From our Children:

“How was Big Kids today?” – Amelia
“Mom, it’s perfect there.” – Margot
– Margot Geiger and Amelia White

When speaking to my daughter (Purple Circle Big Kids alum) about her new kindergarten teacher, I told her that her teacher called her kind, warm and bubbly. She quickly responded, “…and she is the 4th best teacher in the world. After (BK teachers) Doug, Jasmine and Iris.”

“I love P.C.! I always like to visit everyone! And while I went there I had so much fun! When I grow up and become a mommy, I am going to send my kids to Purple Circle.”— Zoe Frost

Bye Mommy! – Rhett
Bye honey, where are you going? – Shelley
Purple Cur-tle. – Rhett
Oh, am I coming with you? – Shelley
No, all by myself. Love you! – Rhett
Mommy, I love Purple Cur-tle. – Rhett
— Rhett McNamara and Shelley Benvenuti

“When I leave Purple Circle and go to my new school, I am going to sneak out, jump in a cab and go right back to Purple Circle.” — Sophie Van Deventer

From our Families:

“Our time at Purple Circle was a gift. My daughter, now 5, navigates conflict and difficult feelings better than I do. She’s a happy, capable child who is truly at ease in her own skin, and I credit her time at Purple Circle for that. The teachers are simply extraordinary people–nurturing, patient, and wise. I feel so lucky that the hours my daughter spent away from me were spent in their expert care.” — Gina Gionfriddo

“Our daughter has grown and matured at Purple Circle over the past 2 and a half years. She has made friends, and learned the give and take of how to live in community. She has learned to trust others and to assert herself. She has transformed from observer to leader, from cautious to exuberant, from self-involved to empathetic. Every day we are thankful that we can send our daughter to a warm, safe home-away-from-home, and gives us the peace of mind we need to focus on our own daily responsibilities. ” — Yael Hammerman

“There are not enough superlatives for Purple Circle. My family first looked into Purple Circle based on the flexible hours, the 12 month schedule and the convenient location. Once taking the tour and sitting in for a few information sessions, we decided to send our 3 year old daughter due to the clear love the teachers have for the students, the child-focused curriculum and the sense of community. After year one, my younger daughter joined her sister. Since then, both children spent three incredible years moving up through the classrooms and have grown into compassionate, intelligent and confident kids – due in no small part to the nurturing and child-first environment Purple Circle maintains. Both of my children are moving on to a great public school thanks to Purple Circle’s transition services. The school is incredibly flexible, always picks up the phone and is priced competitively (especially considering the number of hours and full year calendar). I never thought the decision my family made 4 years ago would pay off as much as it has.” — Scott Grossman

“PC provides the kind of safe, loving and creative environment that we all hope for when we think about what’s best for our children. Everyone at PC creates it anew every day. It’s amazing to be a part of it all. Our child is flourishing.” — Norman Cowie & Cara Mertes

“We love how kind the children are with one another.”— Anemona Hartocollis and Josh Barbanal

“Would you mind adding a K-12 program so our daughter will never have to leave Purple Circle?” — Tiffany Goldberg

“We love being part of the Purple Circle Community. The teachers are really loving and creative and the staff are warm, friendly and super-efficient. It’s always a pleasant experience to step through the door, and the desire to linger and be part of the fun is welcomed by the teachers. It truly feels like a community and a safe and special place. The fact that it’s a parent cooperative adds a lot to the experience, and the emphasis on play is really important to us. We couldn’t think of a nicer and more nurturing place for our kid to spend so much of their day.” — Jo Harvey

“Purple Circle respects my child and supports every facet of his development. I couldn’t ask for more from a preschool.” — Big Kids Parent

“My second grader, a graduate of Purple Circle, had to write down in class a list of places he loves the most on the Upper West Side. He wrote: Central Park, the soccer field and Purple Circle. **Purple Circle – a magical place that is never forgotten…both by kids and parents.** — Gali Kidron

“Having our son in Purple Circle was a dream come true. All the staff is genuinely invested in the children’s education and in the school philosophy, and there is a great happy energy in this place. Our son has thrived socially, intellectually and emotionally. Even though the school emphasis is on play, our son is now interested in writing and reading, and adding up numbers, He will be absolutely ready for kindergarten at age 5. This is a school where your child’s intrinsic motivations and inclinations will be fostered and supported, and where a true love for learning can blossom. I could not recommend this pre-school more highly!” — Nuno Sousa

“The teachers at Purple Circle really understand and love my son. They embrace his quirks and needs, and he has grown so much there as a result.” — Big Kids Parent

“We sent a baby to Purple Circle and got back a speaking, caring, happy toddler. Our Adam has grown beautifully thanks to the enriching, warm and caring environment he’s been part of in the last year.” — Eyal and Amit Nevo, Little Kids Parents

“At Purple Circle, we found more than just a pre-school. We found a community that shares our respect for a child’s joy, freedom, individuality and creativity. The rooms are filled with life and laughter.” — Kim & Leo Kittay, Little Kids and Big Kids Parents