Early Childhood at Manny Cantor Center

While Early Childhood @ MCC in-person programming is suspended, we encourage enrolled families to remain connected to their classroom community and our school community via StoryPark and email. Our mental health and social services teams are also available to provide support for families in need. 

Along with our teachers, we are have curated a list of resources for families.  

Please reach out to earlychildhood@mannycantor.org if you need assistance in accessing virtual learning or other services. Please see below for a list of resources including food, mental health, and unemployment services. 

For Access to Food: 

NYC Public Schools are offering free grab-and-go meals for all children and families:  

Meals Hubs will operate Monday – Friday. Pick up for children and families runs from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and for adults from 11:30-1:30pm.

  • No registration, ID, or documentation required.  
  • All three meals a day may be picked up at the same time.   
  • No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off premises.  
  • Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children‎.  

Find the nearest school location offering meals, here. 

If you are unable to leave your home due to medical risk and unable to afford delivery services, you can find help via nyc.gov here

Mental Health Resources:

NYC Well provides free, confidential mental health support, in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365.  

  • Call 1-888-692-9355  
  • Text WELL to 65173  
  • Chat online with a trained counselor or a peer specialist at NYC Well here.  


Job Changes and Job Loss Support:

Educational Alliances Employment Services 

Employment Specialists are available to speak to any parent or family member who is looking for support related to unemployment, recent changes to their employment status, or concerns about how COVID-19 has affected their work. This is a completely free service, available to all members of our community.    

Call: 646-395-4262   

For information about how to file an unemployment claim and what benefits you qualify for visit the NYS labor department here


Internet & Device Access:

Comcast is offering free internet access for new customers for 60 days.  

To help students stay connected during emergencies, the DOE is lending internet-enabled iPads to support remote learning for students. If you would like to request a device for a NYC student in your family, please fill out this form.

For an additional list of activities for children, and resources about talking to your children about COVID-19 click here.

Our Vision

Early Childhood at Manny Cantor Center is an inspired, responsive and progressive school built on the following principles: all children are competent, capable, and curious; all families have something to contribute; we are stronger together. 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.

Our teachers create safe, joyful and nurturing learning environments that foster inquiry, exploration and reflection, and work collaboratively with children to co-construct a curriculum that draws inspiration from children’s interests and the world around us. Families are our partners, joining together with children and teachers to create a seamless connection between home and school.

We follow 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.

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.

We see families as partners, advocates, and as children’s first and most important teachers. We communicate with families 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.

Programs Include:

Infants and Toddlers
Two’s and Three’s

If you’d like more information about which program is right for you, please email us at earlychildhood@mannycantor.org or call (646) 395-4250.

For assistance in Chinese, please call 646 395 4256. 
中文服务, 请拨打646-395-4220。

Contact Us

earlychildhood@mannycantor.org or at (646) 395-4253

Manny Cantor Center is grateful for the generous support of the Jewish Communal Fund as the founding donor of the Jewish Day Care initiative, with a gift made through UJA-Federation of New York, and for the JCF’s support in piloting this new model of family engagement.

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