Williamsburg Northside Preschool (WNP) has existed as a progressive preschool since 1999. Since then, it has been a fixture of the culturally dynamic and diverse community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Each phase of its evolution has been the result of the strong desire of the community for it to expand. In 2008, the Infant and Toddler Center (ITC) started and the Lower School started in 2009. The ITC serves children ages 3 months-2 years and the Preschool serves children 2-3 years old. The Lower School educates students from Prekindergarten-5th grade. The first graduating class was June 2016. The three programs are a connected community with one Head of the Schools who provides overall leadership for the ITC, WNP and WNS and additional leadership for each program.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn is an urban environment, one subway stop from Manhattan. It is located on the East River and has a diverse population both ethnically and economically. Historically, Williamsburg has been home to several significant cultural groups, including Polish, Jewish and Latino families. Today, it is an ever-evolving, vibrant neighborhood that attracts artists and entrepreneurs from around the world. New construction on the waterfront has resulted in an additional influx of residents. The neighborhood is thriving and full of young families seeking quality educational options for their children. It is within this cosmopolitan, inventive and independent climate that our school operates. We delight in educating the children of a diverse and passionate population. We have been inspired by the Reggio-Emilia approach to education since 2002 when it was adopted as the foundational philosophy. This approach emphasizes creativity, authentic inquiry and respect for the experiences of children.
The Lower School moved into a spacious and beautiful, newly built facility in September 2014. With the new, much larger facility, the next few years will provide an opportunity for the school to grow to two sections per grade, providing an even richer social environment for its students.