A new preschool recently opened in Brooklyn Heights. Building Bridges at Congregation Mount Sinai, which offers morning and afternoon preschool programs, encourages exploration as a way of learning and focuses on physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development.
We spoke to Suzanne Boydstun, director of The Early Childhood Center at Memorial United Methodist Church in White Plains, about what to do when your toddler claims to hate school and tips to help with separation when a toddler starts preschool.
Temple Israel Childhood Center is now accepting registrations for its new pre-K program. The Westport pre-K incorporates Jewish education and technology in the curriculum, as well as students working collaboratively.
Greens Farms Academy, and independent day school in Fairfield County, recently announced the addition of a pre-K and is now accepting applications for the fall term. The pre-K program in Westport focuses on learning through play.
Brooklyn Treehouse Preschool in Park Slope will open soon for ages 2-4. This preschool in Brooklyn focuses on children's innate curiosity for learning though hands-on and creative activities.
Mozarts and Einsteins is an art-focused preschool in Park Slope. In addition to the regular core subjects of reading, writing, math, science, and Spanish, an emphasis is placed on visual and performing arts.
The Selma Maisel Nursery School of Temple Sholom, a Jewish nursery school in Greenwich, is implementing the Handwriting Without Tears learn-to-write program for its students this year. The nursery school also features a hands-on, creative curriculum.
Rutgers Church’s Ready, Set, Go! preschool alternative program will be offered in the afternoons this fall. The program, for children ages 3-5, is a great supplement to other preschool programs children may already be enrolled in, according to program director Jennifer Moore. The program offers art, storytelling, dance, and gym activities, as well as special activity days.
Nature-based preschool Westbrook Nature Preschool will open in West Redding in September. The school aims to use the environment and nature exploration to teach children ages 3-6. Preschool activities include gardening, baking, painting, sledding, and general exploration. The school also offers parent-child, nursery, and kindergarten programs.
Kings Bay Y’s new annex in North Williamsburg is opening its preschool this fall. The preschool’s curriculum focuses on Jewish culture and values due to the growing Jewish population in the area. The North Williamsburg annex will also offer Russian, Mandarin, and Hebrew lessons, as well as summer camps.
FasTracKids in Rego Park now offers a preschool alternative. The preschool teaches students how to use technology and public speaking skills in academics. Students will also use multi-sensory skills to learn math, sciences, and public speaking. The preschool also offers daily cooking and reading activities, as well as hands-on and interactive projects and experiments. FasTracKids also offers a Gifted & Talented prep course.
Bright Beginnings of Rockland, Inc., an accredited preschool program in Rockland County, recently opened a second location in Pomona. The new preschool and day care location in Pomona offers the same great education as the New City location.
Our Lady of Wisdom, a coed Catholic school, is bringing its preschool program back for the new school year. The Catholic preschool in Port Jefferson for 4-year-olds is five full days per week, and children learn reading, math, technology, Italian, music, and art. The preschool also offers before and after care for its preschool students.
Chelsea preschool, Kids Korner Preschool, recently named Jennifer Contrubis Denza as its new administrative director. The full-time preschool in NYC is a close-knit community. Children participate in activities such as music, dance, and Spanish. Kids Korner Preschool is currently accepting applications for the fall.
Brainy Academy, a Montessori preschool and academic enrichment center, recently opened a Park Slope location. Brainy Academy offers a Montessori preschool, a Pre-K Alternative Program, Summer Enrichment Program, Brainy Builders with Lego Education, one-on-one tutoring, and workshops including cooking and sewing.
Ivy Day School, a preschool in Queens, recently opened a second Flushing location. Along with the core subjects, preschoolers benefit from an English-Mandarin/Spanish bilingual program, as well as creative arts and cooking classes. The school also has art and computer rooms, an indoor playroom, and a garage for easy pick up and drop off.
National early childhood program FasTracKids recently moved from its Kew Gardens location to a location in Rego Park that is more accessible by public transportation and by car. The Rego Park location has a pool on the roof, which the owner hopes to soon enclose for year-round swimming instruction, as well as access to neighborhood parks.
Elliott's Classes, which offers gymnastics classes for infants, toddlers, and young children and dance classes for young children, now offers an alternative preschool program to introduce children to separation from parents in a school setting.
Seedlings Academic Playschool, an intimate, homelike preschool for children in Brooklyn Heights, prides itself on small group learning. The homelike play and learning environment allows for children to have a positive first-time experience in a preschool setting.
JCC Rockland is adding a new feature to its facility: a pool. With the addition of the inground, heated outdoor pool, which is scheduled to be finished by the time summer camp rolls around, the JCC will be able to offer swim programs for its summer camps, as well as swim lessons for its pre-K program.
New research from the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education shows a link between preschool music activities and the development of reading and writing skills in children.
Montessori Children, a preschool in Port Jefferson Station, will offer tutoring services in all subjects for grade-school aged children on Long Island. The program is customized and works around the students already busy after-school schedule.
After a year and a half of planning, finding the perfect location, and raising capital, local mom Denise Adusei is getting ready to open Peartree Preschool in Harlem near Central Park.
CosmoKidz Preschool and Daycare Center, recently opened in Fresh Meadows, prepares children for upper-level education in an eco-friendly facility. The center also offers foreign language lessons, summer camps, and Gifted & Talented prep.
Think, Play, and Learn, an early childhood education center in Park Slope, aims to help struggling children reach their full academic potential and provides the foundation necessary to be successful students. The pre-K and kindergarten prep program ensures kids are prepared for their first day of school with all the necessary support and skills.