About Us

Little Ivies Prep was established in 2014 by Riana Barksdale, a mother and long-time resident of the upper west side. While helping a friend search for an early childhood program in the area she recognized the shortage of high-quality early education in the neighborhood and it inspired her to create an environment that would stimulate and educate young children with a one on one style approach.

Having been a working parent herself it was always a priority to place her child in a setting that provided a lot of nurture and individualized attention and it has always been her belief that children thrive best in an atmosphere that feels more home like than school. It is with these concepts in mind that she came to establish the philosophy and design of the Little Ivies program.