Preschool Expansion Program

Preschool Expansion Program


Enroll now for January 2023 start date!


The Hopatcong School District is pleased to announce that for the 2022-2023 school year, we will begin our first full school year of  FREE full-day, high quality preschool program to 3 and 4 year old Hopatcong residents. (Your child must be 3 or 4 by October 1st)

Program Information

  • All Hopatcong children participating in one of these programs will have access to a high-quality preschool program that will prepare them to enter Kindergarten.
  • The full-day preschool program runs from September-June and takes place Monday through Friday.  Calendar days may vary slightly between programs.  Each school day is 6 hours long although hours also might vary slightly from program to program.
  • Tuition based extended day care and summer programs are available at First Impressions Childcare.  Please contact these programs for additional information.

We are excited to continue our partnership with First Impressions Childcare and Head Start. Families who meet the income eligibility criteria for Head Start, will continue to benefit from the support and services provided from NORWESCAP Head Start.

  • If your child was enrolled in one of these programs for the 2021-2022 school  (First Impressions or Head Start) and they continue to be age eligible for preschool for the 2022-2023 school year, they will be able to continue in the same program and you do not need to do anything at this time. 
  • If your child is enrolled in one of these programs for the 2021-2022 school year and is eligible for kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year, re-registration is not required.
  • If you have moved out of the district, or your plans have changed and you wish to relinquish your spot in the program for the 2022-2023 school year, please send written notification through email to

Who Qualifies For The Preschool Program?

Any Child ages 3, 4 and 5 years old living in Hopatcong. (Your child must be 3 or 4 by October 1st)

A child must not be eligible for kindergarten at the time of enrollment (turn 5 on or before October 1, 2022).

If you are interested in having your child participate in one of our preschool programs for the 2022-2023 school year, you must first complete registration HERE. (ENROLL NOW FOR JANUARY 2023 START DATE) also please email to complete registration.

We have many spots open - should these spots fill up there will be a lottery system used.

Contact Information

To get site specific information contact…..


First Impressions Jefferson                                   Head Start

7 Prospect Point Rd.                                                 406 Wills Ave

Lake Hopatcong 07849                                             Stanhope 07874

(973)663-1880                                                          (973)398-4486            


First Impressions Stanhope                               

154 Brooklyn Road                                                  

Stanhope 07874                                                      




General preschool questions? Please reach out to...

Nicole Ventresca

Hopatcong Preschool Master Teacher