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Broadway Presbyterian Church Nursery School

601 West 114th Street
New York, NY 10025

(212) 864-6100


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers assess and support each child based on their strengths and areas of support, differentiating instruction based on the individual's needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our teaching follows the Developmental Interaction/whole child approach, with an emphasis on rich, hands-on experiences and time to reflect and represent those experiences through language and physical means. Play is at the heart of the curriculum, and children are given many forums for play – dolls and pretend materials, blocks, building manipulatives, sensory materials such as sand, water and play dough, art materials, science investigations.

While under the umbrella of the Broadway Presbyterian Church, the school community is diverse in backgrounds and traditions. In this way children participate in important events together and come to appreciate diversity in their friends.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year