Avenues: The World School. Photo courtesy of the school
Avenues: The World School. Photo courtesy of the school

Looking for a Preschool in Chelsea? Start Here.

Are you just a parent, standing in front of a preschool, asking it to let your child in? We know that sometimes conjuring the right preschool fit is almost as daunting as getting your kid into the right college, but the odds are excellent that you'll find a great spot for your little one, and if you're in the Chelsea neighborhood, you're in luck. This famously family-friendly downtown NYC neighborhood offers plenty of wonderful options for preschool-searching parents.

Before you launch your hunt for a preschool in the Chelsea neighborhood, it helps to know what kinds of questions to ask on a preschool tour, and how other NYC parents decided on a preschool. There are also a few terms to know: Our list below sorts preschool options by type, including Traditional Preschools (which follow the NYC school calendar), Year-Round Preschools (which are in session during the summer and holiday breaks), Cooperative (which requre a time investment from parents), Dual-Language (Mandarin and Spanish preschools are popular), Religious, and Montessori or Reggio-Emelia (which both focus on child-led learning). ​

And even though it is strongly recommended that your start your search early (at least a year in advance), remember that spots do open up. Ask about wait lists if you're late to the process or new in town. Good luck!


Chelsea Day School
319 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10016

Corlears School
324 W 15th Street
New York, NY 10011

CP Kids at Chelsea Piers
Between Piers 61 & 62, 23rd Street & The Hudson River
New York, NY 10011

Bright Horizons at 20 Pine
20 Pine Street, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10005

Bright Horizons at Kent Ave.
175 Kent Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Bright Horizons at Columbus Circle
910 9th Ave.
New York, NY 10019

Bright Horizons at Tribeca
129 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013

Bright Horizons at Chelsea
258 W 26th St
New York, NY 10001

Preschool of America
600 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10011

Avenues New York
259 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10001

Pusteblume International Preschool
244 W 14th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10011

WeGrow
110 W 19th St.
New York, NY 10011

Kids Korner Preschool
247 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011

Children's Garden Preschool
422 W 20th St
New York, NY 10011

Children's Garden Daycare
440 West 21st St Lorillard Hall
New York, NY

Preschool of the Arts at Chelsea
121 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011

Preschool of the Arts at Flatiron
40 West 22nd St
New York, NY 10010

Preschool of the Arts at Gramercy Park
337 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

Preschool of the Arts at Greenwich Village
207 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012

San Jose Day Nursery
430 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011

Buckle My Shoe Nursery School-W.13th St.
230 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011

The Montessori at Flatiron
5 W 22nd St
New York, NY 10010