Pre-School and Kindergarten Alternatives in NYC

Deciding where to send your child to preschool or kindergarten may be one of the most stressful times in a parent’s life. Severe overcrowding at many of NYC’s public elementary schools can leave families wondering if their zoned schools will have room for their children. Answers won’t come until weeks after the initial application period ends at which point many parents will be left making even further decisions about their child’s early education. Private schools can be costly and just as competitive so where does a potential solution lie for families in NYC?

Depending on a child’s development and personality, they may have a difficult time adjusting to a school setting in general. Lately, parents have begun to recognize the growing need for alternatives to the available preschools. The concept of providing an alternative is still relatively new, but more institutions are offering classes geared toward giving children the cognitive and social stimulation they would get in a preschool and kindergarten setting.

At The Mamas Expo, on May 5th, we will be holding a Preschool and Kindergarten Alternatives Talk and Forum. We will be sitting down with teachers, parents, and doctors to discuss what alternatives there are for children entering the school system and what may be right for their family.

Taking Part in the Discussion:

Dr. Deborah Gilboa MD

Dr. G has been empowering parents around the country to increase their knowledge and to utilize the parenting instincts they already have, but have been dampened by stress, doubt and guilt, so that they may raise their kids to be people they respect and admire. She will be moderating this talk and speaking about why parents get SO stressed out about this preschool process.

Douglas Morse

Douglas Morse is a professor of Media Studies and Film at The New School, stay at home dad, and director of six independent feature films. His most recent film, The Kindergarten Shuffle was based on what he and his friends went through trying to find the best education for their children in New York City.  He has done extensive research on preschool and kindergarten alternatives in NYC and will be here to share his knowledge.

Wendy DeAngelis

Wendy is the owner of Mommy, Music and Me a music program teaching Music Together and servicing local families since 2003. She will be speaking about how to give your child a well rounded preschool experience using classes such as music and more.

Leni Calas

Leni is just some random mom who has a little bit of experience with parenting locally….kidding. Leni is the owner of The Mamas Network a series of media hubs serving families in the NYC area.  She will be on hand to speak about local resources and how to make the most of them.

Chinthani Perera-Lunemann

Chini is the mother of twin boys and owner of Mom to Moms Advisor. She will be speaking about the crossover between childcare and schooling at this young age.

Laurie Nicholson

Laurie is a decade-long Queens resident who became part of Queens’ parenting community in November 2010.  She has worked as an Adjunct Professor at Baruch and Hunter Colleges for the past 8 years, and recently opened a baby/maternity boutique, Raising Astoria.  She is planning on forming a home-schooling coop, and has already begun running Preschool Alternative classes with her child and other local moms.

Topics Will Include:


Preschool Co Ops

Montessori and Waldorf Programs

Private vs. Parochial School Programs

Specialized Classes like Raising Astoria and Moon Soup

Special Needs Preschool Alternatives

Is Your Child Ready for School?

What resources are there for parents in need of advice?



Attend this talk and get a free gift! a Lazoo Squiggles Book for your little one!



When: Saturday May 5th at 1:30pm

Where: New York Hall of Science Auditorium


We hope to see you there!