Early Childhood Center

Here at Riverdale Y, we believe the foundation of early childhood education is a cooperative partnership among children, parents and teachers. Our Early Childhood Center is a trusted community pillar, featuring a full day nursery school program for children ages 2 through 5, including Pre-K for All, with early drop off and extended day options. We also offer after-school enrichment programs, summer camp, infant and toddler classes, and so much more.

The Early Childhood Center is a fun, safe and nurturing environment where children build their self esteem while developing their school-readiness, social skills, independence, language and creative arts, early literacy, math and science exploration, as well as swim instruction and indoor and outdoor physical activities. The Early Childhood Center provides Riverdale families a safe, caring environment and quality education.

Our Approach

Stimulating Minds

Music & movement, language & creative arts, early literacy, and math & science exploration

Nurturing Bodies

Indoor & outdoor physical education, personal hygiene, nutrition, and safety

Creating Community

Building self-esteem, social interaction, self-help skills, and conflict resolution

Our school offers:

  • Classes for 2, 3, and 4 year olds
  • Free PKA and 3-K (priority seating for current 2yr old students)
  • 2 playgrounds and an outdoor learning spaces
  • Before and after care – 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
  • After-school enrichment options

Join us for a tour and information session

Join us for one of our weekly tours for families of children 2-4 year olds. You’ll meet instructors, see the classrooms, learn what makes Riverdale Y special, and help decide if we might be a good fit for your family.

Wednesdays at 10am, January 24 – Feb 21
RSVP to mgluckman@riverdaley.org or call (347) 913-4445

Meet the Early Childhood Center Staff

Renee Bock

Director, Early Childhood

Jenny Nikolayeva

Early Childhood Teacher

Tamoy Jenkins

Assistant Teacher

Mary Anne Cebeci

Assistant Teacher

Jenita Radoncic

Early Childhood Teacher

Anna Santiago

Early Childhood Teacher

Charles Dixon

Early Childhood Teacher

Stephanie Davis

Assistant Teacher

Aitza Gonzalez

Early Childhood Teacher

Mindy Gluckman

Early Childhood Center Admin

Kathy Kennedy

Assistant Teacher

Sarah Gilbert

Early Childhood Teacher

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