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Red Balloon Day Care Center

560 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10027

(212) 663-9006


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We believe that children learn best when they have caring adults to guide, respect and provide challenges and support for them as individuals and as important members of a group.
We also recognize that children are unique and learn at different rates and in different styles. Our teachers are experienced educators who have developed their own creative and unique teaching styles and methods to respond to each individual child's needs.
The school focuses on nurturing emotional, social, physical, cognitive, and language skills in the children. We aim to develop their:
Problem solving skills
Risk taking skills (accepting mistakes with the understanding that making mistakes is an integral part of learning)
Pro-social skills (taking turns, using words, cooperative play, self-discipline, and self direction)
Independence and self esteem
Capacity to respect and care for others
Listening skills and language development
Pre-math skills and reading readiness
The RED BALLOON provides a well rounded, child-centered curriculum that offers a variety of challenges and experiences for children to explore including educational games, science, art, story time, music and movement, and a variety of activities that celebrate diversity and promote social awareness. With an emphasis on literacy, we introduce the children to the wonders and excitement of books, nurture their language skills, and encourage their creativity.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Children can come until 9:30 and are picked up from 4:00 on. Breakfast is served from 9:00-9:30. We also provide a hot lunch for the children as well as an afternoon snack.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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

Modes of Communication

  • Drop-Off