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”.
We have Accreditation from Middle States Learn More
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Come Visit: We have spots for 2015
For 43 years the Red Balloon has graduated hundreds of happy confident caring, social, & independent children who know how to think critically, problem solve, organize themselves, & who are willing to take on new and difficult challenges.Learn More
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.Learn More
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 ...Learn More