Mission and Philosophy

Mission

Barrow Street Nursery School guides the critical first steps which lead to a life long enthusiasm for learning, appreciation of the arts, and care for the community and environment. While teaching the skills necessary for future academic success, our nursery school  engages each child's uniqueness and individual learning style by anchoring their day to day experiences in a strong child-centered setting. Creativity and artistic expression are highly valued. Individual exploration and group collaboration are equally emphasized. Barrow Street actively engages members of the community to ensure harmonious continuity between each child's home and school life to encourage parent participation and to foster diversity.

Philosophy

We believe that children learn best in an environment that is filled with opportunities to explore their world and to build on their previous experiences. Early childhood teachers at Barrow Street understand that play is the work of children. We believe that it is the basis for developing meaningful social interactions, creative problem solving skills and a wide range of communication and physical abilities. Our teachers value the diverse backgrounds of their students and provide opportunities within the curriculum for the expression and the sharing of family traditions and culture. Regular communication, community events and parent participation cultivate strong relationships among our families and staff.

School Approach

Overall, we believe in a constructivist, progressive, developmental approach to teaching young children that is active and experiential. Using prior experiences, students connect current explorations and gain new knowledge. The principles of respect, responsibility and community are incorporated through exploration and self-discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children. As they begin to think critically about their own explorations, this approach encourages children to cultivate their own understanding as learners.

Our curriculum is child-centered and focuses on social interaction. Pre-Academic areas are introduced through large and small group activities based on children's interests and during "work time". Those children who demonstrate readiness are encouraged to pursue learning activities through their 'work'. Teachers plan, question and process with children in developing a personalized education program appropriate for the child's developmental level.

Our approach is rooted in two educational approaches:                                                                                                                                                                  

The Bank Street, or the developmental-interaction, approach believes that children want to understand the world and how it works. Developmental refers to how teachers consider each child’s development and growth in the classroom. They respond to where that child is intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. Interaction refers to the point where emotions, intellectual development and relationships with other children, teachers, materials and ideas intersect for a specific child.

Reggio Emilia is a small town in northern Italy. Central to the Reggio approach is that children are seen as competent. Therefore in the classroom their ideas and questions are used as a basis for curriculum design. The environment of the school and classroom also plays an important role as children learn from who and what is around them. Observation, documentation and reflection plays a large role in the process of work that occurs. The Reggio Emilia philosophy is based on the principles of respect, responsibility and community. We incorporate these principles into the classroom through exploration and self-discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children.

History

Barrow Street was founded more than 30 years ago to provide the families of Greenwich Village with a private nursery school. Since it first opened its doors, the school has been housed at 27 Barrow Street. In 2006, Greenwich House assumed the operation of the school and today, we are one of twelve art, education and social service programs under the umbrella of Greenwich House.

Diversity

Barrow Street Nursery School is committed to creating a community that is racially, ethnically, religiously and economically diverse. Barrow Street admits families of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin. It does not unfairly discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies or any other school-administered programs.

 
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Barrow Street Nursery School
27 Barrow Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 633-1203


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