Frequently Asked Questions
Current Y Nursery School (YNS) parents can find more information in the YNS Parent Handbook.
How do I enroll my child in the nursery school at the Y?
Prospective families are welcome to participate in a school tour beginning in November of the year before enrollment. Registration forms are available during the tour, on our website, and at the Y registration desk. In order to secure a spot, a $500 deposit must be included along with the completed registration form. Four year olds must apply through the NYC Department of Education Prek-For-All admissions process.
When does registration begin?
Families currently enrolled in the nursery school can take advantage of priority registration starting in the month of October in the year prior to enrollment. General registration begins the following month, in November. The Prek-For-All admissions process typically will begin in the January before school begins.
Are there admission requirements?
Children are accepted into the program on a rolling basis until we are fully enrolled. We accept children from the community as long as we have space available. Four year olds are selected by the NYC Department of Education based on their priority policies and through random selection.
Is there tuition assistance available?
Financial assistance is available for families with documented need. A financial assistance form must be completed at the time of registration and is submitted for review at that time.
Is there transportation to and from school available?
For the 2019-2020 school year, door-to-door busing is available for the 8:40 am arrival and the 2:50/3:00 pm dismissal. There is no busing available in the middle of the day or after the extended day hours.
What are your class sizes and how many classes do you have?
There are fifteen children with a lead teacher and an associate teacher in classes of three year olds and there are eighteen children with a lead teacher and an associate teacher in classes of four year olds. There are 12 children with a lead teacher and an associate teacher in classes of two year olds. Currently, we have six classes of three and four year olds and two classes of two year olds.
What is Prek-For-All (PKA) and does the Y offer a Prek-For-All program?
PKA is a state and city funded tuition-free program for four year old students. In 2019-2020 the Y will offer a PKA full-day program from 8:40 am to 2:50 pm. The Y also integrates PKA into its extended day program for four year olds with families paying tuition for the non-PKA portions of the day.
Does the Y provide food for the students during the day?
The Y provides a snack for students in the morning and a snack in the afternoon. Two and three year old students bring their own lunches to school. PKA students receive a free hot lunch daily prepared in the Y's kosher kitchen. Families can supplement our snack program by signing up to participate in a ‘healthy snack’ program.
What special programming does the nursery school offer during the day?
Children participate in a special music program and in a special dance program on a weekly basis. We also work in our roof-top garden on Wednesday afternoons. On Fridays mornings, a Jewish educator incorporates Jewish cultural experiences into our curriculum for two and three year olds.
How do you communicate with families during the school year?
Our school communicates regularly with families through a software platform called Remini. Photographs are uploaded and weekly newsletters and school updates are forwarded to families each Friday. Our newsletters contain information about units of study, class outings, and activities that took place during the week in school. Parent-teacher conferences are held twice a year, in December and in May and families are welcome to schedule more frequent meetings with our teachers if needed. Our Parent Committee meets monthly and includes class parents for each group of children. Class parents communicate regularly with families regarding trips and school and community events.
When does the YNS close?
Visit our calendar for a list of closures.