Additional Programs

La Escuelita has several programs that complement our preschool. All incorporate Spanish language instruction and provide opportunities for children to socialize, practice age-appropriate skills, and develop their linguistic talents.

Playgroups and Music Classes

Our Spanish language enrichment groups offer the first point of entry to our community. Taught in Spanish by one of our preschool teachers, playgroups offer dual language support to families, allowing parents to get to know the school and the staff while having the children socialize with other children. Children from 1 to 4-years-old are exposed to a wide variety of vocabulary and concepts through song and dance, art projects, books, and circle time. Children attend with their caregiver, who will learn easy strategies for reinforcing the child's language in both English and Spanish during daily activities. For example, key Spanish vocabulary will be taught for use at home. English speaking, Spanish speaking, bilingual and multilingual families are welcome.

These Spanish language enrichment playgroups meet weekly throughout the Fall, Spring and Summer. Playgroups are limited to10 children. Families are encouraged to sign up for as many as they can to provide an introduction to Spanish.

Additionally, we now have special classes that focus solely on Music and Movement with our talented Cuban music teacher Mariang!  

Our current offerings are:

Fall Schedule:  September 24, 2018 - December 19, 2018

Playgroups Days and Times

Mondays: 9:30AM - 10:15AM  

11 classes @ $220

Thursdays: 9:30AM - 10:15AM10 classes @ $200

Music and Movement Classes Days and Times


Tuesdays: 9:30AM - 10:15AM

12 classes @ $240

Wednesdays: 9:30AM - 10:15AM

12 classes @ $240

Wednesdays: 3:15PM - 4:00PM

12 classes @ $240

Unsure if Playgroups or Music and Movement Classes are for you? Drop in rate is $25 per class, space permitting.


Please email in advance to check availability for drop-in.

Click here to register for Fall 2018 Playgroups or Music and Movement Classes.  Please also fill in the attached application and email it to

 Afterschool Program

The Afterschool Program provides school aged children a chance to reinforce and practice Spanish while participating in interactive content area classes. All students aged 4-8 years old with previous knowledge of Spanish are invited to participate. While La Escuelita students and graduates make up the majority of participants, the Afterschool Program is popular with Upper West Side public school Dual Language students as well as other families seeking to supplement their children’s Spanish language instruction. All classes are mixed age groups, giving the younger children an opportunity to learn from their peers while instilling confidence and leadership in the older students.

Parents may drop off as early at 3:30PM for homework and free play, but the classes start at 4:00PM and pickup is at 5:00PM. Classes run for approximately 15-week semesters in the fall and spring, and are taught by La Escuelita teachers as well as outside staff.

Our current offerings are:

Fall Semester: September 24, 2018 - January 28, 2019


CookingAngie Kohn


Dance and Movement

Pedro Carol Hernandez


Spanish Reading and Writing

Roxana Ochoa 

To register online, please Click HERETo register via our office, please click HERE to download our pdf. Please fill out the application and return to our office along with cash, check or credit card.

To view our Afterschool Calendar, please click HERE

Summer Program

La Escuelita offers a full immersion Summer Program for children 2 to 5 years old. Conducted exclusively in Spanish with expanded outdoor time, our Summer Program is a more relaxed setting than our Preschool, while still keeping our children engaged and actively learning. Groups are led by at least one Head Teacher and one Assistant Teacher, typically La Escuelita staff. In addition, children may see Spanish modeled by Junior Counselors. A new program first offered during summer 2015 to our graduates, Volunteer Junior Counselors assist teachers in all activities while serving as great examples of Spanish fluency to the younger children.

Our 2019 Summer Program will run from July 1st - July 26th. La Escuelita will be closed on July 4th.

Early Drop-Off

To accommodate parents, La Escuelita offers early drop-off for our Preschool students. Beginning at 8:15am, students may start their day in one of the classrooms, with free play supervised by one or two of our teachers. Early drop-off can be used on a regular basis, or as needed.

Early Drop-Off begins Thursday, September 20, 2018 and runs through Thursday, June 20, 2019.

You may prepay online by credit card or in the office by check or credit card. There are no refunds for unused days.

Rates for the 2018-19 School year are as follows:

5 Days per Week 8:15AM-9AM (163 days)


4 Days per Week 8:15AM-9AM (144 days)


3 Days per Week 8:15AM-9AM (117 days)


2 Days per Week 8:15AM-9AM (81 days)


1 Day per Week 8:15AM-9AM (42 days)


Pick 25 Days


Single Day


To register online, please click HERE.

For more information regarding any of the above programs, please contact our Executive Director, Kelley Grant at