Mrs. Vicki Pede - Superintendent
Mr. Sean P. Bowe - Principal
Preschool Teacher
Mrs. Lisa Moro Zemaitis - Website
Special Services
Mrs. Stacy DiLorenzo - School Psychologist
Mrs. Helene Magno - LDTC
Ms. Eileen Chapel- School Social Worker
Mrs. Kerry Cron - Speech


Preschool Program Highlights
  • Favorable teacher to student ratio; with a teacher that holds a Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Education and NJ certified in Nursery School Instruction, Elementary Education, and Teacher of the Handicapped
  • Instruction guided by The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, a  state approved curriculum that addresses the social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development of young children
  • Hands-on, play-based learning for all students in a safe and nurturing  classroom environment
  • Student participation in physical education, music, art, and library classes with instruction by highly qualified teachers

Program Overview

The Riverdale School District is offering the community a tuition based half-day preschool program for children who turn three or four years of age on or before October 1, 2017 and are toilet trained.  The program is for both typically developing children and children with special needs and will run in accordance with the school calendar, Monday through Friday.

The tuition lottery based program anticipates having limited openings for three and four year olds for the 2017-2018 school year.  The “lottery” will be drawn at the March 15, 2017 Board of Education meeting scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Riverdale School Library.
The Riverdale Preschool Program uses the state approved Creative Curriculum for Preschool.  Children will learn in a caring, safe, nurturing, creative, and positive classroom environment.  The program will assist in transitioning from home to school, while developing a positive self-image and building social skills.  Each child is recognized as an individual, working from his or her own present developmental level and moving forward one step at a time, while engaged in play-based instruction.
Research shows, children enrolled in a high quality early childhood education program are more likely to do well in school and have long term academic success compared to students who do not attend preschool.  The Riverdale preschool program provides children the opportunity to work and play with age appropriate peers.  Regardless of ability level, children learn from one another.

Those children who are typically developing and are enrolled in a preschool program have shown social gains and overall academic readiness skills for Kindergarten.  They also display empathy towards all of their peers and are more responsive to children with special needs or disabilities.  These children tend to be increasingly aware of the needs of their friends as well.

Children with special needs in the preschool program have the ability to work with positive role models who demonstrate typically developing skills that teachers are introducing.   Additionally, these role models set realistic age appropriate behavioral expectations for all children.  Children with special needs and those who are typically developing are equal members in the classroom community, resulting in increased self-esteem and the formation of friendships.  Recent studies have found that children with disabilities enrolled in a preschool program demonstrate higher levels of social play and more appropriate social interactions, while achieving higher levels of language, cognitive, and motor development.

The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is a comprehensive curriculum linked to an assessment system that addresses both state of NJ teaching/learning standards and developmentally appropriate instruction.  It is recognized for its effectiveness with general education and special needs children. It is designed to focus on the whole-child developmental process.

Social / Emotional Development: Social and emotional skills are essential to a child’s well-being and success in school and in life.  Children work towards individual growth in the areas of their sense of self, a feeling of responsibility for one’s self and for others, and overall pro-social behavior. Cognitive Development: Cognitive development is the process of learning to think and reason.  Children work towards individual growth in the areas of learning and problem-solving, logical thinking, and representation and symbolic thinking. Physical Development: Physical skills are important for future tasks in reading, writing, scientific explorations, and math.  Children work towards individual growth in the areas of gross motor development and fine motor development. 
Language Development: A solid foundation in language development enables children to develop skills they need to become successful learners.  Children work towards individual growth in the areas of listening and speaking and reading and writing.