east harlem

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Currently enrolling for Pre-K

433 East 100th Street, East Harlem

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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


student/teacher ratio


teachers in every classroom


For the 2022-23 school year, any student born in 2018 is eligible for EHPK

voices from our community

“Recently, Logan and Royal of the Little Giants arrived at school with their moms at the same time. Logan was ready to run in the door, but then noticed that Royal was a little more reluctant to leave his mom. Logan immediately reached out his hand; Royal gladly took it and they walked into school together, hand-in-hand. This small act of compassion from our youngest learners speaks to the bonds students have built in their classroom communities.”

- Christine Wicks, Principal

Meet Principal
Christine Wicks

Christine Wicks, Pre-K Director, has led DREAM East Harlem Pre-K since its founding in 2015. She holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bates College.
Read her bio

place matters

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.

our curriculum

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

All DREAM students have access to our free afterschool and summer programming as part of our extended-day, extended-year model.

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