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Montclare Children's School

747 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025

(212) 865-4020


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New York’s Montclare Children’s School is a preschool for children aged 2 to 5. The school is located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The school is an enriched, teacher directed program and provides children with ample opportunities to engage in a variety of activities, including music, art, library, technology and gymnastics. The school also provides a warm and rich setting for exploration, socialization and free play.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

That means that the teachers plan activities for the children to engage in and that there is a daily schedule, as well as monthly themes. Every day children have the opportunity to have free play, circle time, story time, activity time, and meet with some of our specialists. What being teacher-directed means at Montclare is that the children do not engage in free play all morning. We believe that children like structure and like having adults plan activities for them to engage in.

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

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The long-range goals of Montclare Children's School are the positive growth of the whole child; the development of abilities, interests, attitudes and values that will continue to evolve over a lifetime; and the preparation of children for the transition to kindergarten. We support these goals by providing a stimulating preschool learning environment that encourages cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth.

A Typical Day

Visit our website to learn more about the daily schedule:

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