Sparta business owner Lorena Sergent recently returned for another visit to the Little Sprouts Early Learning Center to read several books to the children as part of the center’s Celebrity Reader program. “I loved the opportunity to see the great work that Project Self-Sufficiency is doing in our community,” remarked Sergent. “It was a pleasure to read to the class at Little Sprouts.”The Little Sprouts Early Learning Center is operated by Project Self-Sufficiency, a local non-profit agency which offers a wide variety of services to families in northwestern New Jersey. The daycare and preschool facility features separate classrooms for each age group, from infancy through preschool. Fully-qualified teachers are available in each classroom and the child-teacher ratio adheres to or exceeds state standards. Each classroom has new equipment, as well as learning centers for dramatic play, computers, science, housekeeping, sand and water play, reading, and music. The center also contains an all-purpose room for active indoor play and parent presentations, as well as a sick room for those children who may fall ill during the day. The center is equipped with two separate playgrounds, one for younger tots and one for older children.Little Sprouts Early Learning Center offers space for 83 youngsters, ages 6 weeks to 6 years. Free preschool is available for Newton residents ages 3 – 4; student must be 3 years old by October 1, 2018. All types of subsidized daycare are accepted, including New Jersey Cares for Kids and Work First New Jersey. The center also offers the National School Lunch Program, providing nutritionally-balanced, low-cost or free lunches to eligible children each school day. The Little Sprouts Early Learning Center is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton. For more information visit the center’s website, www.littlesproutsearlylearningcenter.org or call 973-940-3540.