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Barrow Street Nursery School

27 Barrow Street
New York, NY 10014

(212) 633-1203


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Barrow Street Nursery School believes the early years are the most productive of a child's life and we challenge our students to excel in ways that fit their own unique development.

Creativity and artistic expression are developed through individual exploration and group collaboration and provides children with the building blocks of knowledge, thinking and reasoning.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Our Philosophy: We believe that children learn best in an environment that is filled with opportunities to explore their world and to build on their previous experiences. Early childhood teachers at Barrow Street understand that play is the work of children. We believe that it is the basis for developing meaningful social interactions, creative problem solving skills and a wide range of communication and physical abilities. Our teachers value the diverse backgrounds of their students and provide opportunities within the curriculum for the expression and the sharing of family traditions and culture. Regular communication, community events and parent participation cultivate strong relationships among our families and staff.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Specials include Music, Movement, Yoga, Pottery, Science and American Ballet Theater Workshop

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Activities are structured to include all developmental levels. We believe in working with students at the level that is appropriate for them.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Barrow Street Nursery School guides the critical first steps which lead to a life long enthusiasm for learning, appreciation of the arts, and care for the community and environment. While teaching the skills necessary for future academic success, our nursery school engages each child's uniqueness and individual learning style by anchoring their day to day experiences in a strong child-centered setting. Creativity and artistic expression are highly valued. Individual exploration and group collaboration are equally emphasized. Barrow Street actively engages members of the community to ensure harmonious continuity between each child's home and school life to encourage parent participation and to foster diversity.

A Typical Day

2s/3s & 3s/4s:
Open Time (open ended classroom activities)
Morning Meeting
Gross Motor (Gym, Track, Roof, Gym Specialist)
Project/Specials Time (Yoga, Pottery, Music, ect)
Center Time
Good Bye Meeting

Similar to above with the addition of lunch, rest time, journal time & centers

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

- Weekly email updates from teacher
- Shutterfly links are emailed each week with pictures and video from the classroom
- School wide Curriculum Night is held at the start of the school year
- Two teacher conferences per year; parents receive a portfolio of their child's work
- 7 - 10 Parent Workshops per year with topics including separation, nutrition, sleep, discipline, children's literature, ect

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Voice Mail
  • 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

Phase-in schedules are designed for specific classes. Most begins in half-groups and works up to a full day schedule. It is a slow gentle process, with the pace of separation determined on an individual basis. Helping our young students separate from their parents is a key component of our Twos & Young Threes Program. Our teachers are highly sensitive to our students’ needs and feelings. To help ease the process, parents and teachers work together to create a bridge between home and school. Teachers assess a child's readiness for separation and discuss it with parents to create a gradual separation.

Over the summer, we have 2 play dates for our admitted students.

In the fall, we have individual school visits for each child, and their family, in the classroom. The children can explore, meet their teachers and take pictures without the confusion of other children.

Our separation process begins in September and is approximately 5 weeks long. We begin by phasing in the children with only half a class for a short amount of time and gradually work up to the full time and students.