Our Philosophy

A holistic curriculum

Columbus Pre-School is a learning environment that nurtures and respects the different gifts and variety in learning styles that each child brings to the classroom community.

Active, expressive, child-centered learning experiences are emphasized, and brought to life through our emergent curriculum.

At Columbus Pre-School, we focus on holistic development of children, rooted in their own investigations of their environment, and the pursuit of their individual passions..


Learn how to get in!

We begin admissions starting in September before the upcoming school year. To be considered for admission, interested parents should submit an application for admission. Upon receipt, we will schedule a parent tour, which take place in the fall during school hours.

We welcome you to attend an Open House at our Upper West Side preschool or you are may take a tour during the school day. Please call us to request either option and we’d be pleased to meet with you and your child!

Our Team

Nurturing and engaging

Established in 1988 by a former preschool teacher herself, Peggy Gluck and her husband Billy, have cultivated a learning environment where children are supported, nurtured, and encouraged to be curious.

Each of our classes has a lead teacher who is certified by NYS and also holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Eduation. Every class also has qualified assistant teachers with a similar background in childhood education.

Are you wondering how to plan your preschooler’s break with the ideal mix of structured and unstructured play?

Read Our Guide to
Creating the Perfect Plan for Your Child’s Break

Check out Columbus Pre-School in action!

Summer Camp

Summertime is a great time for families in NYC and we offer day camp for ages 2-5 from June-August. Camp activities are guided by weekly themes. In our safe, enclosed and connected area, CPS campers engage in outdoor play twice daily, where they enjoy water play under overhead sprinklers in addition to exploring the playground. Five-day campers take swimming lessons once weekly at Take Me to the Water, and all campers have gymnastics as part of the summer curriculum. Our camp is open to students, as well as non-students of CPS and is conveniently located on the Upper West Side


Columbus Pre-School’s facility includes a state-of-the-art, 2,500 square foot gymnastics facility. The Columbus Gym team is committed to providing its Upper West Side neighborhood with a place for children to grow- physically, socially, and emotionally. Our certified instructors provide fitness and gymnastics for children ages 10 months to 12 years, enabling them to develop self-esteem through children fundamental movement and skills instruction. By providing a fun, nurturing, and safe environment Columbus Gym ensures their participants will develop lifelong skills and a strong base of fitness, health and wellness.