The Yellow Room

A play based nurturing environment where children learn by doing, ages 2.0 to 2.6

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The Blue Room

A place for learning, exploring and growth for ages of 2.10 to 3.6

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The Orange Room

The room where all the nurturing, social, physical, cognitive, and language skills come to fruition for children of ages 3.10 and older.

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Welcome to The Red Balloon!

We are an early childhood learning center founded in 1972 and housed in a spacious facility within a Columbia University residential building.

Our center provides a year-long, full-week, full-day program for children 2-5 years old. We also have limited partial-week, full day programs. Our doors open at 8am and close at 6pm. We provide breakfast, a hot fresh lunch, and an afternoon snack in a “nut-free” environment.

Our ultimate goal at the Red Balloon is to create a community where very young children are encouraged to test the waters of life, where we nurture their curiosity, and open up their minds to the possibilities all within a safe and nurturing environment. This can best be accomplished through hands on learning experiences and through play. We encourage the process of learning rather than stressing the product. This allows the children to try, experiment, and make mistakes without the fear of “failure”.


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85% of our children did remarkably well

getting into private schools this year with most getting significant scholarships.

They got into: Hunter, Dalton Trevor, Dwight, Columbia Grammar & Prep, Cathedral, Calhoun, Allen Stevenson, Ethical Culture, Fieldston, Saint Hilda and Saint Hughes, and Alexander Robertson.

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Announcing the Jazz in June Auction

The Red Balloon is a small, diverse preschool in Harlem. Founded in 1972, the heart & soul of the Red Balloon is our commitment to financially assist as many low income families as possible while providing a high quality head start to their education. Each year we offer close to $100,000 in scholarships to families ...

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The Red Balloon was a wonderful place to start Hi Norma, Seems so long ago! Declan attended Anderson from Sept 2002 to June 2011, and now Beacon High School from Sept 2011 to present, expected graduation is June 2015. We’re looking at colleges now and can let you know where he ends up this time next year! The Red Balloon was a wonderful place to start his educational experience, with loving and nurturing teachers and staff who created an environment that enabled him to develop important social and academic skills that helped him to become the student and person that he is ... Read More

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