We offer you and your family fun, education, and support as you travel from pregnancy through kindergarten.
Parenting and Family Center
The Riverdale Y Early Childhood Center is a dynamic program for children ages 2-5 that emphasizes an integrated curriculum in literacy, numeracy, music, science and the graphic arts. Additionally, our students are exposed to a curriculum that incorporates Jewish values and the celebration of Jewish holidays. Our classrooms are organized around learning centers which reflect the themes that are being investigated. They are equipped with educationally-appropriate and challenging manipulatives, puzzles, books, writing implements and art materials. Our Universal Pre-Kindergarten classes follow the Common Core standards that are aligned with the New York State Department of Education learning standards. We also feature a state of the art online newsletter called Ed-U-Loops. Articles and photos relating to students’ work are e-mailed to all families on Friday afternoons.
Early Childhood Center Classes
The Riverdale YM-YWHA Early Childhood Center offers classes for two-, three- and four-year-olds. Each classroom is headed by an early childhood teacher and an assistant experienced in working with young children. Our facilities include indoor classrooms, an outdoor playground and playdeck. We also make use of additional Y resources such as the gym. We provide professional physical education and music instruction, as well as nutritional and intergenerational programs. Parent/staff communication is encouraged, with conferences and special times for parents to visit classrooms.
Our School may be closed during the summer – but there’s plenty for young children to do at the Y!
A nurturing and enriching early childhood camp with five programs, each designed to meet your child’s needs.
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Devorah Kessler, ext. 220
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Before and After Care available from
7:30am to 6:00pm
Come and explore your options for children’s classes in our Y’s Early Childhood Center for 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds, Universal Pre-K, and Pre-School Summer Camp. Learn about our school, our philosophy, scheduling options, hours for working families, and enrichment activities available to the Y’s youngest community. Advanced Reservations Required. Make your reservation to meet with Devorah Kessler, Early Childhood Center Director, at (718) 548-8200, ext. 220 or DKessler@RiverdaleY.org.