“Experience is a moving force when it arouses curiosity, strengthens initiative, and sets up desires and purposes.” – John Dewey
At Purple Circle Early Childhood Program, children have the opportunity to interact with materials and develop connections with both children and adults. Purple Circle is an independent Early Childhood Program that supports the development and education of infants, toddlers, and children ages 5 months through 6 years. Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, it was founded in 1972 as a parent cooperative that values families as integral members of the school community. The partnership between families and teachers is essential to the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth of children. Our exceptional student-to-teacher ratio affords teachers time to observe, describe, and document all children closely in order to know them as unique individuals. Knowing children as unique individuals, Purple Circle is able to provide a variety of materials in every classroom that supports each child’s strengths and interests. Outdoor play is an essential component in the development of children. Neighborhood parks such as Camel Park, Red Park, Hippo Park, Tot Lot, and Riverside Park are visited daily by teachers and children.
Purple Circle is a non-denominational, parent cooperative childcare center, operating year around and licensed by the New York City Department of Health to care for children three months to six years old. We are a non-profit, non-discriminatory school welcoming children and families of all racial, religious, socio-economic, national, or ethnic origins and family configurations.