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 sees each child as an active, contributing member of the community.  Education is a social experience and one by which, experience is defined.  Our classrooms provide a welcoming, thoughtful arena for children to utilize their bodies, intellect  and creativity.  Our play based approach and open ended educational materials afford children the opportunity to structure their own play plan.  In children making their own choices about materials and peers to interact with in a given day, problem solving and social negotiating an everyday occurrence.  We see our role as educators to shape the meaningful experiences that children have.  We are social and intellectual resources for our students. 
Our school comprises an Infant/Toddler Room , for children between the ages of 3 months and 19 months , a Twos Room for those little people aged 20 months through 2 years 8 months,  and a Nursery School (preschool)for children between the ages of 2 years 9 months and 5 years. 


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 15
  • Twos Room (Childcare Center): December 15
  • Infant/Toddler Room (Childcare Center): January 1
  • All applications must be accompanied by a fee of $45.

See our admissions page for more information.