• 261 E. Lincoln Ave Suite 1. Mt. Vernon, New York 10552
  • (914) 668-1210
  • friendshipfortots@hotmail.com
  • Academics

    Our Goal

    To provide a loving, supportive, safe and educational environment for families who need affordable quality childcare for their children. We will provide a strong academic head-start and deeper learning experiences. Friendship For Tots provides lessons that help prepare your child for kindergarten and school success. Daily activities are designed to help children make decisions on their own in an effort to prepare them for the next stage of their education while giving them a place to feel comfortable and safe to explore their interests. We hire qualified teachers with a focus on boosting student academic and cultural achievement. Graduates will surpass their counterparts in their cognitive development, creative expression, executive function, language and literacy development, physical development and wellness, social and emotional development.


    Preschool Program

    Our READY for SCHOOL preschool program is filled with investigation, exploration, and discovery, where active and enthusiastic children can refine and expand their skills and knowledge. Through intentional teaching practices, purposefully designed learning environments, and enriched activities, teachers ensure preschoolers have joyful, appropriate, and meaningful learning experiences that lead to success in school and in life.

    Our World at Their Fingertips® curriculum aligns preschool program goals and practices with families’ expectations of educational excellence, helping young learners grow into confident students.

    Language Works

    Vocabulary expands from a few hundred words to a few thousand and word comprehension takes off during the preschool years. Our preschool programs and curriculum provide children with opportunities to integrate listening, speaking, early reading, and writing into daily activities such as:

    • Recognizing letters and discriminating between sounds
    • Answering open-ended questions such as “What do you think?”
    • Participating in projects that have multiple steps
    • Playing language and rhyming games
    • Following along in children’s books and reading to the class
    • Dictating thoughts and ideas to teachers about artwork

    Math Counts

    Whether they are counting how many marbles they have, fitting a cylinder into a circular hole, or asking for more milk, preschoolers are constantly using and experimenting with math concepts. Our preschool teachers create learning experiences that build math skills and reasoning so children can solve problems and use mathematics in real and meaningful ways, such as:

    • Sorting items by size, color, or shape during clean-up
    • Stringing beads in a pattern
    • Discussing past, present, and future events
    • Counting out small groups of items and matching to numeral cards
    • Playing estimation games such as “Which jar has more pebbles?”
    • Experimenting with measuring cups in the sand or water table

    Science Rocks

    Preschool children are constantly engaged in research and experimentation, testing hypotheses, exploring properties, making important discoveries and learning how things work. Through our preschool science curriculum, teachers carefully plan experiences that not only develop scientific skills but also nurture children’s natural curiosity, such as:

    • Investigating objects on a light box or light table
    • Predicting daily weather
    • Using microscopes and documenting observations through pictures and charts
    • Problem solving with the guidance of teacher prompts
    • Exploring maps, magazines, and other resources

    Art Smart

    Artistic exploration encourages important skills such as creative thinking, adaptation, problem-solving, innovation, and follow-through. Our preschool teachers nurture children’s own artistic abilities and help them appreciate art in the broader world by engaging in diverse creative experiences, such as:

    • Working on long-term art projects like papier-mâché sculptures
    • Dictating stories to accompany drawings
    • Singing songs and reading books from around the world
    • Making instruments
    • Painting to the beat of music
    • Creating dramatic play areas such as a greenhouse, grocery store, or office

    Our World

    Preschoolers are actively developing their sense of self and who they are in the world. Our preschool teachers create respectful and diverse learning environments, helping children understand the world they inhabit. Teachers also present unique experiences for children, enhancing a preschooler’s sense of responsibility and compassion for people, such as:

    • Sharing cultural and family traditions with the class
    • Working with peers on community service projects
    • Experiencing the comforting words and gestures of teachers and peers
    • Exploring photos of children and adults who are similar or different from us
    • Playing collaboratively with peers
    • Caring for classroom plants

    Well Aware

    Because young children are forming attitudes and behaviors that will influence them throughout their lives, it is important to expose them to experiences that foster their ability to make good health decisions, develop a positive self-image, make healthy nutrition choices, and show respect for their bodies. At Friendship For Tots, our preschool teachers provide children with varied opportunities and materials geared towards developing healthy lifelong habits, such as:

    • Making their own choices at snacks and meals
    • Identifying nutritious foods and how they help our bodies grow
    • Taking responsibility for his/her own basic hygiene such as proper hand washing and covering his/her coughs
    • Engaging in physical activities – hopping, climbing, yoga
    • Following procedures for a fire drill