The Early Childhood Center At a Glance


The Early Childhood Center is a preschool and kindergarten located on the campus of Sarah Lawrence College 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 Early Childhood Center has a staff of six lead 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 and Child Development programs. More than 75 College students work at the ECC throughout the school year, under the guidance of the director and lead teachers. As participant observers, students blend into the daily life of the classroom, providing valuable assistance.

Adult to Child Ratio

Since the ECC boasts 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.

Preschool and Kindergarten Programs

Below is an overview of the programs offered at the Early Childhood Center. For complete information, please visit the Program and Schedules page.

  • “Twos” Class and Parent Discussion Group Morning and Afternoon Classes
    9-11 a.m. or 1–3 p.m.
    “Twos” and Parent Discussion Group builds gradually to two hours and requires a parent’s attendance along with the child for the entire school year
  • “Threes” Morning Preschool Class
    9–11:30 a.m.
  • “Threes” Morning Preschool Classes
    9–11:30 a.m.
  • “Threes”/“Fours” Afternoon Preschool Class
    Monday through Friday
    1:15–4:10 p.m.
  • “Fours” Morning Class
    Monday through Friday
    9–11:55 a.m.
  • “Fours”/“Fives” Morning and Afternoon Preschool/Kindergarten Classes
    Monday through Friday
    9–11:55 a.m. or 1–3:55 p.m.
  • “Fives”/“Sixes” Kindergarten Class
    Monday through Friday
    9 a.m.–2 p.m.
    Year will extend into June


Thanks to the Center for Family Development Fund, the Jane Judge Scholarship Fund, and the Kate Welling Memorial Fund, some scholarship funds are available to ECC families.

Reading at ECC

Why ECC?

“We love the Early Childhood Center at Sarah Lawrence College for so many reasons, but mostly because it doesn't require or encourage our kids to grow up too fast. The teachers are fully invested in the children's education and their advancement, but in an age-appropriate way. The program is a nice balance of self-direction and challenge, so my kids pursue what's interesting to them, and the teachers use that interest as a jumping off point to broader knowledge.”

–Amy Haggenmiller, ECC Parent