Prelude to Preschool: Two x Two & Now We Are Three

School year-long programs for twos to threes

Prelude to Preschool is a gentle introduction for kids aged 18-42 months.

We are currently accepting applications to our Two x Two and Now We Are Three programs for the 2018 – 2019 school year.  Apply Today! 

Our signature Two x Two and Now We Are Three programs help 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.

We offer a variety of options, schedules and age groupings to meet children’s differing needs, all with the same goal of ensuring a secure, engaging and joyous beginning to your child’s life-long education!  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, Two x Two and Now We Are Three 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.

Two x Two: Gradually Separating
Ages 21 – 34 months (grouped by age)

This gradually separating program helps toddlers develop friendships, master the routines, materials and activities of an early childhood classroom, and discover the joys of being independent! A lively mix of art, music, yoga, cooking, story-telling, imaginative play, gym and choice time in our classroom learning centers, this program meets from September–June. Children are grouped within a developmentally–appropriate age range. Small class size and high teacher-to-student ratios ensure plenty of individualized attention and offer children the support and comfort they need as the adults are phased out of the room. Grownups will also enjoy the camaraderie and support our discussion groups and evening parenting workshops offer!


Please note: all gradually separating sections meet 1.5 hours until November, when class lengthens

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Two x Two: Non-Separating
Ages 21 – 29 months

Your child is exploding with energy and an ever-growing curiosity about the world and everything in it, while you’re just trying to keep up with this dynamo! Two x Two: Non-separating will channel that energy and satisfy that unbounded curiosity through a lively mix of music, dance, gym, art, story time, cooking and creative play activities. While children enjoy choice time with their teachers and new friends on one side of the room, adults enjoy the support of their own new friends in their weekly “grown-up meetings” on the other side, giving everyone a taste of independence. Adults remain in the classroom for the full school year. Our discussion leaders and evening workshops serve as additional child development resources for parents and caregivers in the program.

September – June

Mondays & Wednesdays
11:15 AM – 12:45 PM

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Young Twos: Gradually Separating Two x Two
Ages 18 – 20 months

This school-year-long Young 2’s program is tailored to the needs of children 18-20 months in September. This twice-weekly class will introduce toddlers to the activities, structure, routines and social challenges of a preschool setting, while providing the support these young learners need.

If your child seems ready to forge new friendships, try new activities and gain the independence that is the central, motivating quest of every toddler, look no further!

September – June

Tuesdays & Thursdays
9:15 AM – 10:45 AM

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Young 2’s: Winter/Spring Gradually Separating Two x Two
Ages 20 – 26 months (in January 2018)

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

Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday options available
11:15 AM – 12:45 PM

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Now We Are Three
Age 34 – 42 months

Now We Are Three is a separated, year-long preschool alternative program for  children 34-42 months that introduces children to the structure and content of a preschool setting. Through a combination of individual and group projects, art, music, creative movement, storytelling and outdoor play, Now We Are Three promotes independence, creativity, socialization and confidence within an educational setting, while preparing children for a longer preschool day the following year.

September – June

Tuesdays & Thursdays
11:15 AM – 1:30 PM

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