Toddler Programs at Barrow Street

Barrow Street Toddler Programs are for children aged turning 2 (turning 2 between June 1 - before school starts - and January 31). They are specifically designed to promote independence, autonomy and language development. Research shows that emotional security is the true foundation of learning and this class stimulates children’s social, physical and cognitive development while safeguarding that security.

We believe young children learn best through early socialization and our teachers create environments that enrich children's play. They will model how to extend your child's play by demonstrating when to intervene with questions, suggestions and challenges.

Encouraging self-discovery through a relaxed environment, our classes focus on the process of learning rather than the product. Through play, tactile experiences, art explorations, stories, gross motor activities and music children develop positive techniques for guidance and discipline. The classrooms are arranged so young children can lead their own play and be active participants in their own discoveries.

Toddler Classes

These year-long, pre-nursery school programs meet two or three times a week to stimulate children's social, physical and cognitive development while safeguarding their emotional security. Encouraging self-discovery in a relaxed environment, children learn to follow simple routines for class structure, developing a sense of comfort in their new environment.

Separation Classes: As children gain comfort in their new surroundings, throughout the fall semester, adults gradually step back and allow their child to fully focus on their daily activities, budding friendships and their new found independence. Once children are comfortable, caregivers slowly begin to separate. Parents will have the opportunity to participate in discussion-based workshops with our developmental psychologist on topics such as discipline, language development, potty training and sibling relationships.

  • For the 19-20 school year, children should be born between June 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018
  • Class Times: 
  • 9:00 - 12:00 (M/W/F or T/H)
  • 2:00 - 4:00 (M/W/F or T/TH)
  • 8 - 10 Students and 2 - 3 Teachers per class*

*During the separation process (September - November), there are an additional 2-4 other teachers in the classroom to support the separation process more individually for all children.

To Apply                                                                           

Applications for the 19-20 school year will close October 31, 2018. 

  • Select "Toddler" as the class you are applying to. 
  • In the short answer questions, please note any specific requests about classes (e.g. if you are flexible, if only T/H schedule works, etc).
  • Parent Visits (required) occur between October - January. 
  • No Child Visit is required for entry into the Toddler Program.

Visit our Admissions Page for more information and notification dates.

  • Classes take place in our Toddler Classroom on the 2nd floor but also utilize our rooftop playground, tricycle track, gym, art and movement rooms. 
  • A 25% non-refundable deposit is due upon enrollment. 
  • Classes are grouped by age. Your child should be between 19 months and 2 years and 3 months at the start of class.

questions regarding these classes, please contact: 

Nicole Pappas Ferrin
212-242-4140 x283

Please note that our Me & My Special Grown Up classes have been discontinued.

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Barrow Street Nursery School
27 Barrow Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 633-1203


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