Prelude to Preschool

School year-long programs for twos to threes

Our Prelude to Preschool Programs ensure a joyous and engaging beginning to your child’s life-long education.

We are currently accepting applications to our Prelude to Preschool program for the 2019 – 2020 school year. Apply Today! 

Our signature Prelude to Preschool program helps children develop confidence, community, and independence during their first experience of school.  We believe children are highly curious and capable learners, born with a natural drive to explore the world, form their own thoughts and questions and devise their own experiments with which to test out their ideas. Our early childhood educators are here to help them.  With their sensitive and expert guidance, children will also build trusting and dynamic relationships with both teachers and peers, acquiring important social skills that will carry them through life.

For children 18-34 months, we offer a variety of options, schedules and age groupings to meet children’s differing needs. Each program includes art, music, creative movement, story-telling, cooking, and work time in our classroom learning centers. Grownups will also enjoy camaraderie and support in our discussion groups and evening parenting workshops

The 9:15 AM classes include healthy snack time; the 11:15 AM classes allow time for children to eat a packed lunch together, brought from home. All sections enjoy time on our rooftop playground in the fall and spring, and gym time in our indoor playroom in the winter months.

While these programs are not prerequisites for admission to the 14th Street Y Preschool, Prelude to Preschool families will receive priority consideration during the preschool admissions process.

The Jewish values of kindness, respect, and inclusivity are reflected in our curriculum and throughout our Early Childhood Center.

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Year Long Program | 2019 School Year

Ages 18 – 34 months (grouped by age)

A perfect prelude to preschool, this program helps toddlers develop friendships, master the routines, materials and activities of an early childhood
classroom, and discover the joys of being independent! Small class size and high teacher-to-student ratios ensure plenty of individualized attention and
support as the adults are gradually phased out of the room.



Winter to Spring Session | January – June

Ages 18 – 25 months by January 2019

This one semester section is designed for children who weren’t yet ready or old enough to begin Prelude to Preschool in September, but now approaching their second birthday are ready for new challenges. While the content, structure and goals mirror our full year Prelude to Preschool the activities and separation process are tailored to the developmental needs of this slightly younger group.

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM

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