Education for Children

Family Center

The Bank Street Family Center is an inclusive center that provides child-centered, developmentally appropriate, and culturally sensitive services and support for families of children age 6 months to 5 years. Rooted in a deep understanding that children learn best when they are actively engaged with ideas, materials, and people, our curriculum helps all children develop the early social, emotional, and cognitive skills essential to lifelong success. We offer a child care center, an approved Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) Evaluation Site, a Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) program, and an array of grown-up and child playgroups.


Family Center at a Glance

  • 60
    Children in our Childcare Center
  • 30
    Children Enrolled in our SEIT Program
  • 40
    Families Enrolled in our Playgroups
  • 60
    CPSE Evaluations Completed Yearly

Hillary Clinton at Bank Street in 1992

Our History

The Family Center opened in 1974 when Bank Street College of Education offered a group of parents (many of whom were Bank Street staff members) the space to operate a childcare center for infants and toddlers. The program offered the group of parents a way to better balance career and family while giving their children the opportunity to explore their interests and develop friendships in a tight-knit community that felt like a family. The first year the Family Center was open, there were five children enrolled. That grew to eight children in the second year.

The Family Center still looks much like the program that started so many years ago—one that mirrors family life, is committed to building genuine parent-staff relationships, and is grounded in an understanding that each child must be valued as an individual. Over the years, the Family Center has greatly expanded its reach. It now serves as a year-round childcare center serving 60 children, a Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) program for children and families, a Preschool Evaluation site, and a provider of grown-up and child playgroups.


Why Bank Street?

Listen to a parent talk about her experience at the Family Center.