Our Distinctive Approach
At 82nd Street Academics, we provide children with positive early education experiences that invite students to develop a love for learning. While many of our educational practices are similar to other quality schools, we also have three beliefs about childhood development.
Children eligible to participate in our 3 year old preschool programs for the 2015-2016 school year have birth dates between January 1, 2012 and February 29, 2013 and for the 2014-15 school year have birth dates between January 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. Our student-teacher ratio in Preschool is 16:3. Lead Teachers have New York State certification in Early Childhood Education. Our program is fully licensed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. We accept HRA and ACD vouchers, please obtain voucher before registering for a program with 82nd Street Academics. Read about our Learning Park & Playground here!
Early Childhood Program Director Biography
Carolyn is joining 82nd Street Academics as our Early Childhood Educational Director. She was born and raised in Jackson Heights, Queens. She graduated from Touro College with a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education and has a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from St. John’s University. She has ten years of teaching experience as a Universal Pre-Kindergarten Teacher along with six years of director experience. She speaks Spanish fluently, is family-oriented and has countless love for children. 82nd Street Academics was drawn to her for her desire to have children be successful learners and her limitless communication skills to foster relationships with students, staff and parents. Her hope for the upcoming year in 82nd Street Academics is to apply her teaching experience and supervisory expertise as a supporter, instructor and leader to her staff in order to ample her objective to give students from Jackson Heights, regardless of their home language, equal access to a higher education and prepare them early for college.
“Our daughter and nephew both attend 82nd Street Academics. Our family is impressed with the special care that is offered to our children. My first concern was that my daughter is a very picky eater. I am always able to email her teacher, Ms. Cindy, with any doubts and concerns and she always writes back with reassuring answers and helpful ideas. She also shares information and summarizes what they taught in class. My husband and I appreciate this very much. One day our daughter came home and talked so much about Ms. Kia and Mr. Esteban helping her with lots of things like putting on her jacket and shoes and refilling her water bottle. That’s when I knew our child was in good hands. Our daughter’s learning experience at 82nd Street Academics is fun and she is highly motivated. This school has a genuinely caring team that both students and parents can enjoy. Thank you.” – The Cuyugan Family, UPK
Our Early Childhood 3 Year Old Preschool Programs include:
*Children born in 2011 qualify for free Universal Pre-K for the 2015-2016 school year. Please view our UPK page here.
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