Archive for the ‘Preschool’ Category

We are proud to announce that for the second time this year, The Asbury Park Press has visited The Peppermint Tree to learn about an important Early Childhood Education topic, and to create an educational video.  We are also featured in an article on the subject of Developmental Milestones.

Here is the link to the video and article featuring The Peppermint Tree:

Our Director, Valerie Frost-Lewis, MS Ed. is interviewed about Developmental Milestones in Preschool Children and the wonderful children and staff of The Peppermint Tree are there to illustrate the high points!  Enjoy!

Click the link below to see our engaging curriculum and enthusiastic little learners in action!

We are proud that the Asbury Park Press selected our fabulous school as an example of high quality preschool education in New Jersey.


We are so thrilled to announce that The Peppermint Tree Child Development Center, Toms River, NJ has been voted the Parent’s Pick Preschool of the Year 2013 by the parents of Northern Ocean County. What an honor!

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Thank you to all the parents who voted for us. I also want to thank our fabulous staff who work hard every day to create a program that is the “Parent’s Pick” for 2013!


We have just received the exciting news that The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has once again selected Valerie Frost-Lewis, the owner/director of The Peppermint Tree Child Development Center and her husband, Scott Lewis, aka “Mr. Scott the Music Man”, to make a presentation on the topic of early childhood music and movement at their annual conference. The title of our presentation will be: “Move Your Feet to the Beat!: A high energy, motivating, interactive exploration of music and movement in the early childhood classroom.” We will be making this presentation at NAEYC’s 2011 Annual Conference, November 2-5 in Orlando, FL. (more…)

OPEN HOUSE:  Ice Cream Social, Monday, May 16th 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

JOIN US!!  All are welcome!

FREE Ice Cream, a Mr. Scott the Music Man Concert, the Fun Bus (fitness fun on wheels) and a visit from “Sister Bear” from the Berenstein Bears! We will also have games such as ring toss, horse shoes and every child will receive a prize for participating!!  Activities are suitable for toddlers through elementary school age children and their families.  Babies are also welcome to attend along with their families.

Come see why “There’s No Place Like The Peppermint Tree”!  If you would like more information on our Summer Camp and School Year programs, visit us on the web at, or call us at 732-929-2500.

Hope to see you on Monday, May 16th at 6:30 p.m.

Valerie Frost-Lewis, MS Ed.


We are proud to be a “Strengthening Families” Center. We provide resources, family friendly activities, information and support to our community of families.  We are one of only eight centers in Ocean County that are participating in this national program.  Here is a bit of background on this program: (more…)

The children at The Peppermint Tree Child Development Center in Toms River are learning how to grow their brains. Through an original set of lessons developed by the school’s director, Valerie Frost-Lewis, preschool students are learning that they have the power to actually grow their own brains. Based on research by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading researchers in discovering what makes people successful, Frost-Lewis has created developmentally appropriate lessons about the brain to motivate preschool students to be persistent in the face of a challenge; to work their brain to make it stronger. Dweck’s original research was targeted to middle school students, and she has also written books for adults.


Hi everyone!

I am so excited for our first “My Parent and Me” class after the holidays. It will be Saturday, January 8th at 9:30 a.m. We are putting together some fun interactive songs to help us get to know each other and enjoy music and movement together. For more information on the program, click here:


In these rapidly changing times, we are finding that the needs of our families are also shifting. To help our working families, we try to be as flexible as we can to meet your needs. If you need a special schedule for your child, to fit a new work schedule, just let us know, and we will work to make Peppermint Tree suit not just your childen’s needs while they are here, but also your family’s needs.

We are also adding some new programs to meet the needs of our community. Beginning in January, we will not only be offering a morning preschool class from 9:00 a.m. – 11;30, but we will also be adding an afternoon class 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. These classes are in addition to our 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and full day offerings.

Also beginning in January is our “My Parent and Me at The Peppermint Tree” music and movement classes on Saturday mornings. Many parents, working more hours, have told us they are looking for an opportunity to bond with their young child and socialize with other families. So, the class is 30 minutes long, followed by a 15 minute social snack time. Join us! For more information, click here:

And, we are excited to announce our new Full Day Kindergarten offerings for the 2011-2012 school year. This sure beats having the children on and off busses for just a 2.5 hour school schedule. Click here for more information:

 Spread the word!  Starting in January 2011, Peppermint Tree will be offering an afternoon Preschool Class as well as a Saturday Morning “My Parent and Me at the Peppermint Tree” music and movement class for toddlers, 2’s and 3 year olds and an adult.    Keep reading to get the details.