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14 Street Y Preschool

344 East 14th Street
New York, NY 10003

(646) 395-4325


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that young children learn through active involvement in a warm and nurturing environment that builds self-confidence and fosters curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.

Inspired by the Reggio Emilia and Bank Street approaches, we create learning opportunities that provoke thinking. Children have time to wonder, explore, touch, sense, and solve in many ways. All of our classrooms are environments where young children feel respected, trusted, and empowered.

Our professional, enthusiastic, and nurturing staff engages families in a trusting and dynamic learning partnership. Weaving together Jewish values and traditions within an age-appropriate and all-inclusive setting, our preschool celebrates diversity in every way.

A Typical Day

9:00 AM Arrival ACTIVITIES Beyond the Classroom
9:00 -9:30 Morning Meeting Gym time
9:30 -10:30 Project time
Classes have art in half groups once a week , M-W
10:30-10:45 Snack Classes have movement once a week on Mondays
10:50-11:15 Choice of
activities 4’s swim once a week
11:15-12:00 Roof Time Classes may take a field trip
12:00-12:15 Story Time Out to a library
12:15-12:50 Family Style Lunch
12:50-1:00 Final reflections Dismissal for 1pm group
1:00 -2:00 Siesta Time
2:00 -3:00 Afternoon focus Cooking, projects


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