Nursery Consulting Services NYC

One of the truly exciting aspects of raising children is that we have countless possibilities for education. The challenge is navigating all of those options, particularly at the nursery school level when your child is just beginning to walk and talk. How do you decide on the “right” educational environment to begin schooling? Most nursery schools are independent early childhood programs whose philosophies vary significantly, from play-based to traditional, Montessori to Reggio Emilia, with many combining a number of approaches into their curriculum. Families should take the time to explore and understand all of their options in order to make a thoughtful and well-informed decision, keeping in mind that the “right” school at the nursery level is the one that matches your priorities for your child’s first school experience.
Erica Papir and Martha Hirschman, SCK’s Nursery School Advisors, offer parenting sessions to discuss whatever is on your mind as it relates to caring for your child. Topics include: preparing for a new baby, how to handle a move, and strategies for improving separation anxiety. Parenting can be very tricky – each time you master a stage or phase in your child’s development, it quickly changes. You may be left with the feeling that it is impossible to keep up.
Learn how we can help by scheduling a free, 15 minute service call with Erica or Martha!
We recognize the significance of early childhood education, and our Nursery School Advisors offer guidance on the school selection process for parents. Our experienced advisors provide support to families navigating the admissions and enrollment process so that they make informed decisions prioritizing fit. We work with parents to identify ideal partners for their child’s educational needs and we ensure a seamless transition to the child’s chosen school. We keep parents up-to-date on their child’s development and help them make informed decisions along the way.

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Martha Hirschman

Nursery Education Consultant

Over the course of her career, Martha Hirschman has served in a variety of roles in several independent schools. These roles include dorm parent, teacher, advisor, trip leader, Director of Admissions, Head of Lower School and Assistant Head of School. Martha has spent time in both girls’ schools as well as co-ed schools, and has worked with students from grades Pre-K-12. She worked at the Chapin School, Grace Church School, The Hewitt School, and Dwight School. Martha has had extensive experience in admissions and enrollment management, and is familiar with the New York City independent school landscape. She is a passionate and dedicated educator who enjoys working with families as they navigate the admissions process.

Martha has a B.S in Education from the University of Michigan, and an M.F.A. from New York University. She has been active in the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY) and has served on several NYSAIS school accreditation teams. Martha is also a long-standing board member of Early Steps.

Martha and her husband are both educators and have raised their daughter in New York City independent schools, she has navigated the admissions process from preschool to college. Martha is delighted to join Smart City Kids as a consultant.


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