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Epiphany Community Nursery School

510 East 74th Street
New York, NY 10021

(212) 737-2977


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Every school has goals for its children. Some stress academics, some stress personal growth. There are places with rigid rules and others which are flexible. Make certain that your philosophy and their philosophy are in harmony. At Epiphany, a positive self-image is of utmost importance. We want the children to feel good about themselves, to enjoy coming to school, and love learning. We also value exploration and asking questions; we want children to see learning as a process, as a quest, in which knowledge is the ultimate reward. Creativity is also extremely important. Children should be encouraged to express themselves in a variety of ways, through different media, through movement, and through language skills. And finally, independence. School must encourage the children to grow and, ultimately, grow away from their small worlds into the larger one that awaits them." Extracted from

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
  • 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