Russian Immersion Weekday Drop Off Program for 2.5 - 4 year olds
Introducing a new weekday immersion program as part of AlphaMinds Russian School,
with the partnership with Step by Step Preschool!

Program start on January 3rd, 2022.  Registration opens on November 1st.  Places are limited.
Location: Step by Step Preschool, 720 Monroe St Hoboken, NJ 
5  Day Program:

Schedule: Mondays-Fridays

8:30 am-12pm

4 Day Program:

Schedule: Mondays-Thursdays

8:30 am-12pm


3 Day Program:

Schedule: Tuesdays-Wednesdays-Thursdays

8:30 am-12pm

About Our Program

In a comfortable and authentic Russian immersion environment, our program provides children with a strong linguistic and cultural foundation.

Our curriculum places strong emphasis on the social-emotional, cognitive and physical development of each child. By providing consistent routines and setting a daily schedule, we help children feel comfort and familiarity in their environment, and develop independence and responsibility for themselves and their surroundings. Our classroom offers a reassuring daily structure that balances learning through play and teacher-facilitated instruction. During these activities, children explore our daily themes, develop their own interests and skills, learn how to interact with their peers, cooperate, help each other,  practice problem solving, and begin to understand the concept of cause and effect.


We believe that some of the most profound lessons can happen during everyday moments. Our teachers work with each child’s natural inclination for exploration and investigation to create fun, flexible learning experiences that foster well-rounded development in a safe and caring environment. We provide children with all the tools and opportunities to develop and explore new social and academic skills, to build a positive association with learning, nurture their interest in reading, math, and scientific inquiry that will give them a leg up in school and beyond.  Finally, children will greatly benefit from receiving a very strong foundation in Russian language and being a part of their Russian-speaking school community.

Our curriculum is based on the innovative preschool education program "FROM BIRTH TO SCHOOL" (N. E. Veraksa, T. S. Komarova, E. M. Dorofeeva) 


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Sample Day Schedule

   8:30 -  9:00 - Arrival/Free Play

   9:00 -  9:20 - Circle Time/Theme of the Day

   9:20 -  9:45 - Morning WarmUp /Guided Activity 1

  9:45 - 10:00 - Snack*

10:10 - 10:45 - Lesson/Guided Activity 2

10:45 - 11:15 - Outdoor or Gym Play 

11:30 - 12:00 - Lesson/Guided Activity 3

    12:00 - Dismissal / Transfer to the extended day program at Step by Step

*Children are welcome to bring their own snack with them.  Snack must be nut-free.

Activities include Arts & Crafts, Language Development, Logic & Math, Movement, Science Explorations & World Around US, Sing Along, Story Time, and Yoga.

Our Teacher


This program will be taught exclusively in Russian, led by an experienced pre-school teacher, Svetlana Podmogilnaya.  Ms. Svetlana has been working as a teacher at Alpha Minds Academy for three years, with almost a decade of teaching experience behind her . She is a professional pre-school and early elementary grades teacher,  holding an M.A. degree from Samara State Pedagogical University (Russia).

Click here for the complete teacher profile for Ms. Svetlana.

Answers to the Frequently Asked Questions

  • Our Russian Program is part of the Language Immersion Program offered by Step by Step Preschool.  The other program/language offered is Spanish

  •  You can enroll your child only for the Russian program, 8:30 am-12:00 pm or for the extended/full day program, 7:00 am-7:00 pm.  The extended day (after 12 pm) or the early drop off (7am-8:30 am) will be part of the Step by Step regular program, conducted in English.

  • Children who are only enrolled for the Russian program will be dismissed to parents/caregivers at 12:00 pm.


  • Children who are enrolled into the extended/full day program will be transferred into their Step by Step classroom for lunch, nap and the afternoon activities.

  • Children must be at least 2.5 years old by January 3rd, 2022.  Due to the state regulations, we are unable to admit children younger than 2.5 years old into the language program.  However, children can enroll into Step by Step preschool, and start in the language program as soon as they turn 2.5 years old.​

How to Register