Prelude to Preschool

School year program for children 12 – 34 months

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We're currently accepting applications for the 2024/2025 school year.

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Our Prelude to Preschool Programs ensure a joyous and engaging beginning to your child’s lifelong 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.

Learn more about the Prelude to Preschool by booking a free in-person tour with our incredible staff. See firsthand why families love being a part of our vibrant and warm community. 

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If you have questions or would like to arrange for a virtual tour, please contact Catherine Wenglowski, Manager of Early Childhood Admissions, at CWenglowski@14streety.org or call her at 646-395-4327.

We can’t wait to welcome you and your family to our school!


More about Prelude to Preschool

For Children Ages 12 – 34 months

Began September 2023

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Your child must be one by September 1, 2023 to attend Prelude to Preschool.

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.

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

For Children Ages 12 – 34 months
Begins January 2024

Applications are now available for the Half-Year/Winter Session of Prelude to Preschool, which begins January 2024!

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Your child must be one by January 1, 2024 to attend Prelude to Preschool.

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.

For more information about the Half-Year Prelude to Preschool option, please contact Catherine Wenglowski, Manager of Early Childhood Admissions, at CWenglowski@14streety.org or call 646-395-4327.

 

For Children Ages 12 – 34 months

Begins September 2024

Your child must be one by September 1, 2024 to attend Prelude to Preschool.

Apply Here

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.

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

 

For Children Ages 12 – 34 months
Begins January 2025

We will soon be accepting applications for the Half-Year/Winter Session of Prelude to Preschool, which begins January 2025. 

Your child must be one by January 1, 2025 to attend this program.

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.

For more information about the Half-Year Prelude to Preschool option, please contact Catherine Wenglowski, Manager of Early Childhood Admissions, at CWenglowski@14streety.org or call 646-395-4327.

 

Rates for the 2024/2025 School Year
14Y Member: $7,975
Non-Member: $8,750

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 pricing for the 2024/2025 school year will be available soon.


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.

 

Prelude to Preschool Tours

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

In-person tours meet with Catherine Wenglowski, Manager of Early Childhood Admissions and review topics including:

  • 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

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A TOUR

If you have questions or would like to arrange for a virtual tour, please contact Catherine Wenglowski, Manager of Early Childhood Admissions, at CWenglowski@14streety.org or call her at 646-395-4327.

 

 


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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