OPENINGS/CLOSINGS: KinderCare TriBeCa (1.22.18)
Life below Canal Street has become more family-friendly than ever, with nearly every restaurant and shop welcoming to kids of all ages. With more children come more enrichment opportunities for them and their families; among those options is KinderCare TriBeCa, opening soon!
We spoke with Pia Finnigan, the Enrichment Specialist, to learn more about what you can expect (and how to schedule your tour today!).
Tell us about KinderCare TriBeCa!
KinderCare TriBeCa is the flagship school for a company that has been invested in early education for over 50 years.
We will be using developmentally appropriate curriculums to bring exciting project-based studies to life! Many team members have backgrounds in special education as well as early childhood education. With our collective expertise we are excited to create an inclusive environment for children ages 6 weeks to 4 years old (infants - preschool).
What makes you unique?
Our school completely re-imagines childcare; from the selection of the administrative team to the training of the teachers. Each teacher is chosen as an educator who will be supported in their on-going personal development. We believe supported, engaged teachers will bring positive energy and creativity to their classrooms!
We are a DOE site for UPK and hope to have a UPK class in the near future.
What inspired you to open in Tribeca?
We are thrilled to be part of NYC! TriBeCa specifically, is such an exciting place to be opening a new school. Filled with growing families, the multicultural community has so much to offer. From the artistic vibe, proximity to Hudson River Park, to family-friendly events, and an amazing park literally outside our door (Washington Market Park) we could not have asked for a better location!
How has the neighborhood impacted your business?
The neighborhood challenges us to continually think outside the box and be as creative as possible. Every study we do with our students will reflect the community. The subway system, pigeons, farmers markets will all be incorporated into the curriculum so the children are learning and engaged with what is relevant in their day-to-day lives. All the culture TriBeCa offers and programming for early learners is extraordinary, I was so thrilled to see the Nutcracker at Brookfield Place recently for example!
What should locals know about you?
KinderCare TriBeCa is committed to early childhood education. We are very open to building a community by partnering with local libraries, museums and businesses in the community. We want the diverse enrichment programs we offer to not only be activities for the children, but an opportunity for parents and siblings to participate as well.
KinderCare TriBeCa is happy to have both a nursery and school floor. Our teachers will continue their own educational growth by training at the Bank Street Infancy Institute and take professional development trips to museums and art galleries in the city.
We are eco-friendly and have already created a relationship with a local food bank to model the type of giving, sustainable community we want to teach our students.
When will you be opening?
Mark the calendar! We’ve set the date for our grand opening late February/ Early March and are currently enrolling via rolling admission.
School Hours will be 6am - 7pm Monday - Friday.
We are scheduling tours to meet families and their children Monday- Saturday.
What are your favorite local spots?
There are so many to choose from; Hudson River Park is always gorgeous with the views at sunset and walking down to see the boats by Brookfield Place. For date night City Winery is great. Serafina is our go-to for team lunches. The coffee lovers are so happy to have Jack’s around the corner on Reade Street. I personally can never go wrong with a slice of Sicilian from Bella Dona & some delicious hot chocolate from TriBeCa Treats! I love giving spa presents from the Aire Ancient Baths. Most recently I discovered Ethan Rose Salon on Harrison!
Two of my favorite events of the year are T.O.A.S.T. (when artists in the neighborhood open their apartments so we can see not only their artwork but lofts too! It's become a tradition for me to visit the Canstruction exhibit at Brookfield Place during Thanksgiving. I hope to incorporate some of that creativity into our art and sceince enrichment programs!
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