Nursery Program has been gently introducing children
like yours to a world of learning since 1987.
Taking a unique and individualized approach with
each family, our first priority is to foster a
sense of security and confidence in you and your
child as he/she gains independence being at school
on his/her own.
A.C.T. is truly down-to-earth,
nurturing and inspired nursery school-a hidden
gem in New York City's often crazed education
world. -The Paulls
For the young, small is beautiful. Our class
of no more than fifteen-is kept that way to be
certain there will be time to get to know-and
nurture-each child. A small group and low teacher/child
ratio makes it possible for a teacher to be there
when children need help taking turns, playing
together and resolving squabbles. It also gives
us the freedom and flexibility to respond to individual
needs and interests.
time Preschool and Summer Camp
Sections: Annual enrollment required
for morning sections.
Two Day:Tuesday & Thursday
9am -12 noon
|Three Day: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
||9am -12 noon
||2.5- 4 yrs. old
EXTENDED DAY OPTION Children enrolled in the
2 day and 3 day sections get their first taste
of a full day before entering regular school.
Students extending their morning section continue
in the afternoon with a communal lunch, quiet
rest and recess before participating in specialty
class listed in the Specialty descriptions section
12:00 pm - 3pm
2.0-3.3yrs. old or
2.5- 4 yrs. old
sections: Annual and Semester
Option: Parents can drop-off their
child for a specialized experience lead by seasoned
teachers. Our late afternoon classes focus on cognitive
development in the areas of science, math and music.
Students will learn to separate from parents and
begin working with peers in small groups through
hands-on teacher lead activities. Come for 2, 3
or all 5 days.
||1:30 pm - 3pm
Joyous expression through
song and movement is the focus. Finger plays,
chants, songs, rhymes and stories are all an integral
part of the learning as children explore various
instruments, props and movement
this class. Beginning with warm-ups and moving
on to non-competitive games employing running,
throwing and kicking skills. Verbal and nonverbal
directions, and use of colors and numbers are
all part of the cues provided throughout instruction
1:30 pm - 3pm
2.5- 4 yrs.
Children learn Spanish without
even thinking about it while creating Art. Spanish
vocabulary is introduced and encouraged during
projects using common items found at home. A
Bilingual teacher supports understanding and
use of Spanish vocabulary during class.
These Natural Scientists use
their senses to discover and study, including
how to handle and care for animals found in
A.C.T. classrooms, exploring artifacts on the
Cathedral grounds, and performing simple experiments
in the garden.
Building on previous work in
Games 101, Games 102 introduces children to
cooperation and fun by reinforcing strategic
play and outcomes. Using Soccer skills, our
class focuses on the joy of playing and sharing
- Small classes in a mixed aged setting.
- Low teacher/student ratio.
- Experienced and dedicated teachers.
- Natural science curriculum.
- On-site playgrounds and lawns.
- Child-friendly gym space.
- Out door learning activities.
- Children's garden.
THE TRUE FUNDAMENTALS
The keys to a love of learning and school are based
on successes and the social and emotional growth youngsters'
experience. Through the introduction of basic values
such as sharing and kindness and life skills, we foster
competency, friendships, and social behavior that allow
for productive learning. Children experience group and
partnered activities ranging from dramatic play, singing,
and group story-time to the physical exploration of
our indoor and outdoor facilities. A balance of freedom
and structure makes for a flexible, stimulating, and
creative environment. The emotional wellspring created
now will be there to draw on for all the Septembers
During the school year your child will master basic
learning skills and habits, moving from activity to
activity, making choices, taking out and putting away
materials, listening to a group story, singing together,
taking turns when talking, listening to each other and
walking with a partner.
love when my dad plays saxophone for all my friends
at circle time!" -LUCA,
have three peacocks walking around our school!"
-VIOLET, 3 YRS
We also tackle life skills that young
children can use to judge themselves capable and competent:
wash hands, put on socks and shoes, don coats, hats
and mittens, set out snack cups, plates and napkins,
pour juice, pass food and wipe up spills. The long road
to "academic readiness" is pursued without
disturbing the relaxed pressure-free atmosphere of play
so necessary to effective early childhood learning.
A TYPICAL MORNING
LEARNING CENTERS: Through exploration, innovation, and creation, children
make discoveries with problem-solving materials alongside
new friends. Through trial and error, creativity, and
discussion, children take their first steps learning
how to function in a classroom. Children may select
to build with blocks, act out at drama, create at the
art center, listen to stories, and work with challenging
MEETING TIME: Children circle up to listen to stories, sing,
share, socialize, and dance. They foster listening skills
and learn to follow direction, a basic tool for success
in preschool and beyond.
ACTIVITIES: Teachers present children with a
wide-range of materials, clear instruction, and guidance
while simultaneously encouraging them to develop their
own imaginative, creative projects. Children work on
projects in small groups of five. Some projects take
a few days to complete and are developed in other classroom
areas of the school.
PLAY: In warmer weather, the morning may begin at the on-grounds
playground, which features rubberized surfaces, a sandbox,
two climbers, and several standing spinners. During
colder months, we have our own indoor gym, equipped
with slides, tunnels, tricycles, scooters, ride-on toys,
a seesaw, balance beam, rocking boat, soft blocks, balls
of all kinds and sizes, hoops, hockey sticks, bowling
pins, and lots more. Rain or shine, your child can experience
the "outdoorsy" play he/she craves year-round.
Teachers play traditional and new games.
END OF DAY: Children gather to listen to a story, meet a guest,
or participate in show and tell. Guests have included
parents who introduce special talents or read a story
in their native language. The day always closes with
the "Good-bye Song."
Extended day available from 2:30 PM - 6 PM
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine's 13 idyllic
acres make possible our unique encouragement of your
child's curiosity and desire to explore. Learning about
the homes and habits of the squirrels and peacocks living
on the grounds, raking leaves, digging for worms and
making them a home, planting bulbs, tending plants,
harvesting vegetables, observing and drawing the flowers
of spring, gathering art materials from nature, picnicking
on lovely days, sledding and building snow people in
winter, are just some of the things we'll do as your
child learns about learning and the great big beautiful
cozy classrooms features a built-in loft for dramatic
play and blocks, and a child-sized bathroom and sink.
Its walls are covered with children's artwork and dictated
stories, class-made graphs and charts, and the illustrated
songs and poems that are sung and recited by the group.
Conversation flows during snack and lunch. Our kitchen
is big enough for the many cooking projects we'll be
doing. The matted gym anticipates the days when rain
or cold keep us from the on-grounds playgrounds. The
gym is equipped with slides, tunnels, tricycles, scooters,
ride-on toys, a seesaw, balance beam, rocking boat,
soft blocks, balls of all kinds and sizes, hoops, hockey
sticks, bowling pins and more. So, rain or shine, your
child will get the outdoor play she/he craves. The on-grounds
playground features rubberized surfaces, a sandbox,
two climbers, and several standing spinners.
Check our Calendar for the days ACT is closed. Registration form available
Call for more information at (212)
Mini-ACT - Camp for Preschoolers