Family Center

Playgroups

Bank Street Family Center playgroups offer a unique opportunity for infants and toddlers to engage in early social, emotional, and developmentally appropriate play in the company of their peers with the participation of their parents and caregivers in a class facilitated by master’s level teachers. There is both a My Grownup & Me! Baby group and toddler groups, serving children from 2 months through 3 years old. Our Developmental Variations group supports families of young children with special needs.

My Grownup & Me!

In the company of their peers and parents or caregivers, children explore a variety of materials within a play-based environment, that engage their senses and ignite their curiosity. The groups are facilitated by an early childhood educator and a social worker who have extensive experience in infant-toddler development and family support. Contact Gabrielle Felman and Sarah Piel at playgroups@bankstreet.edu for scheduling and availability.

Developmental Variations

This group provides both parents and children the opportunity to engage in play-based experiences that support each child’s social, emotional, and cognitive learning. Parents also have the time and space to meet alone with other parents—with the support of a social worker—to voice their thoughts and feelings and to share resources as they navigate specific challenges. This group is exclusively for children receiving early intervention services either privately or through the Department of Health.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • When are playgroups offered?
    • Monday: 9:00 – 10:00 AM (toddler); 10:30 – 11:30 AM (toddler); 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM (baby)
    • Thursday: 9:00 – 10:00 AM (toddler); 10:30 – 11:30 AM (toddler); 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM (baby)
    • Thursday: 3:30 – 5:00 PM (developmental variations)
  • What is the cost of playgroups?

    My Grownup & Me!

    $795 per trimester

    Developmental Variations

    $1000 per trimester

  • Do you offer financial assistance for playgroups?

    Yes. If you are interested in applying for financial assistance, email jcorey@bankstreet.edu to request an application.

Playgroups in Action

In our playgroups, children engage in hands-on, developmentally appropriate play in the company of trusted adults and other children.
  • Adult and child in infant-toddler playgroup
  • Infant toddler playgroup
  • Baby in Family Center playgroup
  • Adult and child in Family Center playgroup

Boy smiling in playgroup
Our hour-long commute by train from Brooklyn to the Upper West Side fell by the wayside as a hardship in comparison to how much we looked forward to our Friday playgroup. From all that I have learned thus far about classes offered throughout the city, in Manhattan and Brooklyn, nothing exists at the level of what is happening at Bank Street.
Allie
Parent: My Grownup & Me
Mother and child at playgroup
My daughter has Down Syndrome and was born with dislocated knees. Having this playgroup has been amazing for her! Watching her get excited when her teacher builds a block tower and then crawl quickly over to knock it down always warms up my heart! I am a single parent in my 20s. Having other parents to share stories and thoughts with has been extraordinary. We share everything in our parents’ group, and I am so glad I have access to these amazing families and professionals.
Larissa
Parent: Developmental Variations