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 2022-23 school year is now open. Wee Wonder sessions are between 3-8 weeks in length; register for one at a time or for the full school year.

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)

Registration is ongoing for the current session (February-June 2023) on both the Riverside Campus (175 Riverside Boulevard, at 68th Street) and 94th Street Campus (705 Columbus Avenue at 94th Street).

Register February-June 2023

Summer Small Wonder registration is now available; summer classes take place on the Riverside Campus (175 Riverside Boulevard, at 68th Street).

Register Summer 2023

 
 

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

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

Registration for the September 2022 and NEW February 2023 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. 2022-23 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

  • 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

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