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

What would mathematics look like for infants? What about literacy and science? Assuming that babies can learn and do indeed learn on their own when they mimic or observe, then it isn’t a matter of whether babies should go to school, it is about what and how they should learn while there.

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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.

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by Mary Biggs, Director, Basic Trust Day Care

When I was asked to write an article on what it takes to run a good child care program for children under the age of five, I thought “What an impossible question. I want to answer it!”