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The Hollingworth Center

Spring & Fall Tours for Prospective Families

This spring we hosted tours for Prospective Families on April 18 and April 25 at 9:15 am. Dates for our fall tours will be posted soon. Please email the office to sign up for a tour. We also invite you to visit our Twitter and Instagram pages to see a glimpse of classroom life.

Hollingworth Preschool Application

 Our application can be downloaded here, and submitted by mail or email. 

Hollingworth Preschool Application 2018-2019


We are currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 year on a rolling basis.

Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will become available in August. 

The admissions process is open to all families, a Columbia University affiliation is not required. We also hold tours in the spring and fall, and invite you to visit our Twitter and Instagram pages to see a glimpse of classroom life.

Our application process includes an application that includes responses to observational questions about your child and attendance at a small group session. Our goal in including these two components is to learn more about each child’s holistic educational profile with the purpose of creating a community of learners.

Our school year runs from September-June. Our Morning Class children (ages 3-4) attend school from 8:30-11:30 five days a week, with an Extended Morning (11:30-1) on either Mondays & Tuesdays or Wednesdays & Thursdays. Our Afternoon Class children (ages 4-5) attend school from 11:45-4:00 Monday- Thursday, and Fridays from 11:45-3:00. We suggest that children have already turned 3 by September 1st of the year that they enter the preschool. If your child’s birthday falls within a few days of this cut-off, we welcome your call for conversation.

Admissions Dates

 Were are currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year on a rolling basis.

Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will become available in August. The following dates are for your reference from the 2018-2019 admissions season. 


Early Notification 1
(sibling and CU families)

Early Notification 2
(sibling and CU families)

Standard Notification

Application deadline

October 20th

December 13th

December 13th

Small Group Sessions

October 27th

Throughout early January

Throughout early January

Decision notification

November 15th

January 23rd

February 7th

Enrollment Deadline 

December 13th

January 30th

February 28th

After Hollingworth

As a two year program we make a strong commitment to our families to support them in the process of seeking an ongoing educational placement for their children. Hollingworth Preschool children are happily situated in a variety of schools including: neighborhood public schools and independent schools, co-ed and single sex schools, progressive and traditional programs, as well as public G&T programs throughout New York. We begin meeting with parents the spring before they will begin the Kindergarten process. In addition to group meetings, we offer ongoing individual support to each of our families throughout the process as they explore and pursue options for their child's ongoing education.

For public schools, our children have attended neighborhood zoned schools, Special Music School, district and city-wide G&T programs such as Lower Lab, NEST+m, Anderson, and Hunter College Elementary School.

For independent schools, our children have attended Avenues: The World School, The Allen-Stevenson School, The Brearley School, The Cathedral School, The Chapin School, City and Country School, Collegiate School, Convent of the Sacred Heart School, The Dalton School, Ethical Culture-Fieldston School, The Heschel School, The Horace Mann School, Ideal School, Marymount School, The Nightingale-Bamford School, Packer Collegiate Institute, Poly Prep Country Day School, Riverdale Country School, Rodeph Sholom School, Saint Ann’s School, St. Bernard’s School, St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s , Saint Ignatius Loyola, The School at Columbia University, The Spence School, The Speyer Legacy School, Trinity School.


How do I get an application? What are the steps in a completed application?

 Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are available on our website. Application forms must be received by December 13th. After this date applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The process includes a completed application form, submission of an application processing fee, and a small group visit for your child.

 How do I submit the application form?

Completed forms and a check for the $50 application processing fee (made out to Teachers College) can be mailed to:

Hollingworth Preschool
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street, Box 170
New York, NY 10027

Completed forms can also be emailed to, and the application fee can be mailed separately.

When can I schedule my child’s visit? What can my child and I expect at the small group visit?

Small group visits are held throughout the late fall and early winter.

The small group sessions are relaxed, playful meetings during which we try to observe the children as they interact with each other and with the teachers. The children will have an opportunity to participate in small group activities as well as child-selected activities in a preschool classroom. This small group observation session allows the admissions committee to see the children in a school setting, as well as their responses to the Hollingworth Preschool structure, style and approach to early childhood education. The session is designed to include elements that are integral to our classroom: beginning with songs and a story, followed by a short teacher-led small group activity, and concluding with free play. During the free play, children will be able to explore a range of materials, some familiar and some novel.

One parent or caregiver is always welcome to join each child for the session.

How many children are in each class?

Each class has 16-19 children.

 What is the tuition?

The Morning Class tuition for the 2018-2019 year is $21,989. The Afternoon Class tuition for the 2018-2019 year is $25,128

A deposit is due with the contract, and families may pay the tuition in full or select from three tuition payment plans of 2, 5, or 10 installments at no additional fee.

Is Financial Aid available?

We offer limited financial aid to eligible applicants. Please contact us for a financial aid application at least one week before the application deadline. The financial aid application deadline is the same as our application deadline. 

Do you have an early notification policy?

Sibling families and Columbia-affiliated families are eligible to select early notification when they submit their application. Sibling and Columbia-affiliated families are also welcome to apply for regular notification.

How do you make your admissions decisions?

The central piece of our admissions process at Hollingworth Preschool is building our school community. Beginning with each child, we focus our attention first on the engagement and enjoyment of each child. We truly believe there is much to children’s holistic profiles (including personalities, learning styles, and more!)  that influence how a community of children, loved ones, and teachers come together. It is our hope that our school community will be reflective of the amazing diversity of New York City. From our observations during the admissions process we review each child’s application with the intention of facilitating engaging and productive learning dynamics and strong friendships within the class. We then consider what potentials might be offered when we gather the children, families, and teachers all together when we begin this journey called school.