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If you're making the rounds to visit Nassau County, Long Island, preschools, check out our list below of alternative types to keep in mind. Before you choose, make sure you read each school’s mission statement carefully, and talk to the director during your visit to see how he or she describes the school’s educational philosophy.


Westbury Friends School
550 Post Avenue, Westbury
(516) 333-3178
Accredited by NYSAIS



Countryside Montessori School         
354 Lakeville Road, Great Neck
(516) 466-8422 
Accredited by AMS

Little Minds Montessori House of Children
The Vineyard Church, 180 Denton Avenue, Lynbrook
(516) 208-6742
Accredited by AMS 



Waldorf School of Garden City
225 Cambridge Avenue, Garden City
(516) 742-3434
Accredited by NYSAIS and AWSNA 



Tutor Time Child Care/Learning Centers
Multiple locations
(877) 684-1613

Florence Brownstein Preschool
80 Shore Road, Port Washington
(516) 767-8672



Buckley Country Day School
2 I.U. Willets Road, Roslyn
(516) 627-1910?
Play-based and academic
Accredited by NYSAIS

CSTL/Nature's Kids Nursery School
1 Tanglewood Road, Rockville Centre
(516) 764-0045
Academic and play-based

The Green Vale School
250 Valentines Lane, Old Brookville
(516) 621-2420
Play-based and Reggio Emilia
Accredited by NAIS and NYSAIS

M.A.T.S.S. Kids' Gym
171 Eileen Way, Syosset
(516) 496-7765
Play-based and academic

Sid Jacobson JCC
300 Forest Drive, East Hills
(516) 484-1545
Reggio Emilia, play-based, and academic
Accredited by NAEYC



Also see: Alternative Preschools in the New York Metro Area 

How to Choose the Right Preschool for Your Child

Our Education Resource Guide to the New York metro area


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