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

• Programs  •

The Riverdale Nursery School’s open-ended curriculum is designed to nourish the development of the whole child. Interdisciplinary and multi-sensory experiences place emphasis on invention, creativity and imagination.Integral to the goals of our school are experimentation and exploration, wherein children learn to be problem solvers, curiosity seekers and risk takers in an atmosphere of encouragement and support. A wide range of materials and a variety of activities, designed both by the teacher and in response to the children’s interests, build upon the unique potential of each child.Individualized attention is given to each child to insure that they have a broad exposure to concept and skill building activities. Group activities facilitate socialization and provide opportunities for positive peer interaction.
“I was looking for a nursery school that would nurture my child.  What I found was a nursery school that nurtured the whole family."- Sharon Kern-Taub

Curricular goals:

  • To maintain a caring environment that fosters positive self-esteem and a sense of security, acceptance and belonging
  • To guide and nurture conceptual knowledge and openness to ideas
  • To scaffold children’s learning to develop their potential
  • To facilitate higher-level thinking skills and critical thinking
  • To further the development of social interaction and resolution skills
  • To become socially responsive and responsible
  • To provide opportunities for physical development
The Daily Schedule

  • Open-ended play time
  • Circle time with age-appropriate activities
  • Outdoor play
  • Stories/Music
  • Snack

Early Birds

Children can participate in the Early Bird Program (8:15am-9am) one, two, three, four or five days per week. Gina, our well loved 2′s teacher, supervises breakfast (brought from home) and playtime for children who need to begin their day a bit earlier. Early Bird drop-off is also available on as needed basis for $9 per day.

Extend your child's morning program by participating in our Lunchkin Program 2, 3, 4 or 5 days per week. Available for three and four year olds, 11:45-2. Includes lunch (brought from home), outdoor play, open play, rest time, and circle time.
Enrichment Program

Available for three and four year olds, 1-2 pm. Offerings change by semester. Examples: art, Spanish, cooking.

Click here to view our electives.

RNSFC Lator Gators Afterschool Program
A unique after school experience for children ages 3 to 6.

This one-of-a-kind afternoon program is created and facilitated by talented, certified and experienced early childhood educators. Children participate in open play, game time, special activities, and outdoor time. A healthy snack is served. Flexible enrollment options available.

Two Year Old Classes

Tuesday and Thursday 8:50am to 11:00am
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:50am to 11:30am
Monday through Friday – Combined MWF 2s and TTH 2s classes

Three Year Old Classes

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:50am to 11:45am
Monday through Friday 8:50am to 11:45am
Monday through Friday 8:50am to 2:00pm

Four Year Old Classes

Pre-K For All (UPK) 

Monday through Friday   8:50 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Private Four/Fives

Monday through Friday 8:50 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

Monday through Friday 8:50 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Kindergarten Class (Fours/Fives)

Monday through Friday 8:50am to 2:00pm
“My son looks forward to school every morning for the last 3 years!”
– Olga Gutman

Toddler Program The RNSFC Jumpstart Toddler Program is an innovative early childhood program designed to gently introduce toddlers to the school environment...Learn More
Camp Spend a fun-filled summer at RNSFC with our talented teachers and engage in summer activities designed specifically for the preschooler... Learn More
School Events Children learn at home, they learn at school, and they learn within their communities. Riverdale Nursery School and Family Center is aware of the importance... Learn More

The Green Program The green curriculum is designed to foster an understanding and appreciation of the natural environment, diversity among people and ecosystems. Learn More
Outreach As part of the Riverdale Nursery School and Family Center’s mission of supporting hands-on learning and cultivating social awareness, the school is dedicated...Learn More
Exmissions Unique to RNSFC is the counseling and preparation for post nursery school placements done by the Director and staff. Ongoing communication is maintained... Learn More


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