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Henry Street Settlement Day Care

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K
301 Henry Street
Manhattan NY 10002
Phone: 212-254-3100

Our Insights

What’s Special

Attentive teachers

The Downside

Admission limited to low-income families

Founded in 1893 on Manhattan's Lower East Side, Henry Street Settlement has two pre-kindergarten classes as part of a wide range of social services, arts and health care programs. Pre-k hours are from 8:30 am to 3 pm but there are "wrap-around" hours from 8 am to 6 pm available to working parents, for a fee.

The building, across the street from Vladeck Houses, was undergoing a renovation at the time of our visit, including a new kitchen and fresh paint to lighten dark cinderblock hallways. The classrooms themselves boast big windows, but more importantly, attentive teachers encourage kids to talk as they work and playand provide clear limits that help them feel safe. Children walk to neighborhood playgrounds or play in the spacious gym on rainy days.

The rooms were filled with a busy hum during our morning visit. It was still early in the school year, yet routines had been clearly established. Children carried self-chosen activities to tables and put them away, unasked, when they finished. Adults moved to potential areas of conflict with matter-of-fact statements: "You can share," "Play together," or "Lend a helping hand," to which children readily responded. Teachers also furthered children's explorations with questions such as: "Which one is longer?" "Can you add to the length?"We also watched a teacher gently set clear boundaries for a child who had ignored a final reminder for the optional breakfast offered, telling her that she needed to eat first, play later, and allowing the natural consequence take its course.

Teachers spoke fondly about their students. "It's a very good bunch," said a teacher who had studied at Hunter College and was bilingual in Chinese and English. Children take field trip to pick pumpkins and to Coney Island. They also go on neighborhood walks. The child-size bathrooms are a short distance down the hall and children visit them with a teacher.

Admissions: Open to families who meet income requirements. There were about five spaces still open, due in part to the many new pre-k options for families in the neighborhood. (Lydie Raschka, September 2015)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2018-2019

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems
Activities: Children explore art, music, sand/water, dramatic play and more
Language: Teachers talk and listen to kids in a supportive way
Interaction: Teachers ask kids good questions and invite back-and-forth conversation

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Pre-K seats

From 2020 School Directories

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


Lower East Side (District 1)
Trains: F Line, J Line, M Line, Z Line to Delancey St-Essex St
Buses: B39, M14A, M14D, M15-SBS, M21, M22, M9


Other Details

Shared campus?
Metal detectors?

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