January 14, 2014 at 2:34 PM
SUMMIT, NJ - SuperKids in Summit is a preschool and day care center that offers many options for children to enjoy their time at school.
Director Bridget O’Brien and co-director Laura Barker are both residents of Berkeley Heights. The women are neighbors and find that their friendship allows them to have meaningful and productive conversations about SuperKids when taking their morning walk or working together at the school.
The school has been in existence for 11 years. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. Each age group has activities specifically tailored to their interests, creativity and needs. The groups include Waddlers for 12-20 months; Toddlers for 20-28 months; Pre-K 1 for 28-36 months; Pre-K2 for 3 year olds; Pre-K4 for 4 year olds and Kindergarten for youngsters who are 5 years old by Sept. 1. There is also a Summer Camp Program that includes school-age children.
SuperKids has 55 employees and 235 children are served weekly. The school operates from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. One of the hallmarks of the SuperKids is their sense of community.
“It is a warm community where parents socialize with each other," O'Brien said. "We have a lot of families, siblings and cousins who attend the school. In addition, staff members have their own family attend.” SuperKids prides itself on continued staff training to insure a strong education for their students and a very safe environment.
SuperKids networks with a number of local programs to provide extra enrichment for their students. O’Brien commented, “The extra-curricular programs we work with are the best in the area.” Students have the option to continue after graduating from SuperKids in programs like “Front and Center” at Summit Playhouse or Cando Martial Arts.
Parent Jennifer C. said, “SuperKids helped both of my daughters blossom into social butterflies as well as prepare them for public school. All of their teachers helped mold them into super kids.”
O’Brien is the mother of a second-grader and a junior in high school. She fully understands the demands of busy families who wish to educate their children and have them participate in meaningful activities. “I want to make it as easy for parents as possible,” O'Brien said.
While some of the students engage in the extra classes that are provided, others do not. The extracurricular time gives students who remain in their regular classrooms the opportunity to work in smaller groups or receive individualized attention.”
Video cameras are installed in each classroom, but they are not used just for security. Internet viewing allows family members to see the children’s school day and view special moments. This opportunity to visit SuperKids remotely has been appreciated by not only working parents, but by families who live in other areas of the country or overseas.
SuperKids is located at 2 Broad St. in Summit. For more information about their many programs, visit www.superkidsnj.com, or (908) 598-8383.