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Back to School Guide

It’s that time of year — time to shift gears and head back to school! Hudson Valley schools, services, and activities are ready for a new beginning with big plans, new challenges, and yes, even fun!

Day One PreschoolDutchess Day SchoolEmma Willard SchoolFrost Valley YMCAImmaculate Heart Academy

Providing play-based learning for 3-year-olds: DAY ONE Preschool

Are you looking for a dynamic learning environment for your 3-year-old? DAY ONE is here for your child! Our experienced, multicultural team guides each child on their own developmental path. Our state-of-the art play-based curriculum incorporates all domains of learning. We celebrate uniqueness, focus on strengths, and build skills such as problem-solving, self-regulation, and resilience. At DAY ONE, family members are an essential part of our learning community. Looking for an infant or toddler program? We will begin accepting 18-36-month-olds in January 2024. Contact DAY ONE to learn more and enroll! 

DAY ONE Preschool
70 Hooker Ave

Developing naturally and joyfully: Dutchess Day School

Dutchess Day School offers a coed nurturing environment in which children are provided an enriched academic learning experience. Their accredited staff knows that their high-quality approach to education is essential if the students are to develop the maturity and competence needed to function effectively in this rapidly changing world. Based on an interdisciplinary curriculum, students may experience learning in an individual lesson as well as in a small group setting, utilizing a wide variety of materials and experiences at his or her own pace and potential. This concept acknowledges great respect for the diversity and individuality of each student. The teaching staff skillfully applies structure and freedom, encouraging each student to develop naturally and joyfully, setting no limits on their achievements. 

Dutchess Day School
415 Rte 343

A legacy of learning: Emma Willard School

Emma Willard School creates an environment for students to embrace their passions and shape their unique educational experiences. Since 1814, we have been a trailblazer for girls’ education, with a legacy of curricular innovation, cross-disciplinary study, and fostering an intrinsic motivation to learn. We celebrate our diverse and global community, with students from 34 countries and 19 states, believing an inclusive environment is inextricably linked to academic excellence. Above all, the Emma experience is one of deep exploration and expression of self. From 14 sports to 39 clubs to countless artistic, leadership, and volunteer opportunities —there’s something fun and fulfilling here for you! Emma Willard School is a historic and inclusive boarding and day school for girls grades 9 to 12. Explore at

Emma Willard School
285 Pawling Ave

Making new memories: Frost Valley YMCA

At Frost Valley YMCA, families can enjoy fun and life-changing activities in the heart of the Catskill Mountains making new memories on 5,500 picturesque acres. The wide range of activities includes gliding out onto Lake Cole in a rowboat or canoe; zip-lining; trying your hand at archery; horseback riding; rock-climbing walls with challenges for all levels; and taking on hiking trails to High Falls (a great spot for photos!) or to the cable bridge. Or, if you prefer indoor activities, you can explore your creative side in arts and crafts; learn a new skill or hone one you already practice with classes in pottery, woodworking, and candle making; or unwind with a stretch-and-relaxation class. Whatever the activities, Frost Valley is devoted to providing safe family fun with activities, excitement, and enrichment for all abilities. While it’s a great way for a family to become closer or a group to bond, couples also get in on the good times at Frost Valley, making memories to last a lifetime.

Frost Valley YMCA
2000 Frost Valley Rd
845.985.2291, x 450

Staying on the cutting edge

At Immaculate Heart Academy, a major key to our students’ success is remaining on the cutting edge of educational programming and college prep curriculum. Our dedicated and knowledgeable College Counseling Department, a collaborative effort that boasts members with 30+ years of combined experience, provides faculty, students, parents, and teachers with a more focused, individualized plan for the college application and admissions processes. Educating students and parents about these processes starting in freshman year helps ensure each student makes the right decision for her, including attending the college that allows her to reach and exceed her goals. The graduating Class of 2023 earned more than $40 million in scholarship awards and 95% were admitted to their first- or second-choice colleges. We are proud that our College Counseling Department continually proves to be beyond successful and worthwhile for everyone involved.

Immaculate Heart Academy
500 Van Emburgh Ave
Township of Washington, NJ

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