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Children's All Day School and Children's All Day Pre-Nursery

109 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10022

(212) 752-4566


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

"Ask our pre-schoolers what they are doing, and they will happily declare that they are 'playing'. and so they are. But, with our certified teachers' guidance, this play is carefully designed to promote early learning. Reading and math readiness activities seem like entertaining games and enjoyable discussions that help children approach more difficult concepts." (SOURCE:

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space more

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  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music more

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  • Music specialists
Visual arts
Physical activity more

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  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • Movement specialist
Other subjects taught "The Pre-Nursery program at C.A.D.S. for infants, and toddlers focuses sharply on development. We strive for consistency, individualized schedules and age appropriate yet challenging activities. Guided by carefully chosen professionals who are trained in infant/toddler development, all activities are planned with careful attention to safety, exploration, and growth. Music and movement specialists work with all these groups three times each week. All equipment from push-pull toys to climbers and safety-surfaced play deck, are age appropriate and allow your child the freedom of discovery and movement. Neighborhood outings in our Bye-Bye Buggies, to the zoo, park and pet store, are an integral part of the curriculum. Everyone at C.A.D.S welcomes parent involvement. Daily charts noting eating, sleeping and other functions are made available and parents are encouraged to provide us with similar information." (SOURCE:

From the Director:

"Our Pre-School curriculum includes 'hands-on' activities using sand, water, blocks and art materials as well as cognitive activities related to science, language, and math. All two, three and four-year-olds have music and movement specialists three times a week." (SOURCE:

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The overall goal of the program is to provide a constantly stable and nurturing setting where children can learn how to trust and socialize, while being free to develop at their own pace.

Learning, for young children, takes place quite intrinsically through play, hands-on and academic experiences.

This 'developmental interaction' approach forms the cornerstone of our program. A thoughtfully planned day at C.A.D.S is designed to provide the appropriate number of choices within a comfortable yet ordered, environment.

Throughout the day at C.A.D.S., emphasis is placed on helping children acquire skills that enable them to deal with a variety of situations. Our primary aim is to guide them to become aware of relationships that will ultimately lead to the power of abstract thinking.

The importance of the social interactions that the children encounter within their day are a valuable part of their education and provide opportunities for learning about living in a world where people need to get along." (SOURCE:

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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