"Setting the path for your child to succeed"

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 3.5 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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Entering Private Schools 85%

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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Come Visit: We have spots for 2017

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.

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Video of Our Talented Children

Written and song by one of our talented students.


We have Accreditation from Middle States


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Children in Motion

Children at the Red Balloon where they learn, play, grow and learn to socialize with others, on the road to success.


The Road to Success Starts at The Red Balloon
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 ...


The Red Balloons scholarship program provides over $100,000 annually in scholarships to 38% of our families. Most of these families are of diverse backgrounds and low-income. 

Your generosity will help us continue to give these families the financial aid necessary to secure a quality education and a successful future. 

Thank you for your donation and support in the road to quality education for preschoolers.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Casino Night

    March 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Staff Development Day

    March 9
  3. TBD

    March 9

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