Setting the Path for a Successful Future in Our Diversified World
“The Red Balloon, Setting the Path for Your Child to Succeed”
we are expanding the number of 3-year-old spots we have open for
September in our 3/4 class. 4’s also being accepted.
Welcome to The Red Balloon
Where Your Child Will Grow, Play and Learn to Prepare for The Future
The Hidden Pre-School Treasure on The Upper West Side, Best, and Safest for your Child
Welcome to the Red Balloon preschool. Founded in 1972, the Red Balloon is a private, 12-month, full-day program for a diverse population of children 2-5 years old. Our doors open at 8:00 AM and close at 6:00 PM. We are located in West Harlem in a Columbia University residential building. Each day the children get breakfast, a hot fresh lunch, and afternoon snack.
Imagine it is your child’s birthday. In front of them are these beautifully wrapped boxes with gifts inside them. With absolute glee, they rip off the paper and open the box. Inside is the gift they asked for. They pull it out, smile and play. After a few minutes, the box becomes much more interesting. Why because of its’ limitless possibilities. The box is a spaceship, a castle, a robot, wherever their imagination takes them. The Red Balloon is “THE BOX”.
Our families travel from across New York City knowing they have found the perfect place for their children.
A Play Based Nurturing Environment Where Children Learn by Doing
Developing into responsible, empathetic and socially respecting individuals.
Some of the things children learn in the Blue Room
> Increase the ability to handle frustration and disappointment
> Play cooperatively with more than one other person in a small group
> Acquire fine motor skills for using tools such as pencil, crayon, brush, scissors
> Understand that stories have a structure: beginning, middle, and end
> Encourage storytelling, interest in literature
> Encourage Exploration of all areas
> Challenge physical skills
2.9 to 3.6 Year Olds
Some of the things children learn in the Orange Room
> Exhibit empathy
> Increase impulse control in areas of classroom voice level, taking turns, asking permission
> Increasingly accept responsibility for their own actions
> Practice problem-solving techniques
> Expand Critical thinking
> Encourage flexibility, persistence
> An early introduction to computer coding
> Write one’s first name
3 to 5 Year Olds
Our Outside large Play Deck
We have a large on site play deck with challenging equipment, as well as a planter garden.
We are also walking distance from parks.
We have a Large PreSchool Play Gym
Snow, rain, bitter cold, or extreme heat our children get to exercise their bodies in
our newly remodeled gym – including a climbing wall.
Healthy Meals, Healthy Children
Breakfast and Lunch
The Red Balloon serves breakfast, a fresh hot lunch, and healthy snack to all of our children. We use a certified catering company that fits the meals for our needs. Each month the director creates a healthy menu that is as diverse as it is delicious. One day maybe tacos, the next chicken fingers, a little lo-mein, freshly roasted chicken, spaghetti, meatloaf, with sides of broccoli, string beans, mixed vegetables, spinach, maybe some potatoes, a variety of kinds of rice, or corn Fresh fruit will also be served every day. Each day brings a delicious surprise, and no one goes home hungry. It is all prepared in a nut-free environment, and allergies and food restrictions will be carefully followed. I am hungry thinking about it.
Entering Private Schools
The majority of students that apply get into private schools of choice with most getting significant scholarships.
They get into schools like: Hunter, Dalton Trevor, Dwight, Columbia Grammar & Prep, Cathedral, Calhoun, Allen Stevenson, Ethical Culture, Fieldston, Saint Hilda and Saint Hughes, and Alexander Robertson.
In and out Door Events
We have a variety of events and activities through the year for the children and parents.
We Depend on Donations and Appreciate them
A Diversified and Colorful Learning Environment
Our diverse classroom environment is designed to teach and encourage acceptance of all people, regardless of race, culture, or religion.
Preparing children for a successful future in our ever-expanding diverse world.
What Former and Current Parents say About The Red Balloon