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The Palmer School

A Creative and Nurturing Pre-School and Day Care Facility in the heart of Bernardsville, NJ.

Director Shannon Vincenti


22 Church Street Bernardsville, NJ 07924


From the Director

   The Palmer School is a private, non-profit educational facility of the Bernardsville United Methodist Church. The school has been in operation since September, 1982 and is licensed by the State of New Jersey, Division of Youth and Family Services.


           This Website is designed to provide an initial introduction to the School, our program philosophy and general procedures. To find out more about how the Palmer School can address the needs of your child(ren) and family, please call or email us  to schedule an appointment for a visit.

Shannon Vincenti, Director

About Us


   The Palmer School provides care and education for children focusing on the needs of the total child according to his or her developmental readiness. Therefore, all programs include activities in the areas of math, science, creative arts, movement, imaginative play, play with manipulative toys, pre-reading and language development.

   The curriculum offers monthly unit themes such as Safety at Home and School and Community Helpers, and includes indoor and outdoor activities as well as time for free play, snack, rest and group interaction.

   Lunches, snacks, and water are to be provided by parents and may be brought in a lunch box.

Hours of Operation:

7:30a.m. -  5:30 p.m.

Program Philosophy 

  Our mission is to create social, intellectual, and spiritual foundations for children by nurturing the hopes and dreams of the whole child. 

   The children are given the opportunity to experience God’s love for them and for the world by exploring Bible Stories and holiday celebrations. They are encouraged to learn through active exploration of their child-centered environment. 

  These opportunities for learning assist the children in cultivating a positive self-concept, self-control, and self-reliance.

Parent Participation

   The Palmer School, in its commitment to meeting the needs of its families, encourages continuous dialogue between parents, the teaching staff, and the Director.  Visits must be prearranged with the school.

  Parents are encouraged to visit and participate in special events with their children. 

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Here at the Palmer School we work to create an inclusive community for our students and their families. Having families from around the world allows us to create a global community and teach our students about different cultures. Every family is invited to join in at school events, birthdays, class trips, and more. In working to create such a community we have seen life long friendships form not only among students but also parents.

We also welcome members from outside the school to come and teach our students. Every year the dentist, doctor, and other community members come to visit the Palmer School. Classes also take adventure walks out into the community to explore, especially during our Community Helpers unit.



Meet The Administration 


Shannon Vincenti


Miss Shannon has been the Director at The Palmer School for 5 + years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education & Communication from Kean University. She brought with her 20+ years experience in the field of early childhood education with most of those years in the administrative side.

Shannon is the mother of two young daughters, a Brownie Troop leader in her community. She enjoys traveling with her family.


Carole Dietrich

Office Manager

Human Resource Director

     Miss Carole has been with the Palmer School for 20+ years. Outside of school she is a licensed real estate  agent and a notary. Carole is also a professional photographer and photographs the children's school pictures. Her hobbies are photography and traveling. Carole has several grandchildren she enjoys spending time with.




Address: 22 Church Street Bernardsville, NJ 07924

Telephone: 908.766.3353  |

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