Interesting and fun events are happening at Benedictine Preschool, a developmentally appropriate school for 3- and 4-year-olds. Located at Benedictine Monastery, our preschool is like no other. Opportunities to discover and learn abound as children grow socially, physically, cognitively, emotionally, and spiritually. We strive to instill a love of learning, of self and of God, through our engaging daily program.    Through use of the Creative Curriculum, children learn at their own pace in a structured but not stressful atmosphere, in small classes with individual attention by a highly dedicated staff. “Interest Centers” are part of the environment.  Process rather than product is stressed. A sense of the sacred is fostered through prayer and times of silence. The youngsters pray together, sing together, and learn that they are all brothers and sisters.  In addition to the daily routine, the students enjoy their weekly visits to the “Senior Sisters” and their weekly assemblies. Special monthly events include the  Annual Twelfth Night Pageant, April’s Arbor Day Tree Planting and May’s Butterfly Fly-Away! The “Formal Promotion Ceremony” is celebrated in June. Parents often describe the preschool as a “peaceful, happy place.”  

We offer two classrooms, the St. Joseph Room, a Pre-k 3 class and the St. Mary Room, a Pre –k 4 class. A teacher and an assistant teacher staff each classroom.  A monthly newsletter, Parent- Teacher conferences in the fall and spring and daily contact with parents and guardians, through our sign – in and out procedure ensures communication.  Below is a sample of our daily schedule. 

We invite you to explore our website and schedule a visit at the school for further information.


Sample Schedule


Early Morning Arrival

7:30 - 9:00 AM Morning Arrival / Sign –in / Table Toy Activities

School Day

9:00 - 9:15 Morning Story

9:15 - 9:45 Bathroom/ Snack

9:45 - 10:05 Circle Time

10:05 – 10:45 Interest Centers/ Self- Selected Activities at Interest Centers

10:45 – 10:55 Clean-up / Bathroom

10:55 – 11:45 Gross Motor Play

11:30 Half-Day Dismissal

11:45 – 12:30 Bathroom/ Lunch

12:30 – 12:45 Afternoon Story/ Prep for Rest

12:45 – 1:45 Rest

1:45 – 2:30 Bathroom/Table Toy Activities/ Story/ Snack

2:30 – 3:30 Gross Motor Play

3:30 School Day Dismissal

3:30 – 5:30 Bathroom/ Story / Self- Selected Activities

5:30 Full Day Dismissal



Benedictine Preschool

851 North Broad Street

Elizabeth, NJ 07208

 (908) 352- 8714

E mail: benprek@msn.com


Professional organizations we value: 

NCEA - National Catholic Educational Association

Website   www.ncea.org                                    

                        NCEA is the largest private professional education organization in the world, representing 200,000 Catholic educators serving 7.6 million students in Catholic elementary and secondary schools, in religious education programs, in seminaries and in colleges and universities.

NAEYC - National Association for the Education of Young Children. 

Website - www.naeyc.org

            The professional organization for educators and parents in the field of early childhood.  The website  offers current information on child development, education through professional journal articles, and information on the current standards for programs and educators. 

     NJAEYC - New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children.

Website - www.njaeyc.org

This is the New Jersey affiliate of the NAEYC.

NAREA -  North American Reggio Emilia Alliance

                                      Website - www.reggioalliance.org                               

            The association  of individuals dedicated to the ideals and goals of the Reggio Emilia Schools of Reggio Emilia Italy,  where the potential of all children to think, learn and construct knowledge is valued.