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The Harmony Schools, was founded in 1981, and grew to 6 centers by 1994. Currently operating at two sites, in the Princeton Forrestal Village and Foxmoor in Robbinsville. Executive Director, Lisa Forrester, believes that a good nursery school curriculum is at the core of a full service child care center. Working and non-working parents want reliable, high quality programs, where their children will be nurtured, kept safe and stimulated, while learning everything possible to make them successful in school and in life.

Because Harmony is founded upon well reasoned business practices, as well as sound developmentally appropriate early childhood curriculum, teachers and teacher assistants thrive along with their students in the environment. Their classrooms are stable, without the chaos that can prevail when childcare programs do not have the practical policies in place to maintain an efficient program. Teachers and assistants who have career security and opportunities to learn and grow themselves do not “burn out or turnover” with regularity.

Harmony Schools has been recognized nationally by the United States Chamber of Commerce, receiving the coveted Blue Chip Enterprise Award, and has been named three times by INC Magazine to the “Inc 500″ recognizing quality growth in small business.

Who Is Miss Lisa?

Lisa Forrester founded the first Harmony School in 1981, after teaching elementary and middle school music in the public school system for seven years. Lisa has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with Certification in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s degree in Child Care Administration.

Lisa is Past President of the New Jersey Child Care Association, Past Vice President of the New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children, and Chaired the Mercer County Commission on Abused, Neglected and Missing Children for seven years. She is the recipient of the Mercer County Chamber of Commerce’s “Athena” award, recognizing women’s achievement in business, has received the TWIN award by the Princeton YWCA, recognizing achievements by women in Business and Industry, received the Compassionate Care award from Contact, a 24/7 emergency hotline, for her community service contributions, and has been named by NJBIZ magazine as one of “50 Top Business Women.”

She currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Peddie School and the Hopewell Valley YMCA. She is an active member of The National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Harmony became a second generation family owned business in 2010, when Brittany Forrester joined as the Director of Communications at both Harmony locations. Brittany spent many years in hospitality prior to joining the Harmony team. Her experience working in the luxury hotel industry has allowed her to hone the customer service skills that help to create a unique relationship with Harmony parents. Brittany has her Bachelors degree in English and Communications from Villanova University and her Masters Degree in Customer Relationship Management from New York University.