Our Philosophy


Erwin Preschool (EPS) established in 1959 as Erwin Nursery School,  maintains a tradition of providing a safe, loving, child-centered learning environment for early learners. The school is located in the heart of the Westcott/Syracuse University community and serves Syracuse area preschoolers. EPS operates partially independently (by tuition and private donations), and as a contracted Universal PreK site with the Syracuse City School District.


All of Erwin PreSchool programs provide a comprehensive preschool experience offering a variety of learning methods to develop a wide range of early learning skills.  Our purpose is to provide an atmosphere that encourages the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth of the child as a whole. 

Erwin PreSchool's curriculum includes sharing and conversation time; stories, songs, and fingerplays; creative art activities and crafts; games and large muscle activities; food preparation; science and nature activities; exposure to shapes, colors, numbers, and letters; and celebration of birthdays, and holidays. Our Core Knowledge curriculum is used in all classes and adapted for all children. EPS classrooms are led, or supervised by experienced NYS certified early childhood teachers.


We feel that children benefit from both structured and non-structured learning. Books are read several times a day. The teachers work with individual children, small groups, and everyone (circle time) throughout the day. The children have free access to blocks, books, writing materials, sand, sensory table activities, dramatic play, art materials, tabletop toys, games, and puzzles. Outdoor play or indoor large motor activities are an important part of our day as well.



Our StaFF

At Erwin Preschool, we hire passionate, dedicated, and caring teachers who are committed to making a difference in children’s lives. Take a look to learn more about our team, and reach out with any questions.

Our educators receive regular online training and training from the SCSD to stay current on child development issues and best practices in the classroom.

UPK Lead Teachers must have two years of formal teaching experience with Preschool or PreK aged children, knowledgeable in conducting observational assessments and create reports with Teaching Strategies Gold. Teachers also possess an NYS issued Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or related field. NYS Teacher Certification required - or- 3-year plan to earn a Certification.

UPK Teacher Assistants I must have a minimum of two years of formal care experience with Preschool or PreK aged children. Teacher Assistants also must possess a CDA, Associates, Bachelors in Early Childhood Education, or related field. NYS TA Certification preferred.

UPK Teacher Assistants II must have a minimum of one-year of experience with Preschool or PreK aged children. Teacher Assistants also must possess a High School diploma or GED or equivalent. CDA or Associates preferred/High School diploma or GED or equivalent.

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