Our History

An influential force in the social and spiritual fabric of New York City, The Riverside Church is the home and guiding inspiration for The Weekday School.

The Church held its first service in its New Gothic cathedral in 1930, but its history as a congregation committed to progressive ideals reaches back to 1841.  The Riverside Church has long fought for racial and social justice, broad social inclusiveness, and the eradication of poverty.  Its uniquely progressive tradition has drawn great leaders for social justice, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, President Clinton, the Dalai Lama, and countless others to speak from its pulpit.

Founded at the same time as The Riverside Church, The Weekday School was one of the first early childhood programs in New York City and has long been a leader in innovative early childhood education.

Created to meet the needs of local families, The Weekday School strives to provide excellent, affordable education for young children from our entire diverse community.  The Weekday School, like the church, commits itself to celebrating diversity and educating children through the ideals of social justice.