Program Offerings 

The Gingham Giraffe Preschool is a not-for-profit, state licensed preschool in Chatham, NJ. Proudly serving our community since 1990, our program serves boys and girls ages 2 - 6 years old. Classes are held from September through early June, Monday through Friday, with varied scheduling options based on each family’s needs. 

Beginning September 2020, 
we are pleased to offer a Full Day Preschool option 
up to five days/week! 

Just Two Plus

Our youngest class! Must be 2 years old. 
M/T or W/Th/F
8:45 -11:15
Potty-trained not essential

Junior Threes
(Turning 3 yrs old with a Fall or Winter Birthday)
2,3, or 4 consecutive mornings
8:45 -11:15 AM
Potty-trained not essential

Two classrooms separated by 6 mo. age span
2,3,4, or 5 consecutive mornings
8:45 -11:30 AM
Two classrooms are dedicated to our three year olds,
and are set up with approximately a six-month age span,
one younger, the other Three Plus.

Fours & Fives
3, 4 or 5 consecutive days
8:45 - 11:45 AM
Two classrooms divided by birthdate.

Junior Kindergarten
4 or 5 consecutive days
8:45 -11:45
For children who have completed a four year old program 

but are not yet moving on to kindergarten.

Kindergarten Enrichment
Tues/Wed/Thurs with option to add Mondays. AM can add Fridays too!
8:45 - 11:45 AM or 11:30 - 2:30 PM
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More Ways To Learn & Play

Our Preschool Enhancements offer unique and interesting ways 

for children to extend their day any day of the week,
without advanced registration or a monthly commitment.

Stay & Play
Available Mon - Fri
11:30 - 1 PM
Our popular and flexible extended day offering. Parents do not need to give notice, child simply brings a prepaid ticket and a lunch from home to enjoy supervised play. Monthly savings pass also available.

Stay and Play Plus
Available Mon - Fri
11:30 - 2:30 PM
Children enjoy a lunch from home and supervised play. Includes a 30-minute, state-mandated rest period.

Early Start
Children are walked into the school and signed in as early as 8:15 AM. Staff will walk them to their regular classroom when school begins.

Mini Munchers

11:15 - 12:00 and just for two's! Bring a lunch from home and stay until noon. One o'clock dismissal also available. 

Sports & Games

Thursdays for 3's until 2:30 

Lunch from home and an afternoon of teamwork and movement! 

Nifty Numbers

Mondays for 4's & 5's

11:45 - 2:30 

Lunch from home and a hands-on lesson focusing on math. A great way to get your child excited about math from an early age! 

Lunch & Learn 

Tuesdays & Thursdays for 4's & 5's
11:45 - 2:30 

Extend your day the educational way! Focused on age appropriate phonics and math.

Brain Builders (S.T.E.M.)
This program focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Children learn through experimentation, building, and play-based projects. Available Mondays for 3's and Wednesdays for 4's & 5's.

Preschool Players
Mondays and Tuesdays until 2:30 PM. 

Dramatic play and games make for a theatrical afternoon! Children bring a lunch from home. Available Mondays for 4's, 5's and K+. Threes meet on Tuesdays. 

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Expansion Classes
Optional, flexible, theme-based classes for an extended day of fun! 

Days and times vary.

- Little Explorers           - Young Yogis

- Kindercrunchies         - Sports & Games

- Nifty Numbers            - Paint Pals

- ArtSmart                     - Garden Gurus

- Movin' and Groovin'   - ...and more! 

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2020! 

Enrollment is rolling and space is limited.