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Riverdale Presbyterian Church

4765 Henry Hudson Pkwy W
Bronx, NY 10471-3298

(718) 548-8260


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

Our approach to each child and each situation is with the use of a soft voice, positive reinforcement and redirection. Children are actively engaged and all projects are process oriented. We use Positive Behavior Based philosophy.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The philosophy of Riverdale Presbyterian Church Nursery School (RPCNS) is to provide a warm, safe, accepting environment where your child may grow as an individual. The school fosters your child's total development in the areas of social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth through a multi-sensory approach to developmentally appropriate activities.
Our primary goals are to help each child develop a positive self-image, to foster the development of self confidence as an individual, to foster an awareness of others, and to encourage positive peer relationships.
RPCNS's developmental philosophy is to offer successful tasks as well as appropriate challenges and an introduction to basic readiness concepts through play. These areas include socialization skills, language arts and an age-appropriate literacy program, mathematics, science, technology and social sciences, nutrition and the arts.
RPCNS provides a quality program where your child is exposed to and involved in a variety of preschool learning experiences. Our emphasis is to foster the healthy growth and development of your child.
RPCNS emphasizes acceptance of cultural diversity through our teaching methods, activities and play materials.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Greeting and Meeting
Circle Time
Choice Time and art
Clean up and Snack
Small Group Time
Outdoor Play
Goodbye or Lunch time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have an active Parent's Association with monthly meetings concerning current child development philosophies and elementary school options.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We use a staggered schedule in the beginning of the school year. In addition, each child is considered on an inidividual basis.