The Community School in Nutley was founded in 1967 and is sponsored by five area Christian Churches. The school is guided by a community-minded Board of Directors whose members are drawn from each sponsoring church. The school is a place where Christian values are fostered and other religions and cultures are warmly embraced and respected. The unwavering mission of the school is to provide high quality care and education for infants and children through a nurturing and developmentally appropriate curriculum for each stage of a child’s development. The Community School operates in three separate locations in the Town of Nutley. The program at St. Paul’s Church off Franklin Avenue was started in 1967 and serves preschoolers’ ages 3 to 5 years old. These ½ day classes are designed for parents who do not have a need for full day care. The full day program (7:30 am to 5:30 pm) housed in the Vincent United Methodist Church in Nutley provides classes for children 2 through 5 years old and was started in 1983. The Infant Toddler Center opened in an annex of the Grace Episcopal Church on Highfield Lane and provides loving care for children 3 to 18 months. The Community School is a non-profit state certified school and is licensed at all three locations by NJ State Department of Children and Families. Teachers are trained on a continual basis and certified specifically in the field of Early Childhood Education. The Board’s policies and decisions are made based on the needs of children since the goal is to provide them with the social skills and learning proficiency they will need to succeed in elementary school and beyond. Children are accepted on a first-come, first served basis. Frances DiPaola is the current Executive Director and came to the Community school with a 25 year background working in non-profit childcare. Also located at: 10 St Paul’s Place / 973-661-0788 and 200 Highfield Lane / 973-667-5446.