The Madison Playgroup is an independent, non-sectarian playgroup licensed by the NYC Board of Health. The Playgroup was founded in 1980. The Director is Susan Beatus; Admissions Director: Carla Nathanson-Hoffman.

The Madison Playgroup is a unique program where every child and parent receives individual attention throughout the year they attend the Playgroup. We guide parents through the very stressful nursery school admissions process and offer advice every step of the way. We work together to find the perfect school for every child. For over 30 years, every graduate of the Madison Playgroup has found a home in nursery schools across the city.

The Madison Playgroup believes that a child's first school experience should be a happy one. The Playgroup provides an environment where young children learn that school is a safe and exciting place.

The Playgroup provides an opportunity for young children to develop self-confidence and optimism as they learn about the world around them. Here, teachers encourage them to explore new experiences, to have new and exciting adventures. The Madison Playgroup gives children the opportunity to learn about the give and take of friendship.

The children in the playgroup talk, paint, draw, glue, play, make friends and giggle. We have everything children need to learn and have fun. We have blocks, a water table, manipulative toys and games. Our space comes equipped with a housekeeping area and a transportation area. We introduce science & cooking activities, music & movement, dramatic play, stories & puppets and art & holiday projects....

All applications must be requested by telephone. Call 212-879-9161 to apply. All applications should be returned by December 1st. No letters of reference are required or expected. An application fee is charged, and the application and fee must be submitted before a visit can be arranged.

Children and parents are invited to visit together. The visit is designed to be a time for parents to see the school and learn about the program while the children are observed during free play. The children are not expected to separate from their parents during this visit.

The Madison Playgroup follows the reply dates established by The Independent Schools Admission Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY). Applications received after December 1st are processed on a space available basis.

Parents are required to sign a contract binding them to pay the tuition for the full year and to observe the health and immunization requirements of The Madison Playgroup as a condition of admission.

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The Madison Playgroup
226 East 60th Street,
New York, NY 10022

The ages of the children who attend The Madison Playgroup range from 2-3.5 years old. The children must be 2 years old by September 1st.

Group I
9:30 - 11:45am
Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Group II
9:30 - 11:45am
Tuesday & Thursday

Group III
1:00 - 3:00pm
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday