Preschool in New York, NY 10014
32 Carmine Street
New York, NY 10014
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The Downing Street Playgroup is a cooperative preschool founded in 1969 by a group of parents concerned with their children’s education. The combined two- to four-year-old class is directed by a certified teacher working with an assistant teacher and a rotating parent teacher. Parent participation is an integral part of the success of the Downing Street Playgroup. Our aim is to create a supportive environment where learning is enjoyed valued and becomes a life-long goal.
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We develop our curriculum to enable children to learn to communicate cooperate problem solve respect and celebrate differences. We want the children in our program to discover how to learn. at Downing Street preschool children are instilled with the sense of being important competent wonderful and loved human beings.
At Downing Street children learn to socialize with their peers have fun and express themselves through creativity and the arts. They are encouraged to voice their own feelings and opinions as well as to respect the feelings and rights of others. As the children learn more self-help skills their self-esteem and sense of personal responsibility grow. Sharing their own experiences and observa-tions as well as listening to those of others helps children become active members of their school community.
We teach through a non-biased experiential developmentally appropriate constructive and theme-based curriculum through which children’s cognitive social emotional and physical needs are met. Themes might include music family pets seasons our neighborhood and the environment. Activities in the classroom include: arts music block building dramatic play cooking sand and water play puzzle making game playing free and structured physical activity reading and going on local field trips. We offer a language-based program that is intended to meet the needs of the individual child within the group context.