Learn Spanish: Language Classes for NYC Kids

Spanish Lessons for New York City Children

New York City is full of places where young kids can learn how to habla Español. In fact, Many New York City public schools offer wonderful dual-language Spanish programs, as well as other languages. 

But rest assured there are plenty of other options if your child’s school doesn't offer a language program. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Spanish learning centers for New York City preschool-age and elementary-school students. So embrace the melting pot of New York City culture, where your kids will certainly get to practice what they learn in the classroom.

El Taller Latino Americano! – East Harlem
215 East 99th Street between Second and Third Avenues
In fall 2015, this former Upper West Side standby found a new home in East Harlem. During an after-school Latin American Workshop, kids study "Spanish of the Americas" through music, theater, arts and crafts, and conversation. Students start by learning how to say hello, name their body parts, order food, and identify colors and common objects. The class is taught in a bilingual format and beginners are welcome. An immersive Spanish Arts Summer Camp is available for school-age children.

Hola! A Playgroup in Spanish Chelsea and Queens
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Toddlers start getting comfortable with Español at age 1 in this program. After-school and summer programs include ballet, Flamenco, music, radio lab, cultural exploration and yoga, all conducted in Spanish.

I'm Bilingual! Languages Through Music Upper East Side
122 East 88th Street at Lexington Avenue
Children younger than 7 can learn Spanish through music and art classes. A summer camp-like program is available for ages 2-5 years.

The Language Workshop for Children Upper East Side
888 Lexington Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets
With drop-off classes for children ages 3 to 8, The Language Workshop for Children uses the Thibaut Technique, employing music, props and play to teach Spanish — as well as French, Italian and Chinese — in a group setting. All classes come with a weekly Songs & More Workbook/CD set, and an LWFC storybook of words taught in class. Children 6 months to 3 years can take Languages for Tots classes with a caregiver and there is also a summer enrichment program and a language immersion preschool. 

Tribeca Language – Tribeca
22 Harrison Street between Greenwich and Hudson Streets
Maurice Hazan, owner and founder of this school, developed the QTalk Method, which associates a specific picture to every word for easier learning. Kids younger than 2 and their caregivers are welcome in Baby & Me classes, and there are drop-off sessions for ages 3 and older. The goal is to teach children a core 300 or so words that make imaginative play possible and build a larger vocabulary from there.

Bilingual Birdies Citywide
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In addition to group Spanish classes for children up to age 5, Bilingual Birdies offers in-home sessions, birthday parties and family concerts throughout the city.

Brooklyn Beanstalk Brooklyn
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With multiple locations in Brooklyn, this program offers Spanish-language immersion classes in small groups for ages 16 months to 8 years. Students learn the language through songs, dramatic play, games and everyday interaction.

Juguemos a Cantar  Brooklyn
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This program for ages 18 months to 4 years offers a preschool alternative with after-school programs, playgroups, classes, camps and even a drop-in option.

Lango: Foreign Languages for Kids Brooklyn
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Afternoon classes are available for preschoolers through second-graders in Park Slope, but Lango will also come to you in either Brooklyn or Manhattan for customized group lessons. Summer camp is also offered.

For other ways to experience the Spanish language, read our post about learning about Hispanic culture in NYC. And check out our Classes Guide for more enrichment programs in NYC.

This post originally published in March 2013.

location: 
El Taller Latino Americano!
215 East 99th Street
10029 New York , NY 40° 47' 12.1092" N, 73° 56' 48.7284" W
New York
Musical Kids International
1296 Lexington Ave
10128 NY , NY 40° 46' 50.2032" N, 73° 57' 17.8344" W
New York
Tribeca Language
22 Harrison St.
10013 NY , NY 40° 43' 7.7556" N, 74° 0' 35.6688" W
New York
Juguemos a Cantar
47 Sterling Place
11215 Brooklyn , NY 40° 40' 42.3948" N, 73° 58' 37.4988" W
New York