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Welcome to Open Arms Preschool: Where your child can play, explore, and create!  

OAPS is a school founded on the philosophy that play is a child's vehicle for learning. We view learning as a natural and ongoing process, occurring as we interact with our environment, and we view each child as an individual who develops and discovers in their own ways. Building meaningful relationships between teacher and child, and among other children, is central to the work we do.

We are conveniently located in East Midtown near the Manhattan neighborhoods of Gramercy Park, Union Square, Peter Cooper Village, Stuyvesant Town, Kips Bay, and Murray Hill.

Our programs are based on The Creative Curriculum, which rests firmly on a foundation of early childhood education research. Our curriculum addresses academic content while keeping a purposeful play philosophy. (We play with a purpose!) A central goal is to help each child acquire the social-emotional competence and skills he or she needs to succeed as a learner. We strive to create a peaceful classroom community where each child can explore, create and experiment freely. Our curriculum includes regular schedules and routines, and reflects state learning standards as it supports teaching content in a developmentally appropriate way. Here are a few examples:

What children are learning when they play at or with:

  • Sensory Table/Play Dough: (sand, rice, water, etc.)—pouring, hand-eye coordination (writing skills); counting, measuring, balance (math); sharing (social skills); imagination, role playing (creative thinking & social skills).
  • Puzzles & Manipulative Toys: observation, motor planning, hand-eye coordination (reading &writing skills); shape recognition, spatial awareness, matching, classification (math, science, & critical thinking skills).
  • Imaginary Play Area: fact, fiction, role playing, imagination (creative thinking, social and emotional skills); awareness of community – workers, helpers, diversity (social studies).
  • Indoor/Outdoor Play: cooperative groups, taking turns (social skills); gross and fine motor development.
  • Circle Time: learning songs and rhymes (vocabulary/language skills); listening to peer's talk (listening and speaking skills); participating in story-telling activities (language skills, creative and critical thinking skills)



Call now to schedule a tour of our new classrooms!

OAPS 2016 Fall Flyer

Learn more about our Preschool Programs

Refer a friend to ANY of our programs and receive 10% OFF. 


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Read the article about Open Arms in the Town & Village Blog

Parent Testimonials

  • "Open Arms Preschool is fabulous!  My daughter looks forward to her school days, runs right in, and always comes out smiling.  In just a month she is thriving and learning new things.  She loves her teacher and her friends.  I love the variety of activities and the opportunity for her to play with kids her own age.  I give this preschool 5 stars!"

    Lynita R

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  • Need a place for your Birthday party or special occasion? Use ours! Book your party time now. Party package includes two-hour use of our spacious room to host the best party ever!

    Available times: Saturday 10:00 to Noon; 1:00 to 3:00pm or 4:00 – 6:00pm

    Fee: $275

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