Grand opening CCNY Child Development Center 2020





160 Convent Avenue New York, NY 10031

Full and Part time schedules available

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Children Served & Hours

Serving children ages 2-5 years old with enrollment priority given to:

  • CCNY Students
  • CCNY Faculty/Staff
  • Community families

*Subsidized tuition for qualifying CCNY students

Hours: Monday - Friday (7am - 6pm EST)


Imagine subscribes to a Developmental-Interaction philosophy of education, derived from various child developmental theories and research, suggesting that children develop skills and learn through hands-on experiences and peer interactions in an environment that is both stimulating and appropriately facilitated by nurturing, professional teachers. Children advance their development and learning through their natural curiosity and intrinsic motivation to explore and adapt to their environment. The Center administrative and teaching staff, working as partners with parents, encourage the children’s active participation in curriculum activities designed to facilitate learning through self-discovery and expression. Our goal is to develop the ‘whole child’ as a self-confident and expressive individual in cognitive, physical and social domains. Curriculum in our Toddler and Preschool classrooms reflects typical child development goals and the individual needs of each child in the group. Particular attention is paid in the final Pre-K year to Kindergarten preparedness, according to state learning standards. Children and parents alike are valued as individuals, as well as members of our diverse school community.


  • Toddler

Our toddlers engage in free play and large motor activities as a group, as well as reading, painting, singing, dancing and circle time in more structured, small groups. Quiet/nap time is an important part of the day, giving each child a chance to unwind and recharge for the afternoon and evening. Teachers work with parents to help the children become more independent, including learning to use the bathroom.


  • Pre-school

Preschoolers learn by exploring a stimulating environment organized into learning centers such as sensory and art, dramatic expression, block building, manipulative toys, math and science, literacy, media and quiet/relaxation. Children spend the day making choices of activities to participate in during free play periods, listening and contributing to large group circle time meetings and working together cooperatively in small, structured groups. Physical development is emphasized in outdoor play in parks and playgrounds and inside in organized games and classes. Kindergarten preparation emphasizes socialization and early reading, writing and problem-solving skills.


  • After-school

After-school children range in ages from four to nine years of age. Children participate in age appropriate activities that will compliment the lessons of their primary schools. In a more relaxed atmosphere, children will participate in art activities, musical activities, board games, computer games, reading activities, and homework help.

Daily Schedules


7:30 - 9:30 Arrival/Choice Time
9:30 - 10:00 Snack (hand washing before/after)
10:00 - 10:20 Circle/Discussion Time
10:20 - 11:00 Structured Learning Time (learning centers), Small Group Activities
11:00 - 12:00 Outdoor/Gross Motor Play
12:00 - 1:00 Hand Washing, Lunch Prep, Lunch Time
1:00 - 2:30 Brushing Teeth, Nap/Rest Time, Quiet Activities
2:30 - 3:00 Children Awaken, Snack Time
3:00 - 6:00 Daily Recap, Choice Time, Dismissal


Schiff House - Child Development Center