Our Center

Since 1937, Neighborhood House has provided year-round early learning and educational services to underserved children in the Plainfield community. Neighborhood House is fully accredited and each program emphasizes math, science, and problem solving while continuing to foster creativity.

We also offer focused educational programs designed to support and empower our parents and guardians.

Our Capital Campaign

On Thursday, March 26th, we kicked off our capital campaign to raise much-needed funds to expand and renovate our center. Currently, we have a waiting list of 220 deserving children whose families need our childcare, early learning, academic enrichment, and family support programs. In order to accommodate these children and families and expand our impact on the community, we are planning to build 14 new classrooms, renovate our center and construct a technology center to ensure our students and their parents are equipped to compete in an increasingly technology-driven world. We are proud to have a demonstrated track record in improving the academic performance of our students, but in order to serve even more families, we need your support.

Please donate to our capital program and help us transform our center and our community.

Neighborhood House Now

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The New Neighborhood House

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Our Accreditations

Neighborhood House is accredited through both the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NYAEYC) and the Council on Accreditation (COA). The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children, and the Council on Accreditation (COA) is an international, independent, not-for-profit child and family service and behavioral healthcare accrediting organization.

Our History

For 78 years Neighborhood House has provided children in the Plainfield community with a strong academic foundation, personal development, and stability. Neighborhood House first opened its doors in 1937, thanks to the efforts of the Women’s Guild of Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church and Chairwoman Mary Worth.

Originally housed in Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, in 1959, Neighborhood House purchased and moved into its current primary location. Since its modest beginnings, the organization has evolved into a full service provider of early learning and education services operating numerous programs at multiple sites for children ages 2 months to 12 years.

Mission

The principal mission of Neighborhood House is to enhance the lives of the children and families in the Plainfield community by providing quality childcare, social services, and much-needed transportation. Neighborhood House’s programs address educational, economic, and social needs.

Motto

“Let’s educate our children together”

Philosophy

Neighborhood House understands that the early years of development can be catalytic in a child’s life. We create a secure and nurturing environment where children develop through guided instruction, educational activity, and dynamic play.

Neighborhood House cultivates each child’s unique learning aptitude through interactive engagement and targeted age appropriate activity. We work to instill self esteem building tools in our programs so our children can continue their educations in confidence.

Neighborhood House teaches children to love learning by providing them with innovative cognitive development, self-help, and social skills that enable them to develop a secure sense of independence. We also generate experiences that will stimulate their growth in the areas of math, science, art, problem solving, and large and small motor development.

Neighborhood House partners with parents to make their children’s transition into a new and exciting learning environment as successful as possible. When the parent and teacher can work together as a team, the child wins. We offer programs and activities where parents can spend time in the classroom with their children, and we encourage teamwork because it creates security for the child and allows for a developmentally appropriate learning experience through a creative, relaxed environment.

Neighborhood House cares about serving the whole child; therefore, a comprehensive health program is integrated into our services. This program includes vision, hearing, speech, height, and weight screenings.

Meet Our Staff

Executive Director

  • Carol A. Presley

Admin. Asst. to the Executive Director

  • Elisa Lizardo

Administrative Staff

  • Robin John, Educational Coordinator
  • Lois Redwood, Special Projects Coordinator
  • Carol Sorg, Nurse
  • Maria Raymond, Intake Coordinator

Family Workers

  • Samantha DeHart
  • Sheree Hoyle
  • 
Jasmira Rosario

Nutrition Staff

  • Vera Perry, Cook
  • 
Rashawn Hendricks, Assistant Cook
  • Ronnie Rivers, Assistant Cook

Drivers & Maintenance Staff

  • Ines Ayala, Bus Driver
  • 
Walter Valaquez, Maintenance
  • John Webb, Maintenance

Housekeeping & Chaperon

  • Rosemary Ogunseye

Infant & Toddler

Under the care and guidance of specially trained teachers, children ages 2 months to 2.5 years are assisted in the development of their motor, language, self-help, and social skills.

Preschool

Our preschool offers a full academic curriculum for children ages 3 to 5 including language arts, math, science, technology, arts and crafts, social studies, gym, and health and safety.

Summer Camp

This 8-week camp, for children ages 5 to 12, combines education and fun. Activities include swimming, tennis, educational field trips, overnight camping, and more.

After School

Our after school program provides educational enrichment, academic support, and personal development to school-aged children that are 5 to 12 years of age.