Frequently Asked Questions


Where is CLC located?
CLC is located at 90 La Salle Street, inside the Morningside Gardens residential  complex in Upper Manhattan. Morningside Gardens takes up the full city block between Broadway and Amsterdam, and 123rd Street and La Salle (equivalent to 124th).

Is CLC affiliated with any other institutions?
CLC is affiliated with Morningside Gardens Housing Corporation, Columbia University, and Barnard College.

When is CLC in session?
CLC is open five days a week from September through June. We offer a summer camp program during the month of July. CLC is closed during August.

Is CLC open during the summer?
We have a summer camp program during the month of July, and are closed during August.

When does CLC have vacations? Does CLC observe any holidays?
CLC follows the NYC DOE’s Public School calendar for all major breaks and holidays. Various PD days are also scheduled throughout the year.

How many days per week can my child attend CLC?
CLC runs five days per week, and children may join in 3-, 4- or 5-day a week programs.

When is drop-off/pick-up?
CLC drop-off is at 8:30 AM daily. We offer three different pick-up times: 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM, and an afterschool program which ends at 5:30 PM.

How many classrooms does CLC have? How many children and teachers per class?
CLC has three classrooms:

  • The Yellow Room: 10 Infants/Toddlers from 6 months to 2 years. 3-4 teachers.
  • The Red Room: 12-16 Preschoolers 2-4 years old. 3 teachers.
  • The Purple Room: 14-18 Preschoolers 2.5-5 years old. 3 teachers.

Additionally, each semester we have student and work study teachers assisting from Teacher’s College and Barnard.

What are the youngest and oldest ages that CLC accepts?
CLC accepts babies and children from 6 months to 5 years.



What is play-based education? Is it an effective way for children to learn?
CLC is proud to engage our children in play-based learning. The activities and creative experiences that CLC children take part in stimulate the imagination and encourage artistic exploration. At CLC, we believe that children are active participants in their own learning, and that they must be interested and engaged in a project for it to have worthwhile educational meaning. Our educational approach exercises all areas of a child’s developmental growth, including gross and fine motor, language, cognitive, sensory, etc. We believe in learning by doing.

What does it mean to be a progressive school?
For Children’s Learning Center, being a progressive school means cultivating an environment where children are thoughtful members of society who engage in honest and free learning. At CLC we encourage children to ask questions, and to view the world around them with curiosity and a sense of ethics. We believe in a child’s right to explore, inquire, and learn in his or her own way.

What is the curriculum like at CLC?
At CLC, curriculum develops in response to the children’s interests as the year progresses. Teachers begin the school year with a “curriculum spark,” question, or material they wish to explore, and then watch and listen to the children’s play to detect themes of interest that can be developed into a curriculum. In the past, curriculums have included Night, Ice, Ghosts, Quilting, Recycling, etc.

Do CLC children move on to NYC private schools?
CLC children move on to a variety of schools, including public and NYC private schools. The Director works alongside teachers on kindergarten and pre-kindergarten ex-missions. In recent exmissions seasons, CLC sent children to Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Manhattan Country School, Cathedral School, Spence, Brearley, and St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s.



Who makes up the student body at CLC?
CLC serves a diverse New York City population. We are committed to creating a community that reflects New York City’s diversity.

What is Morningside Gardens?
Morningside Gardens is a residential complex in which we are located. The beauty and safety of Morningside Gardens make it an ideal place for our children to grow and play.

What does it mean to be affiliated with Morningside Gardens, Columbia University, and Barnard College?
CLC shares a special relationship with Morningside Gardens, Columbia University, and Barnard College. Our communities enjoy special events together, and share resources. Families also affiliated with those institutions are given preference during the enrollment period.