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Education for Children

Bank Street has a long history of leadership in progressive education. At the heart of everything we do is an ongoing process of inquiry into what works best for children at each stage of their development. As part of Bank Street College of Education, which includes the nation’s leading graduate school for teachers and leaders in education for children, the Bank Street children’s programs are continually refining and applying best practices based on an understanding of what works for children and teachers. Our work aims to improve the care and education of children and students from birth through middle school.

Explore Our Children's Programs

  • School for Children
    Bank Street School for Children provides children from nursery through grade eight with an education that engages their natural curiosity, nurtures critical thinking, and helps to develop a sense of community and social responsibility. Our excellent teachers are highly skilled progressive educators and over two-thirds of our faculty have at least one master’s degree from Bank Street Graduate School of Education.

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  • Family Center
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    The Family Center offers families an assortment of programs that support children ages 6 months to 5 years at all stages of development. We are an inclusive full-day, year-round child care center, a preschool special education evaluation site, a Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) program, and we offer an array of grown-up and child playgroups.

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  • Head Start
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    Bank Street Head Start is recognized as an outstanding free preschool educational program that serves a diverse population of children and families. Our highly trained educators and community partners provide educational, nutritional, mental health and social services to the 68 families we serve each year. Our primary goal is to prepare children for success in their educational career by providing each child in our program with the social emotional support required to develop a positive feeling about learning and attending school.

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  • Liberty LEADS
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    Liberty LEADS is a college access program in New York City. Since 1989, our program has served over 1,500 students in grades 5 through 12. We help make a positive impact in our students’ lives by helping them attain higher education, embrace leadership engagement, and create a positive future for themselves and others.

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  • Summer Camp
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    The Bank Street Summer Camp uses recreational learning to create developmentally appropriately focused programs. Most counselors are educational professionals and alumni of the Bank Street School for Children who consider summer an ideal time to explore new avenues of learning.

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  • After School
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    Our After School Program strives to both support families and provide a dynamic range of opportunities for School for Children students to pursue creative, intellectual, physical and social interests. We offer diverse activities that encourage self expression, discovery and growth. Through hands-on activities and the cultivation of community, children widen their social horizons by working side-by-side with peers from various of age groups.

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