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Small Wonder & Next Steps Programs

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"Small Wonder gave all three of my children confidence in beginning preschool ― they separated easily and acclimated to their new environments, playing with new classmates and exploring activities independently. Small Wonder made my kids excited to continue on to ‘big kid’ school, and I feel fortunate they had this positive pre-preschool experience."
-Jill, Mom of Oren, Eliana, and Aviva

-More Testimonials

The Small Wonder Program provides a wonderful opportunity for young children (ages one to two-and-a-half) to participate in a rich classroom environment and establish a positive first school experience with the participation of a parent or caregiver.

Small Wonder Next Steps is a gentle separation program designed for children, 18 months of age and older, who are not yet age-eligible for Dwight's fully separated preschool 2s program but who are ready for something more! Students must turn 2 prior to March 1 of the upcoming academic year in order to enroll.

Toddlers are growing and changing in ways that will impact their learning potential for the rest of their lives. Our Small Wonder & Next Steps Programs are designed to encourage active learning and meaningful engagement with others, which strengthen language development, ignite curiosity, forge the development of problem-solving skills, and build confidence ― all in a nurturing, lively, and creative environment.

Applicants to Dwight Preschool who are currently enrolled Small Wonder or Small Wonder Next Steps students are offered an abbreviated admissions process and an Early Notification Option.

Small Wonder

During the academic year, sessions run daily from 9-11 am or on Wednesday afternoons from 2:30-4 pm. Families may select one or more sessions per week. Enrollment is offered for the full academic year or individual semesters (September-January or February-June). 

Click here to register for the academic year 2020-21. 

Small Wonder Next Steps

Students attend Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:30 - 4 pm. Enrollment is for the full academic year (September-June). Click here to register online.


Chris Allen
Director of Preschool
(212) 362-2350 Ext 703

Lori Taylor 
Riverside Campus Programs Coordinator
(212) 362-2350 Ext 768

Nora Thomson
Director Preschool Admissions
(212) 362-2350 Ext 748