PLNY Blog

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by Marjorie Goldsmith, Former Director, All Souls School

We are fortunate to have many different kinds of early childhood schools in New York City. But when investigating these schools in order to choose one for your child, you may find the many educational approaches and philosophies that describe them a bit dizzying.

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by Susan Birnbaum, Director, Children’s All Day School & Pre-Nursery

What do babies and toddlers learn in preschool? Social-emotional skills, reading, writing–even math and science! Babies are terrific observers, with brains that are as elastic and expanding in ways they will not experience quite the same way again for the rest of their lives.

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by Parents League School Advisory Service

Should I be looking at schools? This is New York City, after all, and there are so many options to consider. But remember: preschools typically do not accept children until they are 2 years or older. Yet so much happens during that special period before your little one is ready for formal schooling.

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by Jean Rosenberg, Director, Chelsea Day School

Research tells us that many adults believe that literacy begins at 2 years of age, often when the child is beginning to use understandable speech. However, much development has happened prior to 2 years of age so that the child is able to utter understandable words. From the moment of birth, the baby instinctively responds to language, eye contact, touch.

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by Kate Delacorte and Meredith Gary, Co-directors, The Downtown Little School

Children learn about their world and their place within it in many different ways. Nursery school is an excellent source of social and emotional learning (as well, of course, as many other kinds of learning). Children explore relationships; they also observe relationships. They experiment with behavior and they watch other children behaving … and misbehaving.