Preschool/Child Development

Center Locations | Fees | Enrollment and Employment

Respond, Inc. Child Development Centers serve families with affordable, high quality childcare services in Camden City and County. We provide for more than 1,000 infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and Camden Board of Education 3-and 4-year olds. In addition, before and after school and summer camp programs provide care for another 100 youngsters from age 5 through 12.

Offering Quality, Affordable Child Care:
Each of our 13 centers offers comprehensive, high quality childcare. Our qualified, conscientious and multicultural staff provides children and their parents with a sound educational beginning, as well as health, social, and community services. Each center is staffed by an administrative director and teachers certified in early childhood education along with trained support staff; each center provides a program of sound nutrition for its children; each center is licensed by the state of New Jersey Department of Youth and Family Services. There are bilingual staff members in each center serving children from bilingual families. In addition, Respond, Inc. makes transportation services available to families who need it.

Early Childhood Curriculum:
Respond, Inc. child development centers follow an early childhood curriculum that helps children to acquire a balanced range of age appropriate education and development skills. To encourage good language development, teachers involve children in activities that sharpen their listening and speaking abilities.

Special Infant and Toddler Care:
Our infant and toddler programs provide nurturing, daily activities in language, fine and gross motor, intellectual and social/emotional skills to stimulate early learning and growth. Our trained staff of early childhood providers meets the developmental needs of infants from birth up to three years of age.

3 and 4-Year-Old Board of Education Classrooms:
In the fall of 1998, Respond opened four classrooms for 4-year-old children following the guidelines of the Abbott District ruling, expanding to include 3-year-olds in September of 1999. Currently there are 22 BOE classrooms at Respond centers. These classes follow Camden City Board of Education curriculum requirements, and each is taught by a certified teacher and classroom aide.

Continuing Staff Development and Center Accreditation:
Following the curriculum requirements and guidelines of the NJ Department of Education and the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Respond offers its child development staff an opportunity to obtain certification in Early Childhood or the Child Development Associate (CDA) certification. In addition, Respond's Child Development programs are engaged in a process that will lead to national program accreditation from the NAEYC.

Parents and Community Involvement:
At each center a policy advisory committee, composed of parents and other community members, has input into the operation. In this way, parents have a voice in helping each center set goals and develop priorities for the care of their children.

The costs of Respond's childcare services may be partially paid by employers or by programs in which parents participate. Weekly fees for infant and toddler programs are determined by a sliding scale based on family size and income. There is no fee for children who qualify for the Abbott Preschool Program.

Child Development Center Locations:

Bank Street Child Development Center*
155 Marlton Avenue
Camden, NJ 08105
(856) 963-9155

Fairview Village Child Development Center*
3003-3007 Fenwick Road
Camden, NJ 08104
(856) 342-7997

Firehouse Child Development Center and SACC Program
320-324 Vine Street
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 541-0991

Infant Center
309 Vine Street
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 966-8282

Leaps & Bounds Child Development Center*
1000 Atlantic Avenue
Camden, NJ 08104
(856) 966-3701

Linden Street Child Development Center*
400 No. 9th Street
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 966-0089

Merchantville Child Development Center
36 W. Maple Avenue
Merchantville, NJ 08109
(856) 662-1960

North Camden Child Development Center*
554 State Street
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 966-9081

Pyne Poynt Child Development Center*
924 N. 8th Street @ Erie Street
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 583-2630

State Street Child Development Center*
6th & State Street
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 541-2268

Stockton Child Development Center*
200 So. 27th Street
Camden, NJ 08105
(856) 964-8460

Winslow Child Development Center
Hall & Albertson Road
Winslow, NJ 08095
(609) 567-0020

* Center has Abbott 3 & 4 year-old Pre-school Classrooms for Camden City residents

Enrollment & Employment

Child Development Enrollment Contacts:
Social Service Office
532 State Street
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 365-4403
Fax (856) 541-4478

For Winslow enrollment only:
Winslow Child Development Center
Hall & Albertson Road
Winslow, NJ 08095
(609) 567-0020
Fax (609) 567-6083

Employment Opportunities in Child Development:
Administrative Office, Respond, Inc.
532 State Street
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 365-4403
Fax (856) 365-4408

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