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2s Together and 3 Day 2s

  • 2s Together at a Glance
    For children 2 years, 4 months to 2 years, 10 months old in September 2020.
    2 days a week: Tue & Thu, Sep-Jun, 9-11:15 am

    3 Day 2s at a Glance
    For children 2 years, 6 months to 2 years, 8 months in September 2020.
    3 days a week: Tue, Wed & Thu, Sep-Jun, 9-11:30 am

  • Program Details
    2s Together and 3 Day 2s
     is a year-long program that provides a gradual separation experience for two-year olds. Parents and caregivers actively participate in the program with their children. Beginning in mid-October, the separation process gradually takes place. Through activities including music, story-time, art, and outdoor play, teachers gently encourage children to try something new-taking risks like going down a slide, getting messy, trying a new food, holding someone’s hand. Over the course of a year, children bring confidence and independence, in an environment where cognitive, social/emotional and spiritual growth flourish, helping to lay a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning. Outdoor play on 92Y’s rooftop playground is an integral part of their experience, weather permitting.

    Children enrolled in the 3 Day 2s will automatically have a spot in the Nursery School for the following year. For more information and to learn more about the application process please contact the Parenting Center at 212.415.5611 or the Nursery School.

January 2s

  • At a Glance
    For children 2 years, 4 months by January 2020.
    2 days a week: Wed & Fri, Jan-Jun, 9:15-11:15 am
  • Program Details
    January 2s is a gradual separation program for 2s who are too young to begin in September. In order to make an easy transition, we are requiring that your child be registered in either a Parkbench or 2s Days class in the fall. 

Sample day

    • Arrival - children hang their coat and backpack on their own hook
    • Morning meeting - a friendly discussion fostering language development and taking turns. We sing our welcome song, review the day’s schedule and have an activity to see who is here today.
    • Free play - children choose from cars, a housekeeping area, blocks, sensory play, puzzles, art, magnets and more
    • Clean up - work as a group to put the toys away
    • Snack - try new foods, talk with our friends and spread, cut and chop
    • Storytime - teachers read stories to the group
    • Independent reading on the rug
    • Group Activity such as art, science, cooking, music
    • Clean up
    • Coats - building independence and practicing lining up with a partner
    • Outdoor play - on the roof, with bikes, climbing, running and chalk
    • Birdie song - parents and caregivers come back; it’s time to go home!

  • ​Parenting Center Director Sally Tannen describes the rewards of enrolling your child in 2s and 3s Together.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the philosophy of the 2s and 3s Together program?

2s and 3s Together is a warm and supportive gentle separation preschool alternative. Children participate in fun activities and routines that encourage independence and social development. Our staff is experienced and compassionate.  Play is an integral part of the program. We believe that there’s no need to rush children into formal learning. Through age-appropriate activities such as art, cooking, music, open play and more, your child will be confident and ready for the next steps.

What is “gentle separation”?

Our process is gentle because it is individualized and carefully designed to limit anxiety and tears for both children and their parents. We want you to get to know both the routine and the teachers so you are comfortable when separation occurs.  With the teachers’ support and following your child’s cues, you will begin by stepping into the hallway for a few moments, working up to more and more time apart. There is no set date for when you and your child will separate for a full class. An adult will participate with their child in class for approximately six weeks.  

Do I need to accompany my child, or may my caregiver attend?

Your caregiver is welcome to attend with your child. Each year there is a mix of parents and caregivers participating.

What deadlines should I be aware of?

We accept applications and offer acceptance on a rolling basis. If you would like your child to start in January, you need to enroll in Parkbench or 2s Days this fall. Enrollment for Parkbench is open.  
We encourage you to sign up for an open house and Q&A. Dates are listed at the bottom of this page under “Applications and Admissions Process.”

Is there outdoor play?

Yes, weather permitting, there is outdoor play each day on our secure rooftop playground, with bikes, climbing equipment and lots of space to run and play.

Is 92Y a religious organization?

92Y is short for 92nd Street YM-YWHA (Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association). We are a Jewish organization and our classes are open to all. We are inclusive and welcome all of our families to share their celebrations with us.

May I take a tour?

Yes, we offer an open house and Q&A on select weekday mornings in the fall and spring, so you can observe the teachers and children currently enrolled, and get to know the Director and Assistant Director. Dates are listed at the bottom of this page under “Applications and Admissions Process.” We always welcome phone calls and are eager to answer any of your questions 212.415.5611.

If my child enrolls in 2s Together, do I have to reapply for 3s Together?


Is there an opportunity to get to know other parents?

Yes! We have a monthly parent meeting where you have the opportunity to socialize with other parents. This a great opportunity to hear from Parenting Center staff and other child development experts and on relevant topics such as separation, setting limits and speech development.

Does my child need to be toilet trained?

No, your child does not need to be toilet trained. However, you will find that children are almost always toilet trained before the end of the 2s Together year. We are very supportive of toilet training, both inside and outside of the classroom. 

How strict are your age cut-offs?

We aim to be flexible, but in our experience, age makes a big difference in young children. For the 2s Together program that begins in September, children must be 2.4 in September. For the January 2s class, children must be 2.4 in January.  These children must enroll in Parkbench or 2s Days for the prior semester.

Why does my child need to take Parkbench or 2s Days to enroll in the young 2s program that begins in January?

Parkbench and 2s Days are designed to be a wonderful introduction to a group experience in a classroom setting. These experiences, free play, circle time, singing and snack continue to 2s and 3s Together.

What is your teacher:child ratio?


What are my child’s options after they complete 3s Together?

Your 4-year-old has several options for their year before kindergarten. You will decide what’s best for your family. Your child will be eligible for free public pre-K, or you may choose to apply to private nursery school. Our staff will work with you as you decide. You will also be invited to attend our informative workshop Planning Your Child’s Early School Years, led by Parenting Center Director Sally Tannen, a former Admissions Director.

We’re applying somewhere else and won’t learn about acceptance until March. We love 2s and 3s Together, though, and don’t want to lose a spot. What should we do?

We want you to feel happy about your choice to enroll your child in 2s and 3s Together. We practice rolling admissions, and if spots are still available, we will be happy to enroll your child. However, we cannot hold a spot without a deposit and cannot guarantee that we will have a spot.
For January 2s, a $2,900 non-refundable deposit (towards tuition) is required.
For 2s Together and 3s Together (Sep-Jun), a $1,500 deposit (towards tuition) is required. $500 of this deposit is refundable up to March 8, 2020. $1,000 will be forfeited if your family decides to send your child elsewhere.

Do you offer financial aid?

Yes. Scholarship assistance is available for those who qualify based on financial need. Please note that it is best to get an application in as early as possible. The first step is to submit an application to 2s and 3s Together. Then, call Beth Teitelman, Director of 92Y’s Institutional Scholarship Program, at 212.415.5699 for more information on the financial aid process and an application. Note that all inquiries and applications will be held in strictest confidence.

  • Tuition

    Application fee: $45
    Tuition listed is for 2021-22

    January 2s 2021, 2 days a week, Jan-Jun: $6,750
    2s Together, 2 days a week, Sep-Jun: $11,500

    Payment may be made in full at time of registration, or you may pay a deposit and choose an installment plan.

  • Application and Admissions Process

    2s Together accepts admissions on a rolling basis. We invite you to attend an Open House to learn more about our program. Children must be at least 2 years 4 months at the start of the program.

    2s program 2021-2022

    Step 1: Attend one of our Virtual Open Houses on October 26 @ 7 pm or November 9 @ 9 am, by filling out the form below.

    Step 2: Submit an application for the 2021-2022 school year.

    Step 3: Families ready to enroll can email Krista Taylor or Sally Tannen starting December 1.

    Step 4: You will be sent a tuition invoice, which will include a payment schedule. See tuition and fees for more information.

    January 2s program 2021

    *Program is currently full. Please email Krista about being added to our waitlist.

    Step 1: Attend the Virtual Open House on Monday, July 6 at 8 pm by filling out the form below.

    Step 2: Submit an application

    Step 3: Admissions are rolling. Families ready to enroll can email us after submitting an application.

    Step 4: You will be sent a tuition invoice, which will include a payment schedule. See tuition and fees for more information. $2,000 non-refundable deposit is required. Paying the deposit will secure your child’s spot in the program.

    *All children attending January 2s 2021 are required to take a Parenting Center class in the fall.

    Please call the Parenting Center office with any questions, 212.415.5609 or email us.

Contact Us

For more information, email or call us at 212.415.5500.