Our Mission

Jack in the Box Schools provide a nurturing, warm and caring environment where children can develop basic skills and build a solid foundation for future learning. We foster the cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth in young children. Through discovery, creative play and structured learning, we encourage each child to blossom while experiencing the joys and spontaneous delights of childhood.


Jack in the Box Schools have been in operation for more than 60 years. For over 30 years, Mrs. Sue Arlia has been a hands-on Owner and Director.

In 1983, I learned through friends that the owner of Jack in the Box Schools was interested in selling the school,” says Mrs. Arlia. “When I came to see it, I fell in love,” she says. “I couldn’t believe that parents who had attended the school now bring their own children to attend. I knew then that this center has an incredible reputation in our area. I was so excited to carry on the tradition! We have a great history and so many wonderful success stories among our graduates.” Mrs. Sue took on the immense task of renovating the Closter center, inside and out. Over the years, all the walls, ceilings and floors have been gutted and renovated (a few times each). Electricity has been updated, the fire alarm system upgraded and the outdoor play area redesigned according to state specifications.


All Jack in the Box Schools are state licensed and non-denominational. We are one of the first schools participating in the Grow NJ Kids program which strives to improve all preschools in New Jersey. We are working with professionals to help guide us through the process of achieving a 5 star rating using the ECERS-3 and ITERS rating scale.

Safety is a priority at all of our locations.
 Our entire staff is screened for criminal background checks and are fingerprinted. Each facility maintains locked front doors at all times as well as security cameras that monitor all entrances and exits.

Parents refer to our locations in Closter, Alpine and Tenafly as ‘spotlessly clean,’ ‘well-organized’ and ‘bright and cheery.’
 We take great care in keeping all of our facilities in perfect condition, both inside and out. Our colorful and comfortable classrooms are scaled to size for little hands and minds to grow. Our outdoor playground settings have a ‘park like’ feel with plenty of safe and fun equipment for children to play and discover. Our three schools also strive to be NUT and SEED FREE.



Here is what people are saying about Jack in the Box Schools:

Dear Miss Christine,

Saying thank you doesn’t seem enough for all you’ve done to enrich my children’s lives and warm all of our hearts with the tender loving care that Jack in the Box is famous for. Your personal attention and counseling has helped me beyond measure and I’ll always remember (and benefit from) your kind and wise expertise. We’ll all miss you so.

Love, Ian, Erica and Hope

Dear Miss Sue,

You were there for my brother and sister, and you were there for me too. Thank you so much for everything! (I sure hope you will be there for my kids too!)

Love, Vincent

Dear Miss Sue:

Any parent who did not choose Jack in the Box for preschool simply made the mistake of a lifetime. Our experience here has been nothing less than wonderful. We never had to worry about what they were doing or who was taking care of them or what they were learning. Leaving the boys at Jack in the Box made us feel as secure as leaving them with our own family. Jack in the Box always felt more as an extension of our home rather than an official preschool.

Christopher still asks for and remembers Miss Nicole. She made such an impression on him. Gregory enjoyed being in Miss Grisel’s class. He was very happy (and lucky) to have Miss Stacy with him through his preschool years. Miss Maria started Gregory on his path to success and was the key to his excellent preschool experience. Thank goodness for her advice on convincing us to keep Greg at Jack in the Box for another year.

This year Bernadette really made Gregory shine. We loved talking with her everyday and could tell that she really loved Gregory. To her and all of you our deepest respect and admiration.

We would also like to thank Miss Janet and Miss Debbie for their terrific greetings and for always making us feel welcome and happy.

We will really miss Jack in the Box and all the great people who make it very special place. We know you all really loved our kids, took great care of them, and taught them well!

Sincerely, Peter and Eileen Kruimer