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    The Cherry Hill School District is expanding its preschool program during the 2024-2025 school year for Cherry Hill
    residents as a direct result of receiving Preschool Expansion Aid (PEA) from the New Jersey Department of Education
    (NJDOE) on October 18, 2023. Our program is a mixed delivery program in which preschool classrooms are held both in
    the district and at surrounding private providers with whom we have partnered.

    We offer a FREE, full day program, Monday through Friday, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. Children must be three (3) or four (4) on
    or before October 1, 2024. Transportation is provided for eligible students based on district policy. If your child is not
    eligible for transportation, you will be responsible for transportation to and from school.

    It is imperative that your child arrives and departs on time daily. Late arrivals and early departures are disruptive to the
    class routines and interfere with the education of all of the children. We CANNOT have early or late pick up arrangements
    unless you are participating in before or aftercare.

    If you are interested in enrolling your typically developing child, you must fully register your child during our
    24-25 Preschool Enrollment window (Monday, March 4, 2024 - Friday, March 15, 2024). To begin the registration
    process, please go onto our Cherry Hill Public School District website to Pre-Register. Go to, select
    Departments, then Registration. Registration cannot be completed without all required documentation being

    Once all required documents are uploaded, your child will be assigned a student ID by the Registration
    Department. The following day, 3 required forms will be available in your Genesis Parent Access account. All
    forms must be completed and submitted by the deadline (March 15, 2024) in order for your child to be eligible for

    It is imperative that all children are fully registered to ensure adequate transportation, secure student placements,
    and plan necessary events to start the school year, such as our “Sneak-n-Peek” for families and students to have the
    opportunity to meet their child’s teacher and visit their classroom before the start of the school year.

    Any children not FULLY registered by March 15, 2024 will not be placed on the waitlist or considered for a seat
    for the 24-25 school year. Families may request a registration appointment and/or direct registration questions to or 856-429-7283 ext. 4040 to ensure the timeline is met.

    After completing registration, families will be notified via email or US mail of their child’s placement (waitlist or at a
    CHPS Preschool location) during the week of April 22, 2024. Please do NOT call Malberg ECC to inquire about status.
    Those offered placement at a CHPS Preschool location will have one week to accept the placement before a seat is offered
    to a child on our waitlist. Failure to accept the placement within the one week period will constitute a declination of

    To help you learn more about our program, please visit our district website,

    Important Points to Remember:
    1. If your child is already a student at a CHPS Preschool location, there is no need to complete the registration
    2. Children MUST be residents of Cherry Hill.
    3. Transportation will be provided for eligible students based on district policy.
    4. Children must be at least 3 or 4 years old as of October 1, 2024.

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  • CHPS Awarded Preschool Education Aid by NJDOE

    At a celebratory event held at our own Estelle V. Malberg Early Childhood Center on October 18, 2023, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) announced that 26 school districts, including the  Cherry Hill Public Schools, will receive Preschool Education Expansion (PEA) Expansion.

    The District requested $3,417,615 in PEA to tentatively serve 249 full-day, general education, preschool students in 2023-2024.

    "We are thrilled that our application for Preschool Education Aid Expansion has been approved," said Acting Superintendent Dr. Kwame Morton. "This will allow us to reach a much larger portion of young learners, providing key learning opportunities and helping facilitate their long-term success." 

    Assistant Superintendent, PreK-12 and Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Farrah Mahan, expressed equal enthusiasm at the news.

    "This will immersurably enhance our excellent educational programs," Dr. Mahan said. "We are excited to move forward with our expansion plans. It's wonderful to think of all the students who will now receive crucial early education, thanks to this funding."

    The NJDOE will provide professional development and technical assistance geared toward the implementation of high-quality preschool programming in CHPS. 

    Preschool FAQ


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  • Malberg Early Childhood Center Home of the CUBS

    WE invite all prospective Cherry Hill Public Schools preschool families to join us for a Virtual Open House on February 26, 2024, at noon and 6 pm. Learn about our tuition-free, full-day preschool program! The same presentation will be shared during both sessions to accommodate varied schedules. 

    Sign on at 
    Webinar ID: 831 0283 5096

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  • Malberg Early Childhood Application



    2023-2024 Enrollment for Typical Student 


    The Cherry Hill School District will again be offering preschool inclusion classes during the 2023-2024 school year for Cherry Hill residents.  The Inclusion Program began 24 years ago in an effort to provide our population of children with special needs the opportunity to be educated in the least restrictive environment alongside their typically developing peers.  The classes will be held at the Malberg Early Childhood Center.  

    We offer a full day program Monday through Friday. Children must be three (3) or four (4) on or before October 1, 2023. There is currently a $2,500.00 charge for the school year ($250.00 per month).  

    Transportation will be provided for eligible students based on district policy.

    The enrollment application period has closed. If the number of applications exceeds the number of available spots, a selection process will occur to determine entry into the program.  Families will be notified of their application status by mail sent no later than June 5, 2023Please do NOT call Malberg ECC to inquire about status. 

    Those offered enrollment at Malberg will receive an Enrollment Notification Form and Tuition Contract. Families will return the Enrollment Notification Form, Tuition Contract, and $30.00 deposit to Estelle V. Malberg Early Childhood Center by 3:30 PM on Monday, June 12, 2023Failure to return the documents by the deadline shall constitute a declination of enrollment. (Mailed documents must be postmarked by June 12, 2023). When school personnel receive the Enrollment Notification Form and Tuition Contract, placement will be assigned and registration information will be provided. Applicants not initially offered admission will receive written notification and be placed on a waitlist.   



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  • Malberg Early Childhood Center Schedule


    • Regular School Day for ALL STUDENTS:  9:30 am - 3:30 pm
    • Early Dismissals: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
    • Delayed Opening: 11:30 am - 3:30 pm


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  • School Supply List 2023-2024


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    Backpacks and lunchboxes are the only supplies needed.

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  • Tuition Students

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    The monthly tuition fee is $250.00 (total of $2,500.00/year).  If not using the PaySchools online app, all checks or money orders should be mailed (with your child’s name on the “notes” section) to the Arthur Lewis Administration (formerly Malberg) building at 45 Ranoldo Terrace, Cherry Hill NJ 08034, ATTN Mindy Kegal by the 15th of every month, September to May!  There is a $15.00 late fee posted after the 18th of the month, if it has not been received.

    July Welcome Tuition Letter to Parents

    Pay Schools Information



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  • Coronavirus Information

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    Coronavirus Information and Resources can be found on the District website here.

    Further information can be found at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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  • Early Intervention Services

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    If you are concerned that your baby is not meeting developmental milestones, contact Early Intervention Services for assistance.

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  • Absentee Hotline


    If your child is absent from school, you will receive an automated attendance call to all available numbers and email addresses. We encourage you to call the Absentee Hotline, 856-429-7283, and press 1 or email Colleen Thompson, as early as possible. If we receive the call early enough, we can stop the call from going out, however, please understand that there is still the possibility you will receive a call. Thank you!

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  • Allergies at Barclay


    Read important information explaining why we ask that no peanuts/nuts, latex balloons or perfumes enter the building.

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  • Parking and Student Drop Off


    Parking at school is limited. Parents are asked to park either in the front of the school building or on the street. We ask that you obey the posted "No Parking" signs on the street in front of the building, and the yellow curbs which also indicate no parking. Please do not block residential driveways.

    Pick-up And Drop-Off Info


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  • State of New Jersey Cuts Funding to CHPS

    Please read the letter from the President of the Cherry Hill Board of Education and the Acting Superintendent regarding the $6.9 million reduction in state aid for the Cherry Hill Public Schools. 

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  • 2024 Summer EBT Program Becoming Permanent

    The Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) program to ensure children have a hunger-free summer will be permanent beginning in the summer of 2024!

    ¡La EBT de verano será un programa permanente a partir del verano de 2024!

    If you have not filled out a Federal Meal Application for the 2023-2024 school year, it is urgent that you do!

    Si no ha completado una Solicitud federal de comidas para el año escolar 2023-2024, ¡es urgente que lo haga!

    Apply online

    Paper applications can be picked up from each school or Lewis Administration Building, then turned in to each school's main office.

    Las solicitudes impresas se pueden recoger en cada escuela o en el edificio administrativo Lewis y luego entregarlas en cada oficina principal de las escuelas.

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  • Reminder to Complete COVID-19 Screening Checklist, Stay Home if Experiencing Symptoms or Awaiting COVID-19 Test Results

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    IMPORTANT REMINDER TO ALL PARENTS: Please be sure to have your children take the District's daily self-assessment each morning before they leave for school, and follow the recommendations in the self-assessment.  If you have additional questions regarding this matter, please contact your school nurse.

    A checklist that can be translated into more than 90 languages via our "Select Language" option at the top left corner of this website also is available. 

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