This essay reflects on the experience of a new preschool that was located a few blocks away from the World Trade Center and had not yet opened at the time of September 11. After the event, the school held meetings with teachers, parents, and their children. The conversations highlighted the overwhelming difference between the needs of the parents and the needs of the children. Through sharing of fears, experiences, and emotions, the new community grew closer.

Author Biography

Kate Delacorte went to Bank Street College beginning in 1977. She has taught three-, four- and five-year-old children. In 1999, she and Adrian Hood opened the Downtown Little School, a progressive nursery school primarily drawing upon neighborhood families in Lower Manhattan. The school serves two-to-five- year-olds, both typically developing and those with special needs.



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