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An early start for a lifetime of learning!

“Most importantly, Playgarden Prep felt like family. We are forever grateful for the friends Francesca made, the parents we met, and the entire Playgarden team.” – Mother of Francesca, Age 3

What is Playgarden Prep?

Playgarden Prep is an early education center designed for children’s first school experiences. We believe early education provides the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Our curriculum is Montessori-based, pairing Montessori methods and materials with custom Playgarden educational tools. We introduce first separation, daily school routine, group lessons and independent work in classrooms carefully prepared for young students.

Children will be exposed to Art and Music, explore Science, develop Language and work on Potty Training.

Future Learning

Playgarden Prep teachers assist families in navigating the process of applying to future schools. We personally work with each family to familiarize them with the educational philosophies of the variety of school options. We help with school selection, applications and student interviews. Our teachers and Education Director write letters of recommendation to enhance the potential of acceptance of our students to chosen schools.

Our program creates a strong foundation for students to thrive in any style of continued education. Playgarden Prep graduates currently attend the following schools:

  • 92nd Street Y Nursery School
  • Avenues
  • Bank Street School for Children
  • Barrow Street Nursery
  • Blue School
  • The Calhoun School
  • City and Country School
  • The Chapin School
  • Corlears School
  • Downtown Little School
  • Ecole Internationale de New York
  • The Episcopal School
  • Horace Mann School
  • Jewish Community Preschool
  • Leman Manhattan Preparatory School
  • Marymount School of New York
  • Montessori of Manhattan (Beach & Gold Streets)
  • The Montessori Schools
  • Pine Street Preschool
  • Sacred Heart
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal School
  • Tribeca Community School
  • United Nations International School
  • Washington Market
  • West Side Montessori School

Application Process

  • Apply online for desired date of entry
  • Rolling admissions with start dates in September, January and Summer contingent upon availability

Private Tours

  • Tribeca location tours are offered Mondays at 1:00pm and 1:30pm.
  • Upper East Side location tours are offered on, Thursdays at 3:00pm, and Fridays at 2:00pm.

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