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The International Preschools

330 East 45th Street
New York, NY 10017

(212) 371-8604


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Welcome to The International Preschools, where children, teachers and staff from all over the world come together to share their cultures and gain a sense of international awareness. Our curriculum and philosophy emphasize mutual understanding and respect. Our international program opens a window on the world for young children.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We believe in creating a warm, nurturing environment where children feel secure and can gain confidence in their own abilities. We believe that by sharing aspects of their native culture through music, dance, food, language and dress, children expand their knowledge and understanding of the world. We welcome children who speak little or no English at home and believe that English speaking children benefit as they observe and help their peers learn English. We believe in learning through play. Play is the central activity in the life of a child, and through our structured, teacher led play-based activities, children learn naturally how to think, how to solve problems, and how to achieve goals. How to express their ideas and their emotions, how to cooperate, collaborate and respect each other, how to be a friend. While having fun they are developing the social, emotional, physical and cognitive foundations they need to succeed — not just in their next school, but throughout their lives.

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

From the Director:

"Each age group is offered an appropriate curriculum that includes language development, creative expression, scientific exploration, quantitative reasoning, music, creative movement and physical development. Our curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through play. Play is the serious work of young children. That is how they learn to understand the world. To carry out this philosophy, all our classrooms are divided into learning centers. Each day, children are given opportunities to self-select their activities in order to develop a sense of independence as learners and thinkers. Our curriculum is designed to meet individual needs and interests so that each child can work to his or her full potential. Therefore, the materials provided are open-ended so that each and every child can gain a sense of success each and every time. The Creche and Toddler programs stress socialization skills. A gradual separation from parents or caretakers takes place as the children gain independence in the activities of daily living. Active exploration of the classrooms and materials form the core of the program. In the Nursery progams for three and four year olds, the curriculum is designed to meet individual needs and interests so that each child can work to his or her full potential. Children are provided with a solid academic foundation through hands-on play experiences. Exposing children to open ended pre-math and pre-reading concepts leads them towards a lifelong love and excitement about learning and gives them the confidence to move to the next stage of cognitive development when they're ready. In the Kindergarten, children participate in a variety of developmentally appropriate individual and group activities that expand their knowledge and understanding of the world as well as their self confidence." (SOURCE: web-site)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

A window to the world for young children and their families…

The preschool years are a crucial window in a child’s academic, social and cultural development. In the few years spent at The International Preschools, a child will develop not only academic skills but also social skills and cultural attitudes. At The International Preschools, where English language learners are welcomed and supported, children and families from New York City and all over the world share their cultures and gain a sense of international awareness through mutual understanding and respect. Through play, we promote the cognitive, emotional, social and physical growth of each child in a nurturing atmosphere. With schools in multiple Manhattan neighborhoods children may attend school close to home while their families are part of a large and vibrant parent and faculty network. The size of The International Preschools allows us to be a laboratory for curriculum development, including a rich variety of specialty activities based on early childhood educational research and good practices.

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
  • 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:

  • Small group sessions
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year