Vets Kids

We love Vets Kids. These teachers are part of our family — truly the backbone that allows us both to work. We love watching Julian develop through enriching activities and social experiences with his teachers and friends. I never worry when I drop him off. We trust you implicitly. Thank you for all that you do!


Full-time/Part-time rates are available.

Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 6:00 pm

423 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010

We serve families of federal employees, employees of the VA/New York Harbor Health Hospital, and the community.

Vets Kids Highlights

  • Located in the secure grounds of the VA/New York Harbor Health Care System
  • Four child-centered and age-appropriate classrooms 
  • State-of-the-art playground
  • Classes with local musicians, yoga instructors, and sports coaches 
  • Educational visits from hospital employees and support staff 
  • Parades and performances in collaboration with the hospital/veteran community
  • Parent Advisory Board

Where We Go Outside

East River Marina

Aser Levy Playground

Partnership with Aser Levy Rec Center

Local farmers markets

Local firehouses

School Leadership

Marina Gutierrez

Director Masters Degree in Early Childhood Educations; Bachelor's Degree in Speech Pathology and Elementary; Professional Certification Birth through Second grade
Approaching working with a diverse population with authenticity, being willing to learn and grow every day, and taking the time to find joy in the simple moments.
Fun Fact: Marina loves to dance salsa and prioritizes living a healthy lifestyle, mind, body, and spirit!

Jessica Cha

Associate Director Masters Degrees in Early Childhood Special Education; Masters Degree in School Building Leadership; Certified in the Environmental Rating Scales (FCCERS, ITERS, ECERS) in New York and New Jersey, as well as Teachstone’s CLASS Toddler Assessment Tool.
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. Maya Angelou
Fun Fact: Jessica's personal record for a conventional deadlift is 325 lbs.

Kayleen Carrillo-Velez

Assistant Director Bachelor's in Childhood Education, pursuing a Master's in Early Childhood and Special Education.
The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery, Mark Van Doren
Fun Fact: Kayleen is a balloon artist and enjoys planning events for her family.


Vets Hospital Staff/Federal Employees




For more information on our part-time rates, please contact our center at (212) 951-3435 /5408 or [email protected]. 

Accreditation & Licensing Information

Contact Us or Visit the Center

Address: 423 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010
Phone: (212) 951-3425 /5408
Fax: (212) 951-6827

We believe it is essential that you come into the schools to get a true feel for the Imagine ethos and community. We require families to join a tour (we can accommodate virtual tours for those not able to attend in person) before being added to our waitlist.

If you are interested in our program, please call (212) 951-3425 /5408 to schedule a tour.