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484 Second Ave., at 28th St., second fl.
212-679-2393 (ages 2–5)
320 E. 26th St., near First Ave.
212-779-2650 (ages 5–10)
Recently awarded the Department of Education’s
Outstanding Early Childhood Program award, this 32-year-old
program accepts 100 children per term. Youngsters play
with building blocks, dance, and color, or learn computer
games, play with instruments, and explore woodworking.
Prices range from $7 per hour for 2-year-olds to $6
per hour for 3-to-10-year-olds; parents can opt to pay
monthly rates, which range from $391 for part-time care
to $900 for full-time. Student-teacher ratio ranges
from three to one to six to one.
21 E. 13th St., near Fifth Ave.
Manhattan Kids’ Club II
629 E. 14th St., near Ave. B
The preschool program at these multiroom centers offers
field trips to the Central Park Zoo and the aquarium,
plus baking classes, movement classes, music, Spanish
instruction, and computer games for children 3 to 5
years old. The center takes infants as young as 3 months;
monthly prices range from $645 for two days a week to
$1,300 for five days a week. Student-teacher ratio varies
with age groups.
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148 W. 83rd St., near Amsterdam Ave.
Daytime activities at this center include storytelling,
arts and crafts, cooking, and sing-alongs and dance.
Manhattan Treehouse, open for three years, has two rooms
separated by glass doors. Prices for children ages 6
months to 5 years are from $25 to $150 per visit. Student-teacher
ratio is four to one.
School Age Day Care Center
P.S. 2, 122 Henry St., at Pike St., Room 109
Older children (ages 6 to 12) study, cook, sew, tumble,
and visit museums during Pike Street’s after-school
programs, which generally run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
during the school year. About 110 children are registered
per year and are separated (by age group) into five
rooms. Parents should contact the school for prices.
Student-teacher ratio is eleven to one.
Day Care Center
560 Riverside Dr., near 125th St.
With an outdoor play deck and indoor gymnasium, Red
Balloon offers children ages 2 to 5 plenty of space
to romp and flex. The 31-year-old program is located
in a Columbia University–owned residential apartment,
where each age group has its own classroom. There’s
also a kitchen and a big library for beginner readers;
about 48 kids are registered at a time. Prices for the
five-day-a-week program are $1,200 a month for 2-year-olds;
$1,000 for kids 3 to 5. Student-teacher ratio varies
with age groups.
165 Sterling St., near Bedford Ave., East
276 Rutland Rd., near Rogers Ave., East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Owner and director Patricia Gbayor opened her smallish
East Flatbush center nine years ago, providing preschool
and after-school programs to little Brooklynites. There
are fourteen kids in two five-room homes, one for infants
ages 6 weeks to 2 years, the other for kids 3 to 5.
Instructors usually start the day by discussing current
events (weather, sports, news) and end with math, arts
and crafts, computer learning, and a little exercise
and dance. Weekly prices are $150 per child. Student-teacher
ratio is about five to one.
60 E. 42nd St., near Madison Ave.
In business for over a half century, the guild can dispatch
a bilingual sitter (sixteen languages are represented),
or one with a nursing background, to all five boroughs.
Rates start at $15 per hour and vary with age (sitters
are 25 and older; parents can request a particular age).
There is a minimum of four hours, plus $4.50 for travel
costs until midnight; $7 thereafter.
11 Milbank Hall, 3009 Broadway, at 119th St.
Undergraduate students use this baby-sitting work-study
program to make a few extra dollars while they’re
in school. Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island
families must register before requesting a baby-sitter,
and they should give at least two days’ notice.
Rates range from $11 to $16 per hour with a two-hour
minimum; families are expected to pay for dinner and
transportation after 9 p.m.
The NYC Babysitters
35 W. 35th St., near Fifth Ave., Ste. 600
Pay a one-time fee of $99, and get access to a list
of pre-screened sitters, ages 22 and up, who will charge
between $10 and $15 an hour to watch your children after
6 p.m. on weeknights and anytime during weekends (in
Manhattan only). References are available in the sitters’
online profiles; they recommend calling at least one
week in advance to make arrangements.
Sitters who have been subjected to a thorough background
check charge $16 an hour (cash only), with a four-hour
minimum, plus additional transportation fees when the
job runs later than 9 p.m. Two families can prearrange
to share one sitter, starting at $18 per hour. Parents
are charged $35 for canceling within 24 hours. Services
are available only in Manhattan and select areas of
Brooklyn and Queens.
For an inital fee of $39.99, and $5 per month thereafter,
parents can tap into the country's largest baby-sitting
database. The Website offers profiles of college students
who are ready to take on the job--in all five boroughs
(not to mention throughout the rest of the country).
Sitters, ages 18 and up, charge $10 to $15 per hour,
and have not been pre-screened..