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Nursery School

Art by Nursery School student

Statement of Educational Philosophy

Since 1938, the 92nd Street Y Nursery School has provided a warm and creative atmosphere that 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 well-organized program that emphasizes creative expression, provides opportunities for play, and encourages respect for others. Our goal is for children to become responsible members of their classroom community, as well as develop confidence and independence. 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. The celebration of Shabbat and Jewish holidays teaches children the joys of Jewish culture and heritage while strengthening the bonds of our community.

Goals Of The Program

The program goals are based upon the school’s educational philosophy and an underlying respect for the individual child. Children learn by doing, and play is the medium through which children explore the world, learning about themselves and others in the process. Emergent curriculum based on children’s interests and thematic units are developed to encourage children to explore new concepts and expand their knowledge of the world around them. The curriculum is designed to provide experiences which support children’s natural curiosity and provide opportunities for children and teachers to discover and learn together. Teachers are strongly encouraged to observe and assess the interests of the children and provide activities and opportunities for them to explore as independently as possible. The goals of the program are to embrace each individual child, their family unit and their caregivers and provide a warm, nurturing community in which children can grow. This approach allows children the opportunity to experience success and satisfaction with their own growing abilities.


The school is housed on the sixth floor of 92Y with nine fully equipped spacious classrooms and a library with an extensive collection of children’s books and resource materials. Two outdoor terraces and a rooftop playground are available for daily outdoor play.

Contact Us

For more information, email or call us at 212.415.5539.