Social Services

Marble Hill Nursery School is very fortunate to have the services of Chris Cassorla, our school psychologist, several days each week.  Chris works with groups of children in sessions that incorporate art, storytelling and role playing, which increase our children’s ability to identify and verbalize their feelings.  On a daily basis, the teachers reinforce behavior of empathy, inclusion and tolerance.  The great diversity in our school provides the ideal forum in which to teach lessons of understanding, compassion, and respect, lessons we hope will help our children create a better future.

Parents are also welcome to request a meeting with Chris by making arrangements through the office.

Speech Therapy

Marble Hill Nursery School is fortunate to have weekly visits from speech language pathologist Maria Blanco of Growing Minds Therapeutics. Maria works one-on-one with children in need of therapeutic services. For more information contact the office.

Cool Culture

Founded in 1999, Cool Culture provides free access to 90 of NYC’s world-class cultural institutions to 50,000 income-eligible families, giving children experiences that improve literacy and learning. For more than a decade, Marble Hill Nursery School has enjoyed the benefits of this unique opportunity.


We are delighted to have weekly dance classes with Tina Casula Gross, founder of Broadway Performing Arts Center. Children express themselves through movement and learn about different styles of dance.


Drawing upon a background that includes performances at jazz clubs and festivals around the world and twenty years of teaching at the Third Street Music School Settlement (the nation’s oldest community music school), Paul Hemmings is delighted to serve as Marble Hill Nursery School’s music teacher.  With guitar in hand, Paul strives to utilize the magic of music to further MHNS’s mission of helping children learn and grow in a stimulating atmosphere of mutual respect and inclusivity.  Learn more about Paul and check out his music at


Thursday is woodworking day at Marble Hill Nursery School for children in our pre-kindergarten classes. Woodworking is taught by Fern Stampleman.  Fern is a MHNS legend, a beloved pre-kindergarten teacher here for over 30 years.  She retired, but we didn’t let her completely escape.  Working with one or two children at a time, Fern teaches them how to safely and effectively use real woodworking tools…  hammers, saws, and hand drills, while encouraging them to express their uniquely creative ideas in 3-dimensional art work.


Friday is “Library Day” at Marble Hill Nursery School. Every Friday, our children visit the library, select a book for weekend reading and bring the book home in a special canvas “library bag.” We ask you to read and enjoy the book with your child and return it to school on Monday. Families are free to visit the library at drop-off or pick-up time, browse through the selection, and borrow a book overnight.