Prelude to Preschool

School year-long program for children 12 – 34 months

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 2021. 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 12 – 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. Grown-ups will also enjoy camaraderie and support in our discussion groups and evening parenting workshops

The early morning classes include healthy snack time; the late morning 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.

14Y At Home Mini-School

Tuesday, September 22 – Tuesday, December 17
For Children Ages 12 – 30 Months

Family Programs is excited to launch a brand-new fall program for families with toddlers. Most program engagement will be online, live-streamed from the comfort and safety of your homes. This relational virtual learning program will be engaging, intimate and deep, and a chance for your children to begin school and play with each other, while apart.

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14th Street Y Reopening Plans for Prelude to Preschool

At the 14th Street Y, safety is a paramount concern. That is why we are implementing new policies and procedures to keep our children and families safe while being a warm and nurturing environment. We will reopen while also sustaining the soul of our school–safely, and with love, joy, and a zeal for learning.

To make a safer environment, we have made changes, including smaller class sizes, staggered drop-off times, health screenings, PPE requirements, and new HVAC filters.

Learn more about the safety protocols and what in-person school will be like for your little one, check out our Q&A with Preschool Director Nili Shriber on our blog.

For more details on our reopening plan, please contact Nili Shriber, Preschool Director, at


Half-Year Program | Begins January 2021

We’re currently accepting applications for Prelude to Preschool that begins in January 2021. Limited spaces are available, so secure your spot today. 

Ages 12 – 34 months

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.


Year Long Program | Begins September 2021

For information about Prelude to Preschool this fall, please email Jill Shely, Prelude to Preschool Manager,

14 Street Y Prelude to Preschool Rates 2020/2021
Two Days 9:15 am – 11:00 am $6,600 $8,750
Two Days 11:15 am – 1:00 pm $6,600 $8,750
Two Days 9:15 am – 11:00 am $6,600 $8,750
Two Days 11:15 am – 1:00 pm $6,600 $8,750
One Day 9:15 am – 11:00 am $3,150 $4,100
Book A Virtual Tour

We’re currently offering virtual admissions tours and play dates for potential Prelude to Preschool and Preschool families. To book a tour, please email Catherine Wenglowski, Admissions Coordinator, at

*Note: If you are a current Prelude family or have had a previous child attend Prelude or Preschool and have toured the school previously, you do not need to do another tour unless you’d like to.

Financial Aid

Some financial aid is available according to demonstrated need. Applications will be available by request. Applications for financial aid for and all supporting data is to submitted as soon as possible once your application is complete.

If you would like a FA application or have questions, call Nili Shriber, Director of Preschool, at 646-395-4328 or