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The Park Pre-School

275 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007

(212) 571-6191


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Park Preschool was founded in 1989 with our guiding principle, the belief that children learn through play. We focus on personal development and let each child learn and discover at his or her own pace. In our mixed age group setting, the younger children model appropriate social and academic strategies by watching the older children. The older children reinforce concepts that they have already learned by teaching their younger peers. Our age appropriate social atmosphere allows the children to feel comfortable and secure. Learning becomes a positive experience. They can read, paint, or build a beautiful structure of blocks. At The Park Preschool a child can be a child, the learning process happens naturally.
All children possess great creative potential. They are curious by nature. They learn best by experience, as adults do, and benefit the most when given the opportunity to experiment, discover, and express their original ideas in a free and open environment.
The teachers at The Park Preschool are here to help the children become self- confident as they become sensitive to the world around them. We give them freedom, let them try, let them fail, encourage them, let them succeed, and rejoice with them.
At our school, the personal triumphs of each individual are highly cherished. Our aim is to develop a love for learning and a desire for discovery and challenge. Like Piaget, the teachers at The Park Preschool believe that children -think by doing.� At The Park Preschool children do by playing. Play is their work.
The Park Preschool is a teacher-owned school. The owners are involved in teaching as well as making key decisions involving the operation of the school. There is no strict hierarchy of management at our school. Any owner can answer your questions or be a sounding board for your concerns.
The Park Preschool encourages the involvement of the family unit in school. On occasion, a family member can be found teaching a special class to the children. This type of commitment on the part of the families of students is wonderful. It encourages open communication between the families and the teachers and is essential to our school's continuous development.
We understand that each family is unique, and has different preschool needs; we offer full and part time schedules for all children, regardless of age. A child may come to The Park Preschool for only two half days or as many as five extended days. We continuously monitor each child's response to his or her schedule to ensure that it is best for your child's current needs.
Our goals at The Park Preschool are to address diversity in the least restrictive environment, creating an inclusive setting that helps all children become self-confident individuals. Within our supportive environment your child can acquire a solid sense of security, a positive self-image and a lifelong enthusiasm for learning.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"8:30am-8:45am Arrival of Extended day children
8:45am-9:30am Arrival of Half-day, Transition, and Full day children. Work individually or in small groups. Sharing among friends, arts and crafts
9:30am-10:00am Movement class (once a week).
10:00am-10:30am Group Time:
A. Good Morning song
B. Shake hands
C. Calendar
D. Weather
E. Sharing between friends
F. Stories and songs
G. Teacher makes presentation
10:30am-11:00am Snack and bathroom
11:00am-11:45am Outdoor play (Washington Market Park or a walk around neighborhood)
11:45am Dismissal for half-day students
11:45am-12:45pm Lunch for Transition, Full day and Extended day children
12:45pm Dismissal for Transition students
1:00pm-2:00pm Rest time for Full day and Extended day students
Afternoon class: Play individually or in small groups. Sharing among friends, arts and crafts
2:00pm-3:00pm Small group activities and arts and crafts
Afternoon class: Music class (once a week)
Group Time:
A. Good Afternoon song
B. Shake hands
C. Calendar
D. Weather
E. Sharing between friends
F. Stories and songs
G. Teacher makes presentation
3:00pm-3:30pm Story time and afternoon snack. Afternoon class: Snack and bathroom
3:30pm Dismissal for Full day children
3:30pm-4:00pm Afternoon class: Outdoor play (Washington Market Park or walk around neighborhood)
3:30pm-5:30pm Special afternoon activities including art, cooking, outdoor play, and a lot of other surprises.
4:00pm Dismissal for Afternoon students
5:30pm Dismissal for Extended day and Extended Afternoon students
It is important that parents know that this is only a general outline. The day varies according to the children's response to certain activities. Some days more outdoor time is needed. Some days more quiet time and book reading. Children at this age need to be allowed to freely express themselves, not forced to create an art project because it is Mother's Day on Sunday and they haven't made anything to bring home. Through free expression your child develops self-confidence...the greatest tool we can offer.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

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Separation is Handled through:

  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year