Newark Approves

Vailsburg Child Development Center


New 30,000 sf preschool serving 210 children to begin construction soon.


November 5, 2007

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New City   -  Recently the City of Newark Planning Board approved Michael Shilale Architects, LLP (MSA) designs for a new child care center serving 210 three and four year olds.  The goals of this child care center are to create a place where children feel competent and independent, to create a place that is safe and nurturing, a place of learning and a place of beauty.   Unified Vailsburg Services Organization (UVSO) operates several preschools and would also like this new center to be a place that would support strong families and connect children to a wider world.

This project is partly the result of a landmark court decision in NJ called the Abbott case. The courts decided that 3 and 4 year olds from low-income families who cannot afford quality childcare are unprepared for kindergarten and elementary school. It has been called one of the most significant court decisions in education history.

The goal of the Abbott programs and reforms is to give every child the opportunity to attain "his or her own place as a contributing member in society with the ability to compete with other citizens and to succeed in the economy." Abbott IV (1997).

MSA hopes this new center will be a place for children to play and to learn and that meets their needs for movement, comfort, competence and control.

Michael Shilale AIA, LEED along with his partner John Cirilli AIA, has grown Michael Shilale Architects, LLP located in New City, into an eight person architectural/engineering firm. Since 1991, the firm has designed over 1600 projects: including schools, residences, apartment houses, chapels, office buildings, retail centers, restaurants, hotels, health care and recreational facilities throughout New York and New Jersey. For more information, please call 845-708-9200, or visit their website at,