Miriam Kreinin Souccar breaks the story in Crain’s New York that the Goddard School is entering the overcrowded NYC nursery school scene. Goddard School is a national nursery school chain that offers individualized instruction and extended hours, convenient for working parents. Souccar notes that Goddard joins a group of new Manhattan private schools, including most recently, World Class Learning Academy and Avenues.
Despite its appeal and even with all the demand, the clubby private school market in New York is difficult to enter. Parents covet nursery schools that have experienced “exmissions” staffers, who can use their contacts to help place students in the city’s best grade schools.
“No parent who is interested in sending their child to an elite private school will want to send their child to a brand-new nursery school,” said Emily Glickman, head of a firm that helps parents with the application process. But, she acknowledged, the school could be a good fit for working parents or those planning to send their children to public school.