A More Quiet Place to Learn


Kids at Work was created in Manhattan in 2007 by early childhood educator and mother Julie Averill. Started as one Saturday art class operating out of a shared space on W10th Street, Kids at Work, now located within its brand new space at 123 West 20th Street, has grown into one of Chelsea’s best kept secrets – a very small community of children, parents and caregivers making real discoveries together. Kids at Work signature classes are focused on educational best practices, such as process-oriented and child-choice driven activities. Supplementing our signature classes in art, music, movement, and cooking are other well-known partner programs in soccer, yoga, dance, and sign language!

Perhaps best of all is that Kids at Work is the only multi-subject center that features an ALL DROP-IN schedule, meaning that students may attend any class, any day, any time with a package, or attend on a single drop-in basis. 80% of students attend Kids at Work 2-3 times per week and take advantage of numerous discounts. This policy also creates a tight knit “village” for your child to be a part of within a small family-owned business – a home away from home! Kids at Work is primarily a ‘word of mouth’ center and does very little marketing and advertising so – Congratulations! You’ve found us!

Read what parents have to say about Kids at Work!

 

Meet Our Staff


Julie Averill
Julie Averill

Founder & Owner of Kids at Work, Lead Teacher Jam Sessions Babies & Mess it Up Programs

Julie Averill, a mom herself, has been working with babies and young children through age 5 for the last ten 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 in our Jam Sessions Babies and Toddlers, Mess it Up, and Inch By Inch classes, and all new clients are sure to receive a personal email from her welcoming them to Kids at Work!

Julie’s formal education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Hartford, and in addition to her hands on experience with babies and young children, has also completed The RIE I: Theory and Observation course in infant and toddler development and care, and is currently a RIE Practicum Student.

Julie works to curate an amazingly compassionate and mature team of early childhood professionals to work with the children at Kids at Work, and is involved in training them in the Kids at Work philosophy for an entire semester before allowing them to teach classes of their own. Julie also holds a masters in orchestral flute from Manhattan School of Music.

Julie and her husband Dmitry have two sons, ages 6 and 2, and live on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

 


 

Samantha Prevost
Samantha Prevost

Lead Teacher, Playgroup & Camp Programs, Cooking Program

Lead teacher of our ‘nearly and early twos program,’ the Kids at Work PlayGroup, as well as our Kids at Work Summer Camp, Samantha brings her considerable experience in early childhood as well as a bachelors degree in child psychology from Hunter College, to our programs. Teacher Sam is always bringing in rich and varied ideas and materials for the children to experience, and also brings her experience as a mother to her own two-year-old, to the program.

Samantha has over 5 years of experience working as a lead teacher in early childhood, specifically at Columbus Pre-School on the Upper West Side. Samantha also lead teaches and develops curriculum for our cooking programs at Kids at Work!  Samantha is CPR/First Aid Certified for children and adults with the American Red Cross.


 

Shamyra Henderson
Shamyra Henderson

M. Ed. 2018, Assistant Teacher, Playgroup & Camp Programs

Shamyra Henderson is currently completing a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education at New York University, and also holds a Bachelors Degree from Emory University.  From 2013-15, Shamyra participated in the highly competitive Teach for America program, where she worked to found a grass-roots preschool program for disadvantaged children, ages 3-5 in her native Houston.

Shamyra brings her extremely bright mind and passion for working with very young children to the PlayGroup and Camp programs, and the children love her easy-going and warm spirit.  Shamyra has attended CPR training at Tribeca Pediatrics.


 

Raquel Salazar
Raquel Salazar

Assistant Teacher, PlayGroup, Camp, & Toddle Around Programs

Raquel Salazar holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, and is ABA Certified. Raquel also holds Teacher Assistant Certification Level I, and is fluent in Spanish. Raquel’s experience in the classroom extends from typical early childhood into special education, where she has also worked with adults with severe developmental delays. Raquel also holds a degree in Speech Therapy, and plans to pursue a masters in Speech Pathology in the coming years.

Raquel brings her warm, fun-loving personality to all of our programs. Children feel safe, loved, and welcome whenever Raquel is around!  Raquel has attended CPR training at Tribeca Pediatrics.


 

Ian Turner
Ian Turner

Lead Teacher, Sun Sessions, Jam Sessions, Toddle Around Programs

A professional musician, producer, and filmmaker, Ian Turner has been teaching infants – preschoolers at Kids at Work for the last 3 years. Ian holds a BA from Bard College, and has taught music for the Woodstock Day School and Let It Out Productions. He was a musical director for the Woodstock Youth Theatre, and has musically directed numerous shows for theatre directors Daniel Fish, and Susanna Gellert among others. Ian has also taught toddlers at Music for Aardvarks in Brooklyn.

Ian is so much more than just an ‘entertainer’ for young children – he is interested in affecting their lives in a positive way on an intimate level. Children interested in music (aka all children) can’t do better than experiencing Ian play the guitar and sing!

Check out Ian’s “grown-up” music here!

 


 

Kéren Tayar
Kéren Tayar

Lead Teacher, Sun Sessions, Jam Sessions, Toddle Around Programs

Kéren Tayar, a native of Israel and NYC, holds a Bachelors in Music with a concentration in Music Therapy, from Berklee College of Music. She has been working with toddlers and preschoolers in birthday party settings for the last 3 years.

Kéren has assisted in music therapy sessions with all manner of clients, including children with disabilities and the elderly with dementia. Babies and toddlers respond toKéren’s genuine and gentle manner as well as her considerable talents on voice and guitar. As a child, Keren appeared on Broadway in Les Miserables, among other productions in New York City.

Check out Kéren’s “grown-up” music here!

 


 

Chris Atkins
Chris Atkins

Lead Teacher, Toddle Around Program, Assistant/Music Teacher, PlayGroup & Camp Programs

 Christopher Atkins has been with Kids at Work for the last year as assistant teacher and music teacher in our separated programs, a unique and special skill set! Chris has worked at Kids at Work for over three years, and during that time, has worked with some amazing lead teachers, making him efficient, compassionate, and skilled in the classroom.  Prior to coming to Kids at Work he taught infants and toddlers at ABC, Do-Re-Mi in New York City.

Chris holds a bachelors in music from Sarah Lawrence College and is an audio engineer, professional guitarist, singer, and bassist.

Check out Chris’ “grown-up” music here!