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Erwin Nursery School

920 Euclid Ave
Syracuse, NY 13210

(315) 472-5580


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

The ENS program is a comprehensive preschool experience offering a variety of learning methods to develop a wide range of early learning skills.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

In our Universal Prekindergarten classes, the teachers conduct developmental testing three times a year to which they drive their instruction.
In the younger classes, evaluations are done twice a year to see the progress made.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The preschool's purpose is to provide an atmosphere that encourages the social, emotional, physical, and the intellectual growth and development of the child as a whole.

Erwin Nursery School's curriculum includes sharing and conversation time; stories, songs, and finger plays; creative art activities and crafts; games and large muscle activities; food preparation; science and nature activities; exposure to shapes, colors, numbers, and letters; and celebration of birthdays and holidays. Our interactive/integrated, play-based curriculum is adapted for all children.

A Typical Day

We feel that children benefit from both structured and non-structured learning. Books are read several times a day. The teachers work with individual children, small groups, and everyone (circle time) throughout the day. The children have free access to blocks, books, writing materials, sand, sensory table activities, dress ups, art materials, table top toys, games and puzzles. Outdoor play or indoor large motor activities are an important part of our day as well.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Developmental testing is conducted three times throughout the year, followed by
parent/teacher conferences in the fall in our UPK classes. You are invited at any time to request a
conference if you would like to discuss your child�??s progress.
All parents are encouraged to schedule a conference at any time to discuss thier child's progress.


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have an open door policy. Parents are welcome to stay to help thier child as long as it does not interfere with thier progress with integrating into the class.