Prepare Your Child for Success at Playgarden Prep Preschool!

Our Philosophy and Curriculum

Playgarden Prep was founded in 2007 to create a nurturing Montessori-based learning environment for New York City children. Our proven curriculum supports cognitive, social and emotional growth through hands-on materials and diverse learning experiences. Our preschool locations inspire early learning with a strong focus on language, social interaction, and encouraging each student’s growing independence. We introduce a wide variety of subject matter to promote whole-child development.

Our custom curriculum includes educational songs and lessons:

  • Math
  • Language and Literacy
  • Science
  • Art
  • Music
  • Movement and Yoga
  • Nutrition

Playgarden Prep welcomes students 20 months to 4 years and offers both 4-day and 5-day enrollment. Our certified preschool teachers are experts in introducing first separation and success in a school environment! 

Students thrive in our carefully designed classrooms, which provide developmentally appropriate materials to encourage each new learning phase. We use a combination of music, custom learning tools and Montessori materials to connect with the youngest students. 

Our mission is for children to gain independence in an educational community aimed to build a foundation for future learning.

We have Manhattan locations in the Upper East Side and Tribeca with a variety of programs.

  • AM Preschool Program: Drop off from 9 am-12 pm
  • Pre-K Program: UES Location
  • Extended Day: Includes lunch, 9 am-1 pm
  • PM Learning Pods: Small groups 3-4:30 pm

Ex-mission Services

Playgarden Prep supports parents in the next steps in their child’s education.  We offer informational sessions to learn about future schools. We happily offer guidance and help with application processes and interviews. We also provide letters of recommendation to add to student applications.

Our graduates have gone on to the following schools:

  • Avenues
  • Bank Street
  • Blue 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 online for your desired date of entry, as we offer rolling admissions.  You may choose to start in September, January or June and you may also request to be added to the waitlist to start anytime we have an opening.

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

Want to learn more?

You can reserve a virtual tour with one of our head teachers. Please contact us to at for more information.

Ready to apply?

Please apply online at and we look forward to welcoming you to the Playgarden Prep community!

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.