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:

Dance & Movement Class

We provide a 50-minute weekly Movement session to each class. These are led by licensed neuro-motor therapist, Mary Cartales. The children are led in age-appropriate activities based on Mary’s long experience working with children. As Mary has taught us as a staff developer as well, repeated and structured movement strengthens neural pathways in the brain which many researchers and educators now understand is critical to well-developed language and academic success. Also, we all love to dance!


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

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.

Art Club

Long-time Spuyten Duyvil teacher Grazia LaRocca comes in once a week to offer open-ended, process-focused art activities. While a product may result, the emphasis is on the child’s interaction with the medium- watercolor observational painting, printmaking, table painting, collage. Having an experienced teacher working exclusively with her Art Club students within the busy classroom, allows for more attention to the child’s experience.

Vacation Camp

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

Before/Aftercare Tuition Rates for 2022 – 2023

We offer many combinations of days and times to accommodate the wide variety of family needs. The tuition list linked below shows possible schedule options. Check in with Director to confirm your schedule and cost. If your child is attending only during 3K or 4K hours, there is no fee. This is only for early drop-off and afterschool care.