Established in 2000

Nestled in a beautiful landmark building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Montclare Children’s School’s community reflects our international and culturally diverse Upper West Side neighborhood. Located on 96th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, Montclare provides a dedicated and nurturing team of early childhood educators in each classroom. Our enriched, balanced curriculum and primarily teacher-guided approach promotes the highest levels of cognitive, social, emotional and physical and ethical development, in a secure, stimulating, playful learning environment. At Montclare we believe that a supportive preschool setting encourages independence, optimal learning and Kindergarten readiness.

Licensing & Accreditation

Montclare Children’s School is licensed by the New York City DOH Bureau of Child Care.


The school is a member of:


Montclare Children’s School is accredited by Middle States Association.




Students leave Montclare prepared for the next step – with confidence, critical thinking & problem-solving skills, and a sense of personal accountability.

We have a dedicated Director of Exmissions to help Montclare families find the right fit for their children when it comes to Kindergarten placement after graduation.

Character education is a key piece of our curriculum to ensure students receive a well-rounded education.

Our teachers scaffold opportunities for our students to problem solve, learn conflict resolution and manage frustration and expectations.

Learning to transition, follow routines and engage in cooperative play, children build confidence and independence.

Through inquiry, discussion, and exploration our program fosters reflective thinking and abstract reasoning.

Montclare children have fun while they learn.

We are located in a landmark building on the Upper West Side.

Montclare has been serving families for more than 20 years.

Our school is a strong community of families focused on raising bright, confident children.

There are 17 languages represented at Montclare.

Our average Head-Teacher tenure is 10 years.


Montclare has been the best preschool for my two daughters. The teachers and staff are incredibly loving, patient, and deeply understand the developmental stages of kids at this age level. The teachers really do get to know your kid and nurture their love of learning, asking thoughtful questions, and showing how to be a good friend to others. Both of my daughters are very different learners, and have thrived in Montclare’s balanced approach to education. My older daughter was beyond prepared for Kindergarten, and my younger daughter absolutely loves the fun and engaging environment that Montclare cultivates. Their first schooling experience has been even more positive and enriching than I ever could have imagined!

Annah J.

Nurturing, positivity and community. Those were the three things we were looking for when thinking about “our” perfect preschool for our daughter. From the moment we walked into the building, my husband and I knew our daughter was going to love learning, make lasting friendships and cultivate a flexible mindset. The teachers and staff work around the clock to make sure the students realize their potential. We appreciate the focus on art and music and was thrilled to see how our daughter is able to express herself so creatively and thoughtfully at such a young age. There are many preschool options in NYC, but very few take such a holistic approach like MCS in striving to tap into your child’s full potential and make them kind, confident and grounded individuals.

Nicole L.


Montclare Children’s School is an enriched preschool, engaging children in a joyful and dynamic environment. Montclare inspires lifelong learners by cultivating collaboration, creativity, and independent thinking.