Pre-K/UPK


2015-2016 Pre-K/UPK Education At-a-Glance

Regional Office

1011 First Avenue
New York, NY 10022

Schools with
Pre-K Programs

151

Schools with
Free UPK

83

Schools with
Free-standing Private Pre-K

13

conniewebMrs. Connie McCrory
Phone: (646) 794-2881
Fax: (212) 317-3018
connie.mccrory@archny.org

Connie McCrory is a dedicated proponent of excellence in early education, actively involved in varied aspects of early learning instruction and program development throughout NYC and NYS. Prior to her current position, she served as Assistant Director of Early Childhood Literacy for The Archdiocese of New York. Previously, she was Director of a successful early childhood program at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Manhattan that she helped create with the school’s principal. In addition to her work in Catholic schools, she has also taught Early Childhood Education at Horace Mann, a private school in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, as well as Early Childhood Special Education in the Scarsdale Public School District. A graduate of Marymount College, with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, Ms. McCrory has pursued post-graduate/doctoral studies in Educational Psychology and Early Childhood Special Education at Fordham University. Her four children are all proud products of Catholic education.

“For over 150 years, we’ve been guided by a simple principle—happy children love to learn.”

—Connie McCrory, Director of Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

At ages 3 and 4, a child’s natural curiosity is easily molded into learning opportunities with the loving guidance of our Early Childhood educators. We help your child to succeed not only academically through intellectual growth, but emotionally and socially by developing the critical thinking and cognitive skills needed throughout their school years and beyond. Character development, with an emphasis on kindness and caring, is woven into every lesson. We recognize and appreciate each child’s unique abilities, needs, personality and potential. Children are able to work at their own pace to reach important milestones and are regularly praised for personal accomplishments.

The knowledge that children learn best by doing, rather than just listening, guides all of our programming. A variety of hands-on activities and materials, and the ability to make their own choices throughout the day, keep children engaged and interested. An educationally-focused Pre-K is one of the most significant predictors of a child’s future educational success. Our Pre-K and free UPK programs provide a solid foundation for children to build on as they progress into elementary school and beyond. Because we know how essential it is to continue that momentum, we make every effort to give all Pre-K and UPK students priority placement in our Kindergarten programs.

Early education programs in Catholic schools set the foundation for life-long learning. This is demonstrated by the fact that 98% of our high school seniors graduate and 98% of those grads go on to further education—impressive statistics.

Fast Facts

  • The Archdiocese of New York is a leading private educator of Pre-K children in the metropolitan area, with more than 7,500 children enrolled in 170 elementary schools.

  • The first Pre-K/Kindergarten class in the Archdiocese of New York, the Nazareth Day Nursery, was opened in Manhattan, in 1817, by the Sisters of Charity and is still educating students.

  • Today, 96% of our Early Childhood teachers are highly-qualified lay educators, but the values taught are more important today than ever.

  • Among all our Early Childhood teachers, 55% have, or are pursuing, a master’s degree or higher level of education.

  • Our Early Childhood programs across the archdiocese welcome children of all faiths. More than 22% of our Pre-K/UPK students are non-Catholic.