About Summer Steps

Summer Steps is a program for four- and five-year-old children who will be entering kindergarten or applying to kindergarten at an independent school the following fall, and whose family taxable income is under $80,000 or if the family is paying less than 10% of the ongoing school tuition or less than 20% of the early childhood school tuition.  In 2023, the program will run from Monday, June 26 through Friday, July 28. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an optional early drop-off at 8:00 a.m. and optional extended day until 6:00 p.m.

Program Description

Summer Steps prepares children for optimal participation and success in kindergarten aiming to facilitate cognitive, social, emotional and physical development through a wide variety of learning experiences.Class time is balanced to include teacher-initiated activities designed to assist with specific school readiness skill development and child-initiated exploration of a wide variety of materials and centers designed to stimulate, engage, and foster excitement and enthusiasm for learning.
Children have both whole group and small group experiences with an emphasis on successful participation as a classroom community member. In addition to classroom activities, there is outdoor play time with climbing equipment, and sprinklers, music and movement class, and art studio class. Field trips are included as well.
Summer Steps believes in working together with children’s families. Discussion groups for parents/guardians facilitated by child development professionals are offered during the program.

Teachers & Administrators

Director of Summer Steps:

Lydia Spinelli, Ed.D., former Director of The Brick Church School for 36 years, lspinelli.summersteps@brickchurch.org

Program Administrator:

Anne Schack | aschack@brickchurch.org

Summer Steps Teachers:

Teachers are New York State Certified Early Childhood Educators with experience teaching at The Brick Church School and other independent schools including Summer Steps Partner Schools. Our highly-skilled staff is supported by a child psychologist and speech and language therapist.

College interns and high school teaching fellows from Partner schools support the teachers.


Collaborating Program

Summer Steps is proud to collaborate with Early Steps. Early Steps is an organization whose mission is to promote racial diversity in New York City Independent Schools by increasing enrollment of students of color at the kindergarten and first grade level.



To donate to Summer Steps, please click here. Please note that all other “Donate” links on this site direct funds to The Brick Church School.


Contact Us

Summer Steps 
at The Brick Church School
62 East 92nd Street (between Park and Madison)
New York, NY 10128