2’s, 3’s & Pre-K

Below is a listing of 2’s, 3’s, and pre-k programs in and around Port Washington. Most of these listings come recommended from other Port parents. A * means it’s a Port Washington Mama fave. If you know of a great early education program that you think should be listed, please send me an email.
Remember to check out the annual preschool fair at the Parent Resource Center.

Buckley Country Day School

2 I.U. Willets Road, Roslyn, NY
516.627.1910 | www.buckleycountryday.com

A private elementary school that also offers a premier nursery program and preschool on a beautiful campus. Most akin to NYC preschools (and with a price tags to match).

Child’s World

1515 Middle Neck Road, Port Washington, New York
www.childsworldns.org | 516.883.4141

A non-religious, non-profit parent cooperative that provides programs for kids 2-4+. Parents have described Childs World as a “play-based” nursery school with a “caring and attentive” staff and “huge” playground. As a co-op, parents are expected to take an active and involved role.

Community Synagogue

160 Middle Neck Road, Port Washington, New York
www.commsyn.org | 516.883.3144

Community Synagogue receives rave reviews from many Port parents for their 3’s and 4’s programs. There is a focus on hands-on learning, socialization, and Jewish culture.

Congregational Church Nursery School

160 Middle Neck Road, Port Washington, NY

Friends Together

4 Manhasset Avenue, Port Washington, New York
www.friendstogethernursery.com | 516.767.7020

Programs for 1.9 years to 4+ years, parents describe teachers as “warm and caring”.

Gan Shalom

1001 Plandome Road, Manhasset, New York
www.rsns.org/gan-shalom-nursery-school/ | 516.627.0257

For ages 2-4+, their programs have been described as “small, warm, caring, and nurturing”. Jewish activities are integrated into the program through stories, music, art, cooking, and Shabbat and holiday celebrations.

Growing Tree

140 E Broadway #2, Roslyn, New York
www.growingtreenurseryschool.com | 516.621.9009

Family owned and operated, the Growing Tree provides Toddler, Pre-School, and Pre-K programs for children ages 2–5 with an idyllic setting situated on the Roslyn pond. They have a lot of flexibility and also offer lunch bunch and after school enrichment activities and open play.

*Happy Montessori

40 Pleasant Avenue, Port Washington, New York
www.happymontessori.com | 516.883.1131

Incredibly warm, fuzzy and fun, yet structured and academic, Happy Montessori is a family run school that is influenced by the Montessori philosophy.  Mrs Sethi (founder) and Dr Sethi (Director) are full of warmth and thoughtful guidance. HM also offers door-to-door bus transportation and after school partnership programs. For kids 2.8 – 6 years and includes an accredited kindergarten program.

*My Spectrum School

11 Sintsink Drive, Port Washington, New York
www.myspectrumschool.com| 516.883.8036

Based on Harvard University’s Project Spectrum, My Spectrum School’s philosophy is to identify children’s areas of strength and uses this as the basis for a highly individualized and hands-on STEAM-centric educational program.  Students are encouraged to discover new concepts and ideas and develop necessary skills for success in a safe and nurturing environment.

PWMama Tip: Kids go crazy for “Science Jason”. Often dressed in a lab coat, Jason is like a real life Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Pierce Country Day School

Mineola Ave, Roslyn, NY
516.621.2211 | www.piercecountrydayschool.com

Amazing campus, classrooms, and facilities – Pierce offers programs for 2’s, 3’s and pre-K all offering a 5-day-per-week program. Bus transportation is available for nearby districts (Port, Roslyn, and Manhasset included).

Roslyn Trinity Co-op

1579 Northern Boulevard #A, Roslyn, New York
www.roslyntinityco-op.org | 516.621.3380

A non-religious and non-profit parent cooperative nursery school that offers programs for 2 years to 4+ years. Teachers are described as “warm and compassionate”. As a co-op, parents are expected to take an active and involved role.

St Peter of Alcantara

1327 Port Washington Boulevard, Port Washington, New York
www.stpeterofalcantara.org | 516.883.6675

Offering programs for children ages 2-4+, one mom described the teachers as a “big hug”.

Temple Beth Israel

1 Temple Drive, Port Washington, New York
www.tbiport.com | 516.767.1708

Programs for children ages 2-4+. Parents have described the program as “community oriented” and the teachers, who all have advanced degrees, as “well trained, creative and fantastic” with a focus on nature and arts.