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The Stanley H Kaplan Nursery School of Sutton Place Synagogue

225 East 51st Street
New York, NY 10022

(212) 826-6204


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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
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 more

More Information

  • 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

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All head teachers have earned a graduate degree in Early Childhood Education. All assistant teachers have received an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our goal is to create an early learning community where a young child's social and emotional growth and intellectual development can flourish. Our curriculum reflects the developmental level and needs of each age group and values the uniqueness of each child.

Within the context of play, our balanced program includes both structured and open-ended activities enabling children to build the skills and self-assurance needed to become confident, joyful and life-long learners. Through relationship building and through interaction with a variety of stimulating materials, children are encouraged to ask questions and become active problem solvers.

One of Kaplan Nursery School's guiding principles is that children learn best when they feel respected and nurtured. Through supportive relationships with teachers in an environment rich with language experiences, children learn not only how to express their feelings but also how to cope with them. At Kaplan Nursery School, children learn what it means to be a member of a classroom, and what it means to be a friend.

We are committed to sharing the value of Judaism by integrating the celebration of Shabbat and Jewish holidays into an age-appropriate program.

A Typical Day

2's - 9:00 - 11:30
3's - 9:00 - 12:00 *
4's - 9:00 - 1:30
5's - 9:00 - 2:15

All children dismiss at 12:00 on Fridays.

* An extended day option is available at an additional cost

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

While communication with parents occurs on an ongoing basis, formal conferences are held at least once a year. Each class holds an open school night each fall to communicate about curriculum and goals.

Parents are welcomed in the classrooms to read books, cook or do art activities. The Parents Association is an integral part of the school's community; parents can volunteer to work on a variety of fundraising and community building events.

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
  • 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
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year