3K & UPK at Manny Cantor Center

3K & UPK at MCC is

an inspired, responsive, progressive 3k and pre-K program that follows an emergent, project-based curriculum, 3K and UPK at MCC serves 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds and their families; it is provided for free to all families in partnership with the NYC Department of Education. This program runs five days per week. All families are eligible regardless of income.

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3K comes to MCC

We are delighted to let you know that we have been selected by the Department of Education to provide 3K at our school beginning in September 2021. This partnership with the NYC DOE brings us one step closer to the equality and access we are working towards for our school and Lower East Side community. Enrollment for 3K will now take place through the MySchools website, which has been updated to reflect our school (code 02MAUA). You will need this code to submit your application. The deadline for 3K applications for the 21/22 school year is May 28, 2021. All children born in 2018 are eligible to apply for this program. If you have any questions, please reach out directly at earlychildhood@mannycantor.org or at 646 395 4237.

UPK Enrollment

UPK enrollment is now open through the NYC Department of Education, and we hope you’ll join us in UPK at Manny Cantor Center! Returning 3s families will receive priority enrollment preference – visit myschools.nyc to submit an application using our program code 02 MAUA by April 19. Applications are processed through the MySchools portal and we expect to accommodate all returning families who wish to join us. All children born in 2017 are eligible to apply for this program. We are happy to sit down with you individually if you have specific questions about UPK—please feel free to reach out directly at earlychildhood@mannycantor.org or at 646 395 4237.

About Our School


3K and UPK at MCC is an inspired, responsive and progressive Pre-K program built on a few simple principles: All children are competent, capable and curious. All families have something to contribute. We are stronger together. 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.

於MCC的UPK (學前班) 是一個具啟蒙性、發展性且注重反響的學前課程計畫,此學前課程是以以下幾個簡單原則所建立的:所有孩子都是具有天份、有能力且充滿好奇心的,所有家庭都具有貢獻的潛能,而當我們團結在一起時會更加強大。我們的教師致力於創造安全、快樂及滋養的學習環境,以啟發及培養孩子的探究力、探索力和反思能力,此外,教師們更會活用從生活周遭乃至孩子們的興趣所得到的靈感做為與孩子們一同規劃課程的基石。每個家庭都是我們在早期教育的重要夥伴,請您協同您的孩子與老師們一同創造一個讓家裡與學校無縫接軌的橋樑。

Contact Us

earlychildhood@mannycantor.org or at (646) 395-4237.

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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