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Children's Aid Society, Greenwich Village Center

209 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012

(212) 254-3074


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • 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
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

A typical day will include organized time for both individual and group experiences. The day is planned to provide a balance of activities in consideration of the child total daily experience. Each class has an outdoor time on our spacious playground as well as class time in our parent coordinated library. Special activities, such as music/ movement and Italian classes, further enrich the program. Typical classroom experiences include circle time, art exploration and cooking activities, and a variety of literacy experiences. Dramatic play and block play encourage each child's social development and imagination.' Extracted from the school's website

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our inclusive program focuses on the whole child, as an individual, so that his/her social, emotional, cognitive, and physical needs can be met. In addition to the NAEYC's developmentally appropriate practice, the school's foundation is The Creative Curriculum, a research-based educational philosophy which emphasizes the importance of how children develop and learn, as well as what they learn; the learning environment; and the teacher's and family's roles. Our children are enthusiastically engaged in the work of learning and young children learn best by doing. Our dedicated staff facilitates this process which requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work and to learn firsthand about the world we live in. Our goal is to help children thrive by creating a nurturing environment where they develop a sense of community, continue to love learning, and have fun!" (Extracted from the preschool's website.)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

"To insure that parents receive accurate information, we utilize a variety of modes of communication, such as newsletters, email, notes, and parent teacher conferences. There are many ways for parents to remain involved with the Nursery School program. An active Parent Committee works on school/center events and issues. A committed Library Committee continues with development of our library and assists with the bookfair. Each class has two Class Parents to assist the teachers in their goals. We invite parents to join a class to share a book, a recipe, a story or to lead a project." (Extracted from the preschool's website)

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