We are currently accepting applications for the Program beginning Fall 2021! Please fill out the form below to request an application.
Because Manhattan Youth is hosting Learning Labs during the morning and afternoon at our Community Center, in an abundance of caution we have decided not to have Preschool Prep at the Community Center until New York State infection rates are lower. We hope to be able to start this program in March.
Preschool Prep: Prepare for a lifetime of learning!
Our program is designed to show your two and three year old bundle of energy just how fun learning can be! This daily separation program gives children the opportunity to gain self-confidence and independence while building the skills needed for a full preschool day. Your child will play, develop friendships and gently separate from their parents or caregivers at their own pace.
Our Philosophy: Social, cognitive and physical development happen best when children are treated with empathy and respect. Your child will experience creative play, individual choice, large motor movement and lessons (disguised as play!) to stimulate early learning in an environment that acknowledges their need to feel secure, cared for, and respected.
Separation: Every child separates differently! Some are very attached to their grown-ups and take longer to feel comfortable in school, while some children happily wave goodbye on the first day. Separation is guided by the experience of the child and the grown -up. We work to help make children feel comfortable, secure and supported with the assurance that "grownups come back!"
A typical day: We pack a lot of fun and learning in our time together. Children feel most stable in an environment where patterns and familiar songs, toys and structures appear. We introduce art, music, story time, movement and play within a schedule early in the year, helping children to become familiar and comfortable with their school.
Our 2's program is 1.5 hours.
Our 3's program is a full 2 hours, 10:30AM -12:30PM
Here is a sample schedule:
8:45 AM -10:15AM
- 20 minutes: Choice time (3 specific choices) Song, two more minutes to play today
- 5 minutes: Go to rug for circle time. Sing Hello, go over daily schedule (5 minutes) (circle on the rug)
- 15 minutes: Circle Games (large motor time)
- 20 minutes: Art Project/work time Clean up song
- 10 minutes: Goodbye song on the rug
To inquire about Preschool Prep please fill out the form below. We're looking forward to being in touch!