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Educational Alliance Preschool at Manny Cantor Center is a progressive early childhood center that welcomes families of all backgrounds. Teachers and children work collaboratively to co-construct a curriculum that draws inspiration from the children’s interests. Families are our partners, joining together with the children and teachers to create a seamless connection between home and school. Exploration, play, open ended questions, and beautiful spaces provide an excellent framework for learning.

As part of Educational Alliance, a network of community centers operating in downtown Manhattan, including the 14th Street Y, the Preschool cultivates a connection to the Lower East Side and Educational Alliance community, as well as to Jewish and universally relevant values and traditions.


The Preschool gleans inspiration from the Reggio Emilia philosophy, Jewish values and traditions, progressive education, the surrounding Lower East Side community, and, most importantly, the children.

Reggio Emilia

The educators of Reggio Emilia, a small town in northern Italy, have developed an influential and widely practiced educational philosophy that emphasizes children’s capabilities and inquisitiveness through in-depth investigation. Drawing on this innovative approach, we believe that children come into this world already competent, capable, and full of potential. Our classrooms offer a myriad of opportunities for self-expression, creative thinking, and problem-solving.

Jewish Values

The Preschool weaves Jewish tradition into the fabric of its curriculum in order to highlight universally relevant values, such as generosity, gratitude, respect for one another, respect for the environment, forgiveness, open-mindedness, and kindness. These values are explored through day-to-day activities and honored through celebrations.


We recognize and support the diverse needs of growing young families. Our flexible program with generous hours and options complements your busy lives. Please click here for TUITION INFORMATION.


APPLY ONLINE for the 2017–2018 school year.


We are now accepting applications for all programs on a rolling basis. Slots are filling fast!

Educational Alliance Preschool at Manny Cantor Center serves families with children ages 3 months to 5 years. For more information contact Assistant Director Louis Hamlyn-Harris at 646.395.4253. 

Our yearlong programming includes 2s, 3s and 2s Together. These programs offer:

  • Experienced, professional and nurturing educators
  • An environment of listening, exploration, wonder and play 
  • A community of parents, children and educators working together
  • Guided by universally relevant Jewish values such as generosity and kindness 
  • With 5-day, 3-day, and 2-day options available

Our 2s Together program provides 2 year olds with a gradual separation experience, with parents and caregivers being active participants in the program. The curriculum involves age-appropriate activities including free play, art, creative movement, music, circle time, story time and more. The program encourages self discovery in a relaxed and nurturing environment. 

Our full-day Infant and Toddler Center at the Educational Alliance Preschool empowers children to explore the world through their own eyes. Led by nurturing, experienced teachers, children ages 3-24 months explore light-filled surroundings and build joyful social interactions with peers. Our educators work in partnership with our families: teachers help parents navigate the amazing journey of early childhood, and parents help teachers to best understand their own child’s unique gifts. Learn more here

We are proud to offer a FREE full-day, high-quality Universal Pre-K program in our Preschool as a community partner with the NYC Department of Education. We have limited spaces available in this program and would love to tell you more and welcome you into our community. All you need is your NYC ID! FOR MORE INFORMATION: 646.395.4250

The Educational Alliance Preschool at Manny Cantor Center is a place for educators, children and families of all backgrounds to come together and form meaningful relationships. We also have plenty of fun!

Summer Session’s enriching offerings:

  • Field trips, drama, yoga & movement, water play, music, sports, weekly picnics in the park & more
  • Experienced teachers and dedicated specialists
  • Experiences that encourage creativity and community

2017 Summer Sessions: 

We offer 3, 4 and 7- week sessions of fun and community for your child. 

Full Summer: June 26 – August 10
Session A: June 26 – July 21
Session B: July 24 – August 10

To learn more click here

Educational Alliance Preschool in the news: 

Parents League:

Educational Alliance is proud to announce that it has joined the Parents League, a non-profit coalition that provides resources and advice to families and independent schools across NYC. We are excited to be connected to the Parents League’s network of educators, experts and families. Learn more here

Jewish Education Project: 

Being Child-Centered at the Educational Alliance Preschool

Seeing the Details in a Child-Centered Approach

Adding the Teacher’s Voice at the Educational Alliance Preschool

Mommy Poppins:

Under-the-Radar Preschool: Educational Alliance Preschool

The New York Times: 

A Community Center for All 

Contact us via e-mail or at 646.395.4250 to learn more.

Manny Cantor Center is grateful for the generous support of the Jewish Communal Fund as the founding donor of the Jewish Day Care initiative, with a gift made through UJA-Federation of New York, and for the JCF’s support in piloting this new model of family engagement.

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Want to learn more about our family offerings? Check out our Parenting Center!

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