Nursery School

Since 1938, the 92Y Nursery School has provided a warm and creative atmosphere which fosters young children's imagination, curiosity and intellect.

Our program facilitates children's social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth through a curriculum attuned to children's unique patterns of development. We believe children learn best in a clearly structured program which emphasizes creative expression through "hands-on" experiences, provides opportunities for play and encourages respect for others. Our goal is for children to become responsible members of their classroom community and develop the confidence and independence needed to fulfill their potential. We are committed to building a strong sense of community between parents, teachers and children. We firmly believe that communication between parents and the school is essential in fostering young children's growth. Celebrating Shabbat and Jewish holidays teaches children the joy of Jewish culture and heritage.

Enrollment: 175 boys and girls, ages 2.6 to 5 years old.

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The school is housed on the sixth floor of 92Y with nine fully equipped spacious classrooms. Two outdoor terraces and a rooftop playground are available for daily outdoor play. A highly experienced staff trained in early childhood education works with children individually and in groups fostering creative expression through art, music, movement and language. Science, literacy and math activities are an integral part of the program and are geared to the child's growing interests, skills and abilities.

The school is a member of the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY), ERB and the Parents League of New York. We welcome families from diverse backgrounds.


Nursery School

Ellen BirnbaumDirector
Shereen Rutman, Associate Director
Dena Warren, Admissions Coordinator
Gail Raybin, Administrator

Susan Caplan, Director, Nursery School Development
Jasmine Jacobs, Development Associate

Faculty: Meg Allen, David Anderson, Susan Barth, Cela Beznicki, Beverly Cione, Cat Corbett, Charlotte Czerw, Terri Dancik, Lora DelPonte, Jody Doomchin, Heather Egert, Sam Frankel. Barry Goldberg,Lauryn Karmitz, Jennifer Katz-Burk, Tara Kirton, Jacqueline Kristel, Andrea Mansfield, Robert Perlman, Lori Plotkin, Brenda Ratliff, Jessica Reich, Marcia Richer, Lynne Rosen, Beryl Roth, Lindsay Schwartz, Alison Snow, Hannah Sporer, Katherine Sweeney, Jen Tamchin, Colleen Walsh, Sarah Wien, Roberta Willenken, Jennifer Zebooker

Updated October 2015.