Middle Kids 1

As a community of learners, our preschoolers have a variety of opportunities to explore their environment both indoors and outside.

The materials in the classroom offer children the chance to engage in learning possibilities through the use of block building, painting and drawing, stories, science experiments and neighborhood walks.

Children are encouraged to pursue their interests and investigations with the support of their teachers. Through observation and documentation, the teachers recognize the child’s strengths, relationships with others and interests as a foundation from which to extend learning. The ideas and interests of children are transformed into the daily curriculum in a meaningful way.

Purple Circle offers families the following Monday through Friday programs, year round, providing four options parents can choose from to meet their unique needs:

  • 8:30am – 1:50pm
  • 8:30am – 4:00pm
  • 8:30am – 6:00pm
  • 2:10pm – 6:00pm

There is also an early morning drop-off option available each day at 8:00am.

A predictable routine helps children develop a sense of competence and involvement in their world. For preschoolers, our schedule varies according to season and children’s and teachers’ needs. Below is a general schedule of daily events.

8:30am – 9am

9am – 10am
Free Play, Morning Group Meeting, Circle Time, Music or Story Sharing, Snack

10am – 11am
Outdoor Play

11am – 12pm
Story, Lunch

12pm – 1:30pm
Rest Time

1:30pm – 2pm
Wake Up, Snack

1:50pm – 2:10pm
Dismissal and Arrival

2pm – 3pm
Afternoon Group Meeting, Circle Time, Music or Story Sharing, Free Play


4pm-6pm “Late Day”
Snack, Free Play, Story Sharing



Keila Marie Torres
Keila Marie TorresLead Teacher
Keila Marie Torres joins Purple Circle as the Lead Teacher for Middle Kids 1. She is so thrilled to be learning and growing alongside you this year! She is a graduate of the Art of Teaching Program at Sarah Lawrence College and hold a master’s degree in both Early Childhood as well as Childhood Education. She also completed her undergraduate studies at SLC with a focus on Literature, Creative Writing, and French language. She has had the pleasure of working with children in a variety of educational roles and vibrant settings over the past 10 years. Some of the highlights of her teaching career includes her time as an English language assistant in France and a stint as a LEGO robotics instructor. She is a social justice-minded educator who aims to bring an appreciation for different languages and cultures into the classroom (she speaks Spanish as well as French and would love to know about any other languages you speak at home!). At the end of the day, she is a passionate lover of music, movement, good books, and hands-on, experiential learning who will always put the best interest of her students first. Her hours are 8:30am – 4:00pm.
Yesica Juarez
Yesica JuarezAssistant Teacher
Yesica Juarez has been with Purple Circle for over 10 years. During that time, she has traveled amongst all classrooms and has gained a lot of experience amongst all age groups. She spent most of those years in the Little Kids classroom but is beyond thrilled to explore Middle Kids 1 for a second year. She has a passion for Art and loves to incorporate it into the exploration and learning of the classroom. She looks forward to supporting the MK1 community and can’t wait to learn more about your children as thinkers and learners. Yesica graduated from SUNY Westchester Community College with an AAS degree. There she studied several Early Childhood courses. Yesica’s hours are 8:30am – 4:00pm.
Yoranny (Jada) Lopez
Yoranny (Jada) LopezAssistant Teacher
Yoranny Lopez, better known as Jada was raised in Upper Manhattan, the Heights. Growing up, her family called her Jada and it stayed with her ever since. She is bilingual , fluent in both Spanish and English, but she also understands a bit of French! Jada holds a BA in Science and Social Work from Monroe College, and worked at the Bank Street School for Children for seven years before coming to Purple Circle last year. Jada’s hours are 8:00am – 4:00pm.
Judith Williams
Judith WilliamsLate Day / Assistant Teacher
Judith Williams was born in London, England and her family migrated to the United States when we was twelve years old. Judith’s teaching career began at Pratt Institute where she pursued her interest in Fine Art and Education. She holds a BFA and also a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from City College. Judith has worked in both private and public school settings, and has worked at Purple Circle for over five years. Judith’s hours are 2:00pm – 6:00pm and she is our Late Day teacher.

Purple Circle is Accepting Applications for All Age Groups for 2023/2024

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