MCC News & Updates

Summer Session in Full Bloom


Note: As of Summer 2017 MCC is no longer offering a summer session for preschool. Check out summer programs at our sister center the 14th Street Y at

“The summer at the Educational Alliance Preschool camp provided our son with a safe, fun-filled, nurturing environment – complete with arts & music enrichment, cooking, & lots of outdoor time, including a wonderful soccer program.” – Julie L. 

The Educational Alliance Preschool at Manny Cantor Center is a place for educators, children and families of all backgrounds to come together and form meaningful relationships. We also have plenty of fun!


Summer Session’s enriching offerings:

  • Field trips, drama, yoga & movement, water play, music, sports, weekly picnics in the park & more 
  • Experienced teachers and dedicated specialists 
  • Experiences that encourage creativity and community

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We offer 3, 4 and 7- week sessions of fun and community for your child. 

Full Summer: June 26 – August 10
Session A: June 26 – July 21
Session B: July 24 – August 10

Summer Session applications are accepted on a rolling basis and students will be enrolled pending availability after April 1st. For more information and to apply, please click  opens in a new windowhere. If you have any questions please contact us via e-mail or by phone at 646.395.4250. 

Want to learn more about our Early Childhood offerings? Check out our Preschool at Manny Cantor Center and our Parenting Center

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What are the dates, times, and cost?
Summer Session Enrollment:  
Full Summer: June 26 – August 10
Session A: June 26 – July 21
Session B: July 24 – August 10
2s, 3s & 4s Program (please note children must be 2 years old by June 1)
9am-12:30pm                                                 9am-3pm
o Full Summer, $2800                                   o Full Summer, $3200
o Session A, $1700                                       o Session A, $1900
o Session B, $1300                                       o Session B, $1500
5s Program (children born in 2012)
o Full Summer (July 5-August 10), $2750*                                  
o Session A (July 5-July 21), $1450*                                     
o Session B (July 24-August 10), $1500                                 
*Please note that the 5s program begins later to accommodate the UPK calendar
How old does my child need to be to attend Summer Session?
Children must be 2 years old by June 1, 2017. Children do not need to be potty trained to attend summer session.
What is the daily schedule?
Each day will include open explorations, time outdoors, water play, specialty and shared activities. Each day will be structured a little differently, please use the schedule below as a general guideline of what you and your child can expect:
Morning activities
Explorations/Special program
Sprinklers/Time Outside – picnic in the park
Snack in the garden
Closing circle
How many teachers are in each classroom?
Depending on the age group, there will be 12 or 15 children in each class, with 2-3 teachers.  
What sets this program apart from other summer programs?
Our teachers are highly trained, and have many years of experience in the field and/or advanced degrees in Early Childhood Education.   
Our camp is nestled within the beautiful Manny Cantor Center. Surrounded by parks and playgrounds, the newly renovated center offers programs for the community including a gym, art school, senior center, rooftop garden, and more. We cultivate a connection to the Lower East Side and Educational Alliance community, as well as to Jewish and universally relevant values and traditions.
I have more questions. How can I find out additional information?


“My 3.5 year old son loved Edgie’s summer camp! The kids spend so much time outside, exploring the neighborhood and learning about the environment. They visit local galleries, stores, parks and playgrounds. The educators are top-notch and are always looking for new, fun ways to engage the kids. Can’t wait to send my daughter this summer, too.” – Bridget B.

“My husband and I had researched and visited many preschools and after the tour, we knew we found the warm, enriching community where our son would grow in summer camp and preschool. I am grateful for all the care, attention, learning experiences, and nurturing environment that the dedicated staff has created. We are now part of the Edgies community and appreciate the child-centered philosophy of the program, as well as the passion, kindness and enthusiasm of the educated teachers. We are excited for Adyn to be part of the EA summer session again.” – Dr. Melinda K.

“As a working parent, the need for summer camp is a necessity; however, finding a camp that was right for our son, I thought, would have been a challenge. I was delighted at how EA preschool summer session was the right fit for our child. He was always happy and excited about going to camp and participating in the variety of fun activities they offered (music, gymnastics, traveling zoo). The staff was always welcoming, attentive, and went above and beyond to make each day an exciting and unique adventure. I also loved how they used teh LES community as their backyard. Their flexible scheduling options was extremely helpful as a family on a budget. Not only would I recommend this program to other families but my son will be returning to summer session this year.” – Bonnie L.