3816 Waldo Avenue, Riverdale, NY 10463  
(718) 884-3950  

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The Mission

About Riverdale Nursery School and Family Center

The Riverdale Nursery School and Family Center (RNSFC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was formed in 2004 with the goal of providing the highest quality early childhood education in a nurturing environment to children in the northwest Bronx, Westchester and upper Manhattan. The outstanding reputation of the staff and their many years of service in the area of early childhood education have provided RNSFC with a loyal community following right from its inception.

“I'm a clinical psychologist with a specialty in working with young children and I love this school. My favorite story about RNS is when a classroom of students refused to nap and their teachers helped them write a letter of protest to the director, who then sat and met with them to discuss the issues!"-Dr. Tammy Kamminer


The Riverdale Nursery School and Family Center provides a developmentally appropriate, interactive educational environment for young children. Through its play-based program children construct cognitive, social, emotional and physical knowledge and skill, as well as develop a love of learning and positive attitude toward school.

RNSFC is a mainstream preschool committed to serving a diverse population, including children with unique challenges. The school creates inclusive classrooms in which typically developing children and children with developmental delays can interact. RNSFC believes that all children should have the opportunity to be educated in the least restrictive environment that values and promotes the special attributes of each child.

RNSFC’s mission includes exposing children to the larger world, instilling a sense of social responsibility at a young age. Through hands on, experiential learning that encompasses the tenets and practices of an environmental curriculum, children develop an awareness of the natural world.

The Family Center at RNSFC offers educational and social opportunities to families attending the School, as well as the larger community. Through programs offered at our Toddler Center as well as nursery school sponsored seminars, workshops, and support groups, parents have the opportunity to address issues relevant to parenting and family life.

“Every child should start their school experience at RNS. It provides the perfect balance of warmth and nurturing while fostering independence and giving your child the tools to learn and grow. We love RNS.” – Nava Cohen


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