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The Hollingworth Center

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

Fall Tours for Prospective Families

This spring we are offering Spring Tours on April 11, 16, & 29 at 9:15 am. If you would like to schedule a tour please contact our admissions office at 212.678.3403 or

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 2019-2020

To submit a payment online, please click below.

Hollingworth Preschool Payment Page


Applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now available. 

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 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.

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 (11:30-1:00) two or four days a week. All Morning Class children participate in the extended day program on either Mondays & Tuesdays or Wednesdays & Thursdays with the option of attending four days a week on Mondays-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 will turn 3 by December 31st of the year that they enter the preschool. If your child’s birthday falls after this cut-off, we welcome your call for conversation.

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.

Admissions Dates

Applications for the 2019 - 2020 are available now and are accepted on a rolling basis.

Applications for 2020 - 2021 will be available in late August. 

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 2019-2020 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.

How do I submit the application form?

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

What can my child and I expect at the small group visit or individual session?

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.

How many children are in each class?

Each class has 15-19 children.

Who is the faculty?

As part of our dual mission as a lab school, 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.

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, 4, or 8 installments at no additional fee.

Credit card and check are accepted for tuition payments.

Is Financial Aid available?

We offer limited financial aid to eligible applicants. 

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.

I may be driving for drop off and pick up. Is there a place to park?

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.

Is it possible to drop off and pick up my child off to a Hollingworth teacher at a central location outside of the preschool?

Beginning for the 2019 - 2020 school year curbside drop off will be available at no extra charge for parents who drive, who are dropping off in a car service, or who are pressed for time. There is always the option of dropping off and picking up children in the classroom.

Are Teachers College graduate students available for childcare?

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.

What morning opportunities are there for children in the Afternoon Class?

Optional enrichment classes for Hollingworth children are organized by parents and the school. Offerings have included music, soccer, chess, swimming, martial arts, art, woodworking, science, among others.

Is there place on campus loved ones can wait for their child?

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. 

Can a child stay at Hollingworth for a third year?

Families with children who have young fall birthdays may elect a third year when applying to independent schools. In our multi-age afternoon class third year children receive an optimal and differentiated experience.

Are Hollingworth Preschoolers given priority enrollment at Hollingworth Science Camp?

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

Can I use a credit card for the deposit and tuition payments?

Yes, we accept credit card payments via Hollingworth Preschool Payment Page through The College.