Welcome to Preschool of the Arts!

We are honored that you are considering our school for your child and we can't wait to share our beautiful spaces with you. This year, we are able to offer a range of choices for your admissions path, including both in-person and virtual options.  We take so much pride in walking you through our state of the art learning environments that pulse with the curiosity, creativity and energy of our students.  

Selecting a school for your child is a journey, as you seek a home away from home for a young child.  As you go through our admissions process, we hope that you get a sense of the magic and whimsy of our school, as well as the critical thinking and problem solving skills students acquire at POTA.  As Covid-19 continues to challenge our city, we offer students an oasis of calm, love and community connection.  

As a mother of young children, I know how deeply all parents want to give their children every opportunity for success. The first five years of life are the formative years. Research shows that the majority of our children's neural connections are formed before they graduate kindergarten.  With this knowledge, we envisioned and created the Preschool of the Arts and in September '99 we opened our doors to an innovative world of learning and exploration.

I would like to personally invite you to come along on our journey and experience how we are disrupting the field of early childhood education.

Warm Regards,

Sarah Rotenstreich


A message from our Admissions team:

Your child’s first school experience sets the foundation for a lifelong educational journey through relationships with teachers as well as the learning process itself.  Whether your child will be entering POTA as a Pre-K student, navigating the world as a toddler, beginning to explore as an infant, or you are planning ahead for the arrival of a newborn, the search for an early learning center marks a special milestone for your family.  We look forward to partnering with you as you look for your child’s first educational “home away from home,” and enter the POTA application process.  

The path through the POTA admissions process is intentionally designed to help your family become better acquainted with our program, and for us to build a relationship with your family. At Preschool of the Arts, our campuses and classrooms were created with the young child in mind and with a goal of nurturing deep relationships between all members of our classroom communities. While providing a joyful and meaningful preschool experience, we also bear in mind children’s future success outside the walls of POTA. When students complete their time with us, they are prepared to enter the best private and public schools, recognize their passion and talents, and become productive, ethical, caring members of society.  

The admission process this year consists of both in-person and virtual options, offering multiple opportunities to visit our campuses, including an in-person optional Open House, a small group tour with your Head of School, and an opportunity to share two videos of your child so we can get to know them better. 

As you move through the process, we hope you get a vibrant sense of our mission, culture and the value of a POTA education. We invite you to reach out to us with any questions. We are grateful to be part of this meaningful stage in your family’s life, and we look forward to meeting you soon!


Jennifer Calcano

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Summer of the Arts

A summer of outdoor and indoor fun and exploration. Our Summer of the arts program offers our families a summer of fun and adventure. We provide a camp experience that is rooted in our values of experiential learning, open-ended exploration and respectful care. We provide a safe, warm and loving environment, replete with refreshing water activities, nature excursions, specialty visitors, art projects, baking activities, musicals and trips.



Join our growing community of families

Each year, we are thrilled to welcome new families to our POTA community. Our goal throughout each step of our admissions process is to form a relationship with incoming families so that you get to know us and we get to know you.

Admissions Season for the 2023-2024 academic year is open!


Open House

Tour our State-of-the-Art facility and experience our Reggio inspired curriculum first hand

Our Open House is designed to give parents the opportunity to get to know who we are and why we choose to disrupt the field of early childhood education by raising the bar.



A guided and catered approach to placement

Graduates of Preschool of the Arts continue on to the finest public and private schools in New York City. Preschool of the Arts plays a vital role in supporting our graduates’ transition from preschool to elementary school.


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We invite you to a tour of our school and witness the magic and learning at Preschool of the Arts. Please fill out the attached form and our admissions team will reach out to you.


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Placement is limited as our programs fill up quickly.  Interested in immediate enrollment? Select spots available for the 2022-2023 academic year. Contact admissions@nycpreschool.org