Jorinda Moorhead, director
Phone: 212-854-9601

A Columbia University affiliate
21 Claremont Avenue
New York, NY 10027

Tompkins Hall Nursery and Childcare Center

Our school strives to integrate each child's individual development with the experience of belonging to a group. Through creative play with a variety of materials, children develop awareness of themselves and the world around them. We help children to verbalize their feelings and communicate with adults and with peers. Problem-solving, with materials and in social interactions, is integrated into all our daily experiences.

Tompkins Hall is home to a Childcare Center that comprises a Infant/Toddler Room for children up to 19 months and a Twos Room for children 20 months to 2 years, 8 months, and to a Nursery School (preschool) for children 2 years, 9 months to 5 years. In addition, our roof serves as a playground and an organic garden.


The admissions process begins with a visit to an Open House, where you will receive an overview of Tompkins Hall, a tour of the facilities, and all necessary application materials. Tours will be given on designated dates only. Please call the Tompkins Hall office, at the start of October, to schedule a tour.

Due dates for applications are:

  • Nursery School (3s/4s): December 31
  • Twos Room (Childcare Center): December 31
  • Infant/Toddler Room (Childcare Center): January 31
  • All applications must be accompanied by a fee of $45.

See our admissions page for more information.

Parent Responsibilities

Tompkins Hall thrives as a community in which parents play an important role in their child's school experience. As part of this process, all parents:

  • Serve on a committee
  • Attend four group parent-teacher meetings
  • Attend two individual parent-teacher conferences
  • Participate in social and fundraising events
  • Participate in one out of three school clean-up days