Overview of the Day

  • Parents participate within the Preschool accompanying their children.
  • The school day begins with Free Play.
  • Every eight weeks or so parents take turns reading at Storytime.
  • At noon the children and parents have lunch together socializing, and making use of the full kitchen.
  • Following lunchtime, an arts and crafts project is chosen for the day. All materials are held in the office.
  • Music and movement ends the day at the garden or indoors.


The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation requires parents to submit a Waiver of Liability, an annual Medical Form, proof of vaccination, and an Emergency Contact Permission for their children.

The Preschool maintains a high level of cleanliness. Shoes are removed upon entering. Children remain at home when ill, out of respect for others.


The Director is responsible for preparing the day’s activities and lead the group from one activity to another. Schedules for Storytime and Arts & Crafts involving parents are prepared by the Director.

The Director is the liaison to The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and the Friends of St Vartan Park. Special events are also coordinated by the Director.

Miss Stefanie has been the Director of the St. Vartan Preschool for 19 years. She attended Cornell University and graduated Cum Laude from Barnard College and speaks five languages. She is dedicated to Parent Child Education and has two daughters who inspired her to develop the program.


The parent who reads the story for the day is asked to remain after class and assist the Director to tidy up the schoolroom. This takes 20 minutes and the child has extra private playtime.


Grandparents are invited to attend the Preschool if a parent is unable to.


Infants may  attend class for free. School age siblings may attend during their school vacations if requested.