and make connections to the story of The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss as they create their own hats. (TS GOLD 16a, 23, 12b)
Cat in the Hat
One expectation taught in CELA is We Are Kind. To reinforce this concept we celebrated kindness by having students experience kind acts and discuss how kindness feels. Ms. Gina's class beautifully reflects the type of activities the students enjoyed. 
We are riding the 'Celebration Train' here at CELA!  Thank you to Ms. Tracy and Ms. Joanne for our alphabet train!
The students  at FMJ are working on a c​lothing study. The activity the children are engaged in is a hands ​-​ on activity that teaches the children to measure, compare, and make observations. The students took off their shoes and lined them up. E​ach child made a prediction as to how many bears long each shoe would be ​and then actually​  lined up the counting bears to measure how long their shoes were. We introduced the term length to the students. We then created a chart to share our data. They absolutely loved it.
Shoe Measurement Shoe Measurement
Shoe Measurement  Shoe Measurement
Riding a roller coaster in preschool has its ups and downs!
Over at the School 12 preschool, hibernation is a hot topic! During small groups 1 and 2, students practiced taking turns, counting, learning positional words like "forward" and "backward",  and students learned about hibernation animals while playing "Hurry to Hibernation" board game.  Meanwhile, the other small group learned about hibernating animals while building a home to stay warm through the winter! We practiced our fine motor skills, sharing the materials with our friends and using scientific vocabulary to talk with Ms. Claudia about why these animals hibernate and need a warm home!
 Hibernation Hibernation
Teachers and paraprofessionals gathered together to begin the process of creating a Thematic Resource Library to support lesson planning and to share ideas.  
Theme Theme
Theme Theme  
Ms. Anna's class brought in pails of snow and created an indoor snowman. Just like Frosty he couldn't stay inside so he was placed in front of our school to greet visitors.
Our new school sign went up! Here at Clifton Early Learner Academy, our school expectations are: We are safe, We are kind, and We are learners.
8 Annex Sign
In Ms. Manal’s class students work together to create an environment for animals during the winter season.
Winter AnimalsWinter Animals
Room 5, Ms. Saira's class, Wishes everyone a Happy Holiday!
Happy Holidays!
Even students who are four years of age are able to think of the many things they are thankful for during this holiday season...Anecdotes about Thanksgiving
On October 20th, Clifton Early Learner Academy enjoyed our first Multicultural Day. We started off with a parade where children were able to wear their heritage clothing. Parents participated by creating 27 different country tables filled with items from each country. It was a great learning experience for everyone!
Police Officer Matthew assists Ms. Isabella while she goes shopping with her baby
A rainy first day of school couldn't cloud the warm, sweet smiles on our first day of school!
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