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 kids. So embrace the diversity of New York City culture, where your kids will certainly get to practice what they learn in the classroom!
Find more NYC classes in our Classes Guide and Directory Listings, and check out our guide to Foreign Language Camps for NYC Kids.
El Taller Latino Americano – East Harlem
In fall 2015, this former Upper West Side standby found a new home in East Harlem. In weekend and after-school classes, 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. There's also a baby-and-me class and an immersive Spanish Arts Summer Camp for school-age children.
Hola! A Playgroup in Spanish – Chelsea and Queens
This program has been around since 2001 helping toddlers get comfortable with Español as young as age 1. After-school and summer programs include cultural exploration and yoga, all conducted in Spanish.
I'm Bilingual! Languages Through Music – Citywide
I'm Bilingual offers a range of Spanish immersion classes for kids aged 0 to 5, including music classes, story time, and "Spanish and puppets." Founder Yolanda Borras also creates her own Spanish children's books and learning materials for families and schools, and a number of Spanish kids videos are available to watch on the website.
The Language Workshop for Children – Upper East Side
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 a Languages for Tots class with a caregiver, and there is also a summer camp and a language immersion preschool.
Tribeca Language – Tribeca
Maurice Hazan, owner and founder of this school, developed the QTalk Method, which associates a specific picture with every word for easier learning. Private, semi-private, and group classes are offered. The goal is to teach children a core of 300 or so words that make imaginative play possible and build a larger vocabulary from there.
Bilingual Birdies – Citywide
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
Spanish immersion classes are one of the offerings at this arts-based educational organization, which has multiple locations in Brooklyn. Students learn the language through songs, dramatic play, games, and everyday interaction.
Juguemos a Cantar – Brooklyn
This program offers group classes for babies and toddlers up to age 5 and a Spanish immersion preschool, as well as after-school programs, playgroups, camps, and even a drop-in playspace.
Lango: Foreign Languages for Kids – Brooklyn
This Boerum Hill center offers a Spanish immersion after-school program with walking pickup from neighborhood schools, weekend classes, and a toddler playgroup. Summer camp is also offered.
For other ways to experience the Spanish language, read our post about Hispanic culture in NYC and check out our Classes Guide for more enrichment programs in NYC.
This post originally published in March 2013 and has since been updated.