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We believe that children learn best in an environment that is filled with opportunities to explore their world and to build on their previous experiences. Early childhood teachers at Barrow Street understand that play is the work of children. We believe that it is the basis for developing meaningful social interactions, creative problem solving skills and a wide range of communication and physical abilities. Our teachers value the diverse backgrounds of their students and provide opportunities within the curriculum for the expression and the sharing of family traditions and culture. Regular communication, community events and parent participation cultivate strong relationships among our families and staff.
The Bank Street, or the developmental-interaction, approach believes that children want to understand the world and how it works. Developmental refers to how teachers consider each child’s development and growth in the classroom. They respond to where that child is intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. Interaction refers to the point where emotions, intellectual development and relationships with other children, teachers, materials and ideas intersect for a specific child.
Reggio Emilia is a small town in northern Italy. Central to the Reggio approach is that children are seen as competent. Therefore in the classroom their ideas and questions are used as a basis for curriculum design. The environment of the school and classroom also plays an important role as children learn from who and what is around them. Observation, documentation and reflection plays a large role in the process of work that occurs. The Reggio Emilia philosophy is based on the principles of respect, responsibility and community. We incorporate these principles into the classroom through exploration and self-discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children.
Barrow Street was founded more than 30 years ago to provide the families of Greenwich Village with a private nursery school. Since it first opened its doors, the school has been housed at 27 Barrow Street. In 2006, Greenwich House assumed the operation of the school and today, we are one of twelve art, education and social service programs under the umbrella of Greenwich House.
Barrow Street Nursery School is committed to creating a community that is racially, ethnically, religiously and economically diverse. Barrow Street admits families of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin. It does not unfairly discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies or any other school-administered programs.
Barrow Street Nursery School
27 Barrow Street
New York, NY 10014
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