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

February-June session registration is now available. Click below to fill out the registration form.

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COVID-19 Update: Small Wonder classes are being limited to five adult-child pairs. 

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 90 minutes in length and run on select mornings and afternoons, 10-11:30 am or 2:30-4 pm. Enroll for the full academic year or individual fall or spring semesters. 

Small Wonder Next Steps 

COVID-19 Update: Registration for the 2021-22 academic year will be available in January 2021. Check back here for updates. 

This gentle separation program designed for children, 18 months and older, 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. Next Steps students turn 2 prior to March 1 of the academic year, and attend class with their parent or caregiver for at least the first month of the program. 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 and understanding of preschool and develop a lifelong love of learning. Classes meet twice weekly for 90 minutes in the afternoons, 2:30-4pm, for the full academic year.

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