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Director Terri Kelly

Garden Friends - where children are nurtured to learn and grow!

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About Garden Friends

Where children are nurtured to Learn & Grow!

Early childhood is a time for nurturing and growing and at Garden Friends we aim to fulfill all your child's needs.  We believe that all children are unique and beautiful in their own special way.  In order to care for your precious little ones, we offer activities that will enhance their learning while offering care that only a parent can value.  Through our constant encouragement, we build your child's self-esteem and with positive reinforcement, we will help your child develop their motor & verbal skills.  Our main focus is making friends and being a good friend!

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Tours and Registration

We are currently giving tours by appointment only during the evening and on weekends. We can work with a time that best suits your schedule.

Open House

We are now scheduling tours for our OPEN HOUSE! Please call to schedule a time slot to come and get to know all about us!


Covid Guidelines

There are new policies as we are following the guidance and directives from our state and health department. We have implemented new drop off and pick up procedures. Some of our new policies and procedures include:

  • Drop off and pick up at front door

  • Screening upon entering the building

  • Parents will drop children to a teacher in the lobby

  • Children will remain with the same class all day in their classroom and on the playground

  • An even more rigorous cleaning routine has been implemented 

  • All high traffic areas are sanitized throughout the day

  • Children 2 1/2 and older will are encouraged to wear masks throughout the day

  • We are staying current with all the state guidelines

  • All staff wear masks throughout the day

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I have never been able to find words to properly explain how much being a part of the Garden Friends family has meant to us! In assition to having a curriculum that far surpasses any other pre-school in the area, the love and attention our children received could never be matched!

Audra Z.


Garden Friends was our home away from home fore many years while all three of my boys attended,  I left my boys in their care with complete trust that my children were in a safe and secure environment 5 days a week for approximately 6 hours a day.  Terri and her staff are wonderful and all three boys entered Kindergarten fully prepared and confident.  I would without hesitation recommend Garden Friends to anyone looking for child care.

Erin K.


The best description I can give about Garden Friends is that they are like an extended family.  Both my boys started as infants and were there until they graduated Pre-K.  There was never a doubt in my mind dropping them off everyday because I knew they were in the best hands.  The love and education the kids receive is nothing but outstanding.  Terri and her staff are all so amazing and I am grateful to have been part of the Garden Friends family.

Courtney W.

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Garden Friends
Early Learning Center
3018 Bordentown Avenue
Parlin, NJ 08859


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