Infant & Toddler 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 (3-12 Months)

Registration for the September session is now open. Click below to fill out the registration form.

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, finger plays and baby sign language, a lullaby, and a good-bye with bubbles.

Class Days and Times

  • 45 minutes in length, from 1:15-2 pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday afternoons

preschool child during play time


Small Wonder (1-2.5 Years)

Summer 2022: Space remains in Summer Session B (starting 7/11/22) on our 94th Street Campus (705 Columbus Avenue at 94th Street); click below to register. The summer session on our Early Childhood Division Campuses (175 Riverside Boulevard, at 68th Street) is fully enrolled; click below to join the waitlist.

September 2022: Registration is now available for the September-January and September-June sessions on both our Early Childhood Division Campuses (175 Riverside Boulevard, at 68th Street) and on our 94th Street Campus (705 Columbus Avenue at 94th Street).

 
 

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. Each class includes open play, circle time with songs, finger plays and rhymes, snack and story time, gross motor play, dance and bubbles in the gym, sensory exploration, and a lullaby goodbye.

Class Days and Times for September 2022

  • 90 minutes or 2 hours in length
  • Monday-Friday mornings
  • Enroll for 1-3 mornings per week

Class Days and Times for Summer

94th Street Location

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • 8:45-10:15 am
  • Enroll in 1 or 2 mornings per week for 2-, 3-, or 5-week sessions

Small Wonder Next Steps (2 Years Prior to April 2023)

Registration for the September 2022 Small Wonder Next Steps program is available here. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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. September 2022 Next Steps students must turn 2 prior to April 1, 2023.

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

  • Full academic year (September-June) classes meet two, three, or five mornings per week (8:30-11:30 am) 
  • Mid-year enrollment is available if space permits
  • For more information, contact smallwonder@dwight.edu

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

Leadership

Chris Allen

Director of Preschool and Kindergarten
callen@dwight.edu

Nora Thomson

Director of Preschool Admissions


Contact Admissions

Call Admissions:
212.724.6360, option 3 or extension 201

Preschool: preschooladmissions@dwight.edu

Grades K-8: k8admissions@dwight.edu

Grades 9-12: upperschooladmissions@dwight.edu 
 

Apply now