Pre-K at PS 84

The Pre-K Afterschool Program at PS 84

Our Pre-K Program allows children to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate activities that will complement and enhance their school experience. Children solve puzzles, make crafts, conduct science experiments, and much more, all while fostering new friendships and strengthening their social skills.

The Pre-K curriculum is designed by the highly trained staff at Arts and Athletics and closely overseen by early-childhood specialist, Diana Carrera Cifuentes. It focuses on a different theme each month, covering topics like: Language (French, Spanish, and Mandarin), Arts and Literacy, Math, Science, Creative Arts, Music, and Movement. Educators also make time for essential activities like free play and socialization which, in turn, imbue preschoolers with confidence, independence, and communicative abilities. All classes take place in a safe and supervised environment.

Throughout every lesson, a special emphasis is placed upon language—the key to so many abilities for young children—covering various aspects of the field, including listening, speaking, reading, vocabulary building, and, above all, a lifelong interest in other cultures.

Every single one of Arts and Athletics’ afterschool programs operates under a School Age Childcare (SACC) license from the New York State Department of Health. While these programs typically serve children in kindergarten through fifth grade, the DoH allows SACC programs to apply for a waiver to serve younger children as well. With over 100 Pre-K students at our PS 84 site—many of whom have older siblings that participate in our K-5 programs—we jumped at the opportunity.

Both our Pre-K program and our K-5 program offer children an array of enjoyable and enriching experiences. Each day, Diana and her team provide preschoolers with necessary exposure to physical activity, art and music, various languages, and a friendly community.

Learn more about the program by emailing Diana directly at diana@artsandathletics.org.  You can also read some of the weekly newsletters that Diana sends to parents by clicking the orange link at the bottom of the page.  

In addition to our afterschool offerings, Arts and Athletics hosts a summer camp at PS 9 available to children who have completed Pre-K. The camp runs from July 1st to August 16th and includes all of the engaging enrichment activities from the regular school year, plus lots of summer fun and adventure. Click here to find out more.

When the weather is nice, students frequently have the chance to enjoy outdoor play, including nature explorations in the park and supervised play in the yard, so please be sure to send your children with weather-appropriate outerwear.

Please note that we will serve a small healthy snack each day, and parents are also welcome to provide any preferred snacks.

Sample Daily Schedule: 
2:20 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: School dismissal to Café
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Snack time (Café)
3:00 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.: Wiggle time/Circle time 
3:10 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Early session activity
4:00 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.: Supervised outdoor play (weather permitted) or gym
4:40 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Late session activity
5:30 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.: Playtime/choice time (small groups)
5:40 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: Dismissal (late session)

Session MondayTuesday WednesdayThursdayFriday 
EarlyScience Bookworm  Little Artist/ Messy Art or Marital Arts123 Math & Let’s Write Soccer/French
Late Spanish/ChineseYoga/ChineseLittle Artist/ Messy Art or Marital Arts Music/SpanishSoccer/French