About Us

 

At Berry Patch, children are treated as if they were our own. They are shown love, respect, and patience in a safe environment. We provide them with individualized care from the teachers in their classroom. Daily activities allow them to learn in a fun, hands-on environment that fosters curiosity and a love for learning. The children's days are filled with play, fun, and learning. They enjoy playing together, and with their teachers, singing songs, and doing art projects.

At Berry Patch we use the Creative Curriculum. It is a center-based learning program; each of our four classrooms is divided into interest centers. The centers allow for children to learn at their own pace, in their own style. Each week there is a different theme, and lesson plans are written by the teachers that reflect the theme. The philosophy of this program is that children learn best by doing. We use curriculum goals to track children's development. Teachers document children's growth and development through observations and work samples in individual portfolios. Parent teacher conferences are held twice a year. The goal of our program is to make learning fun!

I would like to personally invite you to call us for more information, or stop by for a tour!

A letter from the owner:

Dear Parents,

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am the owner and Executive Director of The Berry Patch Early Learning Center. While I began my educational journey much as you probably did, I always had a passion for teaching and a thirst for learning.  My undergraduate studies were based in education and psychology and  I earned a Bachelor of Arts with a teacher certification. I began my career as a special education teacher and taught elementary students for seven years while I pursued a masters degree in special education,  with a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant certification. I then served as a member of a multidisciplinary child study team for a vocational school. Still fueling my passion for education, I continued my post graduate studies and earned certifications as principal and supervisor. Currently I am the Director of Special Services for a prek-12 school district and serve as a member of a preschool advisory council. 

I was elected to the Readington Township Board of Education and served six years including one as vice president and two as president.  I have been immersed in all aspects of educating our future leaders. 

The Berry Patch Early Learning Center is a reflection of all the many years of educational experience I have been fortunate to gain. I believe it is important for our  perspective families to know that their child/children are in a safe, nurturing environment, rich in curriculum and hands on experiences under  the leadership of a seasoned  educator. The primary goal of our professional staff is providing for your child/children academically, socially and emotionally. We are dedicated to providing a daily experience that meets each child’s individual needs in an environment that provides for creative learning experiences.

I would like to personally invite you to tour our facility and learn about all the wonderful programs we offer. We look forward  to your child/children joining our Berry Patch family.

Marlene Berry
Owner