Private Manhattan Nursery & Pre-K Programs

Trevor Day School’s private Nursery and Pre-K programs encourage children to create, collaborate, and engage with new ideas. So often, a child’s first question is “Why?” When Trevor students ask “Why?” we engage their natural curiosity and empower them to seek creative solutions through hands-on learning.

Nursery School is an engaging first step within an independent school setting and into a Trevor education. Trevor's Nursery & Pre-K classes have dynamic, play-based curricula that spark wonder in children. Just steps away from Central Park—half-day Nursery and full-day Nursery options are available for children age 2 through age 4. Then, starting at age 4, full-day Pre-K is offered. Extended day options are available for both programs.

Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten Learning Environment

Two expert teachers in every classroom provide a nurturing setting in which students encounter foundational academic experiences. Children explore language arts through poems, songs, rhyming games, alphabet books, and projects. Students study the basics of math through exercises involving number recognition, counting, and identifying patterns and shapes. They also explore science and technology through hands-on explorations that engage their senses and natural curiosity.

Additional enriching experiences, provided by specialists in art, music, physical education, library, and Spanish, are a part of every week, as are outdoor play and trips to Central Park—right in our backyard. Visit our nursery curriculum page and pre-kindergarten curriculum page for more information on the skills and habits of mind that Trevor students develop.

Independent Lower School Setting

Trevor’s private Nursery and Pre-K programs are located at Trevor West—our Lower School campus on W 88th Street and Central Park West, in Manhattan. The newly-renovated building for students in Nursery through Grade 5 features state-of-the-art classrooms, an outdoor terrace, a dedicated library, cafeteria, auditorium, full-sized gymnasium, and Trevor’s signature Common Room.

The Lower School hosts Take a Look parent tours on Thursday mornings in the spring, fall, and early winter. Evenings at Trevor West and An Opportunity to Visit Trevor East (our Middle & Upper School) are offered during the fall.

Call 212.426.3355 to inquire about a visit. You can also learn more about the Trevor experience in Nursery, Pre-K, and other Lower School grades, by downloading the
Lower School viewbook.


Applicants to the Nursery program must turn 2.8 by August 31st of the year they hope to enter Trevor, while applicants to Pre-Kindergarten must turn 4 by August 31st of the year they hope to enter. The half-day program runs from 8:15 am to 11:30 am and the full-day program runs from 8:15 am to 2:55 pm. Extended day options are available for both programs.

Trevor Day School’s Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten programs are student-centered and guided by developmentally-appropriate, highly engaging teaching methods. Please contact the Lower School Admissions team at 212.426.3355 or for more information. Ready to apply to our Lower School? Visit our applications procedures page or read our steps to apply!

Why Trevor for your Early Learner?

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  • New York, NY

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