Riverdale YM-YWHA
Riverdale YM-YWHA

Early Childhood Classes

The Riverdale Y's
Early Childhood Center

The Riverdale Y's Early Childhood Center is a warm, nurturing place for children to learn and grow in a developmentally designed program led by masters-level teachers.

Come and explore your options for children’s classes in our Y’s Early Childhood Center for 2-, 3-, & 4-year-olds, Universal Pre-K, and Early Childhood 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, Director, Early Childhood Center, at (718) 548-8200, ext 220.

Educational Philosophy

At the Riverdale YM-YWHA Early Childhood Center, we see each child as a unique individual. Our program is designed to maximize the development of the whole child — intellectually, socially, physically and emotionally. The children encounter many learning opportunities and challenges in a stimulating and happy Jewish environment. We believe that the learning process is fundamentally a cooperative effort involving teachers, parents and students. A visit to our school will reveal that this spirit of cooperation and respect is successfully achieved through the mutual efforts of teachers and students. Parental support and involvement are significant factors in creating this dynamic educational experience.

About Our School

The Riverdale YM-YWHA Early Childhood Center is a division of the Bronx Y School, Inc., chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York in 1958. The Early Childhood Center is licensed by the New York City Board of Health, Division of Day Care, and voluntarily registered with the New York State Education Department. The Early Childhood Center offers classes for two-, three-, and four-year-olds. Parents are welcome to visit, by appointment, at which time they will have an opportunity to observe in the classrooms.

Early Childhood Center Program

Our activities emphasize intellectual development through exploration and experimentation, development of fine and gross motor skills through classroom and outdoor play, and development of social skills. We strongly value and foster the natural curiosity and motivation of each child. By providing challenging activities within an atmosphere of acceptance and warmth, we strengthen each child’s sense of accomplishment and self-esteem. Pre-reading, language arts, math and science experiences are offered through concrete, logical, sensory experiences. Periodic trips for the older groups expand their understanding of "here and now," the work adults do in their community, the city in which they live, its transportation systems, construction work, rivers and parks, museums and nearby country environments. Once a week, a music and movement specialist works with each of our groups. In addition the teachers introduce, "An Ethical Start" curriculum which incorporates Jewish values based upon the teachings of Pirkei Avot (The Ethics of Our Ancestors) into classroom life. A grant from UJA/Federation brings a consultant from the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services to work closely with our teachers and families.

The Fred & Anna Landau Building

The Y's Fred and Anna Landau Building features the Rose Family Early Childhood Education Center with newly furnished classrooms specially designed for the young child. The Adam Marcus Playground features a challenging outdoor play structure, combining a variety of climbing and sliding units. A safety-surfaced playdeck provides a second outdoor play area and gives the children opportunities to use riding toys, large building blocks and other equipment. Both the playground and the playdeck were refurbished with grants from the Heckscher Foundation for Children.

Early Morning, Extended Day,
After-School Coverage

Optional early morning coverage is available Monday through Friday. A one o'clock dismissal is offered as an option for threes and fours attending either our three- or five-day-a-week morning programs. Children bring lunch and then participate in a program of play, music and storytime. Both groups are led by experienced early childhood teachers. Lunch Bunch extended day for two-year-olds is offered as an option until 12:30pm. Children bring a dairy lunch and participate in an additional program of play. After-school childcare is available to the Early Childhood Center two, three, and four-year-old students. Children remain with their class and are supervised by the staff of the Early Childhood Department.

Parent Involvement

Parents are encouraged to feel at home in our school. Their talents enrich our school through creative art, story telling, working in the library, helping with holiday celebrations, joining in trips and supporting tzedakah projects throughout the year. Parents have the opportunity to join and support a Parent Involvement Committee.

Program Contact

Devorah Kessler, ext. 220
Early Childhood



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Bronx, NY 10471
(718) 548-8200

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