About Us


A girl working with blocksOur Mission

Good Day Preschool & Kindergarten offers a well planned, structured learning environment that has been developed to stimulate the abilities of each individual child. We offer a combination of indoor and outdoor activates, balanced with lessons planned around thematic units of interest and the needs of our students. Our programs incorporate hands-on participation to encourage the full potential of every child, physically, academically, emotionally, and socially. This hands-on approach is fostered through learning centers which assist the teacher in creating challenging educational experiences. Skills and strategies are also developed to nurture and educate our students in preparation for their future endeavors.


Our Staff

Our staff is experienced and caring. Good Day is active in many professional and business organizations including the New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children, the New Jersey and National Child Care Association and the local Chamber of Commerce.

Good Day Teacher JeniFull-Day

Miss Jeni joined the Good Day staff in 2004 as a teacher’s assistant.  She later became the teacher of the Full Day class after graduating from college. Lately, Miss Jeni and her husband Dan have been very busy because they recently became new parents of twins, Ozzi and Kayli. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her nieces, Kaya Jane and Tesla Nikole. When Miss Jeni isn’t at Good Day, she can usually be found in a pool where she is a lifeguard/swim teacher as well. She also has two dogs named Hershey and Reese’s. Can you guess what Miss Jeni’s favorite candies are?

Miss PattyPre-K

Miss Patty is our Pre-Kindergarten teacher as well as the Head Teacher for all of the staff at Good Day. She has been the Pre-K teacher for 13 years. Previously, she taught Pre-K at two different schools giving her a total of 27 years teaching experience…wow! She takes pride in making her students independent and ready for a successful journey into Kindergarten and beyond. Outside of the classroom, Miss Patty and her husband, Lou, have two children, Amanda, 18 and Louie, 15. They also have two dogs named Fiona and Belle. Miss Patty loves spending time with her family, going to the beach, reading, and enjoying some yummy chocolate.

Good Day Teacher Miss JanetPreschool

Miss Janet is our Preschool teacher. She has been teaching at Good Day for the past 10 years. Miss Janet has a very nurturing and bubbly personality, making her a perfect fit for teaching our youngest little munchkins. While not at Good Day, Miss Janet loves spending time with her husband, Ray, stepdaughter Caitlyn, 15, and her children Hannah, who is 5 years old and Jeremy who is 3. They enjoy taking their dog, Daphne for walks, going to the pool and the beach, reading, and playing games. Running is one of Miss Janet’s favorite activities. Some of her favorite treats are Peanut M & M’s and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Good Day Teacher Miss CherylKindergarten

Miss Cheryl is our Kindergarten teacher. She began her teaching career at Good Day in 2001 when she worked as a teacher’s assistant. Prior to becoming the Kindergarten teacher in 2005, she was the teacher of the Full Day class. Miss Cheryl loves to teach her students about many different topics, but her favorite things to teach about are animals and the weather because she loves them both! Most importantly, she gives her students a solid foundation to build on for the rest of their school career. Miss Cheryl is married to her husband, Ron, and has two sons; Steven who is 17 and Nicholas who is 15. When she is not at Good Day, she loves to spend time outside going for long walks and she loves spending time with her family. Guess what? Miss Cheryl has a very big sweet tooth!

Good Day Teacher and Owner Miss AmyOwner/Director

Miss Amy is the Owner/Director of Good Day Preschool and Kindergarten. She began her teaching career at Good Day in 1995. Her love of children prompted Ms. Amy and her husband to buy the school in 2002. Even though Miss Amy is very busy being the director of the school, she absolutely loves to teach! Therefore, she spends time each day as a teacher’s assistant in the Kindergarten class. Her smile can win over anyone, even if they are having a rough day! Miss Amy is married to her husband, Stephen, and they have two sons, Mason who is 7 and Collin who is 3. She loves jogging, going to the shore; jet skiing, eating tomatoes and pineapple, and spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite treats are mint chocolate chip ice cream and chocolate covered pretzels.

Miss Angela

Miss Chris

Miss Jenny M.

Miss Jessica

Miss Nina

Student and teacher working at a tableOur Programs

Our programs encourage hands-on participation to encourage the full development of every child physically, academically, emotionally, and socially. This hands-on approach is developed through learning centers which assist the teacher in creating challenging educational experiences for the child. Skills and strategies are developed that are necessary for a successful and confident student.

Music class, gym class and Zumba, field trips, arts and crafts, computers, language arts, science, games, and stories are an essential part of all our programs.

Our programs include the development of good listening skills, manipulative skills, language development and readiness skills as well as seasonal programs.

PRE-SCHOOL: 2 OR 3 HALF DAYS

Our 2/12-3 year preschool program is taught by Miss Janet and Miss Chris, her teacher’s assistant. The class offers children an introduction to school focused around a basic knowledge of the letters of the alphabet, colors, shapes and numbers. We also focus on large and fine motor skill as well as promoting positive social interactions between preschool classmates and their peers. Other activities include art, computers and learning stations. This class is a 2 ½ hour class with snack included.

PRE-KINDERGARTEN: 2 OR 3 HALF DAYS

The 4 year old Pre-Kindergarten program is taught by Miss Patty and Miss Angela, her teacher’s assistant. This program promotes a firm understanding of the skills and knowledge needed for Kindergarten. This class focuses on pre-reading and writing skills as well as topics in the subject areas of math, science and social studies. Other activities include art, computers and learning stations. Positive social interactions among peers are stressed during the three hours of learning. A snack is provided as well.

FULL DAY Pre-K  PROGRAM

The full day program is taught by Miss Jeni and Miss Nina, her teacher’s assistant. This class is a multi-aged group of children between 2 ½ and 4 years old. This program consists of age appropriate activities including but not limited to pre-reading and writing skills as well as topics in the subject areas of math, science and social studies. Other activities include art, computers and learning stations. Positive social interactions amongst peers are stressed during the entire learning day. A morning and afternoon snack is provided as well. Parents must supply lunch.

FULL DAY Kindergarten

Our full day Kindergarten class is taught by Miss Cheryl and Miss Amy, her teacher’s assistant. Our structured program teaches all subject areas including math, science, social studies and phonics. We also have gym and music class weekly. A morning and afternoon snack is provided as well. Parents must supply lunch.

FULL DAY PROGRAM

The full day program is taught by Miss Jeni and Miss Nina, her teacher’s assistant. This class is a multi-aged group of children between 2 ½ and 4 years old. This program consists of age appropriate activities including but not limited to pre-reading and writing skills as well as topics in the subject areas of math, science and social studies. Other activities include art, computers and learning stations. Positive social interactions amongst peers are stressed during the entire learning day. A morning and afternoon snack is provided as well. Parents must supply lunch.


Good Day students enjoying Sesame Place!Thanksgiving Celebration!programsAdditional School Activities

  • monthly color days
  • monthly cooking projects
  • Fire Prevention demonstrations
  • Pumpkin picking trip
  • Thanksgiving feast
  • December holiday show
  • pajama days
  • Mother’s Day ice cream social
  • Dad’s Night concert
  • Sesame Place family field trip
  • guest speakers from our community
  • Pre-K and Kindergarten graduation ceremonies
  • Summer camp

 


Testimonials

Good, Caring Teachers are a Constant Joy

We have been so fortunate to have our daughter enrolled at Good Day for the last 3 years. It has truly become her second home and we look forward to sending our son there next year. The staff is incredible. Our daughter has never been just another child in the classroom. Every step of the way they have treated her like an individual. On more than one occasion they have gone above and beyond our expectations. I don’t think the staff has any idea just how incredible they are and how much their support over the last three years has benefited our daughter and ultimately my husband and I as well.
What I realized after the first year at Good Day was that it is the little things that matter most. It became less about her learning to write her name(which she could do by the time she was 3.5 thanks to Miss Jenni) and more about the smile on my daughter’s face as she effortlessly braids her dolls hair because Miss Chris taught her how. It’s walking into school to retrieve my sick child 2 days before Christmas and finding her in Miss Janet’s lap being comforted. It is knowing that when I drop my child off in the morning (at the obscene hour of 7:15 am) that she will walk into the room with a smile on her face and sit down and have breakfast at a table with Miss Amy. If her father and I can’t be there it is nice to know someone who is truly vested in my child, is sitting with her asking about her weekend, discussion why the sky is blue, or even how “mean mommy” made her wear pants rather than a skirt to school that day. It’s seeing her run up to Miss Patty on a weekend at a baseball game and give her a hug because she “missed her”. It is knowing when we pick her up at night that she will still be grinning ear to ear. Those are the things I hadn’t originally thought of when we registered at Good Day. I was worried about her learning to read and being able to count and do simple math. Though Good Day taught her all of those things and instilled in her a love of learning, they taught her countless other things that would never be defined on a typical report card. They have given her an incredible foundation in which to move forward into 1st grade

Good Day and its teachers have helped to mold my daughter into a smart, happy, self-confident little girl. I feel incredibly fortunate for having been referred to Good Day and look forward to the next three years when we get to start all over again with our son.

~ Thank you, Shanna DiStefano – Delanie’s Mom


Dear Amy, Steve, and the Entire staff of Good Day Preschool and Kindergarten,

I have learned in the past 5 years that finding someone to care for your child (ren) while you are at work is harder than any other job you can have. Milana started out at a private babysitter who I must say was wonderful and everything a person can want for their infant.
After moving to Milltown, I kept hearing of this school called Good Day. I finally went to go see what the big fuss was all about and have been making the same “big fuss” ever since. I honestly couldn’t wait for Milana to finish potty training so that she could attend your school.

As you know, I work in a pediatric dental office and go to several of the schools in the area for Children’s Dental Health Month to speak to the children about how to keep their mouths healthy and their teeth gleaming. I have to say that I always walk away for your school impressed. The children are nothing but questions with great knowledge. That makes my job so much easier and more enjoyable.

So far, Milana has had the pleasure of being instructed by Miss Jeni. She has been with her since she is 2 ½. What an enormous difference I have seen in Millie. Her desire to learn and read is a parents dream come true. Thank you Miss Jeni for instilling that into Milana.
This year Millie is in Pre-K with Miss Patty and looks forward to everyday she is going to be with her. Again, in just this year, I see a huge difference in her ability to comprehend, her penmanship and her social skills. She has gone from being a follower to a leader who loves to help others. George and I are so proud of the little lady she is becoming and we can thank you and your staff for being a part of that!

Thank you too, to all of the teacher’s assistants, Miss Nina, Miss Chris, Miss Angela and all of the other woman who are there to give Mil a hug if she needs one, a prize for doing a good job and the discipline when it is necessary.

Good Day has been such a wonderful place for Milana and I am nothing but sad to know that we only have 1 more year there after this one. You will always be an important part of our lives!! Love you guys!

~ Dawn and George Triola-Milana’s Mom and Dad