A Guide to Daycares, Preschools & Private Schools in Westchester County

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Education might be the most valuable thing we can provide for our children. With so many options out there it’s hard to know what may be the best fit since each child grows and learns in their own unique way. This year the decisions we make are harder than ever. To help, we’ve put together our second annual Guide to Daycares, Preschools & Private Schools in Westchester County. We hope to provide you the opportunity to research the perfect fit for your family’s needs. Whether you choose private, public, religious affiliation, or need additional support services – we are thrilled to provide this resource. Please support our sponsors! 

DISCOVERY VILLAGE CHILDCARE AND PRESCHOOL

The care of a village, the creativity of an art studio, and the discovery of a science lab await children from the ages of 6 weeks to five years at Discovery Village Childcare Center and Preschool. Inspired by impactful educational philosophies that emerged during the 20th century – Montessori, Waldorf, and especially Reggio, Discovery Village builds upon those innovative approaches of an earlier era, newly designing what is possible in early childhood learning and care. Committed to partnering with families in navigating through the turbulence of these challenging times, Discovery Village has carefully implemented COVID-19 health and safety protocols in a manner that is as stress-free as possible, emphasizing wellness as a way of life. Responsive to their families and our times, they have embraced the responsibility to nurture anti-racist and anti-bias learning broadly, reinvigorating their focus on inclusion and celebration of the identities of all children and families. They carefully integrate academic, social-emotional, and physical skill-building into play and projects stemming from children’s authentic sense of wonder and curiosity, preparing children for success and well being in Kindergarten and beyond.

LIGHTBRIDGE ACADEMY OF ELMSFORD

Lightbridge Academy is the ultimate solution for working families with development, safety, and security as their top priorities. They offer extended hours with an emphasis on their Circle of Care philosophy, their comprehensive Seedlings Early Childhood Education Curriculum, and state-of-the-art technology. They offer the highest level of care with transparency like no other, supported by their Parentview Internet Monitoring system and Parent E-communication App. Their top priority has always been for the health and safety of all those in their Circle of Care. Now more than ever, this holds true. They are responding to the need for enhanced protocols with the development of the Gold Standard in the child care industry for cleanliness, security, and peace of mind. Classroom sanitization throughout the day by their staff, professional cleaning crews at night, facial recognition entry access, and a brand new Microcon 600 advanced 3-in-1 air purification and filtration system are some of the ways they are ensuring that they hold themselves to the highest of standards. They are now enrolling infants, toddlers, Pre-K, Kindergarten, and remote learning assistance for school-aged children. They look forward to serving Elmsford and the neighboring communities!

ARCH OF NY

Thinking of changing schools? Are you moving to a new home? Interested in helping your child succeed academically in a safe, structured learning environment? If so, now is the time to invest in a Catholic education. Catholic schools provide a curriculum based on faith, respect, and service to others; and Math/ELA proficiency test scores have outpaced New York public schools for each of the last five years.

NEW CANAAN COUNTRY SCHOOL

New Canaan Country School is a co-ed, independent day school for students in Pre-K (ages 3 & 4) through Grade 9 living in Westchester and Fairfield Counties. Their graduates excel at top day, boarding, and public secondary schools and go on to lead lives of impact and purpose. For more information about their school, please visit countryschool.net or for a schedule of upcoming admissions events and opportunities to get to know them better, please visit countryschool.net/visit.

DAYCARES

For Kids Only {Briarcliff Manor}

They are committed to providing high quality, child-centered care in a safe and nurturing environment. They offer full- and part-time care for children ages three months to 12 years. Flexible programs are designed to meet the changing needs of today’s working parents.

The Goddard School {Hastings on Hudson}

They are more than a typical daycare; they are a year-round school committed to providing a safe, play-based learning environment for infants, toddlers, preschool, and pre-kindergarten through the school year and summer.

Koala Park Daycare {Tuckahoe}

Built on a foundation of family values, it is a place where parents, children, staff members, as well as the community, come together as a family, one unit, to create a trusted and safe environment where children can play, learn, and grow.

Mount Kisco Child Care Center {Mount Kisco}

Providing high quality, affordable care, and early education to a diverse group of children in a safe, healthy environment through innovative and developmentally appropriate programming. Caring for ages three months to 11 years old, in full daycare, before school, after school, and summer camp programs. 

Yorktown Child Care Center {Cortlandt Manor}

They provide a safe environment in a home-like atmosphere with consistent care-giving. Young children require and deserve individualized attention, and for this reason, their group size is small and separate for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

PRESCHOOLS

A Child’s Dream {New Rochelle}

Their goal is to create a secure and structured environment where your child enjoys socializing and interacting with other children while learning.

Ardsley Community Nursery School {Ardsley}

They believe children learn through carefully planned play experiences that include songs; arts and crafts; language, phonemic awareness and literacy; science and exploration; computers; multicultural humanities, and independence and social skills. The school curriculum centers around integrated activities based on weekly themes that reflect the interest of their students.

Butler Nursery School {Yonkers}

They offer a curriculum designed to foster student growth, stimulate their curiosity, and challenge their mental and physical needs. They encourage the development of socialization skills and building self-esteem while respecting each child’s uniqueness.

Chappaqua Friends Nursery School {Chappaqua}

Here imagination, learning, and friendships take flight. Friends is a community where relationships flourish. In an atmosphere rich in kindness and simplicity, children are empowered to realize their potential through growth-focused explorations of self and world, awe, and wonder.

Discovering Me Nursery School {Larchmont}

They strive to broaden children’s horizons, enriching their ways of learning and developing their skills. These skills are developed through many fun learning experiences such as block building, painting, coloring, creative play, manipulatives, finger plays, play-doh, and the many age-appropriate toys in their play areas as well as daily arts and crafts which reinforce the lesson of the day.

Jennie’s School {Mount Kisco}

The play-centered environment offers every opportunity for each child to explore, learn, and grow according to his or her timetable. Teachers begin the process of integrating each child into a classroom environment by teaching the importance of sharing, respecting the feelings and space of others, and following directions.

Katonah Village Kids {Katonah}

Each class is designed around a child’s natural love of play. Their intentional play-based curriculum fosters social, emotional, and intellectual growth. Through play, children create new worlds, build connections, and explore creative solutions.

St. Matthew’s Preschool {Bedford}

They provide a vibrant and developmentally appropriate preschool program for children ages 2-5. Their dedicated teachers are nurturing and supportive and offer a dynamic, thematic-based program that stimulates curiosity and discovery and generates enthusiasm.

Trinity Preschool {Hawthorne}

A safe and nurturing environment with warm and caring staff. They take great pride in providing a positive preschool experience and supporting each child enrolled in reaching his/her full potential.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

The Chapel School {Bronxville}

Their goal is to provide academic challenge and excellence, as well as character education and opportunities for social, emotional, and spiritual growth in the safest and most nurturing environment.

Hackley School {Tarrytown}

An independent, college-preparatory, non-sectarian, day and boarding school for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. At Hackley, learning occurs inside classrooms, art studios, libraries, and practice rooms, on the boarding corridor, playground, practice fields, and dining hall. 

The Harvey School {Katonah}

A college-preparatory program that fosters lifelong learning and inspires students to develop the confidence and leadership qualities necessary to succeed in a diverse, competitive, and changing world.

Hudson Country Montessori School {New Rochelle}

A non-profit, non-sectarian, private school that offers educational and child-care services in a Montessori setting for children eight weeks through grade 8. With more than 25 years of experience, they have a centrally located and child-friendly campus, affordable tuition, and full and part-time enrollment options.

The Milestone School {Mount Vernon}

An independent Nursery through grade 4-day school that prepares students for a lifetime of learning. Their highly enriched curriculum will take your child through this first and most important “milestone” in his or her education.

Rippowam Cisqua School {Bedford}

At RCS, students develop the social, emotional, and intellectual skills young minds need to embrace new ideas, overcome challenges, and confidently problem-solve. Upon graduation, RippKids are uniquely prepared to chart their own paths as independent thinkers, confident communicators, and engaged leaders. 

Soundview Preparatory School {Yorktown Heights}

Soundview’s purpose is to provide a college-preparatory education in a supportive environment that requires a rigorous application to academics, instills respect for ethical values, and fosters self-confidence by helping each student feel recognized and valued.

TUTORING SERVICES

Jump Start Tutoring

Their experienced tutors instruct students in a unique one-on-one setting, helping them cultivate the knowledge, confidence, and motivation necessary for their success. The Jump Start team specializes in standardized test preparation, as well as in other academic subjects.

Grade Potential

From elementary up to college and graduate school, the experienced team at Grade Potential ensures that you’ll receive the highest quality tutoring on your way to achieving your goals, all at an affordable price! They’ve worked with thousands of local students, so they know what it takes to be successful around here.

Prep Academy Tutors

Their tutors cater their approach to education based on a student’s individual needs to not only fill in gaps in their knowledge but to form a close relationship that is both encouraging and empowering. To them, education is fun, and they want your child to have fun on their journey to academic success.

GameChanger

They believe in a personal approach to learning – not a classroom setting. GAMECHANGER tutors and specialists offer one-on-one instruction that provides encouragement, understanding, and accountability.

Sylvan Learning Center

They’ve perfected a highly personal approach, tailoring lessons to your child’s specific needs, from math, reading, and writing to homework and study skills support to test prep.

The Dicker Reading Method

Their one-on-one reading classes and tutoring services work for everyone, including PreK and kindergarten students, students below grade level, at grade level or above grade level, adults, seniors, the educationally challenged, and the gifted. 

Huntington Learning Center Hartsdale

For over 40 years, they’ve treated students as individuals and tailored their tutoring programs to fit their unique needs, academic goals, and schedules. Their tutoring centers are proven to accelerate academic results, so you can trust them to help your child succeed.

FLS Tutors

They are a premier educational service institute helping students excel in their academic pursuits. As a family-owned and operated business, they understand the importance of a supportive learning environment at home. The ultimate goal is for every student to understand the material, gain confidence, and achieve academic success. 

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