North Williamsburg Y
Preschool Director: Ilana Friedman
The Kings Bay Y at North Williamsburg is a caring, joyous community that embraces the rich diversity and unique talents of our children and their families. We are committed to providing our students with a learning environment that nurtures their curiosity, self-esteem and academic and social growth. Our aim is to provide opportunities for children to develop a lifelong passion for learning, to get to know and love themselves as individuals and to work as members of a caring, cooperative learning community.
We are a progressive school based on the Bank Street/Reggio Emilia educational philosophies. Our lively, hands-on curriculum has been thoughtfully developed through direct observation of students’ interests and individual needs. We strive to provide opportunities for each child to develop cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally at a rate that is most appropriate for him and her.
Jewish Component (applies to our 2’s & 3’s classes)
The curriculum at the Kings Bay Y at North Williamsburg conveys a sense of our Jewish identity in several different ways:
- Jewish values - guiding children on the path to being warm, creative and accepting human beings.
- Building community - knowing, caring for, celebrating and supporting our neighbors and friends.
- Family time - enhancing family rituals of story sharing, cooking, eating, and finding things to wonder about together.
- Jewish culture - learning about holidays and celebrating through stories, songs, art projects, and dramatic play.
- Israel - learning about the Jewish ancestral homeland as a modern example of creativity to help others.
- Shabbat - reflecting on the week gone by and looking ahead to the adventures of the future.
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Children of all ethnic and religious backgrounds are welcome to attend, and differences in their backgrounds are recognized and respected. While Christmas, Easter, Halloween and Valentine’s Day (as well as other non-Jewish holidays) are not celebrated at the school, please be assured that a child’s mention of any home celebration is always a welcome topic in the classroom and will be treated with respect and interest.
The School Day
A typical day here at North Williamsburg Y might look something like this:
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Free Play/Work Time which allows for the use of materials and equipment in the room, working on special projects, cooking, art, etc.
9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. - Circle Time, during which the group gathers to discuss plans for the day, read a story, sing a song, or share experiences at home or at school.
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Visiting the Art Studio, Library, Gym or Natural Space.
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. – Snack
10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. – Playground
11:30 a.m. - Noon - Circle Time/Work Time
Noon - Dismissal for half-days
Noon - 12:45 p.m. – Lunch
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Rest or Quiet Play
1:45 p.m. – 2 p.m. - Snack
2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Free Play/Work Time
2:45 p.m. – 3 p.m. - Goodbye Circle
3 p.m. - Dismissal for full-day students
In addition to this schedule, your child will enjoy various activities on a weekly basis. Your teachers will have your child’s daily and weekly schedule posted in their classroom. Certain music sessions are open for the Williamsburg community to attend as well. We also have Super Soccer Stars partnering with the North Williamsburg Y to introduce their award-winning soccer program to our students.
NOTE: Our preschool runs from September to June. We accept students on an ongoing basis, so whenever there are openings available and our schedule permits it, a student can come join us!
Tours of the North Williamsburg Y will be held by appointment from October to December:
October 10, 13, 21, 27 28
November 10, 18, 24
December 2, 8, 16, 22
If you have questions, want to schedule a tour, etc. please contact us:
telephone # (718) 407-6388