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Nursery School

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 and develop the confidence and independence. We are committed to building a strong sense of connection 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 joy of Jewish culture and heritage.

A highly experienced faculty trained in early childhood education works with children individually and in groups fostering creative expression through art, music, movement and language.

Enrollment: 169 children, ages 2.6 to 5 years old.

Learn about Tuition and the application process

Learn about the 3 Day 2’s with the Parenting Center for applicants ages 2.6-2.8.

Learn about Camp K’Ton Ton, a day camp for pre-school aged children

Learn about 2’s Together, 92Y’s other early childhood program (ages 2.4 years for September and January enrollment).


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.


Nursery School

Ellen Birnbaum, Director of Nursery School Oversight and Director of Early Childhood Programs
Malka Lowenstein, Interim Director
Dena Warren, Director of Admissions and Operations
Lora DelPonte, Director of Education Programs
Gail Raybin, Admissions Associate and Office Manager
Tracy Birkhahn, Director of Learning Resources
Susan Caplan, Director of Development and Community Engagement
Laura Rosen-Apostolou, Associate Director of Community Engagement and Nursery School Development

Faculty: Meg Allen, Mariana Alvarez, David Anderson, Susan Barth, Cela Beznicki, Beverly Cione, Charlotte Czerw, Terri Dancik, Michael Davis, Jody Doomchin, Jennie Drogoszewski, Eve Engel, Hayley Garfinkel, Hope Feldman, Lauryn Karmitz, Joan Kassel, Jennifer Katz-Burk, Jacqueline Kristel, Andrea Mansfield, Rebecca Pearl, Robert Perlman, Lori Plotkin, Brenda Ratliff, Jessica Reich, Marcia Richer, Sharon McMillan, Cat Rossetti Morosini, Beryl Roth, Dalya Silverstein, Rebecca Simon, Alison Snow, Jillian Schwam, Alix Steinberg, Jen Tamchin, Roberta Willenken, Jennifer Zebooker

Updated August 2019.

Tuition for the 2020-2021 school year:

  • 5 mornings (older 2s and 3s)

    9 am-1 pm (older 3s and young 4s)

    9 am-2 pm (4s and 5s)

  • $31,500



Updated Jan 2020.

Application Procedures

The 92nd Street Y Nursery School accepts applications for children ages 2.6-5 years old.

Children must be two years old by Mar 31 of the entering year.

Families who are interested in attending in an information session and meeting our administrators, should register online beginning at 9 am on Tue, Sep 8, 2020. (the day after Labor Day).

At the conclusion of the information session, application information will be available. The application fee is $75. Applications must be submitted by Fri, Nov 5th.

Inquiries regarding admission for four and five year-old children are accepted throughout the year. Please note that a child has to be turning four by Aug 31. Admission is based on space availability for the following school year. We do not accept children after the school year has begun.

Contact Us

For more information, call the 92nd Street Y Nursery School at 212.415.5532.

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Please note that all 92Y regularly scheduled in-person programs are suspended.