The 14th Street Y will be closing on Monday, September 26, and Tuesday, September 27 for Rosh Hashanah. Programming will resume as usual on Wednesday, September 28. L’Shana Tova!

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.

Our 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, our mixed-age program offers community and cultivates independence. Each program includes art, music, creative movement, story-telling, and open play in our classroom learning centers. Each section participates in gross motor skills time in our sun-filled spaces. 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.

While these programs are not prerequisites for admission to the 14Y 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 programs.

We are still accepting applications for the current Prelude to Preschool program for the Full Year (September 2022 – June 2023), which begins September 12, 2022.

Click here to apply. 


Full Year Program | 2023-2024 School Year

Begins September 2023
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.

APPLY NOW

For information about Prelude to Preschool, please email Jill Shely, Associate Director of Early Childhood Programs, JShely@14streety.org or call 646-395-4337


Full Year Program | Current School Year (2022-2023)

Begins September 12, 2022
Ages 12 – 34 months

We’re currently accepting applications for the current Prelude to Preschool school year, which begins September 12, 2022. 

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.

APPLY NOW

 

Half Year Program | Current School Year (2022-2023)

Begins January 2023
Ages 12 – 34 months

We’re currently accepting applications for the Half-Year/Winter Session of Prelude to Preschool, which begins January 2023.

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.

Half Year/Winter Session: January 2023 Application


14 Street Y Prelude to Preschool Rates 2022/2023

14Y Member: $7,500
Non-Member: $9,750
Tuition includes two days a week, two-hour sessions each day that start from when you enter the building until you leave.

Please note that the 2023-2024 rates will be available shortly. 


Prelude to Preschool Tours

We’re currently offering virtual or in-person tours for potential Prelude to Preschool families.

In-person tours meet with Catherine Wenglowski, Manager of Early Childhood Admissions, Tuesdays at 9:30 AM or Thursdays at 10:30 AM. Virtual tours via Zoom on Wednesdays at 1:30 PM.

Topics of the tour will include:

  • Our educational philosophy
  • Our exciting programming and facilities including swimming, art, theater, movement, open air classrooms, and rooftop classroom and play area
  • Our extensive health and safety measures to keep your child safe
  • An opportunity to have all your questions answered

To book an in-person tour or virtual tour, please email Catherine Wenglowski at CWenglowski@14streety.org or call 646-395-4327.

*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 Early Childhood Programs, at 646-395-4328 or NShriber@14StreetY.org.


Meet the Prelude to Preschool Team

Nili Shriber

Director of Early Childhood Programs

For more than 13 years, Nili has called the 14Y Early Childhood department her second home.  Before moving to NYC to deepen her studies in early childhood at Bank Street…

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Julia Massey

Associate Director of Early Childhood, Operations

Julia joined the 14Y Early Childhood team in 2010, first as Assistant Director of the Parenting and Family Programs Department. In 2018, she joined the Preschool team and currently manages…

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Jill Shely

Associate Director of Early Childhood

Jill Shely has been part of the 14Y community for more than 15 years. Jill is the Associate Director of Early Childhood and has worked at the 14Y as a…

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Catherine Wenglowski

Manager of Early Childhood Admissions

Catherine first learned of the 14Y more than 18 years ago as a brand-new mom attending Parenting Classes! Her work at the 14Y began in 2008 as a head teacher of…

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14Y Health and Safety

At the 14Y, safety is a paramount concern. That is why we have implemented policies and procedures to keep our children and families safe while being a warm and nurturing environment. We continue to sustain the soul of our school–safely, and with love, joy, and a zeal for learning.

To ensure a safer environment, we have made changes, including smaller class sizes, new HVAC filters, and require all staff to be fully vaccinated.

Learn more about our health and safety guidelines. You can also read our Q&A with Preschool Director Nili Shriber about what in-person programs are like at the 14Y.

For more details on our health and safety protocols, please contact Nili Shriber, Director of Early Childhood Programs, at NShriber@14streety.org or call her at 646-395-4328.