In your child’s life, the most important steps start before they set foot into a primary school. So why not start your child’s path to success by enrolling them at

The Red Balloon Learning Center.

Where they will play and learn physical, social, and cognitive learning skills. That will prepare them for a more successful life.

Classroom age Range and Tuition

Yellow Room

Ages 2.0 to 2.6 (up to 11–12 children)


Blue Room

Ages of 2.10 to 3.6 (up to 16 children)


Orange Room

Ages of 3.5 and older (up to 20 children)


Part Time 3 days


Part Time 2 days


Tuition fees are set by the Parent Board and are subject to change.

Part Time Attendance

Most of the children at the School attend full time. Children who attend 2 or 3 days a week attend on consecutive days. We have found that consecutive attendance best suits the needs of the children and helps them get into the rhythm of school days most easily.

Schedule of Payments

Parents or guardians of entering children are required to make the following payments according to the time table below:


Equivalent to 10% of 1 year contract (a non-refundable deposit to hold a place for the child at the School)

Participation bond: $500 (only one time)

Monthly tuition submitted

• $1 month fee due on signing of contract.
• The rest in monthly payments

• Half payment due in September
• Half payment due on Feb.1

• By the 10th business day of the month. Schedule of Payments

Parents are responsible for paying their tuition in a timely manner. A late fee will be added to your account if you are delinquent.

Financial Aid Form / Parents Handbook

Thank you for your interest in our program! To apply for financial aid, simply download Our Financial Aid Form in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat format and mail or fax it in to us.

To learn more about our school you may wish to download and review
The Red Balloon Parental Handbook 2020/2021 in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat.

Just click on the links below.

The Red Balloon’s Admissions Application

The Red Balloon creates a three-way partnership with parents, children, and the school
community. We encourage intellectual curiosity, creative risk taking, and problem solving in a nurturing social environment.

New for 2020-21 Admissions: Early Notification Policy

The Columbia University Affiliated Child Care Centers offer an optional early notification of their admissions decision to the applicant families who are current and prospective faculty, staff and students of Columbia University. If interested, parents should ask each center director for information about the age groups covered by the Early Notification policy.

Centers cannot require parents to opt for early notification but will ask for interest in writing prior to making final admissions decisions.

If a qualifying family chooses to be included in the early notification process, the Center will notify parents of their decisions after December 5 and no later than January 20.

In keeping with the ISAAGNY timeline, the early notification Parent Reply Deadline is no later than noon on January 27, 2020.

Red Balloon's Admission Form

Application Fee

There will be an Application Fee of $40 per application. The application submitting process will be complete when both application and payment fee are received. A confirmation of receipt will be emailed to you.

Apply now! Space is limited

“We have been a part of the Red Balloon community for two years and have loved it! Our son has thrived with the support and care of so many loving teachers and is so fortunate to also have many close friends in his class. We feel so lucky that this has been his first school experience.”
We feel very blessed to be a Red Balloon scholarship family. The preschool is a treasure in Upper Manhattan and our 3 sons have been nurtured with exceeding love and care. The entire staff is very supportive and always provides routine updates on growth, progress, and development. The team is warm, loving, and patient, providing the kids with a ...
Ros Pereira April, 24 2018
It was a wonderful combination of nurturing, challenging and learning Our daughter, who’s now 13, had an amazing start at the Red Balloon. It was a wonderful combination of nurturing and challenging. I’ll never forget how she, at age 2, was expected to bus her own dishes after breakfast – and she did it! She was given responsibilities and ...
Janet Thaler May 13, 2014
The Red Balloon is more than a school, it’s a family, a second home My Son attended Red Balloon for two meaningful years. Red Balloon’s approach to social emotional development was just what he needed as he began to navigate the world around him. We appreciate the way he was encouraged to be curious, care for others and learn ...
Darleny Cepin, MA May 13, 2014 Columbia University
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 ...
Janet Moy May 19, 2014
The Red Balloon is more than a school, it’s a family, a second home Very rarely do you find such a caring environment that not only provides the children with and exceptional learning experience but also a staff with a support system that genuinely cares for each and every single child on a personal level. Our son Chance, now ...
Monica Romero 05/20/2014