Day Cares on the Upper West Side

  Last modified on September 10th, 2022

Here is a full list of day cares on the Upper West Side. Once you choose the right fit for your kids, you can start thinking about preschools and then, elementary schools!

Basic Trust

127 West 94th Street

Basic Trust has been open since 1978. They have three rooms based on age groups.  Their Baby Room has 9 infants daily, ages three months to 18 months, with three full time teachers. The Toddler Room has 11 toddlers, ages 18 months to three years, with three full time teachers. And their Big Kids Room has 16 children ages 3-5 with 3 full-time teachers.

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The Goddard School

2495 Broadway

Located in a state of the art facility with large, sun-filled rooms. Their degreed teachers utilize a unique curriculum to teach your children in a fun and loving environment. As a parent, you stay connected with daily e-mailed activity reports, photos and videos!

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Goddard-Riverside Daycare Center

114 West 91st Street

Goddard Riverside offers comprehensive early-childhood education programs for children ages two to five. These programs help families thrive by providing safe, enriching environments for young children while their parents or guardians work.

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Morningside Montessori School

251 W. 100th Street #6

Beginning at an early age, children in a Montessori environment develop order, coordination, concentration, and independence.

Classroom design, materials, and daily routines support the individual’s emerging “self-regulation” (ability to educate one’s self, and to think about what one is learning), toddlers through adolescents.

Between birth and age six, the method provides the individual child a solid foundation on which to build the self.

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Bright Horizons at Columbus Circle

910 Ninth Avenue

Bright Horizons at Columbus Circle is an early education and child development center offering quality child care for children ranging in age from 6 weeks – 6 years.

The faculty at Columbus Circle will lead your child’s learning experience by implementing The World at Their Fingertips curriculum, which creates a developmentally appropriate environment through the use of a variety of learning elements.

Children make Independent and guided choices and experience the joys of childhood which will empower them to become confident, successful, and life long learners.

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Upper Valley Preschool

103 West 96th Street

Bright Horizons is the world’s leading provider of employer-sponsored child care, back-up care, education and work/life solutions with more than 700 child care and early education programs and schools for employers and working families across the US, UK, Ireland and Canada.

Committed to creating great work environments for its 18,000 employees, the company has been named 12 times as one of FORTUNE magazine’s “Best Companies to Work for in America”.

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Amigos Spanish Montessori

131 West 87th Street

Students at Amiguitos range from three months to five years old. Most of their students have been exposed to another foreign language and others speak only English.

Through patience, love, dedication, and a full immersion of the Spanish language, their students have learned to speak fluently within just a few months of attending their program.

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Children’s House

246 West 106th Street

Because their children are receiving care in a home environment, they have the opportunity to learn the social skills necessary to get through group meals gracefully, to conduct themselves reasonably well in public places,to negotiate, to cooperate, and in many other ways to navigate the vicissitudes of life in the larger world.

Older children learn how to care for babies, assist with meal preparation and serving, and younger children help the older ones with clean up.

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Brownstone School & Daycare

128 West 80th Street

The Brownstone School has an approach to learning which is play-based.  This comes from the belief that play is integral and necessary for a child’s overall development.  They provide multiple opportunities throughout the day for children to engage in play in the classroom, in their beautiful backyard and through neighborhood field trips.

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Columbia Greenhouse Nursery School

424 West 116th Street

The Columbia Greenhouse Nursery School is one of America’s oldest nursery schools. Columbia Greenhouse is an independent, not-for-profit, and nonsectarian early childhood school in Morningside Heights. They are also affiliated with and supported by Columbia University.

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Manhattan Day School

310 West 75th Street

Established in 1943, Manhattan Day School is a Modern Orthodox Yeshiva day school located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. MDS offers General and Judaic Studies to students in Toddler through eighth grade. Under the close guidance of devoted faculty, students develop sound moral principles based on the Torah.

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Chabad Early Learning Center

166 West 97th Street

Jewish values drive the curriculum, environment and school culture at Chabad Early Learning Center. They model and encourage kindness, respect, compassion, confidence and responsibility.

Judaism teaches that the formative years of early childhood are vitally important. A child is viewed as a plant that we nurture with the utmost care, since the seedling’s every experience will shape and color the quality of its matured self.

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Le Petite Ecole

159 West 82nd Street

The mission of La Petite Ecole is to immerse children in French language and culture, and develop their verbal, motor, social and critical thinking skills through a developmentally appropriate, arts-integrated curriculum.
Imaginative, hands-on projects are facilitated by native French-speaking educators, incorporating the artworks of acclaimed, visiting contemporary artists from around the world.
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Central Pak Montessori

1 West 91st Street

Guided by the Montessori philosophy, this daycare gently helps children learn how to learn in a secure, prepared environment, laying a firm foundation for them to become confident, caring and successful human beings.

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Montclair Children’s School

747 Amsterdam Ave.

An enriched, balanced curriculum and primarily teacher-guided approach embrace the whole child promoting the highest levels of cognitive, social, emotional and physical and ethical development, in a secure, stimulating, playful learning environment.

At Montclare they believe that a supportive preschool setting encourages independence, optimal learning and Kindergarten readiness.

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Play Together NYC

270 West 84th Street

At PlayTogether NYC, they celebrate the joy of learning and maturing through play!  They believe that small class sizes, individual attention, a rich varied curriculum, and commitment to group play are the best ways to help our 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s develop social skills, social learning, and analytical reasoning.

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Poppyseed Pre-Nursery

424 West End Avenue

March, skip, hop, run to Poppyseed Pre-Nursery, where babies, toddlers, twos and threes with Mommy or Daddy, Grandma, Grandpa or Nanny enjoy a fun-filled time of play.

Choo, choo with their Brio trains, cruise around in our mini-cars, cut the pizza in our pretend kitchen, play the piano or ‘go shopping’ with your baby and stroller, read books and master our puzzles, ching ching their cash register or stroll around with a puppy-pull toy. Sing songs, paint pictures, dance to your delight, jump in the gym and make new friends!

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Escalera Head Start

169 West 87th Street

Uses a creative curriculum as a base for classroom activities that promote intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth through the hands-on exploration of science, nature and art. The shared curriculum fosters collaboration between their day care Centers and Head Start programs.

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St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School

619 West 114th Street

Their five-day schedule begins in the nursery program with families selecting either a half-day (8:25 a.m. -12:30 p.m.) or full-day (8:25 a.m.-2:50 p.m.) schedule, with the option of after school or enrichment courses.

The nursery teachers carefully plan a curriculum that focuses on play while encouraging students to find their voices within the classroom and to listen to and respect the voices of one another.

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Rodeph Sholom School

10 West 84th Street

Rodeph Sholom School, a Reform Jewish Day School, fosters intellectual curiosity through a challenging independent school academic program in nursery through eighth grade.

At the heart of RSS is a warm, vibrant community, where students are guided by Jewish knowledge, values, and ethics to become self-confident and socially responsible leaders.

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La Escuelita

302 West 91st Street

La Escuelita was founded in 2002 by two parents, both professional educators, who wanted bilingual play and preschool experiences for their children.

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