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. 

Please reach out to earlychildhood@mannycantor.org if you need assistance in accessing virtual learning or other services.

Along with our teachers, we have curated lists of virtual resources and activities for families including access to food, mental health, and unemployment services, virtual activities for families, and anti-racism resources.  

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
UPK

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。
我们的愿景

Manny Cantor中心的早期幼儿教育是一所具启发性,回响性和不断进步的学校,其建立基于以下原则:所有家庭都有贡献;我们在一起变得更强大。我们认为,普及教育是实现平等公民身份所

必需的。我们的学校融合了启蒙教育,早期启蒙教育,学前班和自费各类课程计划,为下东城及其它地区的所有家庭提供服务。

我们的老师创造了安全,快乐和具有启发性的学习环境,以促进探究,探索和反思,并与孩子们合作,共同构建一门课程,从孩子们的兴趣和我们周围的世界中汲取灵感。家庭是我们的合作伙伴,与孩子和老师一起创建家庭和学校之间的无缝连接。

我们遵循以世界各地先进学校为灵感的基于项目的新兴课程。我们知道,当孩子从事有意义,持续且对他们的兴趣和价值观具有真实性的工作时,他们学得最好。

我们将老师视为孩子学习的促进者。当我们认识到幼儿无与伦比的能力时,我们意识到他们带着真正的兴趣,对环境的知识和问题来到学校。我们看到它们形成了关于世界运作方式的可靠理论,并通过探索和娱乐对其进行了检验。他们彼此之间建立了深厚,滋养和持久的关系。

我们将家长们视为伙伴,提倡者,以及孩子们的首要也是最重要的老师。我们会在家长接送孩子上/放学时,通过文件,新闻通讯和电子邮件以及定期的家长/老师会与家长们进行沟通。我们的老师努力保持沟通渠道畅通,并根据需要在全年提供会议和谈话服务。

课程包括:

婴儿和幼儿班

两岁和三岁班

UPK

如果您想了解更多关于适合您的课程的信息,请给我们发送电子邮件至earlychildhood@mannycantor.org或致电(646)395-4250

Contact Us

earlychildhood@mannycantor.org or at (646) 395-4250

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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