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CP Kids Preschool

62 Chelsea Piers
New York, NY 10011

(212) 336-6500


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CP Kids is a sunny and spacious early learning center for children ages 3 months to 5 years. The mission of CP Kids is to create a learning environment in which young children learn through play, actively developing their language, cognitive, social/emotional and motor skills. At CP Kids, children are given concrete experiences to encourage interaction with the world around them and exploration of new ideas and materials.

The learning needs of every child at CP Kids are recognized on an individual basis and considered in curriculum planning. We value all varieties of families and cultures and incorporate that diversity into our classrooms.

Communication, collaboration, and support are valued to create an environment in which all children, families and teachers feel comfortable to learn and grow as a community. Our location within one of the world's most spectacular sports facilities provides additional and unique opportunities for learning, fun and community building.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

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
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Social skills Independence skills

From the Director:

Hands-on, active learning is the overarching theme of our preschool program. In a developmentally appropriate manner, we address the following topics as a part of our yearly curriculum: Literacy development, phonemic awareness, alphabet, and reading readiness, counting, number sense, and early math concepts, hands-on science explorations, social studies, exploration of our neighborhood, art, music, movement, and physical education, social development, being a friend, teamwork, and building community. Weekly and monthly themes flow through the curriculum, giving a context for learning and making it meaningful. Most importantly, we have a living curriculum, one which changes in response to the unique interests, needs and strengths of the children.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our learning environment is carefully planned to offer children multiple opportunities to learn physically, emotionally and intellectually. Children ages 2.9 through 5 years old benefit from a developmental curriculum, experienced teachers, and a dynamic, activity-based classroom environment. The teachers at CP Kids believe that learning should be fun, and also believe in providing a loving environment where children of all ages and backgrounds can ask questions, explore, investigate, and most importantly, feel great about themselves. We believe children learn best through active participation with their environment and that the teachers' job is to guide children's learning. Classrooms are filled with age-appropriate play and educational equipment, and are divided into areas of interest, including manipulatives, block building, reading, music, sensory and arts & crafts. Children are supported as they learn to be independent, to be a friend, to share, and to express themselves in a safe environment.

A Typical Day

The following is an example of a typical preschool day: 9:00am - 9:30am Arrival and Free Play 9:30am - 10:00am Circle, Music, Movement, Lesson 10:00am - 10:15am Snack and Bathroom* 10:15am - 11:15am Choice time: Blocks, Art/Craft, Dramatic Play, Sensory Play, etc. 11:30am - 12:30pm Outdoor play or PE class 12:30pm - 1:00pm Lunch 1:00pm - 2:00pm Story and Rest Time 2:00pm - 2:30pm Closing Circle 3:00pm Goodbyes and Pick-up

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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