History

The Alcott School was founded by two professional educators, Arlene Donegan and Katherine Rohrs, in September of 1968. For almost 50 years, Alcott School has served children ages 2-6 years old.  From modest beginnings at the Bryn Mawr Park Presbyterian Church in Yonkers, to the current locations in Dobbs Ferry and Scarsdale, on Crane Road and its newest location at Temple Shaarei Tikvah on Fox Meadow Road, the Alcott School has given thousands of the community’s children a quality start.  Truly a pioneer in the field – as it was not yet fashionable to put one’s child in a preschool program in the 1960’s – the Alcott School understood and acted on the importance of such issues as “school readiness” and developmental appropriateness in education. The Alcott School is a not for profit corporation, chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. Approximately 500 children and their families benefit from the classes and services provided by the Alcott School each year. The school awards scholarships to families with economic need, offering them access to a high quality early childhood experience and parent training services they would not have otherwise been able to afford.