La Escuelita is headed for a new home!
For several years, we scoured the Upper West Side, Harlem, and neighborhoods further afield in search of a site where we could nurture our long term goals. Armed with a thoughtful list of amenities to enrich the children's experiences, deepen families' connections to the school, and support the faculty and staff's tireless efforts, the project took two years.
But it finally paid off. We’ve signed a long term lease for an expansive 6,300 square feet at St. Michael's Church on West 99th Street. The garden level space allows expanded programming and includes every item on our wish list.
A private entrance will lead into a welcoming reception suite, complete with a comfortable waiting area. Wide hallways branch out into six sun-filled classrooms, plus an indoor gym for rainy or cold weather. An expanded library will hold double the current number of Spanish language and bilingual books, and will include reading nooks and small tables for cozy downtimes. An attached outdoor playground and a larger playground down the block for older children provide plenty of space for free play.
The new neighborhood offers classes many exciting places to visit. The public library is a short stroll away and Fridays bring the opportunity to visit a farmer’s market around the corner. Nearby, Central Park and Riverside Park provide plenty of green space. For parents and caregivers, the neighborhood is conveniently situated among several subway and bus lines. Multiple nearby coffee shops and diners make it easy to find a venue for a parent get-together or a post-preschool lunch date with the kids.
While the new location has hosted daycare facilities over the years, we want it to be truly special, and will shortly begin to renovate the space to better serve our needs. Our architect, Barbara Marks, has taken her in-depth experiences designing preschools and transformed our wish list into reality, while keeping us on track for opening in September 2017.
From teachers to parents to alumni families, our community is thrilled to be entering this next chapter in La Escuelita’s history. We welcome the opportunity to keep you updated on the progress of our renovation, and look forward to welcoming a new generation of students into our new home!
President, Board of Principals