Updated 2021


Officially Opens

Tuesday, September 7, 2021



119 Convent Avenue New York, NY 10031

Full-time and Part-time schedules available

Questions and enrollment information, please contact the Child Development Center Director,

Chanda Huston at CHuston@ccny.cuny.edu  




You can also connect with us on our website and social media:

Imagine Early Learning Centers Website

Imagine Early Learning Centers Facebook Page       

 Imagine Early Learning Centers Instagram(handle: @imagine_elc)

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 (7:30am - 5:30pm 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.

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 - 5:30 Daily Recap, Choice Time, Dismissal


Schiff House - Child Development Center