Montclare Children's School

Nestled in a beautiful landmark building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Montclare Children’s School’s community reflects the international and culturally diverse Upper West Side neighborhood. Montclare provides a dedicated and nurturing team of early childhood educators in each classroom. The school's enriched, balanced curriculum and primarily teacher-guided approach promotes the highest levels of cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and ethical development in a secure, stimulating, playful learning environment. Montclare believes that a supportive preschool setting encourages independence, optimal learning, and kindergarten readiness.

Mission: Montclare Children’s School is an enriched preschool, engaging children in a joyful and dynamic environment. Montclare inspires lifelong learners by cultivating collaboration, creativity, and independent thinking.


  • Mutual respect
  • Safe and nurturing environment
  • Inclusive community
  • Commitment to continual growth and learning.

Profile of a Graduate:

  • Creative
  • Confident
  • Collaborative
  • Resilient
  • Kind
  • Competent.


Montclare believes that a balanced approacha thoughtful combination of teacher-guided and open-ended learning opportunitiesestablishes an excellent educational foundation, providing the skills children need for kindergarten and future learning.

Teachers scaffold opportunities for students to problem solve, learn conflict resolution, and manage frustration and expectations. Learning to transition, follow routines, and engage in cooperative play, children build confidence and independence, becoming more willing to take appropriate risks. Students also explore open-ended process art in a luminous art studio in addition to enjoying many opportunities throughout the day to engage in unstructured, imaginative play.

The curriculum promotes logical thinking by introducing skills in context and providing concrete materials. The acquisition of knowledge bolsters self-esteem, and learning with others greatly enhances social intelligence.

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