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Hudson Guild

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K
410 West 40th Street
Manhattan NY 10018
Phone: 646-649-2351

Our Insights

What’s Special

Convenient for parents working in the Times Square area

The Downside

Next to noisy Port Authority Bus Terminal ramp

The Hudson Guild Clinton Center at West 40th Street and 9th Avenue is one of four pre-k sites under the umbrella of The Hudson Guild organization, founded in 1897 to support Chelsea’s immigrant community.

The pre-kindergarten draws "a very diverse population,"� said site superviser Dionne Taylor. Indeed, we saw children of all ethnicities playing in classrooms as parents arrived to pick them up as the sun began to set. The program is on an upper floor of Metro Baptist Church, walking distance from the Times Square area where many parents work in restaurants, retail, dental offices or the New York Times building. Parents pick up children between 3 pm and 6 pm.

The small pre-k classroom is on the same floor as two 3-year-old classrooms. (A second pre-k classroom has been converted into a playroom due to low enrollment). Tall windows and high ceilings make it feel larger than it is. The room was stocked with a puppet theater, blocks, plastic objects for counting and costumes for acting out stories. On the wall, we saw a list of different types of light that kids identified, such as fireworks, headlights and lightning. The teacher said she puts together a calendar of activities for further exploration at home, for example, counting all the lights in the house or taking a walk outside with Mom or Dad to examine shadows.

Unfortunately, the church building is adjacent to a coil of Port Authority Bus Terminal ramps and West 40th is a truck route. The continuous rumble and sound of shifting gears and brakes is "sometimes distracting,"� the teacher acknowledged, but once in awhile she "plays off it,"� by asking kids to identify the sounds they hear.

The physical space is serviceable but not modern: cement walls covered in shiny bright paint, linoleum floor tiles, steep stairs and no elevator.

ADMISSIONS: Reserved for low-income families who meet requirements for Head Start, however 10 percent of seats are available for families in a higher income bracket. There were open seats at the time of our visit. (Lydie Raschka, February 2017)


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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

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Contact & Location


Hell's Kitchen (District 2)
Trains: 1 Line, 2 Line, 3 Line, 7 Line, N Line, Q Line, R Line, W Line, S Line to Times Square-42nd St; A Line, C Line, E Line to 42nd St-Port Authority Bus Terminal
Buses: M104, M11, M12, M20, M34A-SBS, M34-SBS, M42, M50


Other Details

Shared campus?
Metal detectors?


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