Kids In Bloom Preschool Alternative

Kids in Bloom is a unique preschool alternative program established by Elliott's Classes. For over 20 years, Elliott's Classes has been an Upper West Side mainstay, educating children using "The Elliott Method," developed by Elliott Cortez, Ph.D. Our preschool alternative program introduces children ages 2 - 4.5 to the concept of separation in a nurturing environment while promoting their natural development. Central to our method is a curriculum that incorporates movement science with child development theory (CDT) to encourage physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.

We believe that a child's core skills should be nourished in a warm and fun environment. Our experienced instructors are trained to look at the world from a child's perspective while facilitating a gentle separation process. Over either our 2.5 or 4 hour program, children are guided through enriching activities including circle time, music, creative play, gym, art, gardening and storytime. Instructors also introduce children to alternative forms of communication including Spanish. This full program is designed to teach children to express themselves appropriately, build confidence and social skills, while introducing a love of learning.

We are now offering our Kids in Bloom pre-school alternative for children up to age 4.5. In our separate 3 and 4 year old group, we use story and art time to emphasize preschool/kindergarten basics, including days of the week, counting and basic math, recognition of shapes and colors, as well as recognition and formation of letters, in a fun and creative way. 

Like our 2 year old classmates, we will continue to explore the possibilities of basic art materials and concepts such as tempera paint, watercolors, movement and texture. However, our 3 and 4.5 year old group build on these ideas by introducing new materials, further developing fine motor skills, figurative and narrative drawing, and more three-dimensional elements such as clay and three-dimensional construction. As always, art projects will emphasize themes and ideas presented during storytime. 

Our goal is to provide families with an environment that will enable their children to bloom. We welcome the opportunity to become a part of your family. To schedule a tour, join us, or get more information about our program, you can e-mail our Kids In Bloom Director, Grace Fary at

We are proud and excited to announce the expansion of our Kids In Bloom pre-school alternative to include interactive classrooms, an indoor playground, outdoor garden, and full gym access!



Winter/Spring 2017 Semester (January 23rd-May 26th)

Enrollment is open!

1 day/week: $1,480
2 days/week: $2,940
3 days/week: $4,380
4 days/week: $5,800
5 days/week: $7,245


1 day/week: $2,244 
2 days/week: $4,488 
3 days/week: $6,732
4 days/week: $8,976
5 days/week: $11,220


1 day/week: $1,683 
2 days/week: $3,366 
3 days/week: $5,049 
4 days/week: $6,732  
5 days/week: $8,415


Summer 2017 Semester (June 5th-September 1st)




Our Summer Tradition Continues!

Elliott's Classes continues their 20+ years of experience and their warm, nuturing environment in their Kids In Bloom Summer Camp, for children ages 2-4.5. 

Campers will participate in a day of creative play, music, art, story time, rooftop play, and gym, in both English and Spanish. 9:00-1:00 session will also incude daily trips to the Community Gardens or Central Park! Enrollment also includes access to our Open Play sessions.


Weekly Pricing- sign up for as many days or weeks as you'd like!




1 day/week: $100     1 day/week: $160
2 days/week: $195     2 days/week: $315
3 days/week: $285     3 days/week: $460
4 days/week: $380     4 days/week: $610
5 days/week: $475     5 days/week: $760