Chickpeas is a parent-run cooperative preschool established in 1981. At Chickpeas, we encourage curiosity, exploration, and discovery. We also emphasize parent involvement, community engagement, and anti-bias curriculum. Chickpeas utilizes a play-based philosophy that allows our units of study to emerge from the interests, actions, and questions of the children. Families are involved in every aspect of the school from administrative tasks to recruiting to the maintenance of the indoor and outdoor space. Chickpeas aims to create a nurturing first school experience for children that fosters a lifelong love of learning and a deep respect for diversity, community, and justice.
We offer a full-day program for children between the ages of 2 years and 9 months and 5 years in one multi-aged group. Children may attend three, four or five days a week. The day starts between 8:00 and 9:00 am, and runs until 3:20 pm. Extended hours until 6:00 pm daily are available as needed and are billed at an hourly rate. Chickpeas has three full-time teachers.
Chickpeas offers Pre-K for All (UPK) to eligible children through a contract with the New York City Department of Education. Children are eligible for UPK if they turn 4 by the end of the calendar year in which the school year starts.