DREAM East Harlem Pre-K
At DREAM East Harlem Pre-K, everything we do is guided by our Whole Child model: the belief that every child needs and deserves not only rigorous academic instruction, but also social-emotional support, physical health and wellness, and the strength of a community behind them. When children are known, seen, and loved, that’s when they have the space to grow into the leaders, innovators, and changemakers of tomorrow.
At a glance
teachers per classroom as part of our unique integrated co-teaching model
For the 2024-25 school year, any student born in 2020 is eligible for EHPK
voices from our community
- Christine Wicks, Former Principal
East Harlem Elementary School Principal
Lexis White, DREAM East Harlem Elementary Principal, began her career as an elementary school teacher in a high performing charter school in Harlem. There, Lexis served as a 4th, 6th, and 7th grade teacher. Lexis has been a school leader for 5 years and joined Dream Charter School East Harlem Middle School in the summer of 2021. Lexis was drawn to DREAM because of its deep commitment to the community.
Lexis is passionate about academic excellence, advocacy and teacher development. Lexis is honored to transition into the Principal role where she can continue to build lifelong learners. Lexis earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Howard University and her Masters Degree at Fordham University through Teach for America. Lexis is committed to being a lifelong learner, a partner with all families here at DREAM, and supporting a school environment where students can fail, persist, and exceed.
At DREAM, we believe that every child deserves a beautiful space to play, learn, and grow. East Harlem Pre-K is located at 433 East 100th Street. Classrooms feature reading nooks, sensory learning stations, spaces for small group play, and more.
Like all of our schools, EHPK is embedded in its community; it’s only a few blocks away from our Field of Dreams, and when our preschoolers step up to kindergarten, they move to our state-of-the-art flagship location at 1991 2nd Ave.
DREAM East Harlem Pre-K has two teachers per classroom and is the first preschool in New York City to use the Every Child Ready curriculum, which balances independent, play-based learning with whole and small group instruction. It includes strategies for English Language Learners and low-language students who need extra support. Every scholar receives daily one-on-one instruction in both reading and math.
At the end of the year, Pre-K scholars are academically, socially, and emotionally prepared to succeed in kindergarten and elementary school.
EHPK scholars build social-emotional skills like:
- Communication with peers and adults
- Understanding emotions
- Establishing and keeping routines
- Peer conflict resolution
Free Afterschool & Summer Programming
Once your child is enrolled for the fall, they can get a head start on their DREAM journey that summer; all incoming students are guaranteed a spot in our summer programming.