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Preschool of America

600 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011

(212) 255-6911


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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
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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
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Musical instruction
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
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • 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 Mini Maestros This class provides a carefully balanced music program emphasizing musical growth, encouraging creativity and teaching simple musical elements. A wide selection of fun songs, activities and movement will be used to incorporate memory, rhyming and sounds. Children will be introduced to an assortment of musical instruments and making some of their own. Petite Picassos An art based class that is dedicated to hands-on creative experiences. The program assists preschoolers in developing self-esteem and critical thinking abilities, which allow them to make decisions about the world around them. Children are given the opportunity to explore a variety of art experiences through numerous mediums. Tiny Twirlers Running, hopping, skipping, tumbling and dancing are just some of the components of the exciting movement program. The children will be ever increasing their large motor skills through creative motions, various group games and activities. Little ones playing together encourages cooperation and develops essential life long teamwork skills. Early Espanol Hola! Our Early Espanol class provides an introduction to the Spanish language. Through song, story and educational activities the children learn how to say the colors, shapes, numbers, days, months and simple phrases in Spanish. Daily exposure will generate useful lifelong knowledge of the Spanish language. Preschool Pros An innovative approach to the teaching of tennis that allows the student to master his/her tennis technique before stepping on the tennis court. We work on any individual stroke i.e. forehand, backhand, volley, serve, footwork, developing new grips etc. Your child will have a great time developing his/her tennis game without pressure or frustration.

From the Director:

What sets our preschool programs apart from all the rest? It's more than programs that are carefully researched and thoughtfully taught, it's the fact that we approach everyday with imagination, innovation and, most of all, fun! Studies have found that learning improves when children are engaged in an enjoyable and meaningful activity. That's why every curriculum includes a variety of intriguing activities that stimulate early brain development with a focus on creative play. And although it may all look like kids having fun, it's also learning in action. It's just another way that we make sure your child gets the most out of his or her school experience. Additionally, we spend a lot of time just listening to and talking with the children. This type of positive interaction encourages the development of emotional, language, and social skills and enhances the development of a positive self-esteem. We also provide lots of opportunities for each child to develop personal interests at his or her own pace. Preschool of America truly is a place where learning and fun become one. Children are more likely to retain information learned when they are engaged in an enjoyable and meaningful activity. That is what Preschool of America is all about. Our childcare programs and preschool curriculums integrate a wealth of intriguing and engaging learning activities that stimulate brain development in children.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The teachers at Preschool of America individualize and modify instruction to accommodate all learning styles.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The philosophy of Preschool of America is based on a set of strongly held beliefs: We believe that each child is a unique individual. We are sensitive to a child's social, emotional, intellectual, and physical needs. We provide developmentally appropriate programs that focus on the process of learning and help children enjoy successful experiences. We encourage not just learning, but also the love of learning. We believe in providing a physical environment that is safe, clean, healthy, and oriented to children. Classrooms are arranged to offer challenging play and learning choices at a range of developmental levels. Activity areas allow children the opportunity to explore, to experience, and, most importantly, to succeed. We believe that the strength of our program is in the dedication of our teaching staff. We support our teachers with training, resources, and freedom to create a unique learning experience for children. We provide many opportunities for teachers to share ideas and grow professionally. Our teachers create a caring and nurturing atmosphere and foster each child's creativity and positive self-image.

A Typical Day

Sample Preschool Schedule
8:30-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-9:30 Table Activities (Puzzles, books, fine motor activities)
9:30-10:00 Morning Circle(Welcome, Attendance, Calendar, Songs and Finger plays, Book reading, Introduction of theme, Sharing, Movement. Explanation of centers and daily activities.
10:00-10:30 Learning Centers Blocks, Science, Dramatic play, Reading Corner, Art, Sensory, Math, Water Table, Writing Center (Fine motor activities and small group) Snack will be offered.
10:30-11:00 Gym Time/Outdoor Activity (Offer optional organized games or free play. Gross motor skills.
11:00-11:30 Story Circle (Focus on literacy through books pertaining to theme. Also time to present group project (Art, Cooking, building, creating, etc.)
11:30-12:00 Learning Centers (The children will have the opportunity to visit the centers that they did not get a chance to go to and participate in group project.
12:00-12:30 Lunch Family style, with children participating in set up and clean up.
1:00-3:00 Rest Time (Quiet activities provided)
3:00-3:30 Transition and snack (Rising, bathroom and returning rest supplies)
3:30-4:00 Learning Centers
4:00-4:30 Story Circle (Less formal, in that books, songs, finger plays do not need to coincide with theme, but children can chose from favorites( Show and tell and Sharing)
4:30-5:00 Gym Time/Outdoor Activity
5:00-5:30 Pick up time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We strive to create mutual respect between parents and teachers. A partnership is important and benefits the child. We encourage daily communication between parents and school staff. We believe parents are the most significant adults in a child's life. Doors are open to parents at all times. Preschool of America is an organization that values people: the children in our care, their parents, and our employees. We continually work to earn the trust placed in us. We strive each day to be the best provider of early childhood educational services in the community we serve.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Beginning school is a significant occasion and can be a source of positive growth for everyone involved. We encourage new students to visit before they begin. Additionally parents are also invited to remain with their children for the first several mornings as they ease through the transition of staying in school. Once transition has been accomplished we kindly encourage parents to give a hug and a quick goodbye.