First Friends

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About the Program

First Friends is a municipally sponsored playgroup, run by volunteer parents, for River Vale children ages 1 - 5.

The children, as well as their parents, have the opportunity to meet new families and make new friends. The children participate in songs, crafts and other age appropriate activities as well as many special events throughout the year.

Playgroups meet once weekly at the River Vale Senior/Community Center at 628 Rivervale Road from September - June. Groups do not meet when the River Vale Public Schools are closed.

PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING TO BE A GROUP LEADER!  Parent involvement is crucial to the success of the program.  Click on the email link for more information on being a leader.
Please adhere to the current State of NJ and CDC guidelines pertaining to COVID-19 when meeting.


  • Shannon Ruck


Registration for the 2022 - 2023 season is now closed.
The fee is $85 for the 2022 - 2023 school year and is payable via credit card only online via Community Pass.  There is an additional $25 per child fee will for families who are new to the program.


If you have any questions, feel free to email us.
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2022 - 2023 Schedule

Age Monday Tuesday
1-3 Year Olds
  9:30 am -
11:00 am

1-5 Year Olds
10:00 am -
11:30 am

9:00 am -
10:30 am