Our Classes

The PAA offers a wide variety of discounted early childhood education enrichment classes for member children and classes for adults.   

Classes are held in the following locations:

  • Payson House, 435 East 70th Street
    • Payson Classroom – 2nd floor, room #202
    • Payson Playroom – Indoor playroom to the left of the doors off the lobby St. 
  • Catherine’s Park, 1st Avenue (68th and 67th Streets) at the Basketball Courts

ART Classes

The PAA art classes use a variety of materials and techniques designed to aid developmental skill acquisition in young children by engaging them in stimulating and challenging art projects. Basic shapes and colors are combined to create exciting works of art that encourage young children to develop spatial reasoning and fine motor skills. The classes use many techniques such as paint, crayons, collage, cutting, gluing, and building. We also have a special emphasis on developing early literacy skills along the way, with letter recognition and vocabulary building.

Dance Classes

The PAA is excited to offer dance and movement classes for 2.5-5 year olds. Both boys and girls are welcome. The classes strive to provide quality dance and movement experiences for each student, and the curriculum is designed to meet the specific needs of each class.

Music Classes

The PAA is pleased to offer music classes for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Music and More will feature an interactive, age-appropriate introduction to music and musical instruments with a guitar and storytelling combo. Activities will encourage participation through call-and-response songs, and will develop the children’s sense of rhythm through words and music further enhanced by interactive demonstrations of percussion instruments.

Sports Classes

We offer sports classes to both kids and adults. Kids over 3 can register for chess classes where they can acquire problem solving skills and grow their confidence. We also offer an adults evening yoga class that offer our members an opportunity to relax and build more strength!

Play and Learn (PAL)

The Play-and-Learn (PAL) co-op is a year-round program designed for children ages 18 months – 4 years, providing a warm, nurturing and fun place for children to have their first socialization and school experience. Classes are grouped by age and skill, and focus on socialization, separation, and age appropriate learning.

Contact Us

Do you have a question about a class? Please feel free to contact the corresponding class chair volunteer. 

PAA Enrichment Contact Information
Program PAA Board Contact Information
Art  art@paanyc.org 
Dance dance@paanyc.org   
Music   music@paanyc.org   
Play and Learn (PAL) pal@paanyc.org
Rugrat Sports rugratsports@paanyc.org 
 Science science@paanyc.org
Sports (Enrichment) sports@paanyc.org 

Get Involved!

In addition to these enrichment classes, the PAA organizes community-building events, field trips and parties for member families throughout the year; stay tuned to the PAA listserv for information on these. If you are interested in planning PAA classes or events, please join us on the board!

Contact execboard@paanyc.org to find out more