Our School Programs

Spuyten Duyvil Preschool offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of parents and families in our community.  We are unique in allowing families to structure their child’s educational and childcare schedule in consideration of their individual work and personal needs. Financial aid is available for eligible families.

If your child was born in 2018 or 2019, you are eligible to apply for September 2022 admission. You are invited to visit our wonderful school and see for yourself if Spuyten Duyvil would be the place for your child to best flourish!  Be our guest for an open house or a guided tour.

Programs for Threes and Fours

Our school is open from 7:30 am – 6:00 pm.  This allows for Early Drop-off and Late Pick-Up beyond 3K Nursery and PreK 4 hours. Now that NYC has expanded its funded universal childcare programs to include both 3 and 4-year olds, all application is done through the Dept. of Education. Both 3K and 4K lotteries open early in the new year. Current 3’s children receive priority placement in the following year’s 4K. There is NO application directly through the school anymore.

Extended Time

To accommodate varying schedules of different families, we offer early drop off at 7:30 am and late pick up until 6 pm for additional private fees. Families may contract for whichever days and hours best suits their personal needs.

Afterschool Add-ons:

Children in PreK4 are also invited to enroll in our Afterschool Add-ons for additional fees. Currently we offer Suzuki Violin and Hip-Hop Dance classes once a week after 3:00. This is separate from the Extended Day program and open to all 4-year olds.

Expanded Curriculum

In addition to the fully rounded, active program provided in the classrooms each day, our daily curriculum has been further expanded to enrich your child’s well-balanced preschool experience:

Music Classes

We provide a 40- to 50-minute music class each week in our studio.  The classes are led by an experienced early childhood teacher with a rich music background.  The sessions are arranged to follow an age-appropriate curriculum that emphasizes children’s natural rhythm and love of music to form a strong foundation of music concepts.

Music teacher Janet Winston has added group movement to the curriculum, further enhancing the musical experience for each child.

For more about our music program, please click to read the curriculum letter from Janet Winston.


All children receive a weekly class in playing chess.  Spuyten Duyvil works with a unique program developed by Chess@3.  Children work with instructor Roy Shuler in half-class groups for a half-hour each.  Classroom teachers play and learn alongside the children.

More information about this program and all the cognitive benefits is available at the Chess@3 website.

Nature Studies

Hannah Saunders is the founder of Second Nature Outdoor Learning. She has been exploring and sharing the natural setting of Inwood in Northern Manhattan with parents and children for some time. She brings her expertise in growing our own food, composting and exploring the natural environment to our children, families and staff.  Nature is still active through the winter and our children learn this firsthand, going out with Hannah in small groups all year round.

Vacation Camp

All Spuyten Duyvil students are invited to sign up for specialty vacation Camps during school breaks (December, February and Spring). Focus topics have been Science Discovery, Farm and Gardening and we are planning for Big Art as well. Teachers from our regular program staff the camps with full extended hours as needed; fees depend on days and hours.

Tuition Rates for 2021 – 2022

We offer many combinations of days and times to accommodate the wide variety of family needs. The attached tuition list gives some of the choices for M-F schedules. Check in with Director to confirm your schedule and cost.

Nursery tuition rates for 2021:

UPK Extended hours tuition rates for 2021: