What Is The Kids at Work Preschool Prep Separation Program?

Join us at our Preschool Prep Separation Open House on Thurs. Jan 25th at 6:30pm! Click here to learn more and register!

  • Two days a week, two hours each day 9:15am-11:15am! Four Day option also available.
  • Ages 20 mos – 2.9 years with two classes Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday
  • Fall, Winter-Spring, and Summer semester options!
  • 3.5:1 student/teacher ratio.  Max of 10 children.
  • Adults stay in the physical space for up to 6 weeks, and then gradually are removed to a separate, blind waiting area. (Not a drop-off program)
  • Child-led and emergent curriculum within our inside-outside classroom on West 20th St!
  • Full parent communication suite through our partners at StoryPark, beginning of year home (or zoom) visits, and parent teacher conferences. View a sample weekly newsletter here!

Sample Day - Two hours, Twice per week!

  • Sensory Art & Garden Time! Children work on decision-making skills and mastery of fine and gross motor centers. Teacher-led small group and 1:1 activities are included. Time on our covered, childproofed terrace/garden is also offered.
  • Art Provocation! An age-appropriate and sensory-based art experience is included for those children that are interested. Others may read books or observe the activity. Sitting still is never “required” for our nearly and early twos, but coming together as a community is encouraged!
  • Meeting Time Welcome ritual, the schedule for the day including hands-on visual aids, and our theme is discussed as well.
  • Snack! Kids at Work provides snack for all children consisting of WASA multi grain crackers and fruit such as banana or apple. We make note of all allergies; we are nut and seed free. Children’s hands are washed before and after each snack.
  • Free Play! Toys, manipulatives, mini-world objects, dress up and play kitchen. Children develop conflict resolution skills via our teachers’ simple and repetitive language and prompts.
  • Music! Lots of movement, live guitar, and instruments are included. Children develop executive skills and come together as a community through well-known as well as new activities.
  • Wrap up and goodbye song! Children always participate in a quiet lullaby or bubbles, and wrap up before our goodbye and happy reunion with grown-ups!

How does separation work?  In the Kids at Work Preschool Prep Separation Program children separate at their own individual rate, usually within 6 weeks of starting the program.  For instance, during the second week we may separate 1-2 children, and then 1-2 more the third week, and so on.  When separation occurs is a team decision between teachers and family.  Once separation occurs we do not bring adults back into the room.  Our separation philosophy is discussed in depth at your introductory parent meeting during the registration process! We do not offer drop off and adults need to stay in the facility even after separation occurs.

Registration Information

Join us at our Preschool Prep Open House on Thurs. Jan 25th at 6:30pm! Learn more here!

Dates Preschool Prep Separation Classes are NOT Held 2023-2025

Monday, May 27, 2024 – Memorial Day

Monday-Thursday, July 1st, 2024 – July 4th, 2024 – Independence Day

Monday-Thursday, September 2nd, 2024 – September 5th, 2024

Thursday, November 28th, 2024 – Thanksgiving Day

Tuesday-Wednesday, December 24th – January 1st 2025

*If students ever need to miss a class due to the observance of a religious holiday on the actual holiday, you’ll receive 2 regular drop-in classes as make-ups. Otherwise there are no make-ups, refunds or transfers for missed days of gentle separation*

*When the Preschool Prep Separation Program is closed, KAW may still be OPEN!  Feel free to attend a drop-in class!  Check our schedule!*

Why is the Preschool Prep Separation Program running on the Jewish high holy days and other religious holidays?  Due to the fact that many of these holidays occur at the beginning of our time with the children, taking them as “off days” for the entire group can impede on the children’s overall ability to acclimate to the program.  Since our program only runs twice per week, we really need to run it every day that we can if we are to do the work we set out to do with the community.  We mean no disrespect to our Jewish families and families of other faiths!

Winter-Spring 2024 Semester-Based Option

Jan 15, 2024 – June 6, 2024 PROGRAM FULL

Monday/Wednesday 9:15-11:15am; Tuesday/Thursday 9:15-11:15am (4 day option available, please enquire.)  No class Mon, May 27, 2024.  Fall 2023 students get first refusal on Winter-Spring enrollment. Deadline to enroll for Fall 2023 families: Nov 15, 2023.

Tuition – Mon/Wed Group $4305, Tues/Thurs Group $4410

Summer 2024 Semester-Based Option

June 10 – August 29, 2024

Monday/Wednesday 9:15-11:15am; Tuesday/Thursday 9:15-11:15am (4 day option available, please enquire.)

Special Notes for Summer enrollments:

-No class July 1 – 4, 2024.  *We may offer Preschool Prep a la carte on July 1-3 if enough families are interested.  Enrolled families will be contacted.*
-Summer families can choose to enroll for 9, 10, or all 11 weeks of the program, to allow for planned vacations.
-The week of July 1 is NOT included in the tuition below!
-Your *away weeks* must be full 2 day weeks and must be communicated by May 15, 2024.  Adjustments to schedule, refunds, or transfers of tuition after that date cannot be accomodated, but additional weeks may be purchased at any time if it turns out you’re in the city on a week you had planned to be away.
-Our summer group will remain consistent throughout the summer.  When children are away the group will just have less than 10 kids.

Tuition – 11 weeks $2310 ($5 per day discount)

10 weeks $2200

9 weeks $1980

2024-2025 Full Academic Year Option

Sept 9, 2024 – June 5, 2025 *Full year option is discounted $10 per class; the Kids at Work Preschool Prep Separation Program is designed to be a full year program.*

Monday/Wednesday 9:15-11:15am; Tuesday/Thursday 9:15-11:15am (4 day option available, please enquire.)  No class Thurs, Nov 28; Tues through Wed, Dec 24  – Jan 1; Mon, May 26

Tuition – Either group – $7030

Fall 2024 Semester-Based Option

Sept 9, 2024 – Jan 9, 2025 *Full year option is discounted $10 per class; the Kids at Work Preschool Prep Separation Program is designed to be a full year program.*

Monday/Wednesday 9:15-11:15am; Tuesday/Thursday 9:15-11:15am (4 day option available, please enquire.)  No class Thurs, Nov 28; Tues, Dec 24 through Wed,  Jan 1.  Fall 2024 students get first refusal on Winter-Spring enrollment. Our program is designed to be a year-long program.  Deadline to enroll for Fall 2024 families: Nov 15, 2024

Tuition – Mon/Wed Group $3465, Tues/Thurs Group $3360

Paying Deposits & Tuition

Fall & Winter-Spring:  $1200 deposit required to hold your child’s spot (can be made with no fee via debit/credit card), no-interest monthly payment options are available (one time $75 set up fee).  Once you register, a payment link will be sent to you.

Summer:  $500 deposit is due at enrollment.  Families can pay via: Check (no fee), ACH (no fee), Debit/Credit Card.  Payment links and information will be sent at time of enrollment.

For remaining balance payments, families can pay via: Check (no fee), ACH (no fee), Debit/Credit Card (3.5% processing fee). Balance due May 1, 2024 for Summer enrollment.
Balance due June 1, 2024 for Fall enrollment.  30 days before program begins full balance is due at enrollment.

 

Registration Timeline

  • Interested families should email us, at info@kidsatworknyc.com, or call 212-488-8800.
  • Parent meeting is scheduled or call with Kids at Work management to ensure it’s a good fit for your family.
  • Parent can also come in to observe a class or be in touch with a recent or current parent to get their take!
  • Admissions offer is made.
  • Parent is sent a payment and registration link to pay the $1200 deposit.
  • Full onboarding process is started including parent communication software, enrollment agreement, and welcome questionnaire. We will also schedule a private “home visit” with your lead teacher as we get closer to the class start date.