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Kids at Work was created in Manhattan in
2007 by early childhood educator and mom
Julie Averill. Started as one Saturday art
class operating out of the Village Preschool
Center on W10th Street, Kids at Work, now
located at 242 W27th Street, has grown into
one of Chelsea's best kept secrets - a
community of children, parents and
caregivers making real discoveries
Kids at Work classes are focused on
educational best practices, including ideas
taken from the Bank Street and Montessori
systems, such as process-oriented and
confidence-building, choice driven activities.
Perhaps most interesting is Kids at Work's
flexible drop-in policy, making it truly unlike
any other program. Try out a Kids at Work
class and see the difference! Kids at Work
- where learning is play!
Read what parents have to say about Kids
Founder and Owner of Kids at Work
Julie Averill has been working with babies and young children
through age 5 for the last nine years. Working with young
children and their families is Julie's passion - from witnessing a
baby's first steps to seeing a toddler's eyes light up at the sight
of a new discovery, to helping a young child conquer
separation anxiety. You will see Julie in the classroom on the
floor with children, and all new clients are sure to receive a
personal email from her welcoming them to Kids at Work!
Before starting Kids at Work, her dream job, Julie served as a
consultant for Super Soccer Stars, where she developed an art
program and trained coaches to teach art to young children. A
former lead preschool teacher on Manhattan's Upper East
Side, Julie has participated in creating programming for the
Marymount School, Citibabes, City Kids Music, Music
Together, The Art Farms, and The Midori and Friends
Foundation. Julie is a frequent contributor to parenting and
education-related forums including New York Family Baby,
sheknows.com and demodirt.com.
Julie's formal education includes a Bachelor's Degree in
Education from the University of Hartford, and a Master of
Music in Orchestral Performance from Manhattan School of
A former professional flutist, Julie performed with members of
the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera
Orchestras, and the Emerson String Quartet. Julie and her
husband Dmitry have one son, Peter, born in June 2011!
Karma Kids Yoga offers yoga for
little ones, with locations all over
Manhattan, including a colorful
studio on W14th and 6th. Be sure to
say hi to owner Shari Vilchez-Blatt,
whose daughter is a former "Kid at
Riverside Piano Studio
Dr. Dmitry Alexeev and his team
teaches beginner through
professional students ages 3-90 at
Kids at Work AND at a private studio
on W72nd Street in Manhattan.
Stephanie Roer, Lead Teacher, PlayGroup Program
Stephanie Roer is currently a Masters Candidate in Infant
and Family Development/Early Childhood Special and
General Education at Bank Street College of Education, one
of the most progressive and reputable educator training
programs in the US. She is particularly experienced in
working with infants, toddlers, and caregivers in
adult-participatory classes as well as supporting families and
little ones through the separation process. She received her
Bachelor of Arts in both Dance and Religious Studies from
Wesleyan University. Stephanie brings with her to Kids at
Work a passion for creating nurturing learning environments
where exploration, creativity, and play bring new found
meaning and joy to children and their families.
ABC Gym Kids
Located on Christopher Street, ABC
gymnastics program for children
ages 8 mos - 6 years.
Taste Buds (formerly known as
Cupcake Kids) offers cooking
birthdays, classes, and special events
for kids ages 2-12 in Greenwich
Village and all over the city!
Babybites and Kiddybites offers
events for parents and children as
well as a social network of
like-minded moms and dads.
West Village Parents Association
offers parenting and children's events,
community outreach, and special
discounts for parents in the West
Village area of Manhattan.
Bowery Babes is an intimate group
eastern part of downtown Manhattan,
and presents events, playgroups, and
social networking for moms and dads
of young children.
Little Pim, founded by an NYC mom,
creates and produces foreign
language CD's, DVD's and other
educational materials for babies and
very young children.
Sarah Sloboda creates whimsical
and realistic photos for your family.
Check out her website for regular
Andrew Green, Lead Teacher, Sun Sessions and
Toddle Around, Gym Kids at Work Programs
Andrew Green is a talented guitarist, singer and banjo player
children as an entertainer along side well-known kids'
musician Sunny Side Sam. Andrew volunteers his time at
the bedside of hospital patients through the program
Musicians on Call. Andrew also brings his gentle and
soft-spoken manner to our Kids at Work programs, and has
been with Kids at Work since December 2009.
Emily Peck, IDME, Infant Developmental Movement
Emily Peck received her certification in Infant Developmental
Movement Education from the School for Body-Mind
Centering (BMC) in 2008, and in Somatic Movement
Therapy in 2010. She acted as Assistant to the Director of
Amajoy Developmental Movement Center in Western MA
from 2005-2007, where she had the unique opportunity to
experience the application of BMC developmental principles
firsthand. Emily offers Developmental Movement classes
and private sessions throughout New York City. She is also
an instructor of experiential anatomy and dance, and a own
new baby in August, 2011!