New French-English Preschool Opening on Riverside Boulevard


La Maternelle is a bilingual preschool set to open this April at 80 Riverside Boulevard, between 63rd and 64th Streets. The new French and English school will be open year-round, with a summer session in July and August, and it accepts children from 3 months to 5 years old. The school is open from Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Owners Johanne Emir and Rose Hanson have experience running other schools, including Oui Oui Preschool in Pelham, Westchester. Rose also runs Les Petits Sourires on West 97th Street.

La Maternelle is a true immersion program for Infants and Toddlers: the staff is French or speaks French, and will speak only French to the children. English will be introduced to Preschoolers (from 2 to 5 years old) but French will still be the major component. Children receive a comprehensive education with a different enrichment program each day, from yoga to soccer, music, French drama and more!

To learn more, see the school’s website at or call (212) 957-1234 for a tour.

Register for the next open house here.

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