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 Mission

The primary mission of Neighborhood House is to positively enhance the lives of children and families in the Plainfield Community and surrounding areas through childcare, social services, and quality education.

Our History

For 82 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 4th 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.

Our Accreditations

Neighborhood House is accredited through both the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children; and the Council on Accreditation (COA), an international, independent, not-for-profit child and family service and behavioral healthcare accrediting organization. We are rated by New Jersey Grow for our successful completion of the rigorous, research-based Grow NJ Kids quality rating program.


Meet Our Staff

Executive Director

    • Carol A. Presley

Admin. Asst. to the Executive Director

    • Elisa Lizardo

Administrative Staff

  • Robin John, Educational Coordinator
  • Blanca Molina, Intake Coordinator
  • Laloni DeCosey, Social Service Health Coordinator
  • Samantha DeHart, Human Resource Coordinator

Family Workers

    • Taylor Brooks
    • Joana Idrobo
    • Marcela Harris
    • Marcela Salazare

Nutrition Staff

    • Vera Perry, Cook
    • Rashawn Hendricks, Assistant Cook

Drivers & Maintenance Staff

    • Kharee Lane, Bus Driver
    • Walter Valaquez, Maintenance
    • John Webb, Maintenance


    • 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.


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.


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 education with 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. For example, we offer programs and activities where parents can spend time in the classroom with their children because when the parent and teacher can work together as a team, the child wins. 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, which includes vision, hearing, speech, height, and weight screenings, is integrated into our services.