Prelude to Preschool

School year-long program for children 15–34 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 the 2020 – 2021 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 15 – 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.

Year Long Program | 2020 School Year

Ages 15 – 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.

14 Street Y Prelude to Preschool Rates for 2020–21 School Year
Mondays & Wednesdays 9:15 am – 11:00 am $6,600 $8,750
Mondays & Wednesdays 11:15 am – 1:00 pm $6,600 $8,750
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:15 am – 11:00 am $6,600 $8,750
Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:15 am – 1:00 pm $6,600 $8,750
Friday Feature 9:15 am – 11:00 am $3,150 $4,100

In response to the current Covid-19 pandemic, we will be offering virtual admissions tours and play dates for potential Prelude to Preschool and Preschool families. Virtual tours are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 AM. You can schedule your virtual tour at the following link either before of after submitting your application:

If you have any additional questions, please email Admissions Coordinator, Catherine Wenglowski 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

Resources for Enrolled Families 

Click here for the Prelude Parent Resource Page