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UPDATED December 2018: The right nursery school or pre-K program can benefit a young child’s mental, social, and physical development enormously. That’s why this directory from Westchester Parent is so handy—it will help you locate quality preschools and nursery schools throughout Westchester County, including preschools in New Rochelle, Ossining, White Plains, Mamaroneck, and Harrison. Look through the pre-kindergarten programs featured in this roundup, and you will find a wide variety of offerings for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years old. Some of these nursery schools provide foreign-language instruction; others feature hands-on learning opportunities, Montessori curriculum, or faith-based curriculum. Many of these licensed and accredited child care facilities also offer extended hours, and after-school enrichment programs, including dance, soccer, swimming, and gymnastics.
Check the boxes to connect with these businessesA CHILD'S DREAM, L.L.C.
10 Mill Road, New Rochelle
Tiffany Amaya and Ana Caldararo, directors
At A Child’s Dream we create a secure and structured environment where your child enjoys socializing and interacting with other children while learning. The curriculum includes language arts, math and science, and developing motor skills and social skills. Now registering for Fall 2017. For children ages 2-4. Your directors: Tiffany Amaya and Ana Caldararo, 17 years of experience.
ALCOTT MONTESSORI SCHOOL
535 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry
27 Crane Road, Scarsdale
46 Fox Meadow Road, Scarsdale
Alcott School provides children ages 2-6 a supportive, multicultural, learning environment where they develop independence, self-confidence, and pride in their abilities. All sites offer a developmentally appropriate curriculum with Montessori materials, music, creative movement, and nature enrichment programs. After-school enrichment classes are provided for children ages 3-5. Offerings include yoga, dance, mad science, super soccer stars, golf, karate, and Spanish. Kidz Club, a social skills group for ages 3-5 meets from 4-5pm twice a week at the Crane Road location. Call to arrange a tour.
ALL ABOARD CHILDCARE EDUCATION CENTERS
All Aboard on-the-Hudson
255 North Highland Ave.
All Aboard at Valhalla
400 Columbus Ave.
All Aboard Childcare Education Centers, family-owned and -operated since 1996, All Aboard provides a safe, secure, child-centered environment for infants, toddlers, pre-K, and school-age children. All Aboard creates a hands-on, developmental curriculum for infants and toddlers as well as a pre-K curriculum designed to meet NYS kindergarten readiness standards. Degreed and certified staff, nutritious meals, and many enrichment programs round out this quality educational program. Best of Westchester in Childcare 2014.
Ann and Andy, family-owned and operated since 1973, offers a variety of fun activities for children ages 2 months to 14 years. We are licensed by NYSOCFS and the Health Department. We offer flexible schedules, reasonable rates, nutritious lunches, a caring staff, individualized attention, and age-appropriate field trips. We also have a tween travel camp for ages 11-14. We offer customized schedules, individualized attention, and hot lunches daily, as well as barbecue Fridays. All buildings are air-conditioned. Come see how much we care, and become part of our family.
Bet Torah Nursery School programs are designed to promote cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth of each child through a child-centered curriculum with an emphasis on Jewish values. An outstanding, nurturing, and creative staff strives to provide opportunities for children to learn through play each day. The curriculum includes regularly scheduled visits by music, sign language, science, and movement specialists. Bet Torah Nursery School registration continues for the 2018-2019 school year for our Kitah Katan 18 months-old toddler separation program as well as for our 2s, 3s, and 4s classes.
CHILDREN’S PLACE AT THE JOHN A. COLEMAN SCHOOL
317 North St., White Plains
Our inclusive preschool offers a variety of enriching experiences that stimulate children’s natural curiosity and interests, promote well-being, and encourage pride and mastery in each child. Activities develop creativity, language, reasoning, social competence, and early readiness. Curriculum based on NYS Common Core with iPad and Smart Board technology. Children’s Place is licensed by the Office of Children and Family Services and offers full- and half-days for ages 3-5. Hours are 8:45am–2:45pm with extended hours from 8am-5pm. We are staffed by experienced teachers and administrators. Parent references available.
CONGREGATION KOL AMI
252 Soundview Ave., White Plains
Children learn best through play and experimentation. Our Early Childhood Program provides opportunities for these learning experiences within a warm, accepting, and nurturing environment. We recognize and respect each child's unique qualities and strive to foster their growth and development in all aspects; cognitive, physical, social, and emotional. Through rich and welcoming surroundings, complemented with consistent routines and exploratory play opportunities, we inspire children to grow at their own pace, realizing their full potential. Come feel the warm sense of community here at Early Childhood Program of Congregation Kol Ami.
GODDARD SCHOOL® (THE)
1 Jackson Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson
The Goddard School® teachers nurture the healthy development of children ages 6 weeks to 6 years, and encourage each child’s lifelong love of learning. The Goddard School® offers families the benefit of on-site owners and education directors who provide dependable management and open communication. Corporate quality assurance, accredited professional development, and an individualized program for each child are just a few of the ways that Goddard is defining childcare.
The JCC of Mid-Westchester has several types of classes in its nursery school for children ages 2-5. Ages 3-5 enjoy swimming in our indoor heated pool, working off energy in our full-sized gymnasium, climbing in our new playground, and performing skits in our Bendheim Theatre. We offer a variety of sports, martial arts, gymnastics, dance, and academic enrichment programs. Benefits include: early registration incentives, “refer a friend” discounts, Sunday playground dates, and social events for parents and families which make us unique. We are open to children of all religions.
KIDS' B.A.S.E. & THE LITTLE SCHOOL
307 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale
Kids’ B.A.S.E. & The Little School encompass before- and after-school programs for school age children, and a preschool program for ages 2-4. Kids’ B.A.S.E. offers a Breakfast Club, after-school enrichments, and sports for youngsters in kindergarten through sixth grade, until 6:30pm. The Little School provides a high quality full-day or half-day preschool program, as well as their own Breakfast Club, an extended day program until 6:30pm, enrichments, and sports. The Little School is licensed by NYS OCFS and accredited by NAEYC. New this year is our Little School Pre-K Academy, a transitional 4’s program for families that would like to give their child “the gift of time."
Mandarin Discovery Preschool is an immersion program for children. We offer preschool classes, Chinese culture classes, tutoring services, and Mommy and Me classes. We also offer classes and tutoring to adults. Our goals are creating a fun learning environment for children and helping them to learn Mandarin as early as possible. Children will use their fluency in Mandarin to build a bright future! For adults, we provide an opportunity to help them reach their personal goals in learning Mandarin.
MAZEL TOTS EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM AT SCARSDALE SYNAGOGUE
2 Ogden Road, Scarsdale
Jody Glassman – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mazel Tots® helps children grow! They serve ages newborn through kindergarten-bound. Featuring a wide variety of developmentally appropriate activities including sports, music, sign language, yoga, science, art, and the study of Jewish holidays. They also have fully equipped indoor and outdoor play spaces.
MILESTONE SCHOOL (THE)
70 W. Broad St., Mt. Vernon
Founded in 1979 on the premise that “the first years of a child’s education are the most important," The Milestone School is an independent, non-sectarian, nursery through fourth grade school. Celebrating 40 years of excellence, our unique, stimulating academic environment emphasizing “Early Reading” prepares students to continue on to top private schools in Westchester and NYC. Emphasizing the basics, our curriculum allows our children to explore many areas including music, Spanish, yoga, capoeira, and drama. Milestone provides the enriching, nurturing experience every child needs and deserves to succeed.
The Nurtury is committed to promoting quality, full-time Montessori childcare for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. The first six years of life is when intelligence and personality are formed. We greatly understand this concept, and as a result, the Nurtury has set the standard for full-time Montessori childcare. Please call today for a tour, 914-632-6200.
70 Columbus Ave., Valhalla
We serve children with and without disabilities in inclusive, integrated, small classrooms. We offer high-quality full- and part-time programs, school year and year-round, for children ages 18 months to 5 years, from 8:30am-2:30pm. Before- and after-school care, vacation clubs during school breaks, and summer camp are available options. We follow the Creative Curriculum™ that is aligned with the NYS Common Core Learning Standards. We have special classes in art, music, and science, including interactive SMART Board activities. Our master teachers are New York state-certified in early childhood and special education. NAEYC accredited.
TEMPLE ISRAEL CENTER NURSERY SCHOOL
280 Old Mamaroneck Road, White Plains
Temple Israel Center Nursery School is dedicated to providing a warm and nurturing environment where children can achieve their full potential—socially, emotionally, creatively, cognitively, physically, and Jewishly. We offer classes for children ages 2-4, mommy-and-me programs, after-school enrichment, Stay and Play Extended Hours until 4pm Monday-Thursday, and until 2:30pm Friday, early drop-off, lunch programs, and summer camp. Our morning programs are enriched with music, creative movement, nature, and animal specialists. We embrace the Reggio Emilia approach which complements our vision. For more information view our microsite at nymetroparents.com/listing/temple-israel-center-nursery-school.
We’re building STEAM! SMNS has added a full STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) curriculum this year, as well as a gymnastics program, to provide children with additional hands-on learning opportunities and outlets for self-discovery and creativity. Registration is open for the 2018-2019 school year, as well as for non-separating programs for parents with children younger than 24 months. Come see what SMNS has to offer by scheduling a tour with David Cohen, Nursery School director, at 203-622-8121 or email@example.com.
TORBANK COMMUNITY NURSERY SCHOOL
108 Pinesbridge Road, Ossining
Your child is a very important person. With your help we will provide a wide variety of learning opportunities and experiences, to encourage self-expression, independence, and group interaction. We will give your child the opportunity to explore, experiment, and reach out into his or her environment. We believe that the way your child will learn and grow will help them have the happiest possible year.
Part of Cerebral Palsy of Westchester, the Day Care Program at the agency’s United Preschool Center is conveniently located in White Plains. It provides high quality, developmentally appropriate learning experiences for preschool children ages 2.9-5, with or without disabilities. Half-day and full-day options, approved by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. Children ages 2.9-5 may enroll. The program offers a comfortable learning environment designed to meet each child’s intellectual, physical, and social needs. Available from 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday. Enrollment is continuous. Call to schedule a visit.
WESTCHESTER JEWISH CENTER EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
Ann Pardes, director,
Palmer and Rockland Avenues
(Use 175 Rockland Ave. for GPS purposes.)
WJC’s Early Childhood Center (ECC) offers programs for children birth to 5. Our developmentally appropriate program provides a balance between preparing for the future, and living fully in the present, in the context of a caring environment. The balance is different for each child on the basis of their needs. Children learn through discovery, multi-sensory, child-centered, and rich adult-child interactions. Jewish values, holidays, and Shabbat celebrations are a part of the school experience. Little Ones & Friends, a class for babies, toddlers, and their grown-ups, offers a fun, interactive time.