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    JUGUEMOS A CANTAR/ SPANISH FOR CHILDREN
    Phone:
    917-453-1187
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    Description:

    Various locations in Park Slope, Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill, Windsor Terrace and Bay Ridge.

    A fun way to learn Spanish as a second language. For Children ages 0 to 8 primarily through play, music and art.

    Discount:

    Birthdays: 15% off the Platinum Package 
    Play Space: 15% discount on purchase of 10 passes 
    Toddler Activity Classes: $30 off 
    Playgroup North Slope: Waive application fee 
    After School: Waive registration fee or 5% discount when you register for the whole school year 
    Mini Camps: REGISTER AND PARTICIPATE IN 5 FULL DAYS AND RECEIVE DAY # 6 FREE (VALID FOR THE CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR ONLY) 
    Summer Camp: 10% off of the first week when you register BY APRIL 30 for 6 or more weeks

    Park Slope Parents must present membership at time of payment.

    Offer can be used one time only per member. 

    Valid for one child per family/member only: Toddler Classes, Mini Camps, Summer Camps, Escuelita, and After School

     

    Review and Rating

    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 03-Jun-2017
    Subject:  ISO Reviews on Juegemos a Cantrar
    Comment:  Our daughter has been in their programs since she was 2 - preschool for 2 years, summer camps and now after school (she's in kindergarten at PS 39 - they pick her up and take her to the 5th Ave/13th Street location). They have been consistently lovely. It's a small organization and the teachers have all been incredibly caring and nurturing. The new space is great - yes, clean and they have lots of activities. They even have a yoga teacher who comes to after school. It is Spanish immersion so the teachers speak Spanish, but I find that most of the kids respond in English (this is probably my only complaint - I wish they would enforce the Spanish a little more). That said, they also offer a proper Spanish class in their after school program, and place kids in groups who are at their level. My daughter is reaching the top of the age group (I find it's more popular among the younger set), but I would recommend them highly.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 03-Jun-2017
    Subject:  ISO Reviews on Juegemos a Cantrar
    Comment:  My 15month old has been to a handful of the music classes and liked it. We go to the one in South Slope. The toys are great. The place is clean , she loves the ball pit . Goes right up to the singer/drummer etc and claps, dances.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 31-Jul-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Daycare/Preschool 2016 Survey
    Comment:  Age: 1-2 years Review: Love, love, love the teachers and curriculum at Juguemos a Cantar. The teachers and staff couldn't be warmer. I've found them to be very communicative, too--which I don't think is always the case. My son (who is under two) has a tough time with good-byes and they've been great at working with him (and me) through the tears, which at this point are pretty much just for show. The best part, though, is our son is learning Spanish! They've taught him days of the week, numbers, words about the weather, etc., all of which he uses with us regularly. It's clear they also work on basic manners--please, thank you, excuse me, etc. They also do so many other fun things: raise caterpillars/butterflies, plant plants, visit the post office, draw, paint, color, etc. They do a TON of arts and crafts projects. And they go outside everyday, too. Our son is thriving, and we feel incredibly fortunate to have found a school with teachers and staff who are so warm and engaging. Would recommend 110%!Go with your gut. I think so much of what makes a preschool/daycare great is driven by personality over curriculum. For us, a Spanish-speaking program was important. But even more important was finding a place where the teachers and support staff were warm, engaged, and caring. With Juguemos a Cantar we get the best of both worlds.
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    On 20-Jul-2015
    Subject:  Review Submitted via 2014-2015 Daycare/Preschool Survey
    Comment:  Length of time: PT - 2 days a week Child’s Age: 2-3 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: Both my kids have attended Juguemos for 2 years each - all years, including last, were great! The Spanish language was amazing and the teachers are so loving and sweet toward the children. My kids always loved attending and I always felt extremely comfortable with the care they received - I would highly recommended for anyone interested in a Spanish language program!Would you recommend? Highly recommendWould you send your child again? Absolutely
    Reviewed by Reviews 2014
    On 18-Nov-2014
    Subject:  2014 Daycare/Preschool PSP review
    Comment:  Length of Time: Part time: two half days Child's Age: 2-3 years Review: Juguemos a Cantar is a Spanish immersion program (although my child already was bilingual.) They seemed to have lots of structured fun which I found to be a good combination to get him ready for preK. We had some difficult drop offs but they we ok with letting us leave and he would calm down quite quickly. Although they let us lead the process, they did (rightly) encourage drop offs to be warm, nurturing, and relatively quick. Management is a bit sticky at times. There are cultural differences as well as an ongoing learning curve as they grow. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
    Reviewed by Reviews 2014
    On 18-Nov-2014
    Subject:  2014 Daycare/Preschool PSP review
    Comment:  Length of Time: 5 days/9am-12pm Child's Age: 2-3 years3-4 years Review: My daughter has been at Juguemos for about 2 months now. She is 2 years and 2 months old. She really enjoys school. Of course, at first, she was upset to have us leave her there, but within a few days she acclimated and now just loves to arrive at school. She sings in Spanish at home all the time! (and we don't speak Spanish!). She is picking up Spanish wonderfully. So far, the communications from the school have been on point and clear. We feel happy leaving her in their care each morning. We like the 5 mornings a week schedule because she (and we) have a routine each day: school, lunch, nap. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 25-Oct-2013
    Subject:  Review from 2013 Summer Camp Experience
    Comment:  Age of Child: 3Likes: Selection of toys, trips outside to playground, friendly, attentive staff, cheerful, spacious classroomWhat would you change? I wish Juguemos had a Pee Wee program (for 2 and 3 year olds) in the South Slope (the camp for older kids is in the South Slope). Getting to the North Slope was quite a hike.Would you send your child(ren) again? YesDo you recommend? Highly recommendDo you have any other information to add? Parents must send a snack with their child each day.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 08-Jul-2013
    Subject:  Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP Survey
    Comment:  Review date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year)Program: Length of time: 5 days a week Child's age: 3-4 yearsReview: My experience with the teachers at this school has been wonderful. There have been some major issues with the director of the program which has effected the parents and children. The director is a very bad communicator and manager. She was running the school "illegally" meaning that she was not certified with the Bureau of Child Care with a daycare license until January of 2013. This was never communicated to the parents until she had to close the school down early last year and then move locations in the middle of this current school year. The bigger concern with her management is her treatment of the teachers. There was a group of fantastic teachers that had been at the school for many years. And their reputation as wonderful teachers were the reason that I sent my child there. All those teachers have been fired because they wouldn't sign a ridiculous contract that the director demand they sign stating that they couldn't teach in any other capacity outside of Juguemos and if they left their position then they were not allowed to teach for two years after. She also cut salaries when the school moved locations. The teachers were fired in the middle of the school year which was extremely disruptive to the children. Since then teachers have come in and out without any communication with the parents about what was going on and who would be caring for our children. There have been many issues surrounding the director's leadership which has been very concerning for the parents.Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Recommend with reservations
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 08-Jul-2013
    Subject:  Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP Survey
    Comment:  Review date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year)Program: 9th St location Length of time: 3 mornings a week Child's age: 2-3 yearsReview: We had a great experience at Juguemos. Our son loved the school so much that the first thing he would ask each morning was if he had school that day (he only went three mornings a week, 9-12). Originally, the Spanish immersion was totally essential and that is why he got there. But it turned out that the warmth, love, professionalism and curriculum of the school was so great that it became even a more important component of our decision. He was in a class of only 8 students and had 2 teachers (phenomenal) and one teacher assistant. The reason he is not going there next year is that we need more days and longer ours next year.Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 27-Feb-2013
    Subject:  Review from 2012
    Comment:  Comment: ISO: Toddler drop-off classes without full-time commitment? We have Lucia @ Juguemos a Cantar 2 hours once a week. They originally created the option of twice a week but I guess not enough people enrolled. The teachers are GREAT and Lucia asks for more... I wish they had a little more hours. Its a stimulus I think she needed.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 27-Feb-2013
    Subject:  Review from 2012
    Comment:  Comment: My son (5.5 years) has attended Juguemos on and off for four weeks this summer. While he is learning a bit of Spanish through songs and activities, overall I have been unimpressed with the camp. It may be "a place to go besides the street," but I wonder if doing the same thing day in, day out, every day another Oriental Trading craft "project," isn't kind of boring for kids of this age. The thing that plagues the camp most seriously, though, is its disorganization. They did not provide any official policy on what foods could not be brought to camp when we enrolled, and simply neglected to tell us about other children's allergy issues, until one day they actually snatched a peanut butter sandwich away from my son, after he had been bringing them for more than a week. They tried to blame me for the error, and only after this incident did they finally change their official printed materials to reflect a no-nuts policy. I noticed one week that they were also prohibiting "seeds of any kind," and on another occasion, "eggs." This was listed on the weekly schedule, but to truly be effective, the staff would need to talk to each parent individually to make sure they understand what the prohibitions are for the week. The fact that children can enroll for partial weeks makes this more complicated, of course. My husband submitted payment for a camp trip two days in advance, but on the day of the trip, another staff member denied that we had paid and this resulted in a scene in front of other parents and children at dropoff (it turned out to be their error, of course - another staff member had received the payment). Finally, a trip was listed on the schedule one day, so we did not send a bathing suit for sprinkler time. I received a phone call mid-morning asking whether my son could go in the sprinklers, since the trip (to Lefferts Historic House, which I had warned them in advance was no longer free admission) had been canceled. No, on one of the hottest days of the summer, I had to say he could not use the sprinklers since he didn't have a change of clothes with him, and I did not have time to bring one over. The teachers at Juguemos seem kind with the children but their interactions with parents need a lot of work. There is no excuse for having a wishy-washy policy regarding allergies, and enforcing it haphazardly. When something goes awry, it is probably a good idea to try to make it right immediately, rather than trying to turn the situation around and blame the parent. I hope someone from Juguemos will see this review.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 27-Feb-2013
    Subject:  review from 2011
    Comment:  Comment: I have a daughter (5) who just finished 3 years in the Juguemos Escuelita program and another daughter (3) who just completed the 2YO class and will be in the 3YO class next year. Here are my thoughts: 1) The vibe: The school is very nurturing and loving. Though certainly a stereotype, in this case it stands true...the school has a low-key Latin vibe and the kids, teachers and families are friendly and warm and there is none of the competitive or aggressive hype that seems that seems to seep into some other preschools. The teachers are unbelievably loving...not one screamer of phony in the bunch. The upside of this is a very sweet program. The downside is that sometimes the school feels a little flaky (oops, we forgot to tell you it is pajama day!). No big deal. 2) Language: It is full immersion, so the kids do get a lot of language exposure. You do not need to be a Spanish speaking family to comfortably attend (the teachers all can speak English). I have coupled Escuela with a Spanish speaking nanny and both of my kids are now bilingual. Other families have had mixed results, depending on how open the child is to speaking during the school day. 3) Academics: The program has a curriculum but is very play and language oriented. They celebrate everything (you need to be comfortable getting some santa and easter holiday crafts). They love parties. They take the kids to the park nearby a lot. They make tons of art projects. The 4YO program is a lot lighter on academic curriculum than the public pre-K. (Escuela is also just half day.) But I think the language exposure, in balance, makes up for this. (And you can work on English phonics and counting, etc at home if you are worried). 4) Location: Escuela has 2 locations, 10th St and Sterling Place (a church basement). 10th is a nicer room, but Sterling has the advantage of having some blended activities among the classes. The classes have a lot of materials donated by families and it is simple but happy. A lot of the kids' art is up on the walls, which is nice. 5) Cost: Juguemos is not cheap but it seems a lot less pricey than some of the other options. It is not full day, so that is part of it. But I find the value of the nurturing teachers, the language exposure and the broader Juguemos community (which is very supportive and friendly) make this a hidden gem in PS.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 27-Feb-2013
    Subject:  Subject: Review from Summer Camps survey, 2010
    Comment:  Comment: Age of Child: 4 Likes: Small groups and lots of traveling activities. i.e. trips to prospect park or JJ Byrn park, library, museum, etc. Great Spanish Immersion (although my son told me the kids did not talk Spanish to each other.) Fun art projects, lots of singing! What would you change? They offer the children sweets and candy snacks that I am not fond of. I had to ask that they not give out sweets on a daily basis, which seemed to work. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 27-Feb-2013
    Subject:  review
    Comment:  From 2009: Comment: I'm no expert in this so what I am about to say is solely based on personal experience. Our now 3.5 yo started going to Spanish music classes when he was around 2 (juguemos a cantar) and he loved it. Neither my husband nor I speak Spanish so we didn't count on him to pick up anything and did it mostly because it's generally good for brain development to expose kids to different languages early on and our son loved music. But to our surprise, he started picking up things. So, when he turned 3, we put him in the children's language workshop once a week (and he continued with the Juguemos a Cantar in Brooklyn). He got so into it that he insisted on speaking only Spanish at home, which, of course, for him meant a combination of Spanish and what he thought sounded Spanish. During school break, we put him in Juguemos a Cantar mini-camp, which was Spanish immersion from 9-12pm (I think). He picked up tons of stuff. He knows all his colours, body parts, counts, alphabet, animals and can put simple words together. He also tremendously enjoyed it and just the other day asked us if he could go to more Spanish classes. So, we signed him up for a Spanish class (again with Juguemos a Cantar) twice a week and he will go there full time in the summer for their camp. I think given how much he likes the language (and the teachers at Juguemos), I suspect he will pick up quite a bit over the summer and if we continue during the year, he'll learn the language very quickly even though we don't speak it at home.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 09-Oct-2012
    Comment:  We had a wonderful 3rd bday party for my daughter at Juguemos A Cantar on 6th Ave at 10th st. It was actually our rain plan (we planned a park party but it poured that morning) but it was so amazing for the kids, that it could have easily been Plan A! Nice size playspace with so many activities- a ball pit, dress up area, foam pieces to climb on, a circus tent, pretend kitchen, etc. We brought in lunch, cake and decorations but i think they have several party options if you wanted them to provide everything. Alejandra, the owner, was really lovely and so accommodating in our last minute scramble and location switcheroo. Not as expensive as other places in the slope for a basic 2 hour rental. Highly recommended!September 2012
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 06-Apr-2012
    Comment:  I just wanted to let everyone know that Juguemos a Cantar has a beautiful new location (463 6th Ave. at 10th St.) They have a drop-in play space from 10am-12pm everyday for only $8. My daughter absolutely loves the space, and learning Spanish while you are there is the icing on the cake.(Feb 2012)
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 29-Nov-2011
    Comment:  I have a daughter (5) who just finished 3 years in the Juguemos Escuelita program and another daughter (3) who just completed the 2YO class and will be in the 3YO class next year.Here are my thoughts:1) The vibe: The school is very nurturing and loving. Though certainly a stereotype, in this case it stands true...the school has a low-key Latin vibe and the kids, teachers and families are friendly and warm and there is none of the competitive or aggressive hype that seems that seems to seep into some other preschools. The teachers are unbelievably loving...not one screamer of phony in the bunch. The upside of this is a very sweet program. The downside is that sometimes the school feels a little flaky (oops, we forgot to tell you it is pajama day!). No big deal.2) Language: It is full immersion, so the kids do get a lot of language exposure. You do not need to be a Spanish speaking family to comfortably attend (the teachers all can speak English). I have coupled Escuela with a Spanish speaking nanny and both of my kids are now bilingual. Other families have had mixed results, depending on how open the child is to speaking during the school day.3) Academics: The program has a curriculum but is very play and language oriented. They celebrate everything (you need to be comfortable getting some santa and easter holiday crafts). They love parties. They take the kids to the park nearby a lot. They make tons of art projects. The 4YO program is a lot lighter on academic curriculum than the public pre-K. (Escuela is also just half day.) But I think the language exposure, in balance, makes up for this. (And you can work on English phonics and counting, etc at home if you are worried).4) Location: Escuela has 2 locations, 10th St and Sterling Place (a church basement). 10th is a nicer room, but Sterling has the advantage of having some blended activities among the classes. The classes have a lot of materials donated by families and it is simple but happy. A lot of the kids' art is up on the walls, which is nice.5) Cost: Juguemos is not cheap but it seems a lot less pricey than some of the other options. It is not full day, so that is part of it. But I find the value of the nurturing teachers, the language exposure and the broader Juguemos community (which is very supportive and friendly) make this a hidden gem in PS. (Aug 2011)
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 28-Nov-2011
    Comment:  Juguemos is great. My boys went there for Spanish last year, and they were speaking fractured Spanish in no time. The director and instructors are lovely. (July 2011)
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 20-Nov-2011
    Comment:  This is a great music group for little ones and their caregivers. Classes are bilingual for those who want their children to learn words and songs in Spanish. Children play instruments, dance, learn songs in Spanish and interact with other children. The teacher is fun and she makes the sessions very interested for adults and children. (September 2011)