Pre-K at PS 84

The  Pre-K Afterschool Program at PS 84

The Pre K Program is designed and directed by Arts and Athletics staff under the direction of early childhood specialist Diana Carrera Cifuentes. This program affords children the opportunity to engage in developmentally appropriate activities in a supervised and safe environment that complements and enriches their school experience as they develop new friendships and grow in social skills, confidence, and independence.

Arts and Athletics afterschool programs operate under a School Age Childcare (SACC) license from the New York State Department of Health. Typically these programs serve children in kindergarten through fifth grade, but the DoH allows SACC programs to apply for a waiver to server younger children as well. This made sense at our PS 84 site because there are over 100 Pre-K students at PS 84 during the regular school day, many of whom have older siblings in our K-5 program. While the DoH requires the Pre-K program be distinct from the K-5 program, we nevertheless wanted for our youngest participants to have access to the wide variety of activities and experiences that characterizes our K-5 program. Diana and her team have certainly achieved that goal with daily exposure to a range of physical activity, art and music, as well as language study that includes French, Spanish, and Mandarin. (Children seem to especially love Mandarin.)

You can find out more about the program by emailing Diana directly at and I would encourage you also to read through some of the weekly newsletters that she sends out to parents. We’ve preserved those in an archive that can be accessed by clicking the orange button below.

In addition to our afterschool offerings, Arts and Athletics is also hosting summer camp at PS 9 from July 1st to August 16th for children who have completed Pre-K. It will include all of the engaging enrichment activities from the regular school year, plus lots of summer fun and adventure. Click here to find out more.

Preschoolers explore an array of colorful adventures and enrichment activities through a monthly theme and education-based curriculum.  Each theme contains a variety of activities including Language (French and Spanish) Arts/Literacy, Math, Science, Creative Arts, Music, and Movement, as well as free play and socialization. Our curriculum addresses all aspects of language: listening, speaking, vocabulary building, but most importantly, a lifelong interest in other cultures.

During clement weather, students enrolled in the Pre-K Afterschool Program will enjoy outdoor play including, nature explorations in the park and supervised play in the yard. Please be sure to send your children with weather-appropriate outerwear.

Please note, we will serve a small healthy snack each day—parents are 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.: 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)