Preschool

Learn early, learn forever!

Our Philosophy and Curriculum

Playgarden Prep was founded in 2007 to create a nurturing first educational experience for NYC toddlers, inspired by the proven Montessori philosophy. Over the years, our curriculum has evolved and expanded to include aspects of other learning styles including: Montessori, Reggio-Emilia, emergent, traditional or core curriculum, and even some custom curriculum! Our unique approach to learning supports cognitive, physical, and social emotional growth through hands-on lessons and materials with diverse learning experiences. Our preschools instill a love for early learning at a young age with a strong focus on language, socialization, and curiosity through independence. We introduce a wide variety of subject matter to promote whole-child development for every type of learner.

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Playgarden Prep welcomes students 18 months to 4 years and offers both 4-day and 5-day enrollment. Our certified teachers are experts in introducing first separation and success in a formal classroom environment! 

Students thrive in our carefully designed classrooms, which provide developmentally appropriate materials to encourage each learning style. We use a combination of proven and custom learning tools/materials to connect with our youngest students. 
Our mission is for children to gain independence in an educational community aimed to build a foundation for successful future learning.

Locations and

We have Manhattan locations in the Upper East Side and Tribeca with a variety of programs:
Preschool Programs: Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pre-K Program: Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Extended Day*: 12 pm – 2 pm
Afternoon Learning Pods
 
Four or 5 day programs, which vary by location.
 
*2021-2022 UES location only  

Tuition

Our tuition varies by location, program and semester. Please look at the Tuition section in the Upper East Side and Tribeca pages.

Exmissions

Playgarden Prep is well known by continuing schools and supports parents in the next steps in their child’s education.  We offer informational sessions to learn about future schools and we happily offer guidance with application processes and interviews. We can also provide letters of recommendation upon request. 
Our graduates have gone on to the following schools:

  • Avenues
  • Bank Street
  • Blue School
  • Washington Market
  • Grace Church School
  • Brunswick School
  • City and Country School
  • Covenant of the Sacred
  • Heart
  • Greenwich Academy
  • Little Red
  • UNIS
  • Friends Seminary
  • Horace Mann
  • Marymount
  • Spence
  • St Ann’s
  • St David’s
  • St Luke’s
  • The Dalton School
  • Trinity School
  • Washington Market
  • Wetherby-Pembridge
  • Whitby School
  • 92th Street Y

The Application Process

Please apply for entry on our website, you may choose to start in September or January*. 

*Spaces are contingent on availability at the time of application. Families may also request to be added to the waitlist. 

Our admissions process provides priority enrollment for returning students, legacies and existing Playgarden members to allow our families to continue in our school community. 

Ready to apply?

We look forward to welcoming you to the Playgarden Prep community!

PRESCHOOL INFORMATION AND TOURS

Send us a message and we will contact you with more information.
In Response to COVID-19
We are committed to continuing Early Education and important Social Play for children in the early years

We have taken measures to ensure our facilities are ready for students to return safely. We are offering our private preschool curriculum in a comprehensive online program to reach those families that are living all over the world and those who need supplemental learning at home.

TUITION: UPPER EAST SIDE

2021-2022 School Year Preschool

5-day AM Program: $25,000
Monday through Friday
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

4-day AM Program: $20,000
Monday through Thursday
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

4-day Pre-K Program: $30,000
Monday through Thursday 
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
 
5-day Pre-K Program: $35,000
Monday through Friday
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
 

4-day Extended Day: $25,000
Monday through Thursday
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

*Extended Day includes organic lunch service provided by Playgarden Prep

  • UNLIMITED Playgarden playground access for school year ($1,150 value)
  • 10% discount on Enrichment classes
  • 50% discount on Playgardenprep.Online

CURRICULUM

Playgarden Prep students thrive in carefully prepared classrooms designed to encourage independence. Children will be introduced to separation, daily routine and classroom environment. Our program employs the Montessori method to instill focus during individual work, and a more traditional method to build experience in group lessons. We strive to ready students for future success in a variety of educational settings. Potty training is practiced all year and is a vital component in preparing little ones for preschool.

LanguageandLiteracy

Introduction to phonics, capital and lowercase letters and pre-reading.
Introduction to basic Spanish words.

MATH

Focus on number recognition, counting and early addition.
Introduces shapes, patterns and geometry to develop spatial awareness.

ScienceandSensory

Sensory table activities explore sand, rocks, water, soil and other textural elements. Introduction to the scientific method, color mixing, seed to plant and basic experiments.

ART

Projects introduce a variety of mediums, styles and artists. Introduction to holding a stylus, stamping, clay, gluing and paint.

MUSIC

Focus on a new genre of music and introduces a new instrument each month. JAZZ-SOUL-CLASSICAL-REGGAE-POP-BLUEGRASS

MOVEMENT

Physical education includes yoga, dance, obstacle courses and basic sports fundamentals.
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NUTRITION

Weekly food tastings and vegan baking projects. Introduction to mindful eating, setting the table, food preparation, and food groups.

MotorSkills

Children practice letter tracing for Fine Motor and letter construction with educational tools for Gross Motor, among many activities to build coordination and motor skills.

TUITION: TRIBECA

2021-2022 School Year Preschool

5-day AM Program: $24,000
Monday through Friday
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

4-day AM Program: $20,000
Monday through Thursday
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

3-day PM Program: $16,000
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Enrollment in Tribeca location includes:

  • UNLIMITED Playgarden playground access for school year ($1,150 value)
  • 10% discount on Enrichment classes
  • 10% discount on Playdates reservation
  • Free entrance to Playgarden member events
  • 50% discount on Playgarden Online