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Founded in 1974 and located Manhattan’s Upper East Side


At Merricat’s, each child’s unique contribution is treasured and adds to the richness of the whole At Merricat’s, we appreciate the enormity of the trust parents place in us. We recognize that parents are children’s first and most important teachers and we are honored to have the privilege of participating in their children’s education. Through joining a committee of our Parents Association, by reading a story at circle time, volunteering for the library, sharing a holiday custom or attending a social event, parents forge deep, lasting and genuine relationships with each other and with the staff as they are involved in all the aspects of the life of the school.

Merricat’s Castle School’s three classes are filled with adventure, discovery, tenderness and joy and encourage children to reach their full potential intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically. Through carefully constructed goals, purposeful planning, age-appropriate resources and ongoing evaluation, Merricat’s curriculum has been thoughtfully designed to promote optimal growth. An outdoor climbing structure offers a freer space in which children can enjoy supervised play that promotes individual autonomy and the creative unfolding of group dynamics.

Our preschoolers grow in a setting where the process of learning is an adventure. While our youngest children focus on the process of separation, our oldest children prepare for a successful and easy transition to primary school. In all class sessions, there are daily activities that anchor the schedule and include group meeting, outdoor time, classroom work, snack and story telling. Within this structure, children are encouraged to make their own choices. There is an easy balance of teacher-directed and child-initiated activities.

Readiness skills such as visual and auditory discrimination and left-right progression are incorporated in and fostered by all curriculum areas. The pre-reading program provides an informal but thorough foundation in the skills necessary for reading. These skills are practiced throughout the preschool years in whole group activities, in enjoyable games and through independent work. Story telling and listening to stories read aloud are important components of the program. Social studies themes serve as background for a rich, experiential curriculum which also includes math, science, art, music and imaginative and physical play.

Merricat’s Castle’s dedicated staff includes skilled teachers and special education professionals. At Merricat’s, our preschoolers learn to meet challenges, appreciate differences and love learning. These achievements are reflected in the organization and routine of each classroom, the materials used, the activities engaged in, and most, of all, in the sensibilities of our devoted staff.

Merricat’s does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational or admissions policies. Merricat’s is a member of the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY).