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First Friends Preschool

245 West 74th Street
New York, NY 10023

(212) 769-1088


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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
Language       more

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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
  • Manipulatives
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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  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

We adhere to both developmentally and individually appropriate needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

First Friends Pre-School offers programs for young children that emphasize creative independent play. Activities and materials invite hands-on exploration. Art, cooking, science, music, literature and free play are represented in our curriculum. Both individual and group needs are valued. We foster a sense of community, where individual needs and differences are appreciated and respected.

A Typical Day

The day starts with a free playtime. Activities are available on center tables and children are free to choose among materials in the room. Play is followed by a snack and a circle time, which is language-based and teacher-directed. Each day, children engage in a group activity, usually hands-on, relevant to the curriculum. Each day there is a story time as well as a small group movement or singing time.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have an open house each fall. We also have parent conferences 2 times a year in the fall and spring. Parents are encouraged to meet with teachers at any time.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • 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
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have an extensive phase-in period. Each child is judged individually when they are ready to be left for extended periods of time.