The Best of NYC: Preschools

The Best of NYC: Preschools

Are you looking for your perfect preschool in New York? We know that the search can be a daunting process so look no further, as we have rounded up some of the best preschools that NYC has to offer.

Discovery PitStop

Discovery PitStop Preschool

Discovery PitStop is an early learning environment where children’s physical, emotional, and intellectual needs are a priority. We have two locations in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn and offer Infant, Toddler and Preschool programs for children between 4 months and 4 years of age.

In our Infant PitStop (4 months-12 months old) we encourage exploration in its earliest form, encouraging little discoverers to engage in tummy time and other developmentally appropriate activities. Infants are immersed in stimuli as they explore their classroom environment that is filled with artwork, educational toys, and soothing music.

Our Toddler PitStop (1-2 years old) sets the groundwork for foundational reading and math skills by introducing toddlers to the concept of letters, numbers, shapes, and colors. Toddlers will be encouraged to engage in pretend play and interact with their environment through sensory activities. Toddlers also begin to explore literature as they are presented with classic book titles during read aloud and one on one reading time.

The Preschool PitStop prepares children for Pre-K and beyond by fostering independence through daily student-led play-based activities. Guided explorations and thoughtful discussions help preschoolers to expand their vocabulary and experience social and emotional growth. Preschoolers participate in ongoing process art and STEAM experiences that are showcased for parents throughout the school year.

Enrichment opportunities include Bilingual Birdies Spanish curriculum and yoga, and children of all ages enjoy ample time to engage in outdoor and indoor gross motor play. Breakfast and lunch are provided daily with our catered meal plan.

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The Caedmon School

The Caedmon School

Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, The Caedmon School’s preschool program is for children 21 months through 4 years old. It includes a Beginners Program for our youngest learners (21 months – 2.9 years) and a mixed-age Early Program for our three and four-year-old students. As NYC’s first Montessori school with over sixty years of experience in academic excellence in preschool, kindergarten, and elementary education, the Montessori method in the preschool fosters confidence, creativity, and independence.

Each classroom is filled with sunlight, natural wood, and is carefully curated with engaging materials that are meant to delight and inspire students. Each classroom features the five Montessori areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language Arts, and Cultural Arts, as well as areas for block building, art, imaginative play, and a book nook. Students travel to specialist classrooms for Music, Movement, STEAM, and Art as well as daily recess in the Courtyard.

Head and Lead Faculty are Montessori-certified with years of classroom experience. The school provides extensive ongoing professional development regarding how children learn and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging so faculty are aware of and can work on their own personal biases and to ensure that each child sees themself in the curriculum.

Interested families are invited to attend complimentary Curiosity Classes and Community Story Time to experience the Montessori approach and meet Caedmon teachers.

The Caedmon School
416 East 80th Street
New York, NY 10075

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German School Manhattan

German School Manhattan

GSM adds a preschool program for 3 and 4 year olds in Tribeca!

We have long known about the cognitive benefits of dual language immersion in early childhood.

At GSM the transition into a bilingual K-5 program is seamless. With our internationally benchmarked curriculum we build the foundation for academic excellence and a life-long passion for learning.

Sign up for one of our popular play dates or an open house at:

German School Manhattan
74 and 85 Warren St.
New York City, NY 10007

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Brooklyn Friends Preschool Program

Brooklyn Friends Preschool Program

Guided by the Quaker belief that there is a Divine Light in everyone, Brooklyn Friends School cultivates an intellectually ambitious and diverse community that celebrates each individual’s gifts. We challenge our students to value and embrace difference as they develop critical thinking skills and apply their knowledge and intelligence both in and out of the classroom. In this rich learning environment, we inspire all members of our community to voice their convictions, to discover and pursue their passions, and to seek truth. Our graduates are compassionate, curious, and confident global citizens who let their lives speak in the spirit of leadership and service.

 Our commitment to nurturing the gifts of each child as an individual ensures a warm, stimulating and emotionally responsive environment where children feel free to explore the world around them. The BFS Preschool program—which is open to students 2, 3, and 4—provides a rich child-centered curriculum that supports children’s learning styles and developmental readiness. As they meet increasingly complex challenges and practice social skills, our preschoolers become curious, motivated and competent learners.

The Preschool curriculum offers children activities and materials that stimulate the imagination, build independence, and present ample opportunities for exploring and discovering their world. Through a wide range of activity choices – from creating stories and solving puzzles, to measuring ingredients and investigating nature – children gain confidence in themselves as learners. They learn to adapt to group experiences and to respect the feelings of others.

We believe that children’s play is an expression of intelligence and growth, and that young children learn best through hands-on, concrete experiences. Play is the essential work of childhood and an important part of developing cognitive, social-emotional, and problem-solving skills. In Preschool, the curricular areas overlap and provide the foundation upon which the academic areas of literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies are established, preparing children for the more formal educational experiences as they grow older.     

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Trevor Day School Preschool

Trevor Day School Preschool

For many families, it all starts here! Preschool is where your child begins to become an independent individual and lifetime learner. Trevor’s Preschool lays a strong foundation for enduring skills, knowledge, and a love of learning. It is a nurturing program that fosters trust between students and teachers, allowing children to feel safe taking positive risks to engage, explore, and create.

Trevor welcomes children starting at age 2.8 for half day, full, day, and extended day Preschool programs. Two expert teachers in every classroom guide foundational and joyful learning experiences through music, exploration, experimentation, art, and play. Trevor’s Preschool offers:

  • Dynamic early learning curriculum
  • Small classes in an engaging independent school setting
  • Art, Spanish, music, movement, and library classes every week
  • Frequent trips to Central Park
  • A hop, skip, and jump from the 86th Street B and C stop

Once students join Trevor’s Preschool, they are invited to grow with us through 12th grade in our college-preparatory school, which is devoted to ambitious academics, engaged students, and balanced lives.

Trevor Day School Preschool
1 West 88th Street and Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

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The International Preschools Manhattan

The International Preschools Manhattan

There’s a reason our students love coming to school: they feel part of a lively, diverse and supportive community. For over 50 years we’ve been helping the children of generations of American and international families in New York City build the confidence, self-esteem, and strong academic foundation that will sustain them for a lifetime as citizens of the world.

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 home 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.

  • Preschool Programs for 2-5 Year Olds
  • Highly Trained, Diverse Teaching Staff
  • Children and Families from NYC and All Over the World Share Their Cultures and Family Traditions
  • Accepting Applications for September 2022

The International Preschools
345 East 86th Street
New York, NY 10028


Pusteblume International Preschool

Pusteblume International Prechool NYCWe are a licensed, non-profit, independent preschool for children ages 2 to 5 with German and Spanish language immersion. Our school also offers after-school and enrichment programs for school-age children that are open to students from other schools.

The Pusteblume curriculum is built around inquiry and exploration in the classroom, the school community and the vibrant city that surrounds us. Our licensed, native-speaking faculty teaches music, movement, science, literacy, mathematical concepts and visual arts in a fun and warm learning environment that cultivates the growth and development of your child.

Visit to learn more and schedule your virtual tour.

Pusteblume International Preschool
244 W 14th St
New York, NY 10011

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The Mount Carmel Early Childhood Center

The Mount Carmel Early Childhood Center

The Mount Carmel Early Childhood Center is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian preschool that has been welcoming children and their families in Williamsburg since 2017. We offer a progressive, play-based program inspired by the developmental-interaction approach of Bank Street College and the child-centered philosophy of Reggio Emilia. At Mount Carmel, our teachers cultivate the natural curiosities of children, developing a curriculum that reflects the interests of the children in their class. They facilitate learning in a center-based environment that supports all areas of child development.

Mount Carmel provides children with bright, spacious and well-equipped classrooms. Our preschool features two private, sunny outdoor spaces where children spend much of the day playing, exploring and discovering. Additionally, our large indoor gymnasium rounds out our spacious facility.

In addition to our school-year preschool program, we offer a 7 week summer day camp. There are limited spots still available for Summer 2022!

We have both full time and part time options for children 2-4 years old.

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