Little Scholars Early Development Center
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Little Scholars bills itself as the first "entirely green preschool in New York City." It is a private school with two locations that both have free UPK programs for 4-year-olds.
It offers "farm-fresh" organic meals, according to the website, which has photos of lovely classrooms with wooden furniture and floors, dress-up centers and blocks, and outdoor garden beds [see photo from website].
Little Scholars is accredited by the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), considered the gold standard in early childhood education. It draws inspiration from the innovative Reggio-Emilia approach, which encourages kids to ask questions, explore and express themselves through art, drama, music and writing. It also draws ideas from the Creative Curriculum.
The program uses wooden toys, soy crayons and "green" cleaning products. Kids do yoga and participate in composting.
ADMISSIONS: Preference to families already in the Little Scholars program, however, when we called in August 2016 they still had a few seats available. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, August 2016)Read more