Applications for the 2020-2021 school year are now available.

The admissions process is open to all families; Columbia University affiliation is not required.

Our application process includes responses to observational questions about your child and a school visit for you and your child. 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.

 We hold tours in the spring and fall. Please see our tour schedule below.

Request Admissions Information

Please click here to request more information about Hollingworth Preschool Admissions.

Tours for Prospective Families

We encourage parents who are considering Hollingworth to arrange a visit to see our program in person. Please contact our admissions office at 212.678.3403 or to schedule a tour.

Application & Payment

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

2020-2021 Application

To submit a payment online, please click below.

Hollingworth Preschool Payment Page

Admissions Dates

2020 - 2021 Admissions 

Applications for the 2020 - 2021 year are being accepted on a rolling basis. 
Please contact us at  212.678-3403 or if you have any questions. 


Applications for the 2020-2021 school year are available on our website. Click here to fill out an application. 

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

Completed forms can be emailed to, and the application fee can be processed online here or mailed separately.

The tuition for the 2020-2021 Blue Group (3-4 yo)  is $23,874.00. The Yellow Group (4-5 yo) tuition for the 2020-2021 year is $25,630.00. 

A deposit is due with the contract, and families may pay the tuition in full or select from three tuition payment plans of 2, 4, or 8 installments at no additional fee.

Credit card and check are accepted for tuition payments.

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. Similarly, our purpose in offering an    individual    session    is to observe how children respond to novel situations and activities that encourage children to share their thinking processes. 

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

Each class has 15-19 children.

The faculty of Hollingworth Preschool is composed of educators who share a commitment to life-long learning, child-responsive education, and the enactment of theory and practice. All of our faculty and staff are either current or former Teachers College graduate students. Our associate and assistant teachers participate in a competitive and rigorous application process to gain a position at the preschool. Our leadership team has extensive experience, active in research and service in the field of early childhood education. For more information about our current faculty, please visit our Who We Are page.

We offer limited financial aid to eligible applicants. 

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.

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.

There is metered parking on 120th Street and Broadway. 121st Street allows parking according to alternate side rules. There are two parking garages in the neighborhood; one at Riverside Church and the other on 122nd Street at Broadway.

TC students are a wonderful resource to Hollingworth families from incidental to regular babysitting. As many graduate students live on campus and have flexible schedules, they are often available at odd hours and/or even for short period of times. Many enterprising families utilize graduate students to transport students at pick up and drop off times to and from school.

With your Hollingworth Preschool ID you may use the TC library, the Starbucks Cafe, the TC Dining Hall, and the Everett Lounge. There is free WIFI access throughout The College. 

Families with children who have young fall birthdays may elect a third year when applying to independent schools. Our approach to a multi-age class affords children who are with us for a third year children an optimal and differentiated experience.

Hollingworth Preschool alums are offered early enrollment with a guaranteed placement kindergarten through the fourth grade if desired.

We have vast experience with children for whom English is a second language. We welcome speakers of other languages and have the expertise to support these children as they become fluent in English. During the school year, our literacy rich classroom environment and pedagogical approaches support English Language learners as their comfort, knowledge, and use of the language grows.

After Hollingworth

As a two year program we make an unwavering commitment to guide our families as they seek an ongoing educational placement for their children. We begin meeting with parents the spring before the start of 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. This partnership with parents is guided by the shared goal of ensuring each a robust match for each child. To this essential work Hollingworth brings over 30 years of expertise. Hollingworth Preschool children are happily situated in a range of schools including: a variety of independent schools such as co-ed, all-girls schools, and all-boys schools; and progressive and traditional schools. Public school placements include G&T citywide and district programs, Hunter, and neighborhood schools throughout New York.

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.

The programs and policies of The Hollingworth Center are in accordance with the health and immunization regulations and recommendations set by New York State and New York City departments of health.

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