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.

  • We want parents to have full access to the learning process of their children.  All of our classrooms are equipped with cameras and audio capabilities so that parents can keep track of daily activities and be reassured that their child is in a safe environment where we are delivering on our program promises.  If questions or concerns do arise, our teachers answer their emails daily and turnaround initial responses within 24 hours.  Additionally, our teachers send out daily emails to inform parents about that day’s classroom activities and what steps parents can take at home to reinforce what was learned.
  • With each student in our program, we are trying to develop not just purely academic skills, but also areas such as social-emotional health, physical development, language & literacy development, and mathematical/cognitive thinking. Our whole child approach is driven by adaptive, teacher-written lesson plans which incorporates multiple domains of learning (some of which will be more fully described below) and is checked and approved by our Early Childhood Program Director. Using these multiple domains of learning, we are able to better individualize each child’s instruction and experience in our program.
  • To measure each domain and properly assess our students, we use a Department of Education accredited measurement system which includes observation and evaluation of each student over a several month period. Once we finalize our results, we can then offer students balanced sub-groups to improve areas in which they need development and to allow for our teachers and student peers to aid in this growth process.

Program Description

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.

Early Childhood Program Director Biography

Carolyn ECD PhotoCarolyn 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 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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Calendar for ALL Preschool Programs:
Revised Calendar Preschool & UPK 2014-2015

Required Documents for Registration:
Student Medical Form (NYC Immunization Requirements)
Income Eligibility Form

Food Calendar:
82nd- Spring Menu