The Academy for Children is a non-profit, tax exempt, non-sectarian, educational organization and school which encourages the extraordinary and phenomenal potential of each child through programs for the development and education of children, parents and professionals.
Founded in: 1979
Directors: Barbara Frey & Marjorie Peacock
Number of students: 65
Student-teacher ratio: 8/9:1
Number of families: 60
Combined Teacher's Service: 160 years
Days in school year: 180 days (September-June); similar to Mt. Lakes school calendar plus a 4-week summer program
Lunchtime: No charge for pre-school through kindergarten. Two year old program: "lunch with friends" (fee).
Tax ID#: 22-3689962
The Academy for Children is a non-profit, tax exempt, non-sectarian, 501 (c) 3, educational organization encouraging the extraordinary and phenomenal potential of each child through programs for the development and education of children, parents and professionals.
"Encouraging the Potential of Each Child" Differentiated Education Programs For Each Child Each child attending The Academy benefits from a specific developmental and educational program designed by the directors and coordinated and implemented by teachers. Through the individual assessment and curriculum/program design, one-to-one specific learning is facilitated through fun games and activities. Within a positive environment enriched with opportunities for learning and play, teachers facilitate each child's individual program. The small class size and one-to-one attention foster learning through specific opportunities designed to fully develop each child's potential.
Reaching Potential The Academy provides an enriched, positive and exciting, learning environment filled with specific opportunities that empower each child towards the development of full potential. Program activities are offered with appropriate repetitiveness, positive excitement and child-based duration specific for each activity to foster the child's optimum potential in learning and development.
Positive Approach Each child attending The Academy will have:
interact positively with peers and teachers
benefit from an environment where caring teachers empower children to achieve their potential.
As time progresses (The Academy has been here for nearly 40 years), we have continued to uphold our philosophy of differentiated education, small class size, individual and nurturing attention, and an implementation of a full faceted curriculum based on child development methodologies. Always believing that within a positive environment, the full child should be taught inclusive of cognitive skills (math, reading, writing, science and unit information, foreign language, geography) and character building skills. You as parents, have believed this also and continued to support us.
Finally the press and scientific journals are beginning to understand the relevance of such an education for young children. We are pleased to share with you that the New York Times, citing the “Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology” is reporting that after a half-century of research, high quality preschool yields sustained benefits…..”when teachers focus time on classroom activities that foster oral language, pre literacy and math skills, what we label as academic-oriented preschools…..longer exposure to such classrooms raises the magnitude of effects, benefits that may span cognitive and social domains…..when preschool teachers spend more time on academic-oriented activities, as one specific facet of classroom quality, we expect to observe stronger developmental effects..”
Our History The Academy was founded in 1979 as the National Academy for Child Development. Barbara C. Frey was one of the co-founders of this non-profit organization which provided individual developmental evaluations for children and their families. The NACD expanded to serve families from across the United States.
The Academy in Mountain Lakes has served over a thousand families to date and is unique in that it provided a school which, under the direction of Barbara Frey, implemented the philosophy of encouraging the potential in children. In 1995 Marjorie McCabe-Peacock joined The Academy Team and she and Barbara began to expand the school's programs.
In 1999-2000, a new Board of Trustees was formed, thus founding The Academy for Children, a non-profit, tax-exempt, non-sectarian, 501(c)3 educational organization and school.
The Members of The Board of Trustees are:
Barbara C. Frey, President - Trustee
Marjorie Peacock, Vice-President - Trustee
Annella Dignes - Trustee
Judy Burton, Secretary - Trustee
Eva Barcza - Trustee
Dina McWilliams - Trustee
The Academy for Children is currently under the directorship of Barbara Frey and Marjorie Peacock. The Academy focuses its programs and services on children and their families in the nearby communities. Our Mission Statement and Philosophy continue to guide Academy administration and programs.
Our Faculty The Academy faculty includes more than 14 Teachers and Summer Counselors, with other administrative and curriculum coordinators. All teachers are certified in CPR and first aid, and hold a bachelors or masters in education, reading, art, administration, or child development.
Barbara C. Frey, Founder, President, Director Barbara has a B.S. in Education from the University of Michigan and an extensive background in team teaching, positive behavioral programs, early childhood development and neuro-education.
Marjorie McCabe-Peacock, M.S. Ed, Director Marjorie Peacock has a B.S. in Education from Russell Sage College and a M.S. in Education, Curriculum and Teaching, from Fordham University.
Professional Development Teachers at The Academy are state-certified and/or are otherwise pursuing teaching degrees or associate degress in early childhood education. In addition, many staff members have broad experience working with your children. All teachers receive ongoing training and workshops developed specifically by The Academy For Children and are certified in first-aid and CPR.