The Early Childhood Center: Preschool and Kindergarten
Grounded in a thoughtful, progressive curriculum for children ages two through six, the Early Childhood Center at Sarah Lawrence College is a preschool and kindergarten for children ages two through six and an observation and research setting for Sarah Lawrence College students interested in child development and teaching. The preschool and kindergarten programs at the Early Childhood Center are modeled as extensions of the Sarah Lawrence pedagogy, with an underlying belief that children are the makers of their own meaning.
Limited Space Available……Register Now for 2015-2016
We have limited availability remaining for our preschool and kindergarten programs for the 2015-2016 school year. The application period for the 2016-2017 school year will begin in mid-October. Learn more about applying»
2015's Best Preschool in Westchester
The Early Childhood Center has been named 2015's Best Preschool in Westchester by Westchester Magazine!
Sarah Lawrence College has been named a recipient of the Child Care Council of Westchester's 2015 Champions for Children Awards. The awards recognizes individuals and organizations who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to bright futures for children by creating or funding life-changing programs and initiatives. Sarah Lawrence is being recognized for providing quality early care and education through the Early Childhood Center and the Child Development Institute, and for preparing the early education workforce through the Art of Teaching and Child Development graduate degree programs.
"Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose"
Defending the Early Years and Alliance for Childhood recently released a new report, "Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose." The report addresses such topics as developmental readiness to read in kindergarten, lack of research showing long term gains from early reading, developmental gains from play-based programs, the importance of language-rich environments, best practices for children to become fluent readers, and policy and practice recommendations.
What Parents Are Saying About Sarah Lawrence's Preschool and Kindergarten
"The ECC has been Alex’s home away from home for the past five years. In that time, we’ve witnessed his transformation from a shy and reluctant toddler in the Two’s program to a self-assured, gregarious, engaged learner and leader in his first grade class. The level of attention, dedication, concern, and love that our son received at each and every step of the way from his teachers and from Lorayne has been incredible and has allowed him to thrive in ways we never imagined possible. 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 for us as parents. We wish we could stay forever!"
–Amie Kritzer, ECC Parent
TEDxSLC Talk: Sarah Curtis MA '13
Sarah Curtis MA '13, a teacher and graduate of the Child Development graduate program, attended the ECC preschool and kindergarten when she was a child. The experience of growing up lies at the heart of her interests and endeavors, which include poetry, performing arts, and anything that informs her development as a teacher. Watch a TEDx Talk from Sarah entitled, "Cute is a Four-Letter Word."
Why 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 “A Model Preschool” in Child Magazine’s “Best in Children’s Education” issue
ECC Art Archive
The ECC Preschool and Kindergarten Art Archive was conceived as a tool for viewing the artwork of young children at different developmental stages. All the artwork displayed in the archive was created by children ages two through seven at the Early Childhood Center, where artwork is essential curriculum.