Small Wonder Programs


"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

Wee Wonder

COVID-19 Update: Wee Wonder's start date is pending. Click here to fill out the registration form to indicate your interest; we will update you as soon as possible. 

A warm and nurturing classroom experience for infants 3-12 months old and their parent or caregiver, Wee Wonder offers developmentally appropriate activities designed to strengthen your child's social, emotional, language, and early literacy development. Each class includes exploration with floor toys, tummy time, movement activities, circle time with songs, fingerplays and baby sign language, a lullabye, and a good-bye with bubbles.

Class Days and Times

  • 45 minutes in length, from 1:15-2 pm
  • On select afternoons

preschool child during play time


Small Wonder

Summer 2021 and September 2021 registrations are now available. Click below to fill out the registration forms.

For children ages 1-2.5 years and their trusted adult, this preschool-readiness program is designed to encourage active learning and meaningful engagement with others through a consistent classroom routine. Through teacher-directed and open-ended play experiences, children strengthen language development, ignite curiosity, forge the development of problem-solving skills, and build confidence - all in a nurturing, lively and creative environment. This music-driven class includes open play, circle time with songs, fingerplays and rhymes, snack and story time, gross motor play, dance and bubbles in the gym, sensory exploration and playdough, and a lullabye goodbye. 

Class Days and Times

  • 2 hours in length, Monday-Thursday mornings (Summer)
  • 90 minutes in length, Monday-Friday mornings and select afternoons (September-June)
  • Enroll for the six-week summer session, full academic year, or individual fall or spring semesters


Small Wonder Next Steps

Registration for Summer 2021 and September 2021 are now open. Click below to fill out the registration form.

This gentle separation program is designed for children who are not yet age-eligible for Dwight's fully separated preschool 2s program but ready to join a classroom community independent of their trusted adult. Summer Next Steps students must turn 2 prior to July 1, 2021 and be enrolled in the Preschool 2s for 2021-22. September Next Steps students must turn 2 prior to May 1, 2022. Students attend class with their parent or caregiver for the first several classes. As children demonstrate their readiness, teachers assist students with the separation process. The familiar classroom environment provides structure and guidance, while allowing children to explore. Teachers encourage independent exploration and facilitate cooperative play, helping students to make friends, learn to take turns, and build language and social-emotional skills. Daily group activities include free play, art, music, circle time, gym play, snack, and story time. This program helps young students acquire an understanding of preschool and develop a lifelong love of learning.

Class Days and Times

  • Summer classes meet four mornings per week, Monday-Thursday, 8:30-11:30 am
  • Full academic year (September-June) classes meet two, three, or five days per week for either a morning (8:30-11:30 am) or full day (8:30 am-2:30 pm) session  
  • Mid-year enrollment is available if space permits

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.

Leadership

Chris Allen

Director of Preschool and Kindergarten
callen@dwight.edu

Lori Taylor

Riverside Campus Programs Coordinator
212.362.2350  x768
ltaylor@dwight.edu

Nora Thomson

Director of Preschool Admissions