Dear Parents,

March is a super busy month at the Peppermint Tree, from start to finish!   In addition to our monthly visit from Mr. Scott the Music Man on March 20th, The Ocean County Library Storyteller will be visiting on  Thursday, March 1st.   We are also offering the Ocean County Sherrif Department’s Child ID Program.  They will be here the mornings of Monday, 3/12 & Tuesday, 3/13 making the ID’s.  If your child does not attend on a Monday or Tuesday, you may bring them in at 9:30 to get an ID made.

We also have an exciting free family event:  “Family Luau Party”, coming on Friday evening, March 23rd, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Parents, siblings and students are all invited to attend this FREE event.  There will be dancing, a craft, games and refreshments.  It’s going to be super fun night!  Please RSVP.  We hope you’ll join us! (more…)

Dear Families,

IT IS TIME… to register now for the 2018 – 2019 school year, and for Summer Camp 2018.  We are accepting registrations for both programs NOW!

Registrations for Fall 2018 and Summer Camp 2018 are now flowing into the office from current families and we have now opened registration to the public as of February 1st.   Now that we have opened registration to the public, we can no longer guarantee your child a place for camp or school next Fall until we receive your registration and fee.  It is first come first serve, and space is limited.

Please fill out your child’s registration form either on paper & hand in to your child’s teacher, or on-line at our website:, and send in the $125.00 family registration fee for school and $75 for camp as soon as possible if you would like to reserve a spot for your child at Peppermint Tree next Fall and/or camp. (more…)

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year to all of our families and staff! We hope you and your family had wonderful holidays together.  We have a lot in store for your children and for the whole family in 2018. As a reminder, we are closed for the holiday on Monday, January, 1, 2017, and we will re-open on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

We are very proud to announce that Peppermint Tree has earned a 4-star rating by the State of New Jersey in the Grow NJ Kids Quality Rating and Improvement system.  This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff.  Please offer them congratulations, when you see each of them.  They went through four days of on-site observations, a myriad of trainings, and have proven they are truly “4-star” early educators!

I also wanted to announce … ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2018 IS NOW OPEN!  We are offering in-house priority registration to our current students so you can save a spot for your child before we open the registration up to the public.  You may complete  the registration form and pay the registration fee on our website to save your child’s spot for the next school year.

Here is the link to register using our secure online form: (more…)

Dear Parents,

I hope all of our families and staff had a wonderful Thanksgiving break with your families.   I want to thank all those who joined us for our Multicultural Feast on November 17th.  We had over 80 family members and staff celebrating together, and so many of you were generous in sharing a food item for the feast, and/or donating non-perishable foods for the “Your Grandmother’s Cupboard” organization.  What a fabulous community we have!

We’ve got an exciting month in December, including a Holiday Shop for the children, and Mrs. Sullivan’s class will have a “Sing-Along” for parents.   And, during our first week we have Pajama Days to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, as well as a Pajama Night, Friday evening 12/8.  And, as he does each month, Mr. Scott the Music Man will be visiting our classrooms on Tuesday, 12/19/17.   (more…)

Dear Families,

October went by in a blur!  The children had a blast with their grandparents (or “grandparents for a day”) at the Pumpkin Picking Hayride and with their families at the Halloween Parade.  The weather was beautiful, and we were so thrilled to see so many families join us!  What a great community of families we have!

And, we have another special event for families coming up, and we hope you will continue to participate! Please mark your calendars for our Multicultural Feast, scheduled for Friday, November 17th at 6:00 p.m.  (more…)

Dear Parents,

We had a great Back To School Night on Wednesday, 9/26/17, with over 135 children and adults participating!   We hope you will join us for more family participation events that we are offering in October: (more…)

Dear Families,

Welcome to The Peppermint Tree Child Development Center, 2017 – 2018 school year!  We are so very happy to have each and every one of you in our group of families this year.  We are looking forward to an enriching and enjoyable year with your family.  

During the first weeks of school, your children will be getting to know their teachers, learning the daily routines, meeting new friends and finding out about all the things they can do in the classroom and on the playground.  Starting school is exciting!  Our teachers use the Creative Curriculum, a proven, research-based curriculum, to guide intentional teaching activities and experiences for each age group.  This is the same curriculum that the Toms River School system has selected for Kindergarten preparation.  The teachers will be letting you know about all their exciting activities as they unfold in the classroom.  (more…)

Dear Parents,

May is here and we’ve got a lot of exciting and memory-making experiences in store for your family!

Open House Ice Cream Social, Monday, May 8th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

You won’t want to miss being here on Monday evening, May 8th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. for our annual OPEN HOUSE ICE CREAM SOCIAL.  It’s going to be a blast with Mr. Scott the Music Man performing,The Fun Bus,  and Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundaes, the whole family is in for an awesome evening!  There is no RSVP form to complete for this event, just come and have fun.  Children, parents, and siblings of all ages are all invited.  It is an open house, so bring your friends, too! 

Ice Cream Social 2017 flier


Dear Parents,

April is here and we are “Springing” into action at The Peppermint Tree, both in the classrooms, and in our community!  We are participating in “The Budding Artists” art show at The Ocean County Library, Toms River Branch which will be on display all month.  We will be putting up the last few pieces of art during the first week of the month, and will send a note home to let you know if your child’s art is hanging in the show.

Our staff will also be participating in the STEAM Into School Readiness event, Saturday, April 29th, 9:30 – 12:00 p.m. at Hooper Avenue Elementary School, Toms River.  We hope you can attend:  This is a FREE family event that includes FREE breakfast at 9:30 a.m., and then the event begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. with a brief video for families then a fun STEAM activity (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) to do together.  Mr. Scott the Music Man will be performing for the kids, and the parents will get information on School Readiness.  It will be a GREAT morning!  RSVP to the email address: to get extra door prize tickets!

Also—mark your calendars…we are planning a “Family Planting Party”on Thursday, May 4th at 6:00 p.m. to launch our spring gardens.  More details to follow. (more…)

Dear Parents,

March is a super busy month at the Peppermint Tree, from start to finish!   In addition to our monthly visit from Mr. Scott the Music Man on March 22nd, The Ocean County Library Storyteller visited on Thursday, March 2nd.  A dental hygienist will also visit to teach the children about taking care of their teeth on the mornings of March 14th and 15th.

We also have an exciting free family event:  “Kids Night Club”, coming on Friday evening, March 10th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Parents, siblings and students are all invited to attend this FREE event.  There will be dancing, a fun photo booth, face painting and refreshments.  It’s going to be super fun night!  Please RSVP.  We hope you’ll join us!

And, on Thursday, March 23rd, we are offering a parent workshop: “Setting Up for Success”, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Child care will be offered free of charge.    Presented by Occupational Therapist, Stefanie Lukens, (who is also a Peppermint Tree Alumni!), this workshop will highlight how both fine motor and gross motor skill development at a young age can impact future success. Families will learn activity ideas they can use with their children to improve motor skills.

Our next Parent Group Meeting will be held Thursday, March 30th at 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Child Care is provided at no charge.  Please RSVP for the meeting.