2021 Student Openings

2021 Student Openings

Tom Thumb Enrollment is at the Highest Level in 10 Years

There has been an overwhelming appeal for our Tom Thumb Preschool programs this new academic year. As parents are eager to have their children return to the classroom this fall, almost all our programs have been filled early this year with a few exceptions. We thank the parents of new and returning students for their trust and support of Tom Thumb.

For parents seeking preschool placement for their child this fall:

There are still very limited spots available for the 2021 Fall Session.
Please call the school (914) 528-5600 for more information.

The Stay and Play Program is our Before and After School Care specifically developed for Lakeland School District elementary children that are 5 through 10 years old. Currently, we have available openings in Stay and Play for this fall. Please contact us on (914) 528-5600 for more information.

Accepting Fall Registration

Accepting Fall Registration

Tom Thumb Campus

Tom Thumb Campus

We Go Way Beyond Child Care!

Tom Thumb Preschool is a private school that was founded in 1968 by Nancy Brophy.


Accepting Registration for Tom Thumb Preschool and ThumBelina:

tom thumb field trip to indian church

Indian Church Field Trip

Register for our Fall Session that starts in September is now available. To get started, click on Registration Forms to download the form, print it, complete it and send it to us with your check for the $100 deposit. It’s that easy!

We recommend submitting your completed Registration Form with your refundable deposit of $100 as early as possible to ensure placement in the class you want. Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis.

tom thumb's thanksgiving party

Thanksgiving Party

If your child doesn’t plan on attending Tom Thumb Preschool or ThumBelina, please mention to your friends, family, or neighbors that our registration process has begun. Your referral is greatly appreciated.

As always, current Tom Thumb and ThumBelina students are given an early reminder to register for next year to secure their slot before the classes fill up.

Thank you for registering as early as possible.

Click here to download our Registration Forms.

tom thumb preschool students

Tom Thumb Preschool Class session


Contact us for more information about our private school.

Tom Thumb Preschool mini Olympics

Tom Thumb Preschool Mini Olympics

tom thumb preschool 50 year anniversary

Over 50 Years in Preschool Education

US Congress’ Certificate of Achievement

US Congress’ Certificate of Achievement

Announcing a Certificate of Achievement from Nita M. Lowey

Nita M. Lowey is our Congresswoman serving New York’s 17th District

Nita Lowey US House of Representatives

Nita M. Lowey

Nancy Brophy of the Tom Thumb Preschool is recognized for outstanding contributions to our community as an honored member of the Lakeland Education Foundation. Nita M. Lowey presented the Certificate of Achievement. She represents parts of Westchester and Rockland Counties in the US House of Representatives.

Nita strongly supports education and believes improving education is critical to our economic recovery and our children’s futures. Our economic competitiveness is directly linked to our ability to prepare students for the needs of the global economy.

At Tom Thumb, we are Dedicated to Improving the Next Great Generation of Americans.

2020 Lakeland Education Foundation Honorees

2020 Lakeland Education Foundation Honorees

Lakeland Education FoundationGala 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 and Three Educators to be Honored at March 14 Dinner Dance

The Lakeland Education Foundation (LEF) will honor three district staff members and a community member at its annual Casino Night, Silent Auction, and Dinner Dance to be held at the Villa Barone in Mahopac on Saturday, March 14, 2019.

gala casino night honorees
Three outstanding supporters of the LEF and the students of the Lakeland Central School District are this year’s honorees: Lakeland High School Principal Christopher Cummings, Lakeland High School Social Studies Teacher Maureen   O’Donnell, and Superintendent Dr. George Stone. Also being honored is Nancy Brophy, director, and owner of Tom Thumb Preschool.

nancy brophy director of tom thumb preschool“I am honored that people in my profession have chosen Tom Thumb and me to be recognized at Lakeland Education Foundation’s annual event,” offered Nancy Brophy. “I am overwhelmed with gratitude. I will share this honor with my teacher and staff, past and present. They have made Tom Thumb what it is today,”she added.

“I wish to express my fondest gratitude to the Lakeland Education Foundation for enriching “All Things Lakeland” over my ten years here, and many years prior,” said Dr. Stone. “It has been my distinct honor to serve the Foundation as part of the Unfunded Mandate Band who was able to give as well as receive so many blessings through LEF’s generous support. I wish the Lakeland Education Foundation continued success as they fulfill their mission to enrich and enhance the lives of Lakeland students, staff and schools.” Dr. Stone is retiring after in June 2020.

“I am extremely honored to be recognized by the Lakeland Education Foundation. The LEF dedicates so much time and effort into supporting the educational experiences of our students by providing our teachers with opportunities to enrich their students’ classroom experience,” said Christopher Cummings.  “The work of the LEF supports and in many ways mirrors the work we do each and every day in our buildings. Working alongside the LEF helps continue the partnership which brings the school and community together to support our students and makes our district special,” added Cummings.

“So much about education is the support the community gives the teachers and the support the teachers offer to the community,” said Maureen O’Connell. “When you have that relationship between a community and its education system, it ensures the success of generations of people. Working at Lakeland for 25 years I’ve seen and experienced the support and success of this community,” she continued. “The LEF is an integral part of the community and Lakeland Central Schools. I am humbled to be honored by them,” she concluded.

Created in 1994, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 million to benefit the district’s students through the annual LEF grant program.

The Lakeland Education Foundation seeks to provide opportunities for the students and staff of Lakeland to expand learning opportunities, to maximize the potential of each student, and to augment the fine work that is already underway in the Lakeland Schools.

“The Lakeland Education Foundation has been working hard for the past 24 years to enhance the educational experience for all Lakeland students,” said Diane Kness, LEF President.

The money raised at the evening’s activity will be used to help fund the Foundation’s grant program. For more information or to sign up to attend the event, go to LEF@LakelandSchools.org.

Tom Thumb is Building a New Website

Tom Thumb is Building a New Website

Tom Thumb Website History

Tom Thumb Preschool was founded in 1968. The Internet was not in existence then as it is today. At that time, we advertised in the Penny Saver and we got our students through word-of-mouth. Our first website was created on May 17, 2001. This small site had contact information including a few pages of content. We don’t have a screenshot of the first site.

In 2007, We had a Meeting about Our Website

tom thumb preschool old website

2009 Tom Thumb Preschool Website

At the meeting, we started to think about our website as a useful promotional tool to disseminate relevant information to our customers. In 2008, Nancy Brophy began to come up with design ideas and do some preparation for new content on the new website. We wanted a new website to have a brand appeal to remind us of children and to present real information about our school and programs, instead of a sales talk.

Much of this original core content devised in 2008 by Nancy and her team survive today on the website. We still hold to our vision, mission, and beliefs while our school expanded and achieved success by educating over eleven thousand graduates. The screenshot on the right is taken from wayback.com. It is a rendition of our redesigned website of April 29, 2009.

2011 Tom Thumb Preschool Website

2011 Tom Thumb Preschool Website

On June 14, 2011, we created the current website as depicted with the screen-shot on the right. We kept most of the previous content and we included new information, programs, and new best-practices. The screen-shot on the right is based on HTML technology with WordPress for blog functions.


October 2019 We will Introduce a New Website.

Our New Website is Built to Better Serve Our Customers


Our New Website

Current Tom Thumb Preschool Website

2019 om Thumb Preschool Website

We are proud to announce the new Tom Thumb Preschool Website with improvements to better serve our customers and the Internet audience. Our goal is to create a new website experience using state-of-the-art technology while keeping the same familiar look of our original site.

Our new website uses the most innovative “open-source” software available today as a content management system with the capability to add more function and enhance our web presence as our preschool continues to serve our true customer – our students.

current tom thumb preschool website

New TomTthumb Preschool Website – Top of Home Page

Also, we made a significant change in the way we manage content. The new website greatly reduces programming efforts to more easily publish information and distribute the content directly. Our new website makes it easier to communicate with fewer steps to deliver content faster. It allows the Senior Director to get her messages out in real-time.

At Tom Thumb Preschool, we see technological improvements as the path to be more efficient and deliver more value quicker.

Our New Website is Focused on 3 Main Areas:

New Tom Thumb Preschool Website

New Tom Thumb Preschool Website – further down on the Home Page

  1. Provide information about our school, brand and messages from Nancy Brophy
  2. Deliver information, tuition, and enrollment about our 5 Tom Thumb Programs:
    • ThumBelina
    • Junior & Senior Preschool
    • Stay & Play Safely
    • Catch Us if You Can Summer Camp
  3. Communicate about our program schedule, calendar of events, school activities and articles

Our New Tom Thumb Preschool Website - further down the Home Page

Our New Tom Thumb Preschool Website – further down on the Home Page

Our new website is designed to work with cell phones, tablets, and desktop computers to help visitors find the information easier by using a Search Box and a new menu system with an information structure that is easy to follow.

Please feel free to contact us about our website with recommendations, feedback, or suggestions by leaving a comment.

Thank you all for your support.


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