The Best of NYC: Preschools

The Best of NYC: Preschools

With so many preschool and nursery options in NYC, finding a good fit for your family may feel a little daunting. So to make things a bit easier, we are showcasing below some of the city’s best.


Vivvi Preschool NYC

At Vivvi, we’re meeting parents where they are, and parents are physically and emotionally in a lot of places at once. Vivvi provides care and learning that works with families lives, including extended hours and flexible enrollment options. 

Our passionate and highly trained teachers provide world-class child care and early learning. Each classroom is intentionally designed with centers that facilitate individual and small group learning from math to art to imagination. Teachers draw on their knowledge of child development to encourage children to seek the answers to their own questions- which is key to becoming a lifelong learner. 

Vivvi was built to create an early childhood experience that aligns the exceptional quality families deserve with the flexibility they need. 

  • Care and learning for ages 0-5
  • 2, 3, or 5 day programs; Open year round; 7am -7pm
  • Convenient Locations: Tribeca | World Trade Center | Hudson Yards

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International Academy New York

International Academy New York

Established in 2017, our small school community offers a caring environment for a diverse population of students Pre-Nursery to Grade 5. The approach to learning includes a solid core curriculum taught in English and enhanced by language learning through daily Art and Music classes delivered in either Spanish or Chinese. Our students spend at least 40% of their week expressing themselves in the target language. In addition to the full day program, morning or afternoon options are available for Early Childhood classrooms 2-5 days a week. For information on Fall placement and tuition assistance, please contact

The International Academy of New York
4 East 90th Street
New York
NY 10128

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Brotherhood Nursery School

Brotherhood Nursery School

Brotherhood Nursery School provides a warm and nurturing introduction to early learning for children 2-5 years old. Their gentle play-based approach, inspired by constructivist principles, is anchored in the belief that children are capable and competent, eager to explore and learn, ready to collaborate, and full of wonder and awe. Parents prize the school for its small class sizes, tight-knit community, and frequent classroom updates. The Brotherhood community embraces families from all different faiths and backgrounds while fostering a love of Jewish values, traditions, and rituals, Located in the heart of Gramercy Park, Brotherhood is a beloved neighborhood institution that values the safety, comfort, and active enjoyment and participation of its families. The school is currently welcoming applications for the 2022-23 academic year and encourages prospective parents to reach out now to schedule their in-person tour.

You can find out more information about Brotherhood Nursery School’s program and educational philosophy by checking out their website, following them on Instagram and Facebook, or by reaching out directly via phone/email to request a meeting with their Director..

Brotherhood Nursery School
28 Gramercy Park South
New York
NY 10003

P: 212-995-9867


Red Hook Playgroup

Red Hook Playgroup is a progressive preschool on Columbia Street, a convenient location for Columbia Waterfront, Carroll Gardens and Red Hook families. We provide a rich, creative community based early education for children between ages 2.4 and 5.

We believe that all children have the desire, ability and motivation to learn, and we seek to nurture these natural impulses by providing a beautiful, supportive and stimulating environment to encourage all the young minds in our care. Our curriculum draws inspiration from both the Montessori and Reggio Emilia approaches; our year long investigations and materials-based focus are unique. Each classroom is co-taught by highly qualified early childhood teachers, in partnership with a diverse and talented team of specialists who implement our art, science & garden, and bilingual music & movement programs. A strong home-school partnership is essential, and we keep families involved through daily classroom blog posts and varied community events throughout the year.

Red Hook Playgroup offers programming including 3 and 5 day/week preschool, extended day, and summer camp. Tuition assistance is available for qualified families.

Email us at or sign up for a tour at  We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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Pusteblume International Preschool

Pusteblume International Prechool NYCPusteblume International Preschool is NYC’s only non-profit, fully licensed, independent preschool offering German and Spanish language immersion. Some of our children participate in both language programs in a weekly rotation.

We combine the best of international and American teaching methods in a nurturing setting, that cultivates the growth and development of your child. Our unique, NY State approved curriculum is built around inquiry and exploration in the classroom, the school community and the vibrant city that surrounds us. Licensed, native-speaking faculty teaches music, movement, science, mathematical concepts, literacy and visual arts in a fun and warm learning environment.

Pusteblume’s beautifully appointed, light-filled facility features a large play room that allows children to move freely even when the weather does not cooperate. We are conveniently located near multiple playgrounds and parks and only steps away from various major transportation options.

Our preschool program admits children 2 to 5 years of age; the activity-based after school/enrichment programs welcome children up to 12 years old, and are open to students from other schools.

At Pusteblume we have created a multilingual, multicultural environment that prepares your child to participate and succeed in our international world.

Pusteblume International Preschool
244 West 14th Street
NY 10011

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Join us for our Virtual Open House on Tuesday,  Dec. 14th | 6pm

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Dwight Preschool

Dwight School Preschool NYC

Discover What Sets Dwight Preschool Apart!

The preschool years are an exciting time for growth and exploration, and we’re delighted to introduce children to their first classroom experience in our warm, nurturing environment. Our experts in early childhood education foster children’s interests and skill development. In Dwight’s tradition of “igniting the spark of genius in every child,” we help our youngest students begin to unlock their unique talents and interests and allow their natural abilities to flourish.

Our student-centered approach encourages children to discover the world around them while they learn to connect with others and develop a strong sense of self. Additionally, Dwight’s International Baccalaureate curriculum — “the gold standard” worldwide — begins in Preschool, setting children on a path to becoming caring, inquiring, globally minded learners, critical thinkers, and problem-solvers.

Our team of early education experts includes specialists, who share their passion with students in world languages — we offer early instruction in Mandarin and Spanish beginning in Preschool — along with music, library, studio, and physical health and wellness.

Our Preschool is part of Dwight School, an internationally recognized nursery-grade 12 independent school located on the Upper West Side. We are expanding with a second Preschool and Kindergarten Campus at West 94th Street, welcoming families in Fall 2022.

Find out more about this and all the exciting things happening at a virtual Preschool Open House on January 13. Register here.

Dwight School Preschool and Kindergarten

Riverside Campus

144 Riverside Boulevard
NY, NY 10069

94th Street Campus

705 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10025

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