Guide to New York City Preschools


Parents League Guide to New York City Preschools is the most comprehensive guide of Parents League member and non-member preschools in New York City. It is the definitive resource for parents and continues to be one of our most widely sought publications.  

Much more than a directory­­­—it is the only annually updated guide with more than 250+ schools.

Parents League Advisors visit each of the member schools on a rotating basis to stay abreast of their latest programs and offerings. Every member school has met our specific requirements and high standards.

All schools (member and non-member) listed in our NYC Preschool Guide are regulated by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene or the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

You’ll find our Index of Programs by Neighborhood including:

  • Manhattan
  • Brooklyn
  • Queens
  • Bronx
  • Staten Island

You’ll also find a complete Index of Programs by Category including:

  • After-School Programs
  • Full Work Day Programs
  • Full School Day Programs
  • Half School Day Programs (AM or PM)
  • Preschool Programs in Ongoing Schools
  • Twos Programs
  • Fives Programs
  • Special Needs Programs
  • Summer Programs

No matter your requirements for a preschool, Parents League Guide to New York City Preschools is a great place to start.

Get the Guide today, when you become a member of Parents League of New York.

If you are not sure your child is ready or even age appropriate for preschool, then get started by downloading our age calculator to more accurately understand where your family is in the process. Or check out our preschool admissions timeline to help you stay on track.

Preschool Workshops

To truly guide you and your child on the path to the right preschool, we recommend that you attend one of our Parents League Preschool Workshops. Each session is led by one of our experienced preschool advisors who will answer your questions and provide up-to-date information. Events are limited to 20 or fewer participants so that your specific concerns can be addressed.

Parents League Advisors

Once you have attended a workshop, you will want to follow up with one of our Parents League Advisors about your preschool list and address any concerns specific to your child.

We’re here to provide you with all the information and support you need as you navigate the preschool admissions process. The preschool guide, workshop, and follow-up access to our school advisors are all included in your Parents League membership.

We encourage you to take advantage of all our resources now. Learn more:

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Membership for Schools

If you represent an independent or private school click here to learn how to apply for School Membership, or call us at 212-737-7385. Annual membership dues are based on the total enrollment of the school.

  • Annual School Fairs
  • Panel Presentations for Prospective Parents
  • Member School Directory and Publications
  • Online Member School Directory
  • Advisory Services
  • Grade Openings
  • Workshops and Forums
  • Spring Reception

More Information about Memberships for Schools

Family Membership

Take advantage of our many benefits including school admissions advice, events and publications.

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  • School Advisory Appointments and Workshops
  • Lectures, Panels and Events on Parenting and Education
  • Parents League Publications
  • Online School Directory
  • Camp Advice and Information
  • Office Bulletin Board and Tutoring File

More Information about Family Memberships

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Growing up in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, my knowledge of private schools was quite limited. I attended public schools, as did virtually everyone I knew. My friends and I used the grass lawns of the private Laurel School and University School as our touch football fields, often to the chagrin of the groundskeepers.