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Park Avenue Synagogue Early Childhood Center

50 East 87th Street
New York, NY 10128

(212) 369-2600


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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
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world
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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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

"A wide variety of material and first hand experiences are provided to stimulate curiosity and creative expression. These include block building, sand, water, dramatic play, music, art, language arts, math, science, cooking and woodworking. An integral part of our program is sharing and celebrating Jewish holidays and culture in ways that are pleasurable and meaningful to young children. The celebration of Shabbat brings each week to a joyful conclusion." (SOURCE:

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The PAS Early Childhood Center has been providing our toddlers with a rich experience since 1965. Our educational philosophy is that the learning process of young children is an active, creative one. We strive for a balance between teacher-directed and child-initiated activities. The underlying structure in the classroom, combined with a flexible curriculum, enhances the development of children. We provide a warm, nurturing atmosphere where individual differences are accepted and valued. It is our goal for children to have healthy social interactions with their peers and trusting relationships with their teachers." (SOURCE:

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year