Frequently Asked Questions

What is your school philosophy?
Early Childhood at MCC follows an emergent, project-based curriculum inspired by progressive schools around the world. We know that children learn best when engaged in work that is meaningful, ongoing and authentic to their interests and values. Our teachers create classroom environments that are beautiful, responsive and full of possibilities, then observe children closely to plan experiences and ongoing projects to extend children’s meaning making.

Who are your teachers?
Our teachers are highly trained, and have many years of experience in the field and/or advanced degrees in Early Childhood Education.

What is the role of the teacher in your classrooms?
We see our teachers as facilitators of children’s learning. When we recognize the incredible capabilities of young children, we realize that they come to school with real interests, knowledge and questions about their environment. We see that they form tenable theories about how the world works and test them through exploration and play. They build relationships that are deep, nourishing and enduring.

What is the role of families in the school?
We see families as our partners, joining together with the children and teachers to create a seamless connection between home and school. We communicate with teachers at drop off and pick up, through documentation, newsletters and emails, and at regular parent/teacher conferences. Our teachers strive to keep lines of communication open and are available for meetings and check-ins throughout the year as needed.

How much does the school cost?
We believe that universal education is necessary for equal citizenship. Our school incorporates Head Start, Early Head Start, Universal Pre-K and tuition funding to serve all families on the Lower East Side and beyond. For tuition-based applications, you’ll find a tuition sheet in your enrollment packet. We have financial aid available, and encourage all families to apply. Head Start, Early Head Start and UPK seats are tuition-free for eligible families.

What are the program schedules?
Standard school hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am-3pm. We have limited extended day (3-6pm) seats available in our tuition-based and UPK classrooms, and are exploring ways to extend this option to all families. Please indicate if you are interested in extended day on your application form.

Do children need to be toilet trained?
We work with families to support this developmental milestone. Toilet training is not a requirement for enrollment in any of our classroom.

Do you offer meals?
Yes, we have an onsite Kosher kitchen, which provides balanced and nutritious meals (daily breakfast, lunch and snack) to all children enrolled.

What is the child / teacher ratio?
Our classroom sizes vary according to age group, length of day and funding source. All of our classrooms have a minimum of two teachers at all times, and most classrooms are joined by a third teacher for the majority of the day. Our infant and toddler typically have 3-4 teachers throughout the day. We also have floating teachers on staff, who assist in all classrooms throughout the week.

Infants Maximum 8 children
Toddlers Maximum 10 children
2’s Class Maximum 12 children
3’s Class 15 children
UPK 18-20 children

What is the timeline for tuition-based applications?

  • Sign up online, by phone or in person for a tour of the school
  • December 18, 2019: All applications and financial aid applications are due
  • January 17, 2020:       Notifications are sent out to returning families
  • January 27, 2020: Returning family contracts + deposits due
  • February 14, 2020:     Notifications are sent out to new families
  • February 24, 2020: New Family contracts + deposits due

What is the timeline for UPK, Early Head Start and Head Start applications?
We are proud to partner with Head Start and the NYC Department of Education to offer free early childhood program to eligible children and families. Our UPK program is open to all 4-year-old children, with priority enrollment preference given to returning families. Our Head Start and Early Head Start programs are open to all children age 0-3 who meet eligibility requirements.

UPK, Head Start and Early Head Start enrollment typically begins in February for the 2020-2021 school year. By attending a tour or submitting an inquiry, you will be added to our active inquiries list. We look forward to being in touch with detailed application instructions in the new year.

How do I know if I’m Head Start eligible?
Your family may qualify for Head Start if at least one of these categories applies to you. Please contact us if you have specific questions about your eligibility status.

  • You live in temporary housing
  • You receive HRA Cash Assistance
  • You receive SSI (Supplemental Security Insurance)
  • You are enrolling a child who is in foster care
  • Your family income falls below a certain amount