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Tom Thumb Preschool

Tom Thumb Preschool Programs
We focused on “Kindergarten Readiness” for age 3 to 5 years old.

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At Tom Thumb…

We focus on our real customers, our students. The reasons why our school exists!

Sceince Experiment

tom thumb students performing science experiments

Tom Thumb STEM Activities – Having fun with Science


Learning a New Song

tom thumb preschool music and movement

Music and Movement Class

Circle Time

creative playtime

Circle Time – the lesson of the day

Preparing for Drumming Concert

tomthumb students drumming

Having fun at Drumming Class

Show and Tell

tom thumb studebt singing in a Group Circle

Using a Microphone

A Holiday Activity

tom thumb students playing in the gym

Annual Bunny Party – Wearing headpieces they made and marching to music

School Field Trip

tom thumb field trip to indian church

Replica of an native american longhouse

Tom Thumb Mini-Olympics


Mini-Olympics at Dynamic Gymnastics

French Class

tom thumb french class

Learning French

Arts and Crafts

tom thumb students doing arts ans crafts

An everyday experience



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Tom Thumb class graduating

Playtime at Our Well Equipped and Secure Playground

tom thumb well equipped secure playground


Junior & Senior Preschool Programs

Tom Thumb’s Junior and Senior Programs aim to develop the social and emotional skills needed for school success”. One often hears Kindergarten Readiness” as a goal for preschoolers. Tom Thumb raises the bar to “lifetime skills”. These skills are essential for grade school through college.

Our preschool is unique with original programs. We continuously assess and improve our programs. We address new education findings, current technological advances and changes in our society. Each of our programs is geared to a specific age group and keeps the child’s interest during the school sessions.

An important part of our job is to ensure our students are excited about learning every day and willing to participate in our program to have fun and rewarding experiences. Tom Thumb’s programs and our unique method, “The Power of Play” are time-tested, extremely well-plan to accentuate child development, and have been refined continuously over the years.

For over 50 years, we have produced confident graduates with an ongoing interest in learning, that learning is a fun experience and have grown socially, physically, and intellectually.

Highlights of Our Junior and Senior Programs Objectives are:

  • Critical thinking
  • Social skills
  • Exposure to new interests
  • Original thinking & creative thought
  • Independent action to satisfy goals
  • Assimilate new knowledge
  • Problem-solving
  • Fine and gross motor skills

Highlights of Our Academics:

  • Pre-reading
  • Writing (include alphabet and numbers)
  • Language
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Citizenship
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Physical Education
  • Drumming
  • Piano / Xylophone
  • Art

Finding children’s strengths and emphasizing them is a primary goal for us. Students recognizing what they are good at doing and increase knowledge around their strengths allow them to become confident. Our teachers assess children and create a plan to help take them a step further and to encourage them on a learning path. Our staff goes to great lengths to assist us in developing the preschool programs with details that will encourage and stimulate the natural curiosity of young minds. Children need to decide for themselves by using their free-choice time to pick playmates, and activities, as well as, make decisions about the objects in play, items to be included in a drawing, etc.

Specific details about our program can be found in our brochure. To request our brochure complete our Request a Brochure Form

Two Sessions to Choose from:

  • 2:15 PM Dismissal Program
  • 3:15 PM Dismissal Program

Our Enrichment Program is Integrated at No Cost

Children attend preschool in the morning and have lunch brought from home. In the afternoon, our enrichment program is group-oriented as children often play and do activities with a partner or a small group. Cooperation is encouraged.  Our school activities are planned so that children may choose to participate in different activities. They may take advantage of our gym, and playgrounds. Specialists are brought in to enhance the educational experience.

Each new academic school year, we created our programs to include a mix of specialists that children enjoy. Some of the specialists we have engaged in the past include:

  • Science lesson
  • Music
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Fun Gym
  • Yoga
  • Drumming
  • Piano keyboard

Further details about our Extended and Full-day session program can be explained and discussed by a visit to Tom Thumb.

Before and After School Hours

Children may come to Tom Thumb as early as 6:50 AM and must be picked up no later than 5:30 PM.

Delayed Opening Policy for Stay and Play Safely Club, ThumBelina & Tom Thumb Students

We operate only on those days when the Lakeland Central School District has classes in session. When Lakeland has delayed openings, we will delay 1 hour only. Our “Before School Care” program will open at 7:50 AM for those registered for this program. When Lakeland closes early due to weather, we allow working parents enough time to make arrangements for pick-up. We trust parents will come as soon as possible.

Gift of Time

This program is available for those children who are turning 5 years old by February 1st.  Children’s readiness for school has a high correlation with their emotional and social maturity. The Gift of Time is exactly what this program offers. This program will be explained in detail during your visit or a  phone discussion. To learn more, click on the Gift of Time Program

Summary of Preschool Classes:

Junior Class: Children must be 3 years old by November 30th and toilet-trained is required. However, children are considered on an individual basis as to their readiness for preschool.
Senior Class: Children must be 4 years old by November 30th.
To view the tuition for the school year click on the Tom Thumb Preschool Tuition web page

Class Schedule: (Tom Thumb will continue to follow Lakeland Central School District’s academic schedule. To access Lakeland School District Calendar, click on Lakeland School District Calendar. Tom Thumb Preschool for both the Junior and Senior programs, as well as, for the ThumBelina program, will follow the Lakeland School District calendar.


  • 2:15 PM Dismissal Program: – 8:45 AM – 2:15 PM
  • 3:15 PM Dismissal Program: – 8:45 AM – 3:15 PM

Before School Care:

  • As early as 6:50 AM

After School Care (After Care: Available only for those in the 3:15 pm dismissal program):

  • Pick-up Before 4:00 PM
  • Pick-up Before 5:00 PM
  • Pick-up Before 5:30 PM


  • 2 days/wk Juniors Only  (Tue and Thurs)
  • 3 days/wk Juniors & Seniors (Mon, Wed and Fri)
  • 3 days/wk Seniors Only (Tue, Thurs and Fri)
  • 5 days /wk Juniors & Seniors (Mon – Fri)
Please refer to the current Tom Thumb Preschool brochure for further details. You can obtain a copy of our brochure by completing the online form, by clicking on the link, request a brochure, or calling Tom Thumb Preschool on (914) 528-5600 and ask for it to be sent to you by postal mail.

Visit Tom Thumb

We recommend making an appointment to set up a confidential meeting with our school Directors, Nancy or Lisa. You and your child may take a guided tour to see our classrooms, gym and playgrounds. We discuss your child’s education and have all your questions answered. Registration may be accepted during your visit. A Visual Tour is available to see our students in action.

Please contact us to set up an appointment.


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