We are a Unique Private Preschool with over 11,000 Graduates

Tom Thumb Preschool was founded in 1968 by Nancy Brophy. The school offers exceptional original programs that are designed to focus on early education and child development.  Our programs are periodically enhanced and have a track record of proven results.

Over 57 Years of Education

Early Childhood Education at Its Best

We have been providing superior Early Child Education and Development Programs and Child Care for over 57 years. Nancy Brophy (Founder), Shawn Brophy (Owner) and staff have persistently enhanced the Tom Thumb Curriculum with innovative, fun learning techniques and renewed lesson plans to ensure Kindergarten Readiness.

Preschool Program for 3 to 5 Years Old

Tom Thumb Preschool has a sterling reputation for delivering the best Pre-K Programs in the area for over 54 years at sensible prices.  Our students are immersed in a fun learning environment every day while they prepare for kindergarten and develop essential “lifetime skills.”

ThumbBelina Program for Two Year Olds

Our ThumBelina Program for two-years-olds has been popular and a great success. ThumBelina is a fantastic fun learning experience for our students.  We use “The Power-of-Play” as an enjoyable method to learn new skills and to grow mentally, physically, and socially.

After-School Care and “Stay and Play Safely Club”

Our Stay and Play Safely Club is a Before & After-School Care program on our Tom Thumb Campus.for all children in Lakeland School District who attend kindergarten through 5th grade that are locally bused to our campus. The  Stay and Play Safely program is a secure environment to have fun and play or a place to do homework. Join the Stay and Play Safely Club.

Catch Us If You Can” Summer Camp

Our Summer Day Camp is an enrichment camp for children ages 3 1/2 through 5thgraders old. Our camp provides an important break from school and a change in mind-set to recharge and unwind, to forget about school and have fun with outdoor activities and play. “Catch Us If You Can” is the summer camp that children want to attend.

Tom Thumb Preschool

Where Educations Begins
jake's graduation at Tom Thumb Preschool class of 2018

Meet Jake a Tom Thumb Graduate

As a local private school for over 57 years,  we deliver exceptional Pre-K education with our excellent and caring teachers and assistant teachers. Our teacher’s credentials and experience are found in our brochure. All our specialists in Physical Education, Music, Drumming, Art, Science, and Dance are professionals in their fields and part of our programs at no extra fee.

 Tom Thumb Preschool is licensed by the the New York Office of Children and Family Services.

Our Preschool Programs are reasonably priced and published on this website. Compare Tom Thumb’s value to what our competitors offer. We offer the best education at the best price.

Our staff continuously engages in round-table discussions to enhance our educational services and capabilities. We regularly attend advanced workshops in education and child development. Since our inception, our programs are routinely updated during the school year and annually reviewed and renewed.

We relentlessly pursue “Excellence in Education” and better ways to serve our children. Tom Thumb will help your child grow intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially!

We are Dedicated to the Next Great Generation of Great Americans.

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Founder's Vision & Mission

 nancy brophy director of tom thumb preschool


 Nancy Brophy

Tom Thumb Founder

Our school was established in September of 1968 and was founded by Nancy Brophy, who was a Lakeland School District teacher at that time.

Tom Thumb was her dream that started with a little Mohegan schoolhouse that later became the ThumBelina’s classrooms of today on the Tom Thumb Campus.

Nancy has been the only owner for over 54 years and the first Director. She is an educator that became a businesswoman, where Excellency in Education was and still is the first priority at Tom Thumb.

Our Vision:

Since Tom Thumb’s inception, our vision is to create a safe, comfortable, fun, and loving environment in which to learn. We want our students to leave Tom Thumb with a Love of Learning!

Our Mission:

Our mission is to pursue “Excellence in Education” for the very young child.  We discover and emphasize the strengths of each child. We cultivate individuality, foster exploration, and make learning fun and interesting. We focus on developing age-appropriate critical thinking and social skills to ensure they reach their full potential and achieve “school success.”

For more information regarding Nancy Brophy, please click on Founder

Tom Thumb Contact Information:

1949 E. Main St. (Route 6) Mohegan Lake, NY 10547
Telephone: (914) 528-5600
Email us by using our Contact Form
School Hours: Monday through Friday: 6:50 am – 5:30 pm

Beyond Child Care

tom thumb students do a project

Tom Thumb students working on a fun project

Childcare services are not enough. You must ensure the preschool your child attends has teachers with the proper training and experience in Pre-K education and child development. A quality preschool education is the greatest gift you can give your child.



Tom Thumb differs from other schools by offering a wide variety of learning resources (custom-designed classrooms, gym, three playgrounds, and special events), extensive staff expertise, over five decades of experience, and our exceptional love of children. We deliver the best high-quality preschool education in the Lakeland School District area.

Tom Thumb Preschool icon Tom Thumb’s facilities, teachers, assistant teachers, and curriculum are focused on stimulating our students’ minds and helping them grow physically, intellectually, and socially. Excellent childcare is an integral part of what we do.

We are a private school with over 54 years of experience in early education and are licensed by the New York Office of Children and Family Services.

Our tuition prices are reasonable. Tom Thumb Preschool Programs provide the best value to grow your child to reach their full potential, and we go beyond childcare.

How Important is a Preschool Education?

Education is the Best Gift You Can Give Your Child

Tom Thumb graduate from preschool with his 2 sisters, also graduates

In 2012, David finally made it. What a happy day to have a certificate that admits him in the same league as his older sisters – both Tom Thumbers

The first 5 years of life, define a person more than the total of all the remaining years of life. Education is the strongest single factor that will affect your child’s development and create a foundation for learning, accomplishments and future success.

Education at this early age is the most precious gift you can give your child to succeed in life. Tom Thumb’s educational programs will help develop your child: intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically. We not only focus on kindergarten readiness but the development of lifetime skills.

If you are interested in learning more about our school or receiving further information, please click on Contact Us for an appointment.

A Word

From Our Founder

Learning should be fun, interesting, and firmly support “The Power of Play“. Play is child’s work. Children have their own special strengths that time and play will reveal. Tom Thumb has an proven practice of developing each student at their own pace to fulfill their potential.

– Nancy Brophy


Important Tom Thumb Events

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Enroll Now in Our 2024 Preschool Program

Are you looking for an exceptional preschool with an excellent reputation for “school success” that goes way beyond childcare? You need to talk to us.

Since 1968, our goal has always been early education and child development to ensure your child will reach his or her full potential.

In the Lakeland School District, teachers recognize Tom Thumb graduates as those that stand-out for being prepared, confident, and ready to succeed. Our school is a “fun learning experience” that children want to attend and participate in our daily lesson plans. For us, “Play is Child’s Work” and an essential part of our curriculum. It’s never too early to register at Tom Thumb Preschool.

We have an Open-Enrollment Policy. If we have an opening, we will accept the enrollment during the current school year if the child meets our basic requirements.

To learn more about Tom Thumb Programs, click on:
√   Junior & Senior Preschool Programs
√   ThumBelina – First School for Two’s
√   Stay & Play Club – After-School Program
√  Catch Us If You Can – Summer Day Camp


View the videos below of Tom Thumb’s Semi-Annual Mini-Olympics Event

Videos of Tom Thumb Drumming Class

Tom Thumb Preschool is a Fun Place to Learn
Tom Thumb is an academic school for early education that doesn’t subscribe to a single ideology or one method of learning. We have selected the best ideas and practices from different educational systems and with our experience and expertise have developed a unique curriculum that defines Tom Thumb.

Our school provides the atmosphere and opportunity for each student to develop social skills, a desire to learn, and the basic core skills necessary for success. By using our original approach and “The Power of Play”,  the learning experience is both fun and rewarding.

The Best Choice for Your Child

Tom Thumb is recognized as a top-notch private school serving Lakeland School District for over 50 years. We are reasonably priced and provide excellent programs that include Childcare and Education. Tom Thumb students that enter kindergarten are always identified as remarkable.

Please contact us to visit Tom Thumb and talk about your child.

Tom Thumb Preschool provides a Commencement Ceremony for all of our senior students by individual classe by teacher.

tom thumb preschool students graduation

Tom Thumb Graduation Class

tom thumb preschool graduation class

Tom Thumb Graduation Class

Tom thumb preschool graduation class

Tom Thumb Graduation Class


Blog Articles

Selected Blog Articles

Our Tom Thumb Blog provides information, news and interesting articles about our preschool, child development or early education. Our intention is to publish content that is either useful or of interest to our students and parents.

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Years Serving Lakeland School District

Visitors are Always Welcome

Call (914) 528-5600 to visit our school while in session. Please note: an appointment is required for security to visit us.

Same Day Appointments are Available. When you visit bring your child and you will: meet our Director, tour our facilities, see our school in operation, meet our staff, ask your questions and have a private conference to discuss your child and our education program.

We will provide you with meaningful information to help you make a preschool decision.

Location: 11949 E. Main St. (Route 6) Mohegan Lake, NY 10547

Email us by using our Contact Form


Non-Discrimination Policy

Tom Thumb does not discriminate with it’s employees, contractors and students on the basis of an individual’s actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, religious practice, national origin, ethnic group, sex, gender identity, political affiliation, age, marital status, military status, veteran status, disability, domestic violence victim status,  genetic information or any other basis prohibited by New York state and/or federal non-discrimination laws in its programs and activities.


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