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    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 22-Oct-2018
    Subject:  2018 Summer Camp Reviews
    Comment:  Age of child: 2.5 yo Summer 2018 Review: The schedule and activities were pretty great. Really nice outings and trips to playgrounds, parks, etc. The inside space was ok, but in a basement. Some staff were great, some seemed more plugged in than others. They were really flexible with scheduling as well.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 22-Oct-2018
    Subject:  2018 Summer Camp Reviews
    Comment:  Age of child: 3.5 years old Summer 2018 Review: Loved the field trips—Prospect Park Zoo, Transit Museum, Bakery and weekly art in the park, running in the playground. Counselors were fantastic and communicative with us.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 29-Aug-2018
    Subject:  2018 Summer Camp Reviews
    Comment:  Summer 2018 Review: Each age group is split for their appropriate development and abilities. Each week has a theme but each day of the week is the same-Monday is Sports and Games, Tuesday is art, Wednesday is swimming, Thursday is field trip and Friday is sprinklers. Camp starts at 8:30 (I believe they also provide early drop off 7:45/8) and offers extended care to 6pm. Kids in the 3/4yr old group go outside twice a day, snacks and lunch are served! The staff are enthusiastic, well trained and return year after year. They are also the teachers who provide care and education throughout the year. Age of child: 4
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 26-Jun-2018
    Subject:  2018 Birthday Party Review
    Comment:  We used the Giocare Playspot for our daughter’s 4th bday party. We had 16 kids from 1-5 years old and all had a blast! Giocare allows you to use all their toys, their coloring supplies and their kitchen space and tables (there are many other perks too). If the weather is good, you can use their small outdoor space. It was perfect for us! Two bathrooms, change table, stroller parking (and street parking), very low key management, but very responsive and a great price! Hidden gem of a location!
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 10-May-2018
    Subject:  2018 Review
    Comment:  Our almost 4-year-old is at giocare full-time and in the afterschool program. He loves it. They go to the playground, have center time, read, art, etc. The teachers know the kids well and create a loving environment.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 10-May-2018
    Subject:  2018 Review
    Comment:  Our daughter is currently in the 3’s program and we love Giocare. I highly recommend them. They go out every afternoon to play, they read, participate in art, play in different centers/table activities and games. There isn’t much communication at hand off, unless something noteworthy occurs (ie: accident). The teachers are kind, safe and engaged.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Our son is shy in social settings, so transitioning to school was hard. The teachers and administration were great about working with us to make it as easy as possible. On days where drop off had tears, we had pictures of him happy and participating within 5 minutes. We get great daily updates with pictures about his day. He loves art and the fun tools and projects they work on. Despite only going part time, we feel included in the school community. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, No private outdoor space, but they go on walks and/or to the park every day.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  My child loves the books, the art classes with Ms. Kate, the teachers and the frequent visits to the park. She has bonded with her teachers and with her classmates and that is lovely to see. I am also very pleased with the way the teachers interact with the children and teach them to understand how they feel and react to different situations and to interact with each other. My child sometimes has strong reactions to things and the teachers do a great job helping her name her feelings, think about why she might be feeling that way and how to feel better. The best part about Giocare is the director, Ellen. She is warm, friendly and flexible- willing to chat about how my child is doing and what I can do to help with her development. I love that she is smart and focused on providing care for all children, and willing to discuss any difficulties we might be having. She is also very responsible and keeps parents well-informed, partly because she is a mom herself. Another fantastic thing about Giocare are the frequent opportunities for one-on-one interactions that parents have with the teachers. I feel that they are taking very good care of my child and that she is learning many critical skills such as language, emotional regulation and socialization. Importantly, she is also very happy at Giocare; she almost always comes home in a vibrant, happy mood with lots of things to share about her day. If you are concerned about the many days off in the department of education school year, which Giocare does follow, know that they run an affordable Holiday camp most days off- great for working parents without family nearby. And lastly, if you're a super attached mama that wants to know how your child is doing throughout the day, Giocare offers parents pictures of the day. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, Takes children to the park weather permitting, sometimes twice a day. What would you change? A bigger space would be nice, but they go to the park so frequently, it's not a big deal.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  We are completing our last year at Giocare as our daughter will be going to kindergarten in the fall. We can’t say enough good things about Giocare! The teachers have been wonderful and really helped our child develop a love of learning. Giocare has been a motivating and engaging learning experience for our daughter and we will truly miss our Giocare family! We are grateful that our daughter can continue summer camp at Giocare. It’s a really special place that fosters learning in a truly child-centered way. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, Students walk to a nearby park at least once a day. What would you change? Nothing! The teachers and staff have been responsive and we know they care deeply about our daughter.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Teachers provide an engaging, play-based learning environment that is very welcoming. Our daughter truly loves going to Giocare each day to see her friends and teachers! The director, assistant director, and teachers are all so supportive of the children and are committed to their positive growth and development. They are also highly communicative about each child's progress (e.g., through daily activity summaries, weekly newsletters, and parent-teacher conferences), as well as about routine events and schedules. Highly recommended! About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, Flexible scheduling, including availability of optional camps during many DOE-scheduled breaks.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Robust playschool with abundant resources to be flexible whatever childcare needs we have. We love the teachers, we love the attitude of the management in always being ready and able to help us with the unpredictable nature of having small kids. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  I was very impressed with the progress my child made during his time at Giocare on every level, educational (especially writing), emotional and physical. He enjoys going to school and talks about his experience. The program is run very professionally and the teachers and principals are very knowledgeable, open/flexible and kind. It’s been an all around great experience for both the child and his parents.About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  This is a wonderful preschool to send your children to. The administration & staff are all lovely and responsive. The children go outside on a daily basis, they have art, songs, and are exposed to the neighborhood around them. We actually had two kids in the 2 and 3 programs so it was nice to see happy faces when we picked them up. The school is very active in inviting parents to visit the classroom to learn what the kids are working on. The director of the school is awesome, she is very approachable and knowledgeable. There is just an amazing attention to detail with this school.About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals.What would you change? Outdoor space.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Play Based program. Our child loves it and is thriving beautifully! About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, For a monthly fee, you can have hot lunch provided.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  We have two kids in the program (including prek) and both are enjoying themselves immensely and learning a lot. There is ample feedback from the classroom, in daily photo and written summaries. Ellen, the director, and Jessica, the assistant director are very approachable and really thoughtful about each child’s developmental needs. Learning and activities are organized around themes that might be shared around classrooms, but at a level appropriate to each age. I appreciate all of the outings to neighborhood stores. There is also an effort to work with families around scheduling needs, so that early drop off and after school options aren’t as rigid as other places. It feels like a real community and families seem to stay in the program for several years. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, No outdoor space but there is at least one daily outdoor activity — local playground or other outing in bad weather What would you change? The 9-5 schedule on school “camp” days.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Small and attuned to student need. Exposure to neighborhood imbedded in curriculum. Growth mindset about students and what strengths they’re bringing. Effective communication and emphasis on building capacity in each child. Safety in building and in neighborhood is paramount. A myriad of external specialists come in for regular parts of the day (physical education teacher, yoga/music teacher, art teacher). About the facility: Has afterschool options, Provides meals, No outdoor space, but children go to one of two playgrounds every day and sometimes twice. Neighborhood walks and local business visits a part of learning experiences. What would you change? The space isn’t as glamorous as others, but I also think this lends itself to more creativity and exposure to what’s going on outside, which is an emphasis.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Structured preschool program for 2, 3s and pre-K. My daughter is in for the 3's program. They go outside everyday to local playgrounds or exploring the neighborhood (twice if you're child is in aftercare), you are given the option to pay for a hot meal (through Red Rabbit), snacks are fruit and vegetables, families are sent daily photos and a report of your child's day and a weekly newsletter is sent for your child's class. They have parent teacher conferences too to ensure their is strong parent/teacher communication. I feel very involved in my child's education and that I'm part of a school community. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, early morning drop off starts at 8am, afterschool ends at 6pm What would you change? They are closed for all DOE holidays, but do offer "camp".
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Great program, my child has been very happy here. She likes the play areas, she likes the puppets, she likes the teachers. It feels like a warm and welcoming family. They really encourage families to communicate and organize playdates, and my child has made many friends. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change? The lack of outdoor space is not perfect but the room is very light and airy.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 02-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Everyone here is unbelievably attentive to what each kid needs and is communicative with parents on a daily basis with a report and photos. The projects and activities vary and are well thought out. Administration is always quick to alert to any illness issues and are thoughtful about keeping parents in the loop. My son had had a fantastic year here! Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 10-Mar-2018
    Subject:   Re: ISO: Summer camps that provide lunch (and breakfast?)
    Comment:  Giocare is serving lunch (and I think snacks) as an option this summer. They are a wonderful school, I'm sure the summer program will be just as excellent!
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 01-Oct-2017
    Subject:  Thanks, and summary of drop-off playgroup responses
    Comment:  I'm a stay-at-home mom and my son has never been left for any long amounts of time with even a babysitter so I understand how you feel but I think it matters what the point of leaving your child is. Is it just to get used to you not being there? If so, I would use babysitters or a friend maybe even a friend with another baby. For us that worked out much better than a babysitter because my son was very familiar and there was another child to distract him. We did it at our house so it made it easier since only one variable (me) changed. I would also say that while leaving him for increasing amounts of time might sound like it would be more gentle it also might make it harder for him/her to get used to the new environment and have time to see the benefits. It's totally understandable that a child may cry for several minutes upon getting dropped off at day care for the first time (even those that have been going for a while) and then several more minutes to find something enjoyable and get used to you not being there and then you'd be back. But I'm not sure that this even exists, though I'm sure you could find a place that you pay for the whole time but can pick up earlier. Then, there's the option that you mentioned where you are present but someone else is watching the child. Giocare in South Slope does this and in the fall they are beginning and alternative preschool a couple days a week for 2 hours for children 18 months plus.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 04-Sep-2017
    Subject:  Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  My daughter went to Giocare for preschool so it was wonderful to be back (after her first year of kindergarten). She loved seeing her old friends and teachers again and being back in a familiar place. But even if your kid didn't go to Giocare for preschool, it's still a lovely, low-key, fun, nurturing camp. The best thing about camp this year is that they started having swimming lessons for the kids twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays! Included in the price of camp! We've been trying for years to get our kid to be more comfortable with the water, and these few weeks of swimming lessons have done the trick far better than we ever could. The second best thing is that you have the option to sign up for lunch to be provided by the school's vendor for the low price of $16/week, which means you never have to worry about packing a lunch for field trip or swim days or any other day, for that matter. They go on a fun field trip every Wednesday and work the theme of the field trip into their activities throughout the week. They keep them busy with fun things and go to a splash pad on the days they don't go to the pool, but also give them enough down time so that they don't come home exhausted every day. Camp and aftercare are very reasonably priced. The only thing my daughter didn't like was that aftercamp was mostly younger kids, but that's not anything the camp can control!If you could change anything, what would it be? Nothing.Age of child: 5Based on a Summer 2017 experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 04-Sep-2017
    Subject:  Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  Our 3-year-old loved going to the playground at least once, but often twice a day. He loved the visit to see the ponies at Kensington Stables and the trip to the fire station.Age of child: 3 yearsBased on a Summer 2017 experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 04-Sep-2017
    Subject:  Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  lots of great trips and age appropriate.If you could change anything, what would it be?Age of child: 5Based on a Summer 2017 experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 16-Jul-2017
    Subject:  Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Type: PreschoolAbout the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides mealsReview: My daughter was at Giocare for Threes and Pre-K. I can't say enough good things about the program-the nurturing environment created by the teachers, the accessibility of the teachers and director, the play based approach they take to learning, the wonderful art projects, and most of all, how much my daughter LOVED going to school every day. She's learned so much over the past year, I am consistently amazed at her development and knowledge of all things around her. My son will be starting in the 2s program next year and I feel lucky to have found such a great community for my children.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 16-Jul-2017
    Subject:  Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Type: PreschoolAbout the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides mealsReview: hands on learning, interaction with other age groups (2's, 3's, and preK), frequent class trips, exploring the neighborhood, daily use of local outdoor playgrounds when the weather is good, art, music, and sports teachers throughout the week, responsive director that will make appropriate changes as needed in response to feedback, emphasis on building a supportive school community, provides helpful talks/resources for parents.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 16-Jul-2017
    Subject:  Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Location: 5th Avenue and 15t StreetType: PreschoolAbout the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, does not have outdoor space but they take the kids outside to a playground at least once a dayReview: My daughter loved all aspects of the program. She liked all her teachers, the kids, the activities, the lunches, snacks, everything.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 03-Jul-2017
    Subject:  Re: Giocare vs. bishop ford
    Comment:  Our 3-year-old attends Giocare. We love it. The curriculum is developmentally appropriate; the kids learn through play. The teachers really know the students and their interests and are very responsive to them. The hours are great--8am-6pm is an option. And they offer healthy lunch via Red Rabbit.One example I think typifies the level of engagement the teachers have with the students. [our sonn]'s teachers took the class to visit the fire station. (They know kids can be scared of firefighters in their gear when rescuing them from a fire, so they want them to get to know them.) He was terrified of the firefighters dressed in their gear. But to conquer his fear afterward, he has played "fireman" almost non-stop. To foster this, his teachers made sure there was a fireman's hat in the classroom, coat, fire truck and hose. He suits up in them right after walking in the classroom door (and after washing his hands).He loves going to school. He has become even more independent since starting there this school year. (He puts on his coat by flipping it over his head and turns arms and legs right side out because his teachers taught him how to do so.) We get a daily report, what activities they did, where they went, what they ate, and photos and videos. The daily report helps us discuss his day and find out more about his interests. The teachers and directors are always available for questions and thought-partnering. There is a parents' committee where parents can help the directors and the directors share information with the parents. It feels very collaborative.We are thrilled that Giocare offers the UPK program and are very much looking forward to remaining there until [our son] starts K.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 16-Jun-2017
    Subject:  Review for Giocare Playschool (2's preschool)
    Comment:  My 3 year-old son attends Giocare Playschool on 15th Street and 5th Avenue, and we want to give the preschool a shout-out.While we live in central Slope, we schlep to Giocare every M-F because we love it. Our 3-year-old son has blossomed there. He was previously in a day care that was closer to our home, but we found it lacking in developmentally-appropriate, child-centered teaching. At Giocare, the teachers are guides and resources, helping our son navigate the world. They notice his interests and foster them. Most recently, he is in a fireman stage. This began because the class visited the local fire station. Our son was scared of the firefighters in their coats and hats, but okay when they took them off. Since the visit, he has been working through his fear through dramatic play as a fireman. To foster this, the teachers made sure our son has a fireman's hat and coat and a "hose" to practice putting out fires. They have sung songs about firemen and talked about keeping the kids safe. Our son's new favorite toy is his fire truck. He is conquering his fear, learning about the world, and becoming even more observant of the world around him.Other benefits of the school, include an optional summer camp, the ability to stay for after school until 6:00 p.m., daily (sometimes twice) visits to the local playgrounds,healthy snacks and lunches, daily electronic updates including photos of the kids' activities, weekly newsletters about the curriculum and kids' progress, and super available teachers and administrators.Also, the school is an approved, universal pre-K site. So, our kids can attend GIocare until they head to kindergarten at our local elementary school.We cannot wait for our 5-month old to be old enough to join the 2's class!
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 10-Apr-2017
    Subject:  [PSP Stay At Home Moms] summer drop off classes/preschool for 2 year old?
    Comment:  Try the drop off toddler classes at Giocare Play Spot. I think you can get a 10 class pass for mornings.(Review submitted May 2016)
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 27-Nov-2016
    Subject:  Winter Activities
    Comment:  Giocare's Playspot is an option. It's on 6th Ave and 18th St., across from the playground.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 25-Sep-2016
    Subject:  Summer Camp Survey 2016
    Comment:  Age of child: 3.5Review: Lots of field trips, water play, arts and crafts, exploring, and learning about sports. Fun activities included pony riding in prospect park, museums, pier 6, and neighborhood playgrounds.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 31-Jul-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Daycare/Preschool 2016 Survey
    Comment:  Program: 3s program + extended hours Age: 3-4 years Review: Our family absolutely loves Giocare, and it was the large number of glowing reviews for a relatively new program that got us to look into the school in the first place. The school is moving all its classes to a centralized commercial space next year, but for now it is a home-based program with several classes in different residential spaces, including the director Ellen's home. I think Giocare is unique because it manages to be homey, family-like, and fun but intellectually stimulating and educationally solid at the same time. We really like that the program is play-based, and the kids learn so much through this philosophy. We're confident that our daughter will be more than ready for kindergarten in the fall. They take lots of field trips to fun places and have special classes every week like art, phys ed, and Bilingual Birdies. Healthy snacks and lunches are also provided as part of the program, which is a lifesaver. Our daughter loves going to school and is sad when there are vacations. She has made a bunch of new friends, and all the kids in her class seem really sweet. The parents are all low-key as well. The teachers are caring and attentive, and Ellen is very involved in the daily operations of the school and always available when you have a question. Giocare has created a warm and nurturing environment that we're happy to be a part of.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 31-Jul-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Daycare/Preschool 2016 Survey
    Comment:  Program: Universal Pre-K Age: 2-3 years4-5 years Review: Wow. The director is amazing. Smart, very knowledgeable about early childhood development, caring, communicative with parents in the best way. If there is ever a concern, she speaks openly and honestly, communicating all the information she has and offers intelligent solutions. This is our third year in her play-based school. Our oldest has thrived there. Now that he is 4, we are getting a private school education for free, thanks to DeBlasio's universal Pre-K program which funds his class this year. This year our youngest joined 5 mornings/wk. We trust her completely with our children, for learning, as well as physical and emotional safety. Impressively, the pre-k class of 10 kids had at least 3 or 4 who tested into the gifted and talented program. Two of them, got 99th percentile. An astounding percentage, especially given that they don't concern themselves with test prep, just good education. The new location on 15th Street has beautiful big windows, allowing for light and observations of the street below. The downstairs space is expected to have fun features to promote development (I think a padded play area for gross motor, maybe a stage too). I can't praise it enough.PSP note, this member previously reviewed this facility in 2014.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 31-Jul-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Daycare/Preschool 2016 Survey
    Comment:  Program: UPK and toddler class Age: 2-3 years4-5 years Review: Giocare is a wonderful, wonderful place. My children, who are two years apart and very different, have both thrived in the care of their warm, loving and engaging teachers. Giocare takes children from 18 months and older, groups children by age, and engages them in play and exploration, letting them spend as much time as possible outdoors. The communication and collaboration with parents is excellent. Ellen works hard to make Giocare truly a community and not just a preschool. I couldn't recommend it more highly. PSP note, this member previously reviewed this facility in 2015.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 28-Jun-2016
    Subject:  Giocare feedback
    Comment:  Our daughter attended Giocare in the 3s/4s class last year. Our daughter was 3 at the time and attended 3 days per week. We were very impressed with the school and highly recommend it.The only reason that she didn't stay there this year for preK was that Giocare wasn't able to offer part-time preK (because of the limitations of the PreK for All program).
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 28-Jun-2016
    Subject:  Giocare feedback
    Comment:  My [child] was at Giocare for almost 2 years and we loved it. The teachers are great. Extremely nurturing and responsible. And that's what I needed for my daughter at such a young age. [My child] is now in another school which again we love but still miss Giocare. The fact that she will be back in Giocare for summer camp says it all.Not sure what information you are looking for but feel free to reach out to me with any questions. Good luck.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 28-Jun-2016
    Subject:  Re: Giocare feedback
    Comment:  I just have to put in another positive review for Giocare. We are very unfortunately about to leave but only because we are moving State and one of the main things we will miss about Brooklyn is Giocare. Our son has been there for the last two years and even though our daughter was too young, she's been sitting in on the odd morning drop off, enough to know and love some of the kids and teachers. I am very sorry she won't be able to attend full time. As mentioned in other reviews, Ellen is amazing and the teachers are just wonderful. They have been so great with all of life's changes (esp the potty training!) and we can't be more thankful. We've also really enjoyed getting to know many of the parents. It became a community very quickly.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 28-Jun-2016
    Subject:  Re: [PSP] Giocare preschool feedback
    Comment:  We had both our kids at Giocare until they entered pre-K at public school. Ellen Cerniglia is wonderful. She has a PhD in early childhood development from Columbia and also teaches the same at a college in the city, aside from running Giocare. I recall she used a blend of the Montessori and Waldorf methods, but she can give you a much more detailed explanation.Both our kids did get a jump start into reading, science, math, art, criticial thinking skills, and essential socialization. They even learned some Spanish, which led us to put them into a dual language Spanish program in public school. Our kids are at the top of their classes now, and I'm sure Giocare had a big part in that.We've stayed in touch with other Giocare alumni and their kids all seem to be thriving, too.In fact, my wife and I find ourselves wishing Ellen was the Superintendent for District 15 (Park Slope, Sunset Park, and Windsor Terrace), she's such a dynamo.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 02-Jun-2016
    Subject:  Preschool Search
    Comment:  Like others have posted, Giocare is a wonderful preschool and still accepting applications. My son has been attending since this fall and we are really happy there.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 02-Jun-2016
    Subject:  Preschool Search
    Comment:  I second the Giocare recommendation. it's exactly as you describe - caring, educational and playful. My 2 kids have done incredibly well there. Feel free to contact me if you need more info.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 02-Jun-2016
    Subject:  Preschool Search
    Comment:  Try Giocare playschool in the Southslope - we had a wonderful time!
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 20-Feb-2016
    Subject:  ISO 2 or 3 day summer camp program for 5's
    Comment:  You should check out Giocare in the South Slope.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 15-Jan-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via Daycare Survey
    Comment:  My two-year-old attends the Giocare toddler class and my older child is now in UPK at Giocare after going through the toddler and preschool classes. We have had only very positive experiences with both children throughout our time there. Ellen, the director, is responsive and flexible, and the teachers are all lovely. They've worked well with my family through major and minor changes as well as small struggles. My children both talk about about how much they like school. I always feel that they are safe, secure, and well cared for. They also learn a great deal but without pressure or pedantic instruction. The focus on play and the access to outdoor space is wonderful, as is the great communication (weekly newsletters, formal reports and conferences, up-to-date Shutterfly pictures). The other children also seem to be exceptionally lovely children for some reason, and the environment couldn't be more positive.
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    On 14-Nov-2015
    Subject:  Re: [PSP] Anyone know any preschools in S Slope with space in January?
    Comment:   Giocare recently added another location in the South Slope (two on 18th Street between 5-6 Aves, one on 23rd, and one on 21st, I believe). They might have room. I believe they have universal Pre-K at one of them, too.We had both our kids there and they're excellent.
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    On 27-Aug-2015
    Subject:  South Slope day cares?
    Comment:  Not sure what age range you're looking for, but I know more about the 2-year old and up options (they sometimes take 1.5 year olds and up, too). My 2-year old daughter is at Giocare on 20th and 5th (they have several locations), which we really like.
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    On 20-Jul-2015
    Subject:  Review Submitted via 2014-2015 Daycare/Preschool Survey
    Comment:  Program: 3-4's Length of time: 5 half days Child’s Age: 3-4 yearsType of facility: Privately run daycare/preschool with multiple classes and teachersREVIEW: My child made great progress at Giocare. Her teachers did encourage her growth which is important. She was initially quite shy but blossomed and the school played an important part in this process. Ellen, the school's owner and director is fantastic and I wish that there were more of her because she is a great educator.Would you recommend? RecommendWould you send your child again? Maybe
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    On 20-Jul-2015
    Subject:  Review Submitted via 2014-2015 Daycare/Preschool Survey
    Comment:  Program: 3s and 4s program Length of time: 5 mornings per week Child’s Age: 3-4 yearsType of facility: Privately run daycare/preschool with multiple classes and teachersThere is little/no parental involvement with the administration or running of the facility.REVIEW: What an amazing school! My now-4 year old has attended the school since he was 2 and we have loved it. Ellen, the director/owner/founder is a fantastic educator and communicator. She is easy going, even in the face of serious challenges. She and her staff are happy to communicate with the parents about everything they wish. She and her staff are patient with the kids and very supportive of kids' and parents' concerns. Our son is not good with transitions, and so had a hard time starting school when he was 2, but Ellen worked with him and us to make it work. He has also learned an incredible amount. He hasn't even started pre-k and he already recognizes all letters with ease and writes many of them too, has dozens of scientific investigations under his belt, and loves inquiring to learn. This past year, his teacher started a weekly newsletter that informs parents well about what has transpired, what is coming and what small things parents might be able to do to support their children's learning that week. They employ a play-based approach that has worked well for our kid. I could race endlessly about this school. Our son also attended camp there for 2 summers.Would you recommend? Highly recommendWould you send your child again? Absolutely
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    On 20-Jul-2015
    Subject:  Review Submitted via 2014-2015 Daycare/Preschool Survey
    Comment:  Program: 2s program Length of time: part time Child’s Age: 1-2 years2-3 yearsType of facility: Private, small playschool run out of a rented bottom floor of a townhouse.There is little/no parental involvement with the administration or running of the facility.REVIEW: We entered our 2-year-old in January 2015 when the 2s program began at this new Giocare location. Giocare already had programs in two other locations. It was the first time in daycare for our child and for most of the children attending. We were nervous but he's had a great experience and we are very happy with it. We were looking for a relaxed but somewhat structured environment where our child could have fun but still be exposed to organized activities where play was emphasized. This is what we got, and the teachers are very warm and loving, making the children feel comfortable. The children's day is structured into activities, but not rigid. Our child had a complex background which we explained to the director, who understood it well and offered to provide any extra assistance as needed. We had concerns early on about how our child was adjusting, which the director addressed immediately. She is always available by phone and email, which is very helpful and comforting, and which we try not to abuse! The school provides feedback through a parent teacher conference, which was helpful, and gives parents an opportunity to socialize about once a month, which we really liked. I would recommend Giocare to anyone who is interested in a relaxed learning/play environment with very warm teachers.Would you recommend? Highly recommendWould you send your child again? Absolutely
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    On 20-Jul-2015
    Subject:  Review Submitted via 2014-2015 Daycare/Preschool Survey
    Comment:  Program: Toddler and pre-k Length of time: Full-time Child’s Age: 4-5 yearsType of facility: Privately run daycare/preschool with multiple classes and teachersThere is little/no parental involvement with the administration or running of the facility.REVIEW: My son was in Giocare from when it started as a small playgroup to its current 3-site expansion. It is a wonderfully nurturing, stimulating program that blends the best if multiple philosophies while cultivating a loving, responsive and communal atmosphere. The teaching team is led by an expert director who leads and guides curricula and work to support each child's unique needs. It is still small and nimble with all kinds of magical touches and visiting teaching artists that complement the play-based philosophy. They differentiate instruction as necessary and competently managed transitions and supported children who had distinct, emerging needs. It has all the best of the larger, more well-known programs, with an intimacy that allows for active parent participation (based in parents' situations) and for a flexibility and responsiveness that is ideal. I love how well they integrated the different curricular themes, the pacing, use of tools and props to ensure that all learners' were building skills and feeling mastery. Although I know they aptly managed disciplinary situations, this was not an issue we dealt with directly. My child was confident, happy, and thriving and I could see his evolution and verbal development (particularly since he started off being very quiet and speaking little English). It is really well balanced, and they are very supportive to parents confronting the various challenging transitional issues.Would you recommend? Highly recommendWould you send your child again? Absolutely
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