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Bright Minds Center

49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

(212) 227-2600


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

We try to combine what we think is best from all of the major approaches to early childhood education. The approaches are play and activity based.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The expertly trained staff closely monitors the progress of each student and his or her individual needs and makes curricular recommendations based on the child's strengths and weaknesses.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our philosophy is based on the European approach to raising and educating children from an early age.

Advantages of the European Tradition in Education:

We teach each child to approach the learning process creatively and critically with a positive attitude
We foster self cultivation, desire to learn, exploration and research
We promote self control and discipline as the integral part of the learning process
We help to discover, develop and nurture each child�??s innate talents and gifts
We present each child with an opportunity to realize his or her potential in accordance with his/her abilities
Our center�??s educational process consists of educational instruction, spiritual and moral conditioning and physical education. The absolute harmony of all the components of our educational process helps to insure that your child is going to become a mature, well developed and cultured member of society.

A Typical Day

8:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M. Drop off and play time
9:00 A.M. - 9:30 A.M. - Breakfast
9:30 A.M.- 10:00 A.M. - Calendar & Circle time
10:00 A.M. - 10:45 A.M. - Lessons and Activities
10:45 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. - Physical activities break
11:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. - Lessons and Activities
11:30 A.M. - 12:00 Noon - Outdoor Time
12:00 Noon - 12:30 P.M. - Lunch
12:30 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. - Story Time or Music Time
1:00 P.M. - Dismissal

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

open houses, annual and semi-annual assesments, e-mail exchanges, open door policy, community fairs, parent education classes and seminars, including the ones featuring local professional offices.
Teachers and director are available at drop-off and pick-up time to talk to parents and discuss any concernes

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

We engage the child, make him/her comfortable.