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.
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.
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:
- Bank Street
- Blue School
- Washington Market
- Grace Church School
- Brunswick School
- City and Country School
- Covenant of the Sacred
- Greenwich Academy
- Little Red
- Friends Seminary
- Horace Mann
- St Ann’s
- St David’s
- St Luke’s
- The Dalton School
- Trinity School
- Washington Market
- Whitby School
- 92th Street Y
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!