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New Paltz
Play School

Virtual Fun Fair

Fundraising Drive

Each year on a (usually) sunny Saturday in May we hold our Fun Fair, with games, face-painting, food, and prizes!  It's a day of fun for the whole family.  We are so sad to be unable to offer this year's fair for the children, and we are missing the sight of those smiles!  

Our fair is also one of the financial supports for our Play School--those ticket sales and concession purchases may be small, but they add up to help make ends meet at Play School.


This year, we are asking you to consider making a small donation--perhaps the amount you normally spend at the fair--to help cover our expenses at this time.

Click here to donate electronically

Mail a Check

PO Box  516
New Paltz, NY 12561

Thank You!


Playschool is currently closed due to Covid-19 protocol.

We follow the New Paltz Central School district for school closings and delays.  We will continue to provide updates with regard to re-opening as more information becomes available.


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Registration Form

Click below to download our 2020-2021 registration form.  
Contact us at newpaltzplayschool@gmail.com with any questions.

Our Roots

Founded in 1968 by Helen Karsten, Play School has been open to children in our community for over 50 years!  After all these years, we still hold true to our founding principal: learning through play!


Our Programs

We offer half-day programs for 2, 3 and 4 year-old children.  Our classrooms are open from September to June, as well as during our 4-week summer session.


Two-Year-Old Class

The 2's class is so much fun!  Our young artists use materials like finger paints and paint-sticks to make their masterpieces.  Playtime is a mix of big gross motor toys like cars and blocks, as well as our kitchen with its tea-set and pretend food!  After snack we have book-looking time, followed by circle-time with songs and games.  Then outside we go to the playground!

Three-Year-Old Class

The 3's build on their 2-year-old experience with even craftier crafts, show-and-tell, classroom jobs, and after plenty of practice with the magic rope, Library Fridays!  Visiting the Elting Memorial Library for a short story-time and a new book to bring home each week is a special opportunity that our 3's just love!

Four-Year-Old Class

Our 4's are the top of the school!  They build on their previous years' learning with new experiences:  morning meeting, learning centers, letter-learning, pre-writing and pre-reading activities to prepare for Kindergarten!  Of course there's still plenty of time for playing dress-up, constructing block towers, and lots of crafting!

Curriculum & Goals

-To provide young children the opportunity of interacting with teachers, materials, and children of similar age
-To develop, during informal play experiences, self-confidence & indepedence
-To aid children in the growth of social & multi-cultural awareness, physical acuity & mental activity
-To help children develop a good self-concept
-To assist children in making the transition from home and parent to school and teacher
-To offer an inclusive, anti-bias, multi-cultural, welcoming environment
-To bring children together in a "play" environment, rather than an academically inclined atmosphere
-To make children aware of community services & help them to develop a community mindedness
-To develop language skills
-To develop an awareness of art, music & nature
-To learn respect for the rights of others & how to handle feelings towards oneself & others
-To encourage the development of good manners.

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1 Grove Street New Paltz, NY 12561


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1 Grove Street New Paltz, NY 12561

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