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Back-to-School Services, Resources, & Programs for Children in Manhattan

Back-to-School Services, Resources, & Programs for Children in Manhattan

Get your children ready to go back to school with these services and resources across New York City.

UPDATED April 2019: There are a lot of tasks to accomplish at the beginning of a new school year in Manhattan, from getting sports physicals, getting checked for head lice, and finding an after-school program, to finding a sports team for your child, after-school child care, a new school, or tutors. We’re here to help with a curated list of back-to-school resources in Manhattan. In one place, you’ll find private schools, parochial schools, independent schools, international schools, preschools, after-school classes and activities, tutors and test prep services, head lice removal services, and health care professionals in NYC to check off all the items on your back-to-school list. These back-to-school resources, programs, and services are located across Manhattan, including locations in Chelsea, the Upper East Side, Midtown East, the Lower East Side, the Upper West Side, Greenwich Village, East Village, Soho, Gramercy, Murray Hill, and Harlem.

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Affinity is an independent, not-for-profit organization driven by the mission to help its members, their families, and their communities lead healthier lives. Over the past 32 years, Affinity has built one of the area’s largest physician networks, which includes 40,000 providers and 85 hospitals. Affinity offers a variety of programs under Medicare, Medicaid, Child Health Plus, Essential Plan, and Enriched Health on the New York State of Health Marketplace for members in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, as well as Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, and Orange counties.

328 E. 61st St., 2nd Floor, New York

The Ballet Club is a unique school that offers excellence in training in a nurturing environment. Our programs range from Dance Together classes for ages 18 months-3 years of age, The Children’s Creative Dance Club Division for ages 3-9, and The Performing Arts Pre-Professional Division for ages 7-teens. We have a holistic approach to training, with an emphasis on healthy training for both the body and mind. To register, contact The Ballet Club at 917-281-1030 or register online at

241 Water St., Manhattan

Blue School is an independent school for ages 2 through eighth grade where the dynamic balance of academic mastery, creative thinking, self and social intelligence instills a lifelong passion for learning. Blue School values exploration, play, creativity, self-awareness, family and community connection. The curriculum emphasizes inquiry, observation, and reflection, encouraging children to become bold, creative, and compassionate innovators. The campus in lower Manhattan features thoughtfully designed classrooms, designated lab spaces for art, STEAM, science, music and drama, as well as a gymnasium, Wonder Room, Upcycling Center, Materials Library, and outdoor terraces.

103 Charlton St., New York

Children’s Museum of the Arts is an art museum that offers classes across a range of mediums. Taught by teaching artists, these courses encourage children to express creativity, develop an artistic voice, and build critical thinking skills. The after-school program features semester-long classes for ages 5-15. WEE Arts classes introduce toddlers to art, encouraging self-expression and socialization. Art Colony Day Camps are innovative art camps held during school breaks. CMA also offers free inclusive classes for children living with autism or disabilities. Learn more at

291 Central Park West, New York

Founded in 1872, Dwight is a leading nursery-12th grade private school dedicated to igniting the spark of genius in every child. Dwight's nurturing preschool is the ideal environment for children to have their first classroom experience as early as 3 months–2½ years. Dwight has one of the lowest student-teacher ratios among NYC independent schools and the first in the Americas to offer the comprehensive International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum for students ages 3-18. Through a global network, students travel and participate in enriching exchange programs at Dwight campuses around the world.

237 W. 72nd St., New York

Huntington Learning Center is the premier tutoring and test prep provider for kindergarten to 12th grades. Founded in 1977, its mission is to give every student the best education possible. The company prides itself on personalized attention and proven results with individualized programs taught by certified teachers at accredited centers. Areas of instruction include phonics, reading, writing, vocabulary, math, science, ACT, SAT, PSAT, high school entrance exams, and state and other standardized exams. To learn more and locate a center near you, visit

Upper West Side , New York

On any given day at The IDEAL School of Manhattan, students may present on a civil rights leader, participate in a dance workshop, showcase their writing, enjoy Riverside Park, build a robot, perform in a musical, or visit the Met. IDEAL is New York’s only kindergarten-12th independent inclusion school. Here, we celebrate the tremendous social, emotional, and academic growth born in a diverse and nurturing educational community. IDEAL’s name reflects our core values of Inclusion, Diversity, Excellence, Acceptance, and Leadership. Schedule your visit today to experience this unique school

4 E. 90th St. (150 W. 83rd Street for 2018-19 only), New York

The International Academy of New York is a bilingual, multi-cultural, diverse nursery-eighth grade school developing culturally astute and confident students with fluency in Mandarin or Spanish, and exceptional literacy and math skills. IANY delivers personal attention to each student, nurturing their intellectual, physical, creative, social, and emotional development, teaching them the skills to contribute and thrive in today’s world. Now accepting applications for pre-nursery (2s) through fourth grade (adding a grade each year through eighth grade). Financial aid available.

505 E. 75th St., New York

Get an early start on your child's bilingual education at one of the most renowned bilingual schools in New York City. In fall 2019, the Lycée opens its new full-day bilingual Nursery-3s program. Non-French speakers are welcome in this authentic, immersive program that combines play with structured activities, using real-world projects to engage children in the community. Bilingual aftercare also offered. Register for the Lycée's fall preschool open houses for nursery, pre-K, and kindergarten and take the first steps to prepare your child for an extraordinarily international life.


A member of Steinway Educational Partnership Program, the academy boasts an extensive network of teachers in the NY metropolitan area including all areas of Manhattan and Brooklyn. All faculty members hold an advanced degree in their field such as masters and doctoral of music degrees. The programs include at-home weekly private lessons along with other classes and performance opportunities. Students may also choose to take lessons at various studio locations throughout the metropolitan area. Each student's experience is personal and carefully tailored from the very beginning to provoke musicality and individuality.

260 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge
845-352-5020 x130

At the Otto Specht School, we work to discover each child's path to lifelong learning, offering a variety of educational programs designed to meet the needs of students with developmental delays, social and sensory sensitivities, and learning challenges. We have looked beyond both typical and special educational models to provide an extraordinary education to those who need it most. We offer kindergarten, grades first–eighth, high school (with the opportunity to earn a diploma), High School Practical Life Skills (certificate program), and Transitional Life Skills (post-secondary program).

55 W. 39th St. (winter office) , New York
Camp SAY


SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young is offering its Confident Voices program free of charge, so all children who stutter (ages 8-18) can benefit from this life-changing program. This innovative after-school and weekend program utilizes the performing arts to help young people who stutter develop the confidence and communication skills they need to thrive. Several sessions are offered including storytelling, playwriting, and songwriting. Your child collaborates within a cohesive group, while mentored by professional actors, producers, artists, and SAY staff.

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