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HOPES’ interdisciplinary team of teachers, specialists, and family advocates work together to promote school readiness.



  • Comprehensive health and mental health services

  • Developmental and health screenings

  • Father involvement activities

  • Parent education, workshops, and training

  • Field trips

Curriculum and Assessment:

  • Tools of the Mind

  • High Scope 

  • State Core Curriculum Standards and Learning Expectations

  • COR and Gold Assessments, developmentally appropriate learning assessments

Our Program upholds these standards:

  • Maximum class size of 15 (Hoboken & Plainfield)

    • Maximum class size of 17 (Somerset)

  • 6-hour class day

  • 180-day program

  • Teachers:

    • Bachelor of Arts Degree

    • State Certified - Not always for Head Start Preschool

  • Teacher Assistants:

    • Child Developmental Credential (CDA)



  • Hoboken

  • Plainfield 

  • Somerset

HOPES Preschool Education in partnership with Hoboken, Plainfield,

Franklin, and Manville School Districts


Preschool (Head Start and State Funded)

“I first heard about HOPES Head Start from relatives and friends that their children attended the HOPES Plainfield Program. HOPES' services helped me and my family a lot when my child started the program, in addition to providing Spanish translation. They took their time and dedication to help me and my child with this situation. I will always be grateful for the dedication and help from the Staff, Teachers, Mental Health Specialist and the Family Advocate. I will recommend the services to family and friends always.”

Marisol M. 

Contact Us About Preschool Program
Anais Alicea
Kecia Page

Hoboken, NJ

Anais Alicea
PFCE Supervisor

1-855-OK-HOPES ext 1101​

Plainfield, NJ

Deena Davenport Beasley

PFCE Supervisor

1-855-OK-HOPES ext 1701

Somerset, NJ

Kecia Page

PFCE Supervisor

1-855-OK-HOPES ext 1037

See our FAQs to learn more about whether you qualify you for free or reduced enrollment tuition.

HOPES Preschool/Head Start Program in Hoboken has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) since 2007. NAEYC administers the largest and most widely recognized accreditation system for all types of early childhood programs and child care centers. NAEYC is the nation's largest organization of early childhood educators. The Criteria can be found on the NAEYC's website.

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