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Mother Hale Learning Center

152 West 122nd Street
New York, NY 10027

(212) 663-0700


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

The four domains of development: physical, cognitive social and emotional provide the foundation for our curriculum. Infant curriculum builds trust through responsive caregiving by meeting each child’s needs in a consistent, yet flexible, manner. The focus of the toddler curriculum is language development, the key to a child’s mental growth. Our play-based preschool curriculum consists of concrete, hands-on learning experiences that will prepare each child for success in Kindergarten and beyond. Infant curriculum provides sensory and tactile stimulation while building trust through responsive care giving, meeting your infant’s needs in a consistent, yet flexible manner. The toddler curriculum includes participatory, animated experiences to foster language and memory development, the key to your child’s mental growth. Our play-based pre-school curriculum consists of hands-on learning and exploration. Thematic lessons exercise independent thinking, build creativity and promote social awareness to prepare Every Moment Counts your child for success in kindergarten and beyond. (

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 first years of your child’s life are critical to
future success. Early childhood education promotes
intellectual, physical, social, emotional and
language development and prepares your child for
school by building a foundation for later academic
and social competence.

Nearly 60 years ago, “Mother” Clara Hale began
taking babies into her home based upon this belief
and provided daycare for the children of working

Today at Hale House, we continue to carry out
Mother Hale’s legacy of service by providing
educational opportunities for children from diverse
backgrounds. Our innovative programs build upon
the strong foundation of existing services already
provided by Hale House in our residential and
supportive housing programs.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips

Modes of Communication

  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up