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 our fabulous chef prepares 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 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
2.10 to 3.6 Year Olds
Some of the what the 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 passing, hitting and kicking balls in various sports contexts
> 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.
The Children’s Personal Chef
Chef : Jeff Yalan
He’s been cooking at The Red balloon for twelve years now, sautéing, roasting, and baking for the kids. Prior to landing here he worked in restaurants and hotels domestically in New York (primarily), Vermont, and California, as well as a lengthy stint of artisan bread baking in Boise. Abroad he’s worked as a chef in Portugal, Morocco, Israel, Mongolia, and Vietnam.
Additionally, he spent many years testing and developing gluten-free baked goods and cuisines, and is able to cater to any child’s food allergy brought to our attention.
We serve hot, fresh healthy meals daily to all our children. A balanced healthy “nut free” diet that delights our children.
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