Daily Yoga time

In these photos our Preschool children are getting ready to begin their daily yoga. Daily yoga is a time for the children to practice relaxation, breathing, posture and self control. Yoga has helped to support our calm, safe and comfortable learning environment.

We will be posting a yoga video in the new year, stay tuned.

Also you and your child are more than welcome to join us for a yoga session!

Call the front desk to arrange an interactive visit. 718-457-0429

Preschool at 82nd Street Academics

Preschool starts here!

Mathematical and Cognitive thinking include logical thinking skills such as comparing, sorting, measuring, and pattern recognition. Through play, children learn to use symbols, developing their capacity to understand abstract ideas.

Call us to schedule a school tour at 718-457-0429 ext:200 or click here and one of our Family Service Specialist will contact you with more information.

Posted by 82nd Street Academics on Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Are You Ready to Be the Best Teacher for Your Child?

Are You Ready to Be Hired as the Best Parent Teacher for Your Child?


An effective parent is the best way to develop a child. School,  preschool, and after school programs become key partners but the parent role has the most potential. Why is that?

  1. Parents are likely to have most of the child’s time. The school may have 40 hours a week. Parents have every morning, every evening, and all weekends and holidays.
  2. The ratio is smaller. If your family has only one child, the adult/child ratio is 1:1 or 2:1. I was raised in a home with my parents and grandparents – 4:1! 😊 The best preschool is 1:5 and public schools spiral down to 1:32.
  3. The role of parent is much more emotionally supportive than the teacher role. I have several children. Some have gone on to fame and fortune. Others are still struggling economically. I’m 100% supportive of my children, regardless of their decisions or situations. Teachers also can be supportive but the parent role is unique. Children need support for self-confidence and success.

Parenting Time

The strength of the parent role cannot be overstated in raising confident children to be capable adults.

You may be reading this and wondering if there are areas where you can improve parenting skills. Carol Dweck and Paul Tough have great books on this, so I’m only giving the one – minute version

  1. Are you a single parent struggling with cash? Children can understand that their parents have struggles. My parents struggled with cash and talked about it openly. They were threatened with income insecurity. I think that the atmosphere at home made me more independent and ready to struggle. That’s not a bad thing.


My parents also balanced the struggle with caring acts. My mother baked desserts better than anything you can buy at The 4 Seasons. We had evening routines to read together and put together picture puzzles. The cost was minimal but the experience was incredible.

  1. Are you too stressed and angry? You may have a tough situation and are not ready for incessant questions every night or the normal misbehavior of children. Look for resources so that you have one protected part of each day just for you. That will build your emotional reserves for parenting.


Stressed parents tend to speak 2/3 less to their children and usually with negative warning words. Unstressed parents speak many more words daily and many more positive words. You need emotional reserves to make the change in your language.

  1. Are you stressed in marriage? Be careful not to ask your child for emotional support that should come from a spouse. Most marriages are not perfect. There still has to be a bright line so that your child can develop their own relationships successfully.
  2. Are you overprotective? Richard Reeves says that children from the upper middle class/ professional class do not do as well in some jobs that require risk and decisions under pressure. Why? Their parents tried too hard to create a perfect life instead of life with the normal risks and disappointments of childhood.


Children need occasional space from their parents to push them to independence. They fight against this since we all prefer a life with eternal maid and butler service, I sent my daughter to Cambodia at age 15 by herself. As soon as the plane left Newark, I remembered many things that I should have done. I had a sleepless night. Miraculously, she developed her own capacity to get through Bangkok and on to Phnom Penh. (I would never do it again, but it was a defining moment for her with wonderful results!)


So your child needs the best teacher. Are you ready to apply?


82nd Street Academics partners with parents. If we can help your family, let us know.

Expensive Gifts Parents Can Give Their Child

I’m sure you opened this article so you could feel guilty about not spending more cash 😊

It’s even worse. I want to talk about spending time with your child.

You and your child can have marvelous adventures without leaving your house. Would you rather walk in Central Park or solve mysteries like the Babysitter’s Club? Both are mind-expanding experiences. Adults and children have rich imaginations that add so much to either experience.

My parents were poor but they were rich in reading. We never visited New York City but I read the about kids who lived in Bayport, Long Island. In one book, they came to Manhattan and got lost in a department store. Fortunately, they discovered the camping section and food and stayed locked in the store all night in a tent! My mouth was open for an hour in amazement!

My parents both read aloud. One of their favorites was Gene Stratton Porter, a naturalist in Indiana. Her vivid stories of the flora and fauna of swamp life (plus some shady characters mixed in) took me in another direction about adult adventure.

My parents sometimes read slowly and I was impatient to get to the action and wanted a turn to read. I realize now that they were getting me ready to want to read out loud instead of asking me to do it. After my father’s slow cadence – I was ready to set a world record for decoding!

Our family simply did not have television. It was a different time.  It’s reasonable now to limit phone, computer, and TV so that kids find the richness of print and imagination. It’s unfair to cast out these nice things and expect children to find healthy substitutes. Why not have a family reading hour twice a week at 6pm and everyone participates? Kids will close chats but open their imagination. Have a fun way to choose the book of the week to read. And soon your family will be sailing up the Mekong under enemy fire with Bishop Yap to deliver food to hungry people!

When the habit takes hold, some of your children will never look back. I read 99% of the time in bed before I sleep. I’ve graduated to murder mysteries. I also try to read a nonfiction book each week, but evenings are to enrich the soul more than the mind.

If you want a partner to get more literacy in your family, ask about our programs at 82nd Street Academics.  Meanwhile, adventure is waiting. Close this computer and gather the kids!

PreSchool and Professional Parents

PreSchool is great for child development so why do professional parents feel so guilty about it?

Jamie Ladge (article below) explains the pressure to want to be a perfect person at work and a perfect parent too.

Half of the PreSchool parents at 82nd Street Academics are also proud of their diversity – two religions, two races, two languages, LGBT. Diversity is wonderful but it needs a safe space where diversity is appreciated.Diverse working professional families

What to do?

At 82nd Street, we are a safe space. Our staff and families embrace the creative atmosphere of child-centered development.  There’s a couple of family events for ‘meet and greets’ during the year.  And we keep the kids happy and developing. The room cameras, emails, and daily dropoffs and pickups make sure that you know how your child is progressing.

If problems occur, tell the teacher or the program director. We’ll make it right. We promise.

And if you’re not comfortable with your current PreSchool, you can come to 82nd Street.  We’ll accept your receipt for whatever you have already paid for this month at another center just to get you started. There is no substitute for the good feeling that your child is in a great place.

Call 718 457 0429 for a tour today!



How to Find the Right Preschool


Early childhood education programs, such as preschool or pre-k classes, give your child a valuable opportunity to learn skills that will help him excel in a kindergarten program. Your child will learn letters, shapes, and numbers, and will participate in numerous fun and educational activities such as arts and crafts.

Every child has different needs and preferences, which is why it’s important for you, as a parent, to find the right pre-school for your child. Watch this video to hear early childhood education experts discuss what to look for in a quality pre-school program, and what questions to ask the staff so that your child will feel comfortable and eager to learn.

The best early childhood education program in NYC is at 82nd Street Academics. Our program encourages gross motor and games, literacy and stories, drama and art, and family style great food! We offer a challenging prep school curriculum to children of all cultures and backgrounds, taught by highly qualified teachers with experience dealing with learning difficulties and language barriers. Call us today at (718) 489-3937 for more information.