PlayTogetherNYC Preschool

Play is front and center in every way at PlayTogetherNYC, a close-knit Manhattan preschool dedicated to individual attention, small class sizes, and a rich varied curriculum that prepares young minds for kindergarten and beyond. With a UPK threes and fours program as well as a structured summer camp, PlayTogetherNYC provides quality educational programming all year long.

Founded and directed by Licensed Clinical Social Worker and recognized leader in the field of child development Nyla Kamlet, the Upper West Side preschool's play-based curriculum was designed to focus on joyful learning and individualized plans.

PlayTogetherNYC has recently been awarded a contract for a fully funded 3’s program through the DOE for the 2022-2023 school year. Students take part in circle time filled with singing, speaking, turn-taking, and pre-reading skills; do art projects meant to target both visual and fine motor skills; regularly engage in group play with blocks and other building materials; and end the day with a story and emotions review.

Running five full days a week, 8:30am to 2:50pm, the UPK program is part of the free citywide public pre-K initiative. It focuses on science, literacy, math, and cognitive reasoning skills, which are brought to life with games, small group learning, art projects, and playtime. Led by Educational Director Shannon Rouse, MSEd, who is a specialist in  Early Intervention and Arts, PlayTogetherNYC's program integrates literacy and STEAM into all activities, focusing on developing emerging skills in reading, writing, and math through play. 

Summer Camp

PlayTogetherNYC offers a comprehensive summer program working in tandem with Hands on Hoops and Take Me to the Water. The program provides an extension to learning through play that carries on from the school year while also providing opportunities for physical growth and development through sports based partnerships. Each week of the summer is themed, with art and play at the center of learning. The summer program runs Monday-Friday 8:30-3:00 with early drop-off and late pick-up available. 

To learn more about this joyful play-based preschool, complete a contact form on PlayTogetherNYC's website, or schedule a tour and obtain an application by emailing

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