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Purple Circle

Purple Circle is a well-established and diverse program for early childhood education on Manhattan's Upper West Side. We are a thirty five year old parent-cooperative that values every family's active participation and community membership. We provide children with opportunities for direct experience with materials and the environment.
Address: New York, NY, 10025    
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Space and time for ongoing discussions, inquiry and negotiations are given to young children throughout the day.
Purple Circle's teachers are nurturing, warm, and highly experienced. Our teachers make room to support children's strengths and a variety of children's interests. Our ratio of teachers to children is outstanding, and our facilities are a real workshop for children's play and active imagination.
"The Icelandic teachers who visited Purple Circle were very impressed. They thought the school was like a warm caring oasis in this big city. The atmosphere was especially friendly and beautiful. All communications between children, teachers and parents were excellent and the human being was always at the forefront. Some of the Icelandic teachers thought the school was the most fascinating of all the schools."
At Purple Circle, we aim to promote the interdependence of cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development. Children learn about their world through their play. We respect and value children and encourage them as they learn with and about each other, and to grow increasingly independent. These acquired skills are the best preparation for elementary school, and are also a life-long asset.
Children's questions and ideas are the basis for curriculum planning. Investigation occurs through a variety of mediums, such as art, music, literature, dance, block building and dramatic play. Our classrooms are designed to encourage exploration for all types of learning. Instead of feeding children a set of facts, we take their daily discoveries and explore them in depth. When the curriculum is tailored to meet the individual's strengths and interests, and the environment supports this, the children see themselves as capable learners, making sense of the world around them.
Purple Circle is fortunate to have a highly skilled and dedicated teaching staff, all deeply committed to nurturing young children.
Our emphasis on community not only strengthens the bonds between our children, but gives families a network of support and friendships that can last a lifetime.

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251 West 100th Street New York, NY, 10025

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