About Brainiax

A Place Where Education & Exploration Come Together In Perfect Harmony

At the heart of our learning model lies the profound understanding that education is not merely about accumulating knowledge; it is also about developing the capacity to think critically and creatively. Our Montessori play-based learning facilitates such cognitive development, enhancing children’s attention span and promoting their ability to concentrate, thereby preparing them for more structured learning environments as they grow.

Our private preschool & afternoon enrichment classes at Brainiax Innovative Learning Center are designed for 3, 4 and 5-year olds. We offer creative curriculum lesson plans for these ages grouped by ability, not age. This ensures that learning is specific to each individual child. Whether your child is enrolled in our regular preschool program or only attends our afternoon program, we guarantee they will receive the same quality education and engaging activities.

Brainiax offers a broad spectrum of activities that promote diverse learning experiences, ranging from science experiments to language lessons, ensuring every child finds an activity that sparks their curiosity and passion. We see our enrichment programs as an opportunity for your child to socialize and learn new skills, contributing to their overall development and well-being.

History of Brainiax

  • 2019

    Enrichment Center

  • 2020

    Private Inclusive Preschool

  • 2021-2022

    Won Best of Essex - Best Preschool & Enrichment Center

  • 2023

    Won Best of Essex - Best Preschool & Enrichment Center

Why Choose Us

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Meet The Brainiax Team

Debra Kirchen

The Owner/Director, Debra Kirchen, is a seasoned educator with a Master's Degree in Education from NYU. As a mother of two children, she has always understood the importance of early childhood education. Brainiax was born for her children because she believed that teacher-led programming was necessary for all ages. Her youngest child graduated from Brainiax Preschool. As an educator, she believes in creating an engaging environment where children are offered a variety of experiences that instill a love for lifelong learning. In her spare time, she volunteers for the Rotary Club of Livingston.


Our Head Teacher, Ms. Kandi, has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood with a specialization in Special Education. As a mother of three and an educator, she has always loved working with children. She is very passionate about providing a high-quality educational experience for all children and is dedicated to finding teachable moments in every situation. Ms. Kandi is a dedicated, creative, and knowledgeable teacher. She is CPR/First Aid certified, safe sleep certified, allergy response trained, and child abuse trained.

Ms. Beth

The Assistant Teacher, Ms.Beth, has a Bachelor's in Communications. She holds a CDA in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Beth enjoys working with children because she loves being able to impact the lives of others, especially children. It brings her joy to help them in their early development stages, allowing them to explore their creativity by cultivating a world full of endless ideas. She is kind, nurturing, and highly trusted. She is CPR/First Aid certified.

Benefits of Brainiax

Director/Assistant Director are NJ Certified Teachers

Small Classroom 1:5 Teacher to Student Ratio Allows for Individualized Learning

Whole Child Education with a Character Development Program

S.T.E.A.M. & Chess Enrichment

Custom Creative Curriculum Provides Opportunities for Creativity, Exploration & Growth

Fine Motor & Gross Motor Activities Daily