Middle Kids 2

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



Aditi Gang
Aditi GangLead Teacher
Aditi Gang (she/her/hers) is excited to begin her first year with the Purple Circle community. Aditi unexpectedly fell in love with Early Childhood Education six years ago and since then has been working with young children across New York City and has received her MS.Ed in Early Childhood General Education and Early Childhood Special Education from Bank Street College of Education. Growing up in the melting-pot of Singapore and in an Indian family, she is fluent in English and Hindi. She loves exploring different cultures with her students and watching them learn more about each other, their communities, and the world around them. She believes deeply that educators and students can learn so much from one another and looks forward to learning and exploring with Middle Kids 2 this year! Aditi’s hours are from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.
Rhoda Muchoki
Rhoda MuchokiLate Day / Assistant Teacher
Rhoda Muchoki was born in Kenya and has been living in the U.S. for many years. She is tri-lingual, fluent in Swahili and Kikuyu. Rhoda has a BA in Education and Fine Arts from Kenyatta University in Kenya and a Child Development Associate credential from Bank Street College of Education. Rhoda has worked in early childhood programs for many years and has been at Purple Circle since 2007. Rhoda’s hours are 10:00am – 6:00pm and she is our Late Day Teacher
Selene Balbuena
Selene BalbuenaAssistant Teacher
Selene Balbuena was born in Mexico and raised in the United States. Selene is starting her first year at Purple Circle. She is bilingual speaking Spanish and English. She started at various programs like the Ideal School of Manhattan as well as the International Academy of New York. Selene started as an Assistant Teacher at the International Academy of New York. At the Ideal School of Manhattan she assisted preparing lunch for the students and for all of the staff daily. She worked in various educational places before beginning her Fieldwork towards her CDA in the early childhood education with children from birth to ages 5. She is so excited to join the Purple Circle community and can’t wait to see what this year has in store. Selene’s hours are 8:30am – 2:30pm.

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

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