A Preschool for the (Young) Ages

A new preschool is in town, and just in time, as Lower Manhattan continues to grow and welcome new families.

Battery Park Montessori recently opened its doors to children ages 2 through 6 at their 21 South End Avenue location in a space that affords views of the Hudson on two sides.

The school takes plenty of opportunities to bring the outdoors in and celebrate its lovely setting, such as installing wooden learning lofts (with custom millwork by Rolf Hoppe) that contain intricate foliage designs, and offering flower-arranging classes.

The school, founded by Dr. Jennifer Jones, enrolls about 80 children in morning and afternoon sessions. The morning sessions are full, but there are a few spots in the afternoon and a few spots for full-day students.

Jones said she selected a Montessori model for the school because it supports lifelong learning and actively teaches healthy social behaviors, such as conflict-resolution skills.

Parents seeking more information about Battery Park Montessori should email Jones at jjones@greenivy.com.