290 Brighton Road, Clifton, New Jersey 07012  973-470-2060
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.
Our 4 year-old preschool program has expanded and limited seats are available! This is a free high-quality preschool program available to all Clifton residents. Please check our Federally Funded Preschool page for registration guidelines. We will be using a first come, first served process of assigning the open seats.
CELA - January Calendar | January Newsletter
CELA Kindness
Community Resources
The CELA Community Resources Website provides information for the children and families of Clifton Early Learner Academy. Browse the website to access a variety of resources within our community.
Early Learning Academy - Monthly  Menus
What do you do with unused holiday wrappings, boxes, and bows? You give them to preschool students and watch real magic happen!
Wrapping paper party! Wrapping paper party!
Wrapping paper party! Wrapping paper party!
In Mrs. Mathews classroom students enjoy their reading time. It is always a great decision to sit down and enjoy a good book.
Reading Time
Ms. Alysea's class enjoyed a special visit from a community helper, a firefighter. The kids loved seeing her morph into her uniform after reading a book about why firefighters are brave. Each child also got to try on and explore parts of her uniform and tools! They were VERY surprised that their community visitor was a Firewoman! Firewoman
Firewoman Firewoman
Recently,  in Ms. Dinorah's class at School Twelve Annex, students have been learning about pumpkins. The students explored different sizes of pumpkins, they compared sizes (longer/taller/larger) and weights (heavier/lighter). The children used uni-fix cubes to measure different heights of pumpkins. They also explored the inside of a pumpkin and practiced counting 1-10 with pumpkin seeds. They also had the opportunity to visit Demarest Farms for pumpkin picking.   
  Pumpkins Pumpkins
 Pumpkins Pumpkins
October is Fire Safety Month. Thank you to the Clifton Fire Department in taking time from their busy schedule to visit the Clifton Early Learner Academy.
Fire Safety Fire Safety 
Fire Safety Fire Safety
Fire Safety
Room 5 in CELA A became superheroes last week as they donned their superhero capes and showed kindness to each other. They are all SUPER Friends!
Boys and girls in Ms. Cynthia's class and Ms. Manal's class enjoyed a beautiful day outside preparing our garden for the fall season!
Fall Garden  Fall Garden 
Fall Garden  Fall Garden 
On September 25, CELA A enjoyed its first Parent Advisory Committee meeting. Despite the rain, parents came to explore preschool curriculum items, to ask questions, and to meet other parents in our program. If you missed this event, no worries. We will have the same items available on Wednesday at School 17's cafeteria at 9:15 am and on Thursday at CELA B at 2 pm in the media center. All parents and guardians in the preschool program are invited to attend.
Parent Advisory Parent Advisory
Parent Advisory Parent Advisory
Kindness Certified
Clifton Early Learner Academy is proud to announce that they have been recognized as being Kindness Certified!

Parent / Student Traffic Safety Letter