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3 NYC Preschool Programs You Must Check Out

If you were counting on Universal Pre-K for your child next year and it didn’t work out, or if you have a two- or three-year-old ready to try out a preschool program in September, we’ve got you covered! Search Kidz Central Station  by our preschool category, and you’ll find some fantastic preschool options for 2015–2016. Lucky for you these programs still have spots available—but probably not for long! Here are three fantastic NYC preschool programs we recommend for kids in NYC.

standard_IMG_1106City Tots.
 This brand new, state-of-the art facility on the Upper East Side has everything. Not only does City Tots’ offerings include enrichment classes, birthday parties, and open play for kids of all ages, but they also have a preschool program for little ones 18 months up to five years old. They foster a love of learning though a curriculum that focuses on social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development, with an emphasis on language and communications skills and self-help skills and work habit. City Tots also partners with several NYC private schools to help ready families for child’s education post preschool.

standard_wee-ones-clu-three-kidsWee Ones Club. You may know this favorite Murray Hill enrichment program for its mommy and me classes for kids as young as four months old, but Wee Ones Club also has a preschool program for two-, three-, and four-year-olds that provides the same warm and nurturing environment as its beloved classes. Through play-based, hands-on experiences, teachers work with kids on simple concepts such as separation from caregivers, self help skills, and health and nutrition (including hygiene). They also focus on social/emotional development, building confidence, language and literacy, and more!

standard_ab1Aleph Bet. Another Murray Hill favorite, Aleph Bet not only provides children with a warm and nurturing environment in which to grow and develop, but also focuses on Jewish education and giving children the opportunity to learn about their heritage and Jewish traditions and holidays. With three-day and five-day options available for two-, three-, and four-year olds, kids will enjoy an advanced curriculum for pre-reading and writing skills, play time outdoors, fun daily activities (music, soccer, dance, yoga, and baking), and more!

See a full listing of preschool programs for the 2015-2106 school year here!

Head of The Class Mom: Judy Yee

Meet this week’s Head of the Class Mom, Judy Yee—co-owner of City Tots and a mom to an amazing son!

Tell us about yourself. Why did you open City Tots?
I spent over 15 years in management consulting and for me personally, I always knew that the world I was in wasn’t conducive to raising a child the way I envisioned. So, the goal for me was always entrepreneurship. So City Tots was created for a multitude of reasons. First, I was passionate about building a business that really took learning through play to a whole new level—providing an environment that fosters a child’s natural sense of discovery, exploration, and curiosity while also incorporating educational/developmental components. Second, City Tots was an incredible way to have a personal stake in my son’s education and development while simultaneously filling an unmet need for NYC families to have an all-inclusive place for their kids to enjoy.

What is your secret to balancing work and family? Is there a balance?
There is an inherent unpredictability that comes with starting a new business and raising a toddler, so finding a healthy balance is a challenge I face everyday. In reality, it ends up being about prioritization and time management. My son always comes first, but in general I try to focus on work when I’m at Tots and my son when I’m home. I always make sure we have some pure undivided time together each day.

Share a funny story that helped you become a better parent and/or better at your job.
I could never select just one! My son is the funniest kid and he makes me laugh every day. He is the greatest blessing and motivator I could ever ask for.

What has been your biggest challenge and/or greatest reward in the struggle for work-life balance?
The biggest challenge has been spending so much more time away from my son. The greatest reward is watching members enjoying the facility, camp sessions, and all of our other offerings.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you had kids?
I come from a large family and spent a great deal of time with my nieces and nephews. So while I felt like I had a good idea of what parenting would be like, nothing could have prepared me for what a life altering and truly amazing experience parenthood has proven to be.

If you could give other moms one piece of advice what would it be?
Enjoy every moment and try to capture as many moments as possible because one day they will serve as a great reminder. I created a separate email for my son that I regularly send messages to in an attempt to document his development and all those special, cute and precious moments that are likely to have been otherwise forgotten.


What is your favorite children’s book?
Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
by Dr. Seuss.

What has been your favorite kids’ class?
My son loves anything to do with music.

What is your favorite thing to do with your family on weekends?
Sleeping in, brunch, and then a trip to the playground or park.

What is your favorite rainy day escape?
Staying indoors and letting my son decide the day’s activities (Legos, reading books, puzzles, listening to music, dancing, etc.)

Curious about City Tots? Check out all of the program’s summer classes, here!