The Importance of Early Childhood Education

Giving your child the right preschool learning experience can offer long-term advantages throughout his or her educational career. According to The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), a preschool education can produce substantial gains in a child’s learning and development, especially in the area of achievement test scores over time.[1] And better achievement test scores mean more opportunities, especially when it comes to college choice and scholarship dollars. The right preschool can make a big difference, not only as your child enters kindergarten, but years down the road.

But with all the preschool programs available, choosing the right one can be a challenge.

Why A Step Ahead Preschool?

At A Step Ahead, our preschool program goal is to produce happy, self-assured learners who are ready to take the next big step on their educational journey. Our students have a 90 percent success rate in reading and math readiness! We work with each child every day they attend thru one-on-one sessions, to develop the skills necessary for reading success when they reach kindergarten. We have a 10:1 student/teacher ratio, so every child gets the individual attention he or she needs to be their very best.

My son went here, and my daughter goes here now. She always walks into the school looking forward to the activities for the day. Lynn and Ms. Robin are wonderful teachers. They give individual attention to each kid and work with them at their own pace. If you are looking for a preschool then there’s no looking further, A Step Ahead Preschool it is!”  –– Srividhya Govardhanen


A Typical Step-Ahead Day

We run a full daily schedule focused on your developing preschooler! At A Step Ahead, every child participates in the following activities:

  • Motor skill development
  • Free play/socialization
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Circle time- letters and number recognition, music, stories, etc
  • One-on-one time- math and reading skills
  • Arts and crafts
  • Snack time>
  • Outdoor time- weather permitting
  • Fine motor and physical activities- games, puzzles, etc

Each and every day at A Step Ahead is all about learning and fun!

“Such a wonderful place to start my daughter on her path of education. Ms. Lynn & Ms. Robin are so caring towards my daughter and all the kids who attend. She could not wait to go to school everyday. Choosing A Step Ahead was one of the best decisions I have made . The one on one caring, safe environment is extremely important to me. When I drop her off I never have to worry.” — Shannon Harrigan Di Somma

Our Staff

Lead teacher/owner Linda LaRocca brings over 40 years of teaching experience to the Step Ahead classroom. With a Masters in Early Child Education, Linda combines her years of experience and curriculum expertise to create a just-right learning environment for each child at A Step Ahead. Our other teachers also have Masters’ Degrees in Early Childhood Education, so you can rest assured that your child is getting the very best.

Make the A-Step-Ahead Choice Today

Our reputation in the community means most of our students come to us by word of mouth, and our stellar references speak for themselves. Along with our morning, afternoon and full-day preschool programs, we offer before and after school care for children ages 2 ½ to 5, as well as a summer day camp. Located on 2 acres in the historic Marlboro countryside in Monmouth County, NJ,  A Step Ahead offers plenty of room for growth in all areas of your child’s development.

Are you ready to give your child A Step Ahead? Visit our Contact Page or call us at, 732-227-4304 to learn more or to start the enrollment process. 

[1] W. Steven Barnett and Jason T. Hustedt. “Preschool: The Most Important Grade,” ASCD, 2003. Accessed April 14, 2017.