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About Academy

Smart Start Academy was founded in 2000 as a school for early childhood education. It started as a dream, became a reality, and is now celebrating a wonderfully successful past and future. We are a family owned and operated corporation with children’s best interests at heart.

The curriculum is of the highest quality covering all basic skills areas. We strive to create a learning environment that stimulates, encourages, and rewards. In addition, we provide a loving, nurturing environment with lots of hugs and kisses. We truly believe that education is the number one reason for children to be at Smart Start Academy with socialization, team play, and the arts as wonderful accessories.

We pride ourselves on our achievements and the wonderful staff at Smart Start Academy and know your child, whether an infant, pre-k, or kindergarten student.


Smart Start Academy has chosen a curriculum based on educational research. Your child will have the early literacy skills needed to become accomplished readers and writers.The Open Court Reading program, also used in the public kindergarten, provides instruction in all areas of a balanced literacy program: speaking, listening, reading, writing, thinking, and viewing.The program features systematic, explicit instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, and comprehension word knowledge, along with extensive reading of decodable text and fine literature.

The literature-based curriculum, coupled with mathematics, will assist your child to a successful transition into First Grade.

Pre – Kindergarten

Smart Start Academy has developed a program, which focuses on preparing your child for their first formal school education.The Open Court Reading Pre-K curriculum is designed to introduce young children to the basics of literacy. This program will also provide your child with the tools needed to develop a solid reading foundation. The lesson plans contain activities designed to build:

1. Phonemic awareness
2. Print and book awareness
3. Alphabetic knowledge
4. Oral Language
5. Vocabulary Comprehension

This is the preliminary curriculum to the full Open Court Reading program that is used in the Toms River School System. Your child will be prepared and ready to learn upon entering their kindergarten classroom.


prescSmart Start Academy welcomes you to the pre-school years. Our program is designed to boost your child’s fascinations and enrich their skills.

This is where your child’s formal learning years begin. We realize that for many children this is their first opportunity to experience interaction with a large group of children on a day-to-day basis. We, therefore, place a large emphasis on socialization and sharing techniques, as well as on educational areas such as vocabulary, language, large motor skills, and fine motor skills. We begin to focus on shape and color recognition, in addition to the exposure of letters and numbers.

Our staff is trained to encourage your child through the journey of exploration.