vanessa handal ghenania

Vanessa Handal-Ghenania, Ed.M.Founder

Vanessa Handal-Ghenania is the founder of VHG Group Inc., an early childhood language schools (daycares and preschools).

Born and raised in a trilingual household with French as her primary language, Vanessa and her family traveled around the world. Her parents, from an early start, gave her a taste for discovering new languages and cultures. As a young adult and thereafter as a mother of four children, Vanessa developed a passion for the field of Bilingual Early Childhood Education.

Upon her arrival in New York in the year 2000, Vanessa concentrated her career on childhood development. During those years, she earned two Masters’ degrees from Columbia University: One in bilingual Education, the other in School Building Administration.

As an educator, Vanessa gained experience both in the classroom and outside the classroom. Vanessa was a proud Primary English teacher for 3 years and the English department coordinator for 2 years at the Lycée Français de New York. Vanessa was also a founding teacher for New York’s first public bilingual French Elementary school, PS58, in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. After that, she was also the curriculum developer and Administrator for New York’s first French American Charter school in Harlem.

In the spring of 2014, after the birth of her third son, Vanessa launched her first daycare, “Petits Poussins”. In a short three-year span, she created three other daycares and preschools around New York City (West Harlem and Upper East Side): Arc En Ciel (2014-2015), Petits Poussins Too (2016), and Bilingual Nest (2017), all created under the umbrella of VHG Group Inc., Early childhood language schools. As of today, Vanessa holds seven schools located across Harlem, Upper East Side, Lower East Side, and Brooklyn.

In 2018, Vanessa Handal-Ghenania an advocate for bilingualism, was nominated Knight to The Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of Academic Palms) by the French government for her work in promoting the French language and culture in the United States. This nomination was a testimony to her work and achievement in the bilingual education field in the United States.

For Vanessa’s “Petits Poussins” daycares and preschools are a dream come true!

She says: “When I first started this project, with my own children and their growth in mind, my vision was to create a “home away from home” for all children. When you walk into one of my schools, I want you to feel the warmth and love our staff provides on a daily basis. Our Core Values: Love, Fun, Duty are ingrained within us. At Petits Poussins, each child is celebrated. As an educator, it is my mission to make sure that all our children are provided with a nurturing environment to learn and grow and that they are seen as unique individuals. Our bilingual schools are comprised of a diverse, multilingual student and teaching body; hence, this creates an extremely rich environment and makes our Petits Poussins schools extremely special.”

Petits Poussins daycares and preschools all provide a bilingual curriculum, inspired by the Education Nationale (France) and New York Department of Education, in French and English. Bilingual Nest also provides a bilingual Spanish option.

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Vanessa is a member of the following:

Les Petits Poussins, the success story of a network of bilingual schools in New York:

  • Upper East Side Petits Poussins Upper East Side 1439 first avenue New York, NY 10021

    Phone: 646-829-1259 Open: Mondays to Fridays from 8 AM - 6 PM
  • Petits Poussins Three 2241 Frederick Douglass Blvd. New York, NY 10027

    Phone: 212-663-7777 Open: Mondays to Fridays from 8:30 AM - 6 PM
  • West Harlem Petits Poussins Too 2235A Frederick Douglass Blvd. (between 120th and 121st St.) New York, NY 10027

    Phone: 212-663-7777 Open: Mondays to Fridays from 8 AM - 6 PM
  • West Harlem Bilingual Nest 300 Manhattan Ave. (between 113th St. & Manhattan Ave.) New York, NY 10026

    Phone: 212-665-3354 Open: Mondays to Fridays from 8 AM - 6 PM
  • Downtown Brooklyn Petits Poussins Brooklyn 11 Hoyt Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Phone: 718-710-4403 Open: Mondays to Fridays from 8 AM - 6 PM
  • Brooklyn Petits Poussins DUMBO 151 York Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Phone: 718-690-7101 Open: Mondays to Fridays from 8 AM - 6 PM
  • Lower East Side Petits Poussins Lower East Side 19 Clinton Street New York, NY 10002

    Phone: 646-334-3423 Open: Mondays to Fridays from 8 AM - 6 PM