Nursery School

The Y’s preschool is dedicated to providing children ages 2 to 5 with a learning environment that is warm, nurturing, and supportive, while incorporating caring humanitarian values.

Our curriculum emerges organically from your child’s interests, ideas, and experiences.

When you visit our preschool classrooms, you see our children busy at work, exploring topics of interest through interaction with a variety of materials and through collaboration with other children and adults.

Children are empowered to ask their own questions, conduct their own investigations, and make decisions regarding their daily activities.

Through play, our children are able to experience self-motivated learning that increases their desire to dig deeper, ask more questions, conduct more research, and to develop important cognitive skills.

Above all, we are an inclusive community committed to maximizing the potential and participation of all types of learners in our classrooms.

The Y Nursery School’s 2023 – 2024 program for children turning 2 by September 2023 is full. 

Applications are available for the Y Nursery School 2024 – 2025 program for children turning 2 by September 2024. Click here for application.

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Our Team

Susan Herman
Early Childhood Services Director
Laura Sanchez
Early Childhood Services Assistant Director
212-569-6200 x274

Application Process

Children Born in 2022 (must be 2 by September 2024)

Applications are available for the Y Nursery School’s 2024 – 2025 program for children turning 2 by September 2024. Click here for application.

Children Born in 2020 and 2021

Admission to 3K and Pre-K for All is determined through the New York City Department of Education application process that begins in January for the following school year. Current students in the Y’s 2s and 3s programs will receive priority for spots in 3K and 4K program based on the city’s priority policies.

Upcoming Events

Enrollment for 2024 - 2025

Children Born in 2022 (must be 2 as of September 2024)

Full-Day Program:
8:30 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Extended-Day Program:
8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Children Born in 2020 (3K for all) and 2019 (PK for all)*

Full-Day Program:
8:35 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Extended-Day Program:
8:35 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Additional Care Programs for children between 3 and 5 may be offered in 2024 – 2025:

Transportation (One Way or Round Trip):
8:35 a.m. and 2:55 p.m.

What Parents Say About the Y Nursery School


kids at YM&YWHA

“We are so eternally grateful for having stumbled upon the Y for both my boys’ Pre-K years. The experience has been incredibly rewarding for my entire family. My son has grown in so many ways and so much of it is due to the TLC of your wonderful staff. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts. We will always remember the Y with love and a full heart of joy.” 

– Zabryna and Michel

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