Early Childhood Education during COVID-19 and Beyond

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Parents of young children frequently ask us about the benefits of early childhood education. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the daily lives of families, parents also are interested in learning about what schools, and especially classrooms, will look like. 38 of New York City's independent early childhood programs released an informative letter to parents addressing their questions and concerns.

Letter to parents from 38 independent NYC preschools

We are 38 of New York City’s independent early childhood programs, and we would like to add our shared perspective to the ongoing dialogue regarding early childhood education and in support of the decisions, our parents confront in the approaching school year. Preschool families are facing unique challenges, and these are occurring during the most critical time in their children’s lives. As educators and early childhood experts, we appreciate that parents of young children have questions and concerns about what their children’s education might look like this fall, and how safe it will be.

We know from decades of brain research that the most important years of human development take place in the first five years of life. The brain reaches 90% of its growth by age 5, and the majority of that growth occurs by age 3. Being in a formal early childhood setting that supports that development is critical in helping children to build healthy relationships with peers and adults, develop language acquisition, and strengthen fine and gross motor skills. During these years, children also learn how to ask questions and explore the world around them in a safe and nurturing environment.

Our schools have a long history of working together toward providing optimal safety while supporting learning during these critical developmental years. Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, we shared with each other the best practices based on CDC guidelines. Since the pandemic began, experts that specialize in COVID-19-based protocols regularly advise us on best procedures to follow in order to protect our children and staff members.

The schools listed below support New York families, with whom we have worked for generations. We want to assure them that we are here, eager to welcome them to exceptional, nurturing schools that have implemented appropriate COVID protocols, and ready to offer guidance on how best to support children during the most critical learning years of their lives.

The Acorn School
Alexander Robertson School
Avenues: The World School
Barrow Street Nursery School
Battery Park City Day Nursery
Battery Park Montessori
Beginnings Nursery School
Beyond Basics Learning: On the Green
Blue School
Buckle My Shoe Preschool
The Caedmon School
Chelsea Day School
Children's All Day School
City and Country School
Corlears School
Downing Street Co-Op Playgroup
The École
The Geneva School of Manhattan
Grace Church School
The Jack and Jill School
JCP Downtown Early Childhood Center
Kid's Korner Preschool
La Petite Ecole
Little Missionary's Day Nursery
Lycée Français de New York
The Montessori Schools
New Amsterdam School
NY Preschool / NY Kids Club
Pine Street School
Pono
Rodeph Sholom School
St. Luke’s School
The Studio School
The Town School
TriBeCa Community School
Twin Parks Montessori Schools
United Nations International School (UNIS)
University Plaza Nursery School

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