Small Wonder 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


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. Classes are 45 minutes in length and run on select afternoons from 1:15-2pm.

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. Classes are 2 hours in length and run Monday-Thursday mornings (summer) and Monday-Friday mornings (September-May) Enroll for the 6 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. Summer classes meet four mornings per week, Monday through Thursday, 8:30-11:30; academic year classes meet two, three, five mornings or full days per week, 8:30-11:30am or 8:30 am-2:30 pm for the full academic year, with a gradual phase-in period. 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.


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