A message from our Founder:

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 school with you. We wish we could welcome you in person, as we take pride in walking you through our state of the art learning environments that pulse with the curiosity, creativity and energy of our students.  

We hope that our new virtual admissions process will give you a sense of the magic and whimsy of our school, as well as the critical thinking and problem solving skills students acquire at POTA.  

During unpredictable times, our passionate and devoted staff offer our students an oasis of calm, love, community and connection.

We are grateful that through our Safety First-COVID 19 response, https://nycpreschool.org/covid19/ we were able to open our doors and provide our families with a full-time in-person educational experience. 

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 their lifelong educational journey and relationships with teachers and learning. We serve this highest work by first supporting you throughout the admissions process. Each of our admissions steps are intentionally designed to help your family become better acquainted with our program, and for us to build relationships with you and your child.

At Preschool of the Arts, our campuses and classrooms were designed with the young child in mind. While providing a joyful and meaningful preschool experience, we also bear in mind children’s future success, outside the walls of POTA. Our students complete their learning journey with us prepared to enter the best private and public schools.

Whether your child is preparing for Nursery or Pre-K, navigating the world as a Toddler, just beginning to explore as an Infant, or you are planning ahead of your newborn, this is a special milestone for your family and we are here to help you explore our school and work through the application process.

Through our virtual admissions process you will have multiple opportunities to meet our team during our POTA Open House, one-on-one "Fireside Chat," with our Head of School, a Virtual or In-Person Small Group Tour, and to share your amazing child with us via a short video.

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



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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.


Virtual Open House

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

Our Virtual 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.


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.


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Request a Virtual Tour

Would you like a virtual tour of our school?

We invite you to a virtual 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? Contact admissions@nycpreschool.org