Our Philosophy

We’re all in this together


At Star America Manhattan Preschool, you can see it on the faces of our children as they step out to discover this world–excitement, wonder, the thrill of learning. We are a Reggio Emilia-inspired community located in the heart of NYC’s Theatre District and Times Square. The Star America Manhattan staff employ a cooperative and collaborative method to early learning. We believe children possess extraordinary potential, creativity, and strength. Our goal is to work with you and your child to nurture those natural abilities instilling self-confidence and helping them on a path of realizing their full potential. If you are looking for a safe, supportive, and loving environment for your child, a place where parents, teachers, and the children themselves are partners in early childhood education, then you have come to the right place. Please explore this site to learn more about our school. Better yet, why not send us an email or give us a call at 212-262-4896 so we can arrange a visit? You’ll see the school, meet the teachers and, perhaps, even talk to other parents about the positive environment we offer here at Star America.


Children are full of potential


A Reggio Emilia-inspired school, we believe that children are full of knowledge, potential, and interested in connecting to the world around them. To evoke this sense of wonder, our school’s home is both welcoming and nurturing while also encouraging self expression and curiosity.

Our philosophy is that the image of child is competent and capable, the role of the parent is integral, and collaboration is essential. Children are offered a plethora of possibilities to awaken creativity and spark a sense of beauty. Through a supportive and stimulating environment, children uncover endless opportunities to express themselves and present their ideas.


Multiple Intelligences


John Dewey said that children learn through real encounters and experiments. Children at Star America Manhattan gain exposure to rich experiences. You may see them creating buildings and robots, painting self portraits, composing music, and visiting internationally-renowned museums internationally. In agreement with the “Theory of Multiple Intelligences,” we believe that experiences such as these help children develop musically-rhythmically, visually-spatially, verbally-linguistically, logically-mathematically, bodily-kinesthetically, interpersonally, intrapersonally, and naturalistically.


Reggio-Inspired Environment


In every classroom at Star America Manhattan,  the “environment is the third teacher.” Environmental choices are made purposefully, assuring that the space is welcoming and clearly organized. With the variety of classroom centers and activities, we assure that the environment is content-rich, providing children a range of opportunities to engage in focused play, conversation, and exploration. Teachers also plan with each child’s interests, skills, and needs in mind, so that the experiences offered balance the need for practice with the need for challenge as children move forward in their physical, social, intellectual, and emotional, development.