Pre-Nursery Classes

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Our pre-nursery programs—Toddler Playgroup, Turning 2s, and Shabbat Together—are play-based, open-ended classes that encourage exploration, growth, and discovery. We believe that children are capable, unique individuals, and our child-centered curriculum supports and fosters the development of each individual child.

Children thrive in nurturing, warm environments that are set up with them in mind. Our teachers encourage children to make choices, be empathetic, and consider their place and role in their classroom community. We see teachers as facilitators of positive, appropriate, engaging experiences that support the needs of the specific children in their care.

Through our pre-nursery programs, we strive to create an inclusive, fun, engaging environment where children and families can become a part of a community and develop lasting connections.


Toddler Playgroup (Children 16–24 months, with parent/caregiver): Toddlers are introduced to a first classroom experience with their grown-ups right by their side. Children and parents/caregivers will socialize and explore through dramatic play, stories, circle time, movement, and art.

Turning 2s (Children turning 2 between Sept and Dec, drop-off) is a twice weekly drop-off classroom experience that encourages your toddler's growth, exploration, socialization, and discovery. The two-hour class features play-based exploration, circle time, art and sensory experiences, snack, and time in our beautiful gym and rooftop playground. Parents/caregivers will participate for the first sessions to aid separation.

Shabbat Together (Children turning 2 between Sept and Dec, drop-off): Fridays are special for toddlers as we celebrate Shabbat in our classroom community! Through exploration, play, music, movement, stories, and art, children will experience Jewish values and holidays with friends and teachers.

Help us continue to ensure accessible programming for everyone. Please support Children + Family programming at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.