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Bloomingdale Family Program III

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K
Staff Pick
987 Columbus Avenue
Manhattan NY 10025
Phone: 212-665-4631

Our Insights

What’s Special

Time-tested program with active parents

The Downside

Admission limited to low-income families

Children in the Bloomingdale Family Program raise butterflies in the classroom and take nature walks in Central Park with binoculars. This bilingual Spanish and English program has been popular for decades among a network of families and friends.

Children are lovingly supported here. Most are native Spanish speakers and about 40 percent have special needs. They have access to play therapy, bilingual speech therapy and other supports. Those at risk of falling behind may return to Bloomingdale through 3rd grade for free homework help.

Founded in 1960 in a church basement by parent volunteers, Bloomingdale now serves 157 children in three early childhood centers within a three-block radius. It served as a model in the formation of the Head Start program in the 1960s. Parent involvement is key here. More than half of Bloomingdale's staff began their association with the program as parents including Executive Director Jose Velilla.

Teachers are certified by HighScope, a respected early childhood program. Activities stem from childrens' interests rather than a scripted program, said Education Director Marilyn Barnwell, who has been with Bloomingdale for almost five decades. Training in the HighScope approach is "harder, but we don't mind harder," Barnwell said with pride.

Admissions: Limited to low-income families. (Lydie Raschka, August 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 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
21
Asian
0%
Black
10%
Hispanic
86%
White
5%
Other
0%
Pre-K seats
21

From 2018 School Directories



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

Contact & Location

Location

Upper West Side (District 3)
Trains: 1 Line, B Line, C Line to Cathedral Parkway-110th St; 2 Line, 3 Line to Central Park North-110th St
Buses: M10, M104, M11, M116, M2, M3, M4, M5, M60-SBS

Contact

Parent Coordinator
Jose Velilla

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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