Here is a list of resources on New York City preschools. Also, be sure to check the Resources page for additional information that might be helpful.
NYC Preschool Seminars / Workshops
Big City Moms – NYC Nursery School Seminar. Includes educational consultant Roxanna Reid from Smart City Kids, Director of The Epiphany Community Nursery School Wendy Levey, and Head of School at the Mandell School Gabriella Rowe, Head of School at the Mandell School. Register at bigcitymoms.com. Held every few months.
New York Family Magazine -All-Star Nursery School Admissions Seminar. - Panel includes the three people listed above, as well as Erica Papir from The Caedmon School, admissions consultant Dana Haddad, Rochelle Miller from Woodside Preschool, and Sharon Huang from Bilingual Buds. Typically held in April. $35/single and $60/couple . Register at newyorkfamily.com.
The Parents League - A not-for-profit organization of families and independent schools that holds preschool workshops and a kindergarten admissions panel with admissions directors. $195 to join ($300 for three years).
NYC Preschool Books
The Manhattan Directory of Private Nursery Schools by Victoria Goldman. Directory of preschools including hours, admissions, facilities, and educational approaches.
And of course, don’t forget the must-have book: How to Choose the Best Preschool for Your Child, which includes a special section on navigating New York City nursery school admissions, as well as chapters on writing application essays (including a sample essay) and surviving admission playdates and parent interviews.
NYC Preschool Directory Websites
Big City Moms - Articles on the benefits of preschool, preschool philosophies, etc., as well as a list of ISAAGNY nursery schools.
Yelp.com - It’s not just for restaurants..Yelp also has user reviews of many New York City preschools.
GoCityKids.com - Parent reviews of over 175 New York City preschools
Websites/Blogs Discussing the NYC Preschool Admissions Process
NYC Private School Blog – “A public guide to NYC private schools.”
NYC Dads Group – A great summary of the NYC preschool admissions process, based on a workshop at the 92nd St Y Nursery School
AskMoxie.org – This mommy blogger writes about her experience with preschool interviews.
Other NYC Preschool Resources
ISAAGNY - Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York. Organization of 127 New York private schools. You can search for schools on the site, as well as find information on the admissions timeline and process for these schools.
Nursery University (2008) – This documentary by lawyer/filmmaker Marc Simon, follows six Manhattan families as they navigate the competitive preschool admissions process. View the trailer or read the New York Times article or his post on The Huffington Post.
NYC Preschool Articles
There were too many to list here, so check out this post: New York City Preschool Articles.