Our early childhood programs focus on building social skills, contributing to a contented family life, and laying the groundwork for future success.
Educational Alliance Preschool at the Manny Cantor Center is a thriving community for young children and their families. Our school embraces a diversity of families and uses a curriculum inspired by Jewish values and the Reggio-Emilia philosophy of early childhood development. The preschool taps the rich neighborhood of the Lower East Side and multiple outreach services of the Manny Cantor Center to engage children in experiences based on nature, acts of kindness, and the arts. We strive to meet the needs of working families seeking fuller and more flexible schedules. Enrollment has nearly doubled in two years, and we expect continued growth. Learn more >
The 14th Street Y Preschool, an integral part of the 14th Street Y Parenting, Family and Early Childhood Community, stimulates children’s natural curiosity to make meaning of their world and negotiate the environments and contexts in which they live and play. Our large, sunny classrooms are located in the 14th Street Y Community Center and we are fortunate to have access to dedicated art and movement studios, a large, well-equipped rooftop playground and garden area, a gymnasium for use during inclement weather, and a swimming pool for our older children. The potential of each child, the vital contributions families make to the community, and the value of relationships are the foundation of our work. Inspired by the Reggio and Bank Street approaches we weave together Jewish values and traditions within an age-appropriate and all-inclusive setting that celebrates diversity in every way. Learn more >
Head Start and Early Head Start
Educational Alliance has been at the forefront of Head Start for nearly 50 years. In 1965, EA was chosen to run a national pilot program of Head Start. And in 1995, we were chosen to run one of the country’s first Early Head Start programs. Our Head Start classrooms in the Manny Cantor Center are the only early childhood education classrooms on the Lower East Side to receive National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation and have been chosen as one of 100 programs nationally invited to the national Head Start office to mentor new Head Start directors. In addition, we have been recognized as a model for excellence, most recently by New York City’s Head Start Sponsoring Board, which recommended us to be a host site for an Austrian group of educators interested in building an exchange relationship to support the development of a similar program in their country.
Head Start and Early Head Start offer a high quality educational experience to low income children in eight locations on the Lower East Side and in the East Village. Our Head Start programs supplement academic learning with opportunities for children to express and develop their creativity, learn about health and wellness, and explore their community. Families receive assistance with employment and social services. Eligibility is based on Head Start guidelines.
Head Start serves children aged 3 to 5. Early Head Start serves children from birth to 3 years.
Head Start locations:
PS 15, 333 E. 4th St., New York, NY 10009
PS 64, 600 E. 6th St., New York, NY 10009
PS 142, 100 Attorney St., New York, NY 10002
PS 188, 442 E. Houston St., New York, NY 10002
Manny Cantor Center Head Start and Child Care, 197 E. Broadway, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10002
Lillian Wald Head Start 34 Ave. D, New York, NY 10009
Early Head Start locations:
Manny Cantor Center Early Head Start, 197 E. Broadway, New York, NY 10002
Lillian Wald Early Head Start, 18 Ave. D, New York, NY 10009
The Parenting Family and Early Childhood Center at the 14th Street Y
The Parenting Family and Early Childhood Center at the 14th Street Y seeks to provide activities for children, while also offering support, inspiration, and connection to families in our community. The Parenting Family & Early Childhood Center offers expectant mothers, new moms, dads, second- time parents, and caregivers a variety of educational and nurturing programs and classes for young children in the downtown area. Programs include parent/child classes for babies and toddlers, a gradually separating preschool prep program (2x2), toddler camps, a Preschool and a program for children with special needs. Jewish and Reggio values of respect, listening, well-being, and community are central to our mission and are infused throughout our programming. Our professional, caring and nurturing staff has a strong grounding in the arts and provides a safe and nurturing environment for children to explore, play, learn, and develop friendships. Learn more >