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Autism Program

Special Education Students participating in the 10-month autism program, are from ages 5 1/2 to 12 years old and come from the surrounding school districts of Essex County. Autism, characterized by atypical receptive behaviors and deficits in social and communication skills, is the most common of the pervasive developmental disorders and affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans. Students in the program benefit from a one-to-one student-teacher ratio, and instruction by experts in autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. Related services such as speech, physical, and occupational therapy; adaptive physical education; sensory integration programs; and parent support groups are also offered.
Location: Mount Carmel Guild Academy 100 Valley Way West Orange, NJ 07052 • Phone: (973) 325-4400, extension 100

Little Schoolhouse Center for Early Care and Education

Mount Carmel Guild Little Schoolhouse is an early-care and education center for children who are 3 years old and reside in the city of Elizabeth. The program is open 10 hours a day to meet the needs of working parents. An experienced staff strives to make each child’s first school experience a positive and enjoyable one in a safe, loving, and nurturing environment.  Mount Carmel Guild Little Schoolhouse subcontracts with the Elizabeth Board of Education and the Department of Human Services. Mount Carmel Guild Little Schoolhouse is fully accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s largest and most influential organization of early-childhood educators dedicated to improving the quality of programs for young children. Abbott Pre-School hours are: 8:15 am to 3:05 pm | 7:30 am to 8:15 am (before care) | 3:05 pm to 5:30 pm (household must be eligible to participate in program).

Location: The Little Schoolhouse Preschool 102-110 Third Street Elizabeth, NJ 07206 • Phone: (908) 282-4610

NJDOE Lead Drinking Water Testing Results for the Little Schoolhouse – June, 2024

MCG Cares Center for Early Care and Education

The MCG Cares Center for Early Care and Education provides top-quality early-childhood care in a safe, secure, loving environment for children who are 3 and 4 years old. Open Monday through Friday, 10 hours a day, the program is designed to meet the needs of working parents.  Our experienced, trained staff recognizes individual learning styles and optimizes child development, learning, problemsolving, and socialization skills through the Creative curriculum. The MCG Cares teaching staff is trained in First Aid and is CPR-certified.  The program provides free, nutritious meals and snacks.  MCG Cares works in collaboration with the Newark Board of Education and the Division of Family Development to offer care free-of-charge for preschool-aged children residing in Newark. We offer before and aftercare programs.

Location: MCG Cares 594 N. 7th Street Newark, NJ 07107 • Phone: (973) 497-7714 or -7715 • Fax: (973) 497-0891

NJDOE Lead Drinking Water Testing Results for Mount Carmel Guild Cares – 2021

Mount Carmel Guild Academy

Founded in 1967, Mount Carmel Guild Academy moved to its current location in West Orange, for the start of the 2003- 2004 school year, after twenty-three years in Newark. Mount Carmel Guild Academy is a private, non-profit, nonsectarian, co-educational school offering a comprehensive program for learning and behaviorally disabled children in grades Pre-K through 12. The school’s 210-day program focuses on providing an educationally and clinically supportive environment for students between the ages of three and twenty-one. An appropriately certified teacher (TOH / TSWD / SUBJECT CERTIFICATION) leads each class with the assistance of an instructional aide. Daily lesson plans reflect each student’s IEP, which is collaboratively developed by the parent, child study team case manager and Mount Carmel Guild Academy personnel. In addition, students are able to continue their academic and behavioral program in the summer by attending the Mount Carmel Guild Academy Extended School Year program. Students are referred by their home school districts for enrollment at Mount Carmel Guild Academy. Both administrative and clinical staff reviews referral materials for prospective students. If appropriate, the student is then invited for an intake interview, along with their parent / guardian and child study team case manager. Following the intake interview, if the placement is considered appropriate, an offer of acceptance is then extended to the parent and child study team. Please visit our website at
Location: 100 Valley Way West Orange, NJ 07052
Mrs. Cruz, Principal Phone: (973) 325-4400, ext. 100
590 North 7th Street · Newark, NJ 07107