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. Our principal mission is to enhance the lives of the children and families in the Plainfield community by providing quality childcare, social services, and much-needed transportation.
We also offer focused educational programs designed to support and empower our parents and guardians.
For 80 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.
Neighborhood House was originally housed in Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, but in 1959 the organization purchased and moved into its current primary location on West 7th Street. 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.
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.
Meet Our Staff
- Carol A. Presley
Admin. Asst. to the Executive Director
- Elisa Lizardo
- Robin John, Educational Coordinator
- Lois Redwood, Special Projects Coordinator
- Maria Raymond, Intake Coordinator
- Laloni DeCosey, Social Service Health Coordinator
- Samantha DeHart, Human Resource Coordinator
- Yasmerky Lopez
- Marcela Balladares
- Marcela Harris
- Blanca Molina
- Vera Perry, Cook
- Rashawn Hendricks, Assistant Cook
- Ronnie Rivers, Assistant Cook
Drivers & Maintenance Staff
- Ines Ayala, Bus Driver
- Walter Valaquez, Maintenance
- John Webb, Maintenance
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.
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.
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.
Our after school program provides educational enrichment, academic support, and personal development to school-aged children that are 5 to 12 years of age.
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.