Discovery. Direction. Growth

Preschool of the Arts offers children from birth to five years old a child-centered, hands-on, social learning experience that emphasizes Jewish values, traditions and the arts. Our infant program is influenced by the RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) approach that focuses on respectful care of babies, creating loving routines of sleeping, feeding, diapering and exploring. The preschool program, which serves children two to five years old, takes inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach that honors children’s interests and ideas through emergent curriculum and sees documentation as a window onto the learning. We value children’s play and expression through the arts as a window onto their deepest selves.

For the past twenty years, Preschool of the Arts has offered families in Lower Manhattan a home away from home and an extended community of families raising children side by side. Together, we help children build a disposition for learning that prepares them for a successful and happy future. 

Reggio Emilia Approach

Scaffolding. Learning towards mastery of life. Acquisition of cognitive and social skills.

In classrooms that embrace co-constructed learning, children actively participate in the teaching and learning process. Skilled teachers seize upon children’s innate curiosity and sense of wonder through careful observation and documentation of their play.



STEAM; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math are seamlessly integrated into our inquiry-based and child-led approach to learning.
STEAM at POTA takes on an active, hands-on, and immersive approach to learning. Teachers introduce inspiring materials and objects referred to as provocations, to stimulate children’s curiosity and  prompt them to think and ask questions.

The Arts Curriculum

Providing children with tools to become creative thinkers and learners.
Our outstanding arts program is the cornerstone of our school. Children are naturally creative and derive much pleasure from involvement in creative arts. They learn a host of skills and acquire tremendous self-esteem when given varied opportunities to create.

RIE Practice

Connecting through care

Infants learn through their interactions with adults and the world around them. Feeding times, diaper changes and other moments of care are viewed as valuable opportunities to nurture infant development. Our infant educators are trained in the RIE approach;


Values and Traditions

Joy. Character development. Respect for all
Our children learn the customs, traditions, and moral values of Judaism. These lessons are woven naturally through all of our disciplines so that they become both a meaningful and treasured part of each child’s personal milieu. 

Is it Montessori?

Why we chose child-centered, Reggio inspired and play-based instead

A Reggio curriculum is fluid and organic. The curriculum emerges from the interests of children. Since teachers are careful observers of children, they are very familiar with topics that excite their curiosity.

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Placement is limited as our programs fill up quickly.  Interested in immediate enrollment? Select spots available for the 2023-2024 academic year. Contact