The Early Childhood Center: Exceptional Preschool and Kindergarten Education

At the Early Childhood Center at Sarah Lawrence College, we believe children are the makers of their own meaning.

The Early Childhood Center (ECC) provides a thoughtful, progressive curriculum for children ages 2 through 6 in preschool and kindergarten. Its programs are modeled on the Sarah Lawrence pedagogy, and it provides a setting for observation and research for Sarah Lawrence College students interested in child development and teaching.

Why choose the Early Childhood Center?

  • High adult-to-child ratio
  • Progressive education led by teachers knowledgeable in child development and early childhood education
  • Rich on-campus opportunities for learning and play
  • A.M. and P.M. preschool and kindergarten options
  • Named Best Preschool in Westchester 2015 by Westchester Magazine and “A Model Preschool” in Child Magazine’s “Best in Children’s Education” issue

The Early Childhood Center at a Glance


The ECC is located on the Sarah Lawrence College campus in the City of Yonkers, bordering the Village of Bronxville, just north of New York City.

The Center is easily accessible to families in neighboring towns, including Eastchester, Mount Vernon, Tuckahoe, New Rochelle, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Scarsdale, Hartsdale, Riverdale, the River Towns, and the Upper West Side.

Leadership & Teachers

In addition to the director, the ECC has a staff of six master teachers who teach in our preschool and kindergarten classes. Learn more about our staff»

Fieldwork & Laboratory Environment

Fieldwork is a central feature of undergraduate psychology classes, as well as graduate work in the Art of Teaching, Child Development and Dance Movement Therapy master’s programs.

More than 75 Sarah Lawrence students work at the ECC throughout the school year, under the guidance of the director and master teachers. As participant observers, students blend into the daily life of the classroom, providing valuable assistance.

Adult-to-Child Ratio

Because the ECC includes a staff of professional teachers as well as undergraduate and graduate student assistants and observers, the adult-to-child ratio is very high. For example, in a classroom with 14 children, there are often as many as five adults.

Program Philosophy»

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Register Now for 2015-2016»

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Best of Westchester 2015 Logo

2015's Best Preschool in Westchester
Westchester Magazine

Child Care Council of Westchester

Recipient of the Child Care Council of Westchester's

2015 Champions for Children Award»

“We’ve truly felt like valued partners in our son’s education—at the ECC, dialogue is open, growth is collaborative, successes are celebrated, and challenges are met with empathy and resolve. Being a part of the ECC community has been a source of pure joy, not only for Alex, but also for us as parents. We wish we could stay forever!"

–Amie Kritzer, ECC Parent