Tucked away in NYCs West Village is a warm preschool that got its start in 1969. With programs for children ages 2 through 4, Downing Street Playgroup has a lot to offer and does a good job of getting parents involved in the educational process.
Downing Street Playgroup is a nonprofit cooperative. The school is licensed by the New York City Department of Health and is a member of The Parents League.
Each month, parents serve as teachers on a rotational basis. Parents also manage the administrative and financial responsibilities of the school. As an added bonus, parents seek cooperation from parents of all backgrounds and the student body is diverse too. Since parents run the school, tuition is kept low and affordable.
The curriculum at Downing Street Playgroup is designed to foster social skills, communication, problem solving, respect for others, and a celebration of differences. Children have fun playing with their peers and develop a sense of responsibility while building up self esteem.
Using an experiential model of education, the school focuses on using themes to develop children’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills.
While parents are heavily involved in the educational process at Downing Street Playgroup, the school does have two full-time teachers. The head teacher has a Master’s Degree and a state certification in early childhood education. The assistant teacher has been teaching at Downing Street for more than 10 years.