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14Y Preschool

Where children, ages 2-5, feel respected, trusted, and empowered.

Preschool Applications
Are Open

Get ready for the 2024/2025 Preschool School Year

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Our early childhood education programs draw on children’s inherent curiosity and sense of wonder.

We believe children are naturally competent, capable learners with a built-in ability to devise their own ideas and persist in tackling them. 
Our approach to learning also emphasizes socialization. Here, children begin to build relationships with peers and with adults other than parents and caregivers, acquiring a set of skills they will carry through life.

Learn more about the 14Y 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. 

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

Preschool 2023 – 2024 School Year

We have some availability for the current school year! 

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Preschool 2024 – 2025 School Year

If your child is two by September 2024, we welcome you to apply for the next school year! 

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More about 14Y Preschool

The 14Y Preschool offers unique environments in which children can question, problem-solve, create and grow.

Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach of following our students’ innate sense of curiosity, children ages 2 to 5 explore and learn in classrooms where they feel respected, trusted, and empowered. We offer families a variety of flexible schedules including half and full days, as well as extended care and enrichment classes.

Your child’s social-emotional-intellectual well being is paramount. We begin each school year with a Phase-In schedule. As children gradually increase the time in their new classroom, building to their full day schedule, they grow more confident in their independence. Their comfort grows experiencing these exciting new routines, spaces, and faces in their first Preschool environment.

The 14Y’s expert, professional and nurturing staff welcome your child’s curiosity and wonder, and provide an abundance of opportunities for children to represent their ideas and thinking through art and other media. We celebrate diversity, and weave Jewish values and traditions into age-appropriate and inclusive settings. Students in all our early childhood education programs enjoy sun-filled classrooms and an expansive rooftop play area to work their body and minds.

As part of Educational Alliance, a network of community centers operating in downtown Manhattan, including the Educational Alliance Preschool at Manny Cantor Center, the 14th Street Y Preschool cultivates a connection to the Downtown Manhattan and Educational Alliance community, as well as to Jewish and universally relevant values and traditions.

Art Studio

Our children visit the art studio with their classmates in ½ groups allowing for close individualized attention and interaction with our studio teacher. A vast array of materials and mediums are deeply explored while focusing on students’ personal interests and the curricular interests of the group. Recyclable materials and found objects are used in new and imaginative ways!

Music & Movement

Our Music & Movement classes develop the language of expression that children employ to express their thoughts through music physically in space while gaining large motor skills and body awareness. Each class will have the opportunity to experience small group instruction, which will add another creative layer to the classroom curriculum.

Swimming

Children visit the 14Y’s pool for an instructional swim class with certified water safety instructors. Children work in small groups with instructors, and use flotation devices such as noodles and backpacks to help them learn. Gradually children will learn to swim independently in a fun and safe environment.

Swimming is available for ages 4 only for the 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM program, and ages 3 and 4 for the 1:00 – 3:00 PM extended day program.

Rooftop Play Area and Gym Time

Children spend time every day exploring our expansive outdoor rooftop, outdoor classroom, and gymnasium. This provides children with an opportunity to participate in full body movement activities through social play with their peers and utilizing their senses.

14Y Theater

Through the joy of artistic self-expression, children gain fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and explore a variety of materials and mediums

Visiting artists from our vibrant East Village community and LABA Kids program bring theater, music and the performing arts into the classrooms to explore Judaism through a universal lens.

Enrichment classes with our wonderful preschool staff offers families an extra hour to their child’s preschool day! Families can select one day or all class options.

Enrichment classes are open to all ages (except for swimming, which is for ages 3+). Current Preschool families receive a 14% discount and those families enrolled in our daily 3:00 – 6:00 PM extension, receive a 50% discount!

Spanish

The Spanish Enrichment Class is a place for young children to learn Spanish in a fun environment complete with songs, games, stories, arts and crafts, and even snacks! Preschool students will quickly pick up the language the same, natural way. Our own Christina Tejada will expose our students to Spanish in a nurturing and fun environment.

“My Little Adventures” Theater Workshop with Chickenshed NYC

Children dive into all aspects of theatre making. Through playful games and activities that fuel their imagination and help them explore the magical world around them, these young Players have fun with singing, dancing, puppetry, storytelling, and basic American Sign Language in these dynamic workshops.

Super Soccer Stars

Get the ball rolling! Join Super Soccer Stars, NYC’s most popular soccer development program, right here at the 14Y. Dynamic international coaches work with every student to develop skills, self-confidence, and teamwork in a fun, non-competitive environment. Positive reinforcement and low child-to-coach ratios ensure that each child will improve their soccer skills through engaging warm-ups, activities, and games—all while having endless fun!

Ballet

Creative movement encourages self-expression. Beginners enjoy stretching, leaping, and improvisational movement while combining dance and theatre techniques. Intermediate dancers develop basic foot, arm, and body placement and posture. Ballet can help improve coordination and gross motor skills while allowing students the opportunity to move their bodies in new and exciting ways!

We are distinguished from other New York City preschools by providing continuity and depth of care from birth through early childhood within the 14Y Early Childhood and Family Programs.

We would love to have you join us for the current school year (2023–2024), you’re child must be two to attend the 14Y Preschool. Click here to apply.

If you’d like to apply for the next school year (2024–2025), your child must be two by September 1, 2024. Click here to apply for that school year.

For more information about the 14th Street Y Preschool, please contact us here or contact Nili Shriber, Director of Early Childhood Programs, at 646-395-4328 or NShriber@14StreetY.org.

Preschool Tours

We’re currently offering in-person tours for potential 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.

If your child isn’t quite ready for Preschool, our Prelude to Preschool program offers a gentle introduction for children ages 12–34 months. Learn more here.

*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.

What our families say about 14Y Preschool!

Enrollment Option Times 14Y Member Rate
2024/2025 School Year
Non-Member Rate
2024/2025 School Year
2’s: 2 Days 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM $15,390 $17,100
2’s: 2 Days 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM $16,380 $18,200
2’s: 3 Days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM $23,175 $25,750
2’s: 3 Days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM $24,750 $27,500
2’s, 3’s and 4’s: 5 Days (Monday – Friday) 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM $27,540 $30,600
2’s, 3’s and 4’s: 5 Days (Monday – Friday) 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM $30,150 $33,500
Early Drop-off | 2’s, 3’s and 4’s: 5 Days (Monday – Friday) 8:15 AM – 9:00 AM $2,295 $2,550
Extended Care | 2’s, 3’s and 4’s: 5 Days (Monday – Friday) 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM $6,255 $6,950

Extended Care Program

We offer Preschool families early drop-off at 8:15 AM, add-on enrichment
classes from 3:15 – 4:15 PM, and an extended care option from 3:00 – 5:00 PM.


Financial Aid

Financial aid is available according to demonstrated need. Applications will be available by request- please reach out to Julia Massey, Associate Director of Early Childhood Operations, at 646-395-4338 or JMassey@14streety.org.


Book a Free Tour

Learn more about the 14Y 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. 

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

Our Staff and Educators

Our expert staff and educators are the heart of the 14Y Preschool. 

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Ongoing School Placement

Our ongoing school support team ensures families are fully supported during the Kindergarten admissions process.

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Questions?

Our dedicated staff is always available to answer your questions.

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Prelude to Preschool

For Children Ages 12–34 Months

Available two-days-a week, this program helps adults gradually phase out and offers support for the whole family! 

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