Our Fall semester begins online Monday, September 14!


NYC's Premier Infant,
Toddler and Twos Program


Free To Be Under Three is a course designed specifically for the growth and encouragement of children 7 months to 34 months of age. Language development and the respect for the individual spirit of a child are the commitment of this program.


Each age-group's fine and gross motor skills are given the opportunities through games, colors, numbers, and dancing. In addition, the children 19 months and up have an age-appropriate, open-ended art or science project every week.


Although this is not a music class, we use songs, rhythm, and repetition for their essential support in language acquisition. Many songs will be familiar and consistently repeated in a style that is both engaging and uniquely patterned for word and sentence building.


All classes have a relaxed structure where each child participates at his or her own level of interest. Although the structure is always presented it is never enforced. This allows for the wide array of personalities and developmental stages to flourish.


The outstanding success of Free to Be Under Three is based on the instructor's enthusiasm, gentleness and joy in enriching the development of a child's first three years.


Trust and confidence are fostered and nurtured in a warm and inclusive environment. A keen awareness is always paid to the changing developmental needs of each child.

"We've taken every class in New York, Los Angeles, and London, and this is their favorite"

Jenny and Karen's


Trust and confidence are fostered and nurtured in a warm and inclusive environment. A keen awareness is always paid to the changing developmental needs of each child.


Free To Be Under Three is the program that offers children under three a safe, nurturing space to develop language, self-esteem, imagination, and a sense of belonging. No matter what class you begin with, instructors always take great steps to know the individual child and the unique dynamic of each class, adjusting activities accordingly, always with gentle, joyous energy and insightful, loving guidance.

Classes are designed around small incremental age groups. This method allows for each specific developmental stage to be nurtured most effectively. Children's ages are calculated from the first day of classes each semester. All classes are with an accompanying adult.

7 to 10 months
11 to 14 months

15 to 18 months
19 to 22 months

23 to 27 months
28 to 32 months


Lara's Mommy

under 19 months old

These classes are 45 minutes long and focus on language acquisition. Each class begins with about 10 minutes of free play, with beach balls for the young children while live soft music plays.

Sound repetition, word deconstruction, and delightful language plays are the core of the baby classes. Our instructors use character puppets, animal puppets, large color photos, and simple songs as well as color and number props to engage recognition.

As they begin to crawl and walk we begin moving faster through their beloved routines. A key to infant learning is repetition, repetition, repetition. This also contributes to your child's confidence, emerging sense of self, trust and comfort in their environment.

19 months or older

Once your child is 19 months or older at the beginning of a term, he or she moves into an hour-long structure. Many adults have commented that this environment is like "pre-preschool."

These classes focus on language use, confidence building, and offer socialization opportunities for the children who are ready. In addition to the first fifteen minutes of table play with language-rich manipulative toys, instructors add more games, songs, emotion-defining activities, an open-ended creative project*, a story time and bubble-popping.

*Open-ended creative project: the children do not make a symbolic object, but simply enjoy experimenting with the medium.

26 to 32 months

If your child is 26 months to 32 months and has participated in our hour long structure at least one term, you can place your child in what is called Old School. This old fashioned nursery school structure finds the appropriate balance of independence in free play and art, paired with an adult cooperative circle time. After a short free play the children move on to an open-ended creative project which will be more involved and allow them to take on even more independence. Then along with their adult, children join a circle time that engages their nuanced motor skills, emotional understanding, socialization, imagination, and fuller language experiences. We end with a loving puppet story, warm freshly baked bread, and a recounting of our time in class.

We also offer the adults suggestions in the most effective ways to speak to their children about their art and creative work.


dates for current term

Our Fall semester begins September 14 and lasts through December 14. There are no classes November 24-26 (Thanksgiving break).

Fall term usually begins mid-September and ends mid-December. Winter/Spring term usually begins in January and ends late April. Summer terms run ten weeks from mid-May into July.

Classes meet once a week.

Please understand you do not need a make up for holiday dates. Everyone has their full schedule of classes for the term no matter what the holiday schedule. No siblings are allowed in class. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we will gladly schedule an extra make-up if the situation arises.


Ethan's Mommy

registration & rates

You can begin the registration process online! Click here to fill out our registration form.

For answers to frequently asked questions about registration and the waitlist, consult our FAQ page. You may call our office at 212-988-1708 with any additional questions.


A term costs between $695 and $795, depending on the age of the child and the duration of the term.

Participation is on a first come, first served basis. Our high quality program strictly enforces class size to no more than 13 enrolled children at any time. Age groups are designed to support the most effective learning environment. This standard of excellence has made us one of the most popular programs in New York City.

We are so grateful to all who participate and continue to let others know of their great experience at Free to Be Under Three. We love what we do and we look forward to having you in our classes. Thank you so much for your interest.


Harrison's Nanny


Register online for New York City's most acclaimed infant and toddler class!

For inquiries regarding our practices regarding Coronavirus, consult our Coronavirus policy.

For other inquiries, email us or call 212-988-1708

Mailed registration forms must be sent to:

Free To Be Under Three
P.O. Box 595
New York, NY 10028

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