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
Hello everyone! My name is Aditi Gang (she/her/hers) and I am excited to begin my second year with the Purple Circle community and will be co-teaching Middle Kids 2 this year. I unexpectedly fell in love with Early Childhood Education seven years ago and since then, I have been working with young children across New York City and received my 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, I am fluent in English and Hindi. I love exploring different cultures with my students and watching them learn more about each other, their communities, and the world around them. I believe deeply that educators and students can learn so much from one another and I look forward to learning and exploring with Middle Kids 2 this year! My hours are from 8:30am – 4:30pm.
Keila Marie Torres
Keila Marie TorresLead Teacher
Keila Marie Torres joins the Middle Kids 2 classroom as a co-Lead Teacher and Education Director. 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.
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
Charlotte Bonnet
Charlotte BonnetLate Day / Assistant Teacher
Charlotte Bonnet is a native New Yorker. She is a bilingual speaker in English and French. She has a BA in French and Francophone Studies from Earlham College and a MS in Studies in Education from Bank Street College School of Education. Charlotte joined Purple Circle in June 2021 as a floating assistant teacher in MK1 and Little Kids classrooms. She worked as an afternoon teacher in MK 2 and a Late Day teacher in the MK2 classroom. Charlotte enjoys reading stories and interacting with children through collages and sensory activities. Charlotte’s hours are 10:00am-6:00pm.

Purple Circle is currently accepting toddler applications for September 2023