Explore+Discover’s flagship Kips Bay/Gramercy Park center was built with our mission and core values in mind. The facility was specifically designed for infants and toddlers, providing beautiful spaces that nurture very young children, grow relationships and encourage their boundless creativity and curiosity.
444 Second Avenue (Corner of 26th Street)
New York, NY 10010
Telephone: (212) 867-3386
Hours: The Center is open from 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Full-Day Sessions: 8 am - 6 pm
Half-Day Sessions: 8 am - 3 pm
Early Drop-Off: 7:30 - 8 am
Late Pick-Up: 6 - 6:30 pm
Educators, architects and designers worked side by side to encourage a “best practices” approach to developing the center just for infants and toddlers, carving out community and classroom spaces and selecting materials to bring the Explore + Discover vision to life. The Kips Bay/Gramercy Park center is organized around our Community Gathering Space, a central room where children play each day and families come together for weekly sing-alongs and special events.
Providing a safe and secure environment for our students is a priority at Explore+Discover. Access to the building is always controlled and monitored. Administrators, teachers, parents and nannies gain access by signing in through an electronic access system.
All other visitors, including relatives and friends, must be buzzed in by an administrator. At pick up and drop off times, senior staff members are posted at the entrance to greet visitors and assure calm and secure dismissal of every child.
In addition, all families must provide a list of emergency contacts, individuals who are approved by parents to pick up their children. Anyone other than a parent or nanny who picks up a child must be on the pre-approved list and must be able to present formal identification that specifically matches the name on the form before a child is released into their care.