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 54 Years of Education
Early Childhood Education at Its Best
We provide superior Early Child Education and Development Programs, as well as, Child Care for over 54 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 50 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 2020 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 PreschoolWhere Educations Begins
As a local private school for over 52 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, French, Art, Science, and Dance are professionals in their field and part of our programs at no extra fee.
Tom Thumb Preschool is licensed by the New York State Department of Education and 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 is continuously engaged 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.
Founder's Vision & Mission
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.
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 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:
11949 E. Main St. (Route 6) Mohegan Lake, NY 10547
Telephone: (914) 528-5600
School Hours: Monday through Friday: 6:50 am – 5:30 pm
Beyond Child Care
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 to teach your child as a fun experience. A quality preschool education is the greatest gift you can give your child.
Tom Thumb is different because we have: a wide variety of learning resources (custom designed classrooms, gym, 3 playgrounds & special events, etc.), extensive expertise, our developed best practices, over five decades of experience, and our exceptional loving childcare. We deliver the best high-quality preschool education in the Lakeland School District area.
Tom Thumb’s facilities, teachers, assistant teachers, and our curriculum are focused on stimulating the mind of our students and growing them 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 licensed by the New York State Department of Education and 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
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.
From Our Director
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 original proven practice of developing each student at their own pace to fulfill their potential.
Important Tom Thumb Events
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Enroll Now in Our 2022 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.
Learn more about Tom Thumb Programs, click on:
√ Junior & Senior Preschool Programs
√ ThumBelina – First School for Two’s
√ Stay & Play Club – After-School Program
√ Gift of Time – Getting the time for Kindergarten Readiness
√ Catch Us If You Can – Summer 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
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.
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.
Margaret's email to Nancy Brophy Hi Mrs. Brophy I hope this finds everyone well. I have been struggling with the right words to express what Isabella's three years with you and your teachers have meant to us, especially to her. Last night gave me...
Gala Casino Night When: Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 7 pm to midnight Where: Viiia Barone 466 Route 6 Mahopac, NY How to Attend: Click on Gala Casino Night RSVP Card The Lakeland Education Foundation Announces 2019-2020 Honorees Community Member...
Jake's First Milestone of Educational Success Cheers to Jake for a job well done. At Tom Thumb, our entire staff is proud and gratified to have worked with each student of the Class of 2018 to participate and encourage their social growth and...
The Benefit of Tom Thumb's "Gift of Time" Program The Gift of Time" Program is for students turning five years old by November 30th and eligible for Kindergarten next September. A child's readiness for school is highly correlated to his or her...
The answer is 13. Nancy Brophy and the Bride, Jessica Greene Stoke, are not Tom Thumb Graduates. All the others that appear in the larger picture below are Tom Thumbers that have graduated from 1990 through 1999. We salute Tom Thumbers everywhere...
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Years Serving Lakeland School District
Visitors are Always Welcome
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
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