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    Prospect Kids Academy
    Prospect Kids Academy
    Street:
    341 Prospect Ave.& 532 St. John\'s Place
    City:
    Brooklyn
    State:
    NY
    Zip Code:
    11215
    Phone:
    718-788-7727 or 718 638 9300
    Neighborhood:
    Park Slope
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    Description:


    Prospect Kids Academy is a nurturing and safe environment. Your child will feel respected, loved and secure at PKA. This environment we provide will allow social and emotional growth. Our aim is to develop a love of learning and to elicit a desire for discovery.

    Our forward thinking curriculum builds from the interests of the child. Prospect Kids Academy will use open-ended materials that can become magical and full of imagination in the hands of a child. The teachers at PKA will be facilitators, nurturers and partners in your child's learning process. The children’s questions and their answers are explored together. Learning becomes a collaborative process as we seek to balance teacher direction and children’s freedom of choice.

    PKA is a director/teacher-owned preschool. Our directors are experienced classroom teachers and mothers of young children. Prospect Kids Academy is N.Y. State Certified. All staff members are CPR, MAT and First Aid Certified.

    Prospect Kids Academy has locations in Park Slope and Prospect Heights, Brooklyn for preschoolers ages 2-6.

    Our Philosophy

    What are children interested in? What do they want to know? These questions will give us the information we need to create a meaningful learning experience for each child and the children collectively.

    Here at PKA our children determine the topic of their work. Through careful conversation, we decide what we will learn about and where we want to go as a group. Lessons should be open, not forced; centered on the child, not handed down by the teacher. Children who know they are heard feel respected and get the message that they are capable and become engaged and excited about learning.

    Each child is part of a relationship with other children, the teachers and the environment. The environment is another teacher in the classroom and is key to our educational method, stimulating and inspiring the children. Students at PKA do not work alone. At the same time, each child learns at his or her own pace. Children are not urged to hurry nor necessarily complete a project. We wait for the next question and start the process again. As the year progresses, each child becomes the creator in his or her learning adventure.

    The philosophy at PKA has been strongly influenced by both Reggio Emilia and Montessori methods.

    Contact us to learn more about Prospect Kids Academy.

    Locations:

    Park Slope 341 Prospect Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718) 788-7727

    Prospect Heights 532 St. John’s Place Brooklyn, NY 11238 (718) 638-9300

    Review and Rating

    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 08-Feb-2020
    Subject:  Preschool Recommendation: Prospect Kids Academy
    Comment:  I know that it's preschool sign up time and I wanted to throw out a personal recommendation for PKA on Prospect Avenue. Our son started when he turned 2 in October and we're incredibly happy with it. They have (limited) spots available for next year.We feel 100% confident with his safety and the care he gets. They have extended hours available and we have him there 8-6. They base their philosophy on a mix of Reggio Emelia and Montessori and have a child-led curriculum. The teachers not only encourage a zillion ways to be creative but are also loving and warm. The kids are learning about consent, what makes a family, conservation and performing small acts of kindness for others. They have outside instructors come in for music, gymnatics and yoga and they go outside most days.I could go on but I'll leave it at that. Please feel free to reach out here for more detailed info (I'll answer all questions honestly).
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 26-Jan-2020
    Subject:  2019-2020 Year Review
    Comment:  This is our 2nd year at PKA and we love it! The teachers are very attentive and hands-on and the Reggio Emilia inspired curriculum does a great job of meeting the kids where they are. Even though the school does not have outdoor space they emphasize being outside and take frequent neighborhood walks and utilize the nearby playgrounds. My daughter has grown tremendously and learned so much in her time there, and we'll be sad to leave for Pre-K at the end of the year. … About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours … What would you change? More parent communication would be nice.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 26-Jan-2020
    Subject:  2019-2020 Year Review
    Comment:  Our son has been at PKA since turning 2. We feel 100% confident with his safety and the care he gets. They have extended hours available and we have him there 8-6. They base their philosophy on a mix of Reggio Emelia and Montessori and have a child-led curriculum. The teachers not only encourage a zillion ways to be creative but are also loving and warm. The kids are learning about consent, what makes a family, conservation and performing small acts of kindness for others. They have instructors come in for music, gymnatics and yoga and they go outside most days. They encourage the children to ask questions, be mindful and be good citizens of the community and world. We bring lunches and they provide 2 snacks per day and occasionally cook with the children. I al extremely happy with it and would make the decision again for sure. … About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours … What would you change? I would say honestly that the communication from the directors isn't fantastic, but I've learned to ask more questions in gerneral and communicate directly with the teachers. We were very spoiled by the excellent communication we had with the daycare we were at so it was an adjustment.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 03-Dec-2019
    Subject:  Preschool recommendations for almost 2s?
    Comment:  Check out PKA on Prospect Ave between 7th and 6th! Our son just turned 2 at the end of October and we did have to pay for Sept and Oct, but for us, it was worth it to secure a spot. We love it there.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 13-Aug-2019
    Subject:  Prospect Kids Academy (PKA) preschool recommendation
    Comment:  Our daughter (almost 4 years old) has been attending PKA (the St Johns Place location) since she was 2.5. We could not be happier with what a wonderful learning environment PKA has been for our child over the past two years. Its play-based approach allows the kids to get excited and hands-on with all the topics they're learning about, and to be actively involved in deciding all the things they'll explore together as a class. All of the teachers are phenomenal and do a wonderful job guiding, supporting, and relaying each child's enthusiasm for learning and all the concepts PKA exposes them to. Our child is excited to go to school each morning and never wants to leave at the end of the day. The director and teachers have built a school that is a true extension of the larger community, from exploratory walks around the neighborhood, to regular engagement with local cultural centers, to inclusion of families in events or lesson topics. It is such a welcoming place to come to each day, and the openness and camaraderie of all the families are a testament to the incredible learning environment and community that PKA has established. Having such a stellar educational option so directly connected to our neighborhood, routine, and regular family activities has been invaluable. We can't recommend it highly enough.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 03-Apr-2019
    Subject:  Summer Camp recommendations
    Comment:  Our son attended Prospect Kids Academy last year, including the summer program. He really had an excellent experience at the school overall. The teachers are caring, energetic, kind, and do a great job of fostering a fun, safe environment where kids can explore and learn. Summer there is lots of free play and time outside with some trips and projects (the school year has units of study led by the kids' interests, and more academic content). Definitely recommended.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 03-Dec-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Our daughter has been really here. She really likes her teachers and he language has really expanded thanks to their regular engagement. The teachers appear to genuinely enjoy the children and encourage their curiosity. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 03-Dec-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  PKA is a perfect start for my son's school experience. They are warm and kind. I appreciate how closely the teachers communicate with the parents via their app and in person check ins. The classrooms are beautiful, bright and creative spaces. My son loves the class fish and enjoyed when they got to watch chicken eggs hatch. Yoga and music classes are a regular treat. The school uses the rich cultural institutions near us -- including parks, the Botanic Garden, and the Staten Island zoo -- to enrich the experience. About the facility: Has early morning hours
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 16-Nov-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  My daughter has attended since she turned 2 and we LOVE it! We will most likley keep her here one more full year before kinder About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, snacks What would you change? nothing really
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Our son has attended Prospect Kids Academy full-time for the past year in the 3-4 year old class and we have been extremely happy with the school. His teachers Laura and Anetta are warm, kind, build a safe classroom environment, and do all kinds of creative projects with the kids. They are easy to communicate with and share updates about my son's growth and interests. They are also flexible and supported potty-training, discussed any concerns with us, etc. The school's approach is play-based and focused on the kids' interests (Reggio Emilia philosophy) and our son has really learned from and enjoyed the various projects, like building a castle and planting a garden. They have yoga and music each week, visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, library, and Brooklyn Museum monthly and also go on a special monthly field trip. The school does not have an outdoor space, but they try to take the kids outside 1-2 times each day to local parks or walks around the neighborhood. The school provides early and late hours and 8 weeks of summer camp. When we signed up, I was nervous that the teacher-student ratio is basically at maximum in the class-- 17 students with 2 teachers-- but they clearly know our son well, and my son feels cared for and reports that the teachers pay attention to him when he needs something, so it seems to work out! About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Our son has had a wonderful experience at PKA, with loving, supportive teachers and the nicest community of friends and parents. He loves going to school and adores their walks and special visits around the neighborhood (to the Brooklyn Museum, Botanic Garden, library, and playgrounds). PKA seems to have the right mix of adventures and classes (yoga, music) balanced with classroom structure and routine. My husband and I have appreciated the occasional performances and parties with the class, where we've had the chance to get to know the other parents. We also appreciate that we feel welcome hanging out in the classroom for a while during drop-off and pick-up. Our only complaint is the field trips PKA does around the city -- which happen monthly during the school year, and weekly during the summer. For students under age 3, a parent is required to attend each field trip, so you have to either miss work to chaperone or pay for a babysitter for the day. The field trips also never feel worth it; the kids miss their nap and lunchtime and are a wreck for the rest of the day. They would be just as happy going to the local playground. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours What would you change? See note above about field trips.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 30-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Comment:  Location: Prospect Heights Cultural Center. St John's placeReview: Loved daily excursions to museum, park, playground, gardens, etc. loved the teachers. Loved the student directed project learning!!About the facility: Has early morning hoursReview submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Reviewed by
    On 01-Aug-2015
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2014-2015 daycare/preschool survey
    Comment:  This member has reviewed this facility in a prior yearProgram: 3/4's program Length of time: Full time, 5 days/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: My favorite thing about PKA is the teachers, they are all terrific. Warm, loving, energetic and patient - everything you'd want in a preschool teacher. There is little staff turnover as well. The program and schedule are good, and I like the curriculum - good emphasis on their little world of Brooklyn while also exposing them to the world at large. They take great field trips - local ones to Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Gardens, but also to the local zoos and children's museums. Lots of emphasis on play and getting out to the playground, weather permitting. They have music and yoga as well. This year, I was not as pleased with the student teacher ratio in my son's 3/4 class. 2 teachers and 19 students, whereas last year the 3/4s had 18 students and 3 teachers. The younger kids class had a better ratio however. I got the feeling the director wouldn't have said no to another student because it means more money for them. I also think the Director/admin could be more responsive to parental concerns/questions. their basic attitude is "this is the way we've always done it, why change". I wished they were more responsive to parental comments and criticisms. I think they should send out a survey at the end of the year to all parents and ask for feedback, and make changes based on that feedback.Would you recommend? RecommendWould you send your child again? Absolutely
    Reviewed by
    On 01-Aug-2015
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2014-2015 daycare/preschool survey
    Comment:  Program: Front Class Length of time: Full time, 5 days/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: Sharon, the head teacher, is fabulous. She provides a nurturing, yet independent environment. Our son learned his letters without realizing it was school. He absolutely adores going to school and will miss Sharon and the warm supportive environment at PKA greatly.Would you recommend? Highly recommendWould you send your child again? Absolutely
    Reviewed by
    On 01-Aug-2015
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2014-2015 daycare/preschool survey
    Comment:  Length of time: full days, 5 days/week 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: I have sent my daughter to PKA for 3 years full time, and I have only fantastic things to say about it. It's a combo of full- and part-time children. Class sizes are small, and the teachers are super accessible and truly understand children. In my book have their priorities in all the right places. Their philosophy is very holistic, so they might shop the farmers' market together and make meals with the food. Or when the earthquake happened in Nepal, they talked about it, and the children wanted to help families there. They decided to do a "stoop sale" with items they all collected from their homes. They made their own signs, set up the sale, ran it, took the money to the bank, and then sent off their donation. I feel like my daughter is so well-prepared to tackle kindergarten, not just with a basis of learning but emotionally, because she's been nurtured by the teachers at PKA.Would you recommend? Highly recommendWould you send your child again? Absolutely
    Reviewed by
    On 01-Aug-2015
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2014-2015 daycare/preschool survey
    Comment:  This member has reviewed this facility in a prior yearLength of time: 2 days, 9-3 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: We have generally been happy at PKA. Our kids are obviously VERY happy there - they love their teachers and make lots of friends, they are clearly learning a lot, they get outside just about every day. The teachers are excellent. They are warm and loving and form close bonds with the kids, and are constantly coming up with new activities and songs and fun little games for the classes. The administration has always been a little tough to coordinate with - their communication generally isn't great, and are not very flexible about scheduling. To be fair - we have complained a handful of times, and they always do improve, but we do seem to get frustrated on a periodic basis.Would you recommend? RecommendWould you send your child again? Absolutely
    Reviewed by 2014Reviews
    On 18-Nov-2014
    Subject:  2014 Daycare/Preschool PSP review
    Comment:   Program: 3's Length of Time: full time Child's Age: 3-4 years Review: For the most part I love PKA. The teachers are warm, loving, and patient. The teachers welcome parental involvement and often invite us to events or just to come to class and read the kids a book. The curriculum is age appropriate and my son has made lots of friends there. The teachers are always telling me about the day and keep the parents up to date. The one challenge I have with the school is the administration. I do not feel they are especially responsive to concerns about the structure of the program. For example, the school takes (in my opinion) many field trips - monthly during the school year and weekly during the summer. I feel these trips exhaust the children and aren't always the best use of time. When I expressed my concerns to the Director, I found her to be somewhat dismissive. The response was "we've always done it this way" and "no other parents are complaining so we won't change". The thing is, I talk to the other parents and there were many of us who were concerned about the field trips. The administration just seems to have the attitude of "this is always how we've done it and we don't want to change". One other comment - not huge - but the cost for early morning drop-off is quite expensive, especially compared with other schools in the area. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Recommend Would you send your child again? Maybe
    Reviewed by 2014Reviews
    On 18-Nov-2014
    Subject:  2014 Daycare/Preschool PSP review
    Comment:   Program: 3's & 4's Length of Time: full time five days a week Child's Age: 3-4 years Review: pros - Teachers are amazing! They are skilled and very caring a well as loving toward the kids. They are also great with communicating to the parents - curriculum is in depth and covers a lot of social studies and arts as well as math and pre-reading skills -weekly yoga and music - lots of outside play - clean and well run cons -The only issues we have with PKA center around the administration. They do not do well with parent feedback. instead of taking feedback into account and adapting, the answer is almost always "that's how it is." And they overdo field trips - they happen monthly. It's fine when the kids are older, but it's hard on the younger kids to go to Staten Island around naps. And if your child is under 3, a parent or guardian must accompany the child on the trip. If you opt out of the trip, you have to find alternative care because teachers are not kept back for those that can't attend. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
    Reviewed by 2014Reviews
    On 18-Nov-2014
    Subject:  2014 Daycare/Preschool PSP review
    Comment:  Length of Time: 2 days, 9-3 Child's Age: 2-3 years Review: Our second son is now preschool-aged and we have come back to PKA. He spent the summer at their "camp" and has been 2 days a week in their 2s classroom this fall. The facility was renovated over the end-of-summer break and feels bright and cheery. The teachers are fantastic - warm and loving but also firm. They do not have a dedicated outdoor space but go out in the neighborhood and to local playgrounds every day. My son comes home singing and telling stories. We had some difficulty with communication over the summer - emails and voice messages getting lost and not returned - but spoke with the director and the issue seems to be fully resolved now. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
    Reviewed by
    On 17-Aug-2014
    Subject:  Openings at Prospect Kids Academy (PKA)
    Comment:  The best thing about PKA has been the balance they strike between freedom and discipline. Overall, it's an easy-going place but we've still found that important behavioral and learning lessons still got through to our daughter. For example, she came home talking about weather, the seasons and the days of the week, just because she had so much fun singing songs and doing projects about those subjects. The teachers are outstanding and extremely loving and caring and provide individual attention. Another bonus for us as working parents is that they operate on full days. PKA has shaped our daughter for the better. We're so glad that she got such a great social and educational foundation there. It definitely gets our highest recommendation.(July 2014)
    Reviewed by 2014Reviews
    On 12-Aug-2014
    Subject:  2014 Summer Camp Review
    Comment:  Program: PKA Summer Camp Club Age of Child: 2 Likes: It's the same place he goes to preschool so it was familiar to him - all the same teachers, some of the same kids, and same location. He liked that they went in the sprinklers nearly every day (weather permitting) and took walks to Prospect Park. As a a parent, I liked teachers especially - they are all WONDERFUL, loving caring people. really top notch. What would you change? 1. The field trips. There is 1x per week and it's too much for these little guys - they take most of the day, the kids are exhausted and don't nap, and the actual trips are not planned out very well in my opinion. 2. the dates - there is a week off between school ending and camp starting, and then 3 weeks off in Aug Sept before the new school year starts. Very hard for working parents! Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend Do you have any other information to add? I think this program is best for older preschoolers (4, 5, even a mature 3). Not the best for 2 year olds.
    Reviewed by 2014Reviews
    On 07-Aug-2014
    Subject:  2014 Summer Camp Review
    Comment:  Program: Age of Child: 2 Likes: My son goes to school here as well, so it was an easy and fun transition. It was also a great way for him to get to know all the teachers as he will be in a new class next year. There are few options for 2 year olds, this is a good one except... What would you change? They go on a lot of trips and if your child is under 3 they need a guardian with them. We ended up not going on any of the trips and figuring out alternate child care those days. Otherwise, camp is super fun! Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add?
    Reviewed by 2014Reviews
    On 07-Aug-2014
    Subject:  2014 Summer Camp Review
    Comment:  Program: PKA Summer Camp Club Age of Child: 2 Likes: It's the same place he goes to preschool so it was familiar to him - all the same teachers, some of the same kids, and same location. He liked that they went in the sprinklers nearly every day (weather permitting) and took walks to Prospect Park. As a a parent, I liked teachers especially - they are all WONDERFUL, loving caring people. really top notch. What would you change? 1. The field trips. There is 1x per week and it's too much for these little guys - they take most of the day, the kids are exhausted and don't nap, and the actual trips are not planned out very well in my opinion. 2. the dates - there is a week off between school ending and camp starting, and then 3 weeks off in Aug Sept before the new school year starts. Very hard for working parents! Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend Do you have any other information to add? I think this program is best for older preschoolers (4, 5, even a mature 3). Not the best for 2 year olds.
    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, 9am-3pm Child's age: 3-4 yearsReview: My child attended PKA in Prospect Heights for three years and we loved the enthusiasm and caring of the teachers. It was also a really good community of parents -- it helps that most children in the school live nearby. My child had some developmental delays and the teacher was instrumental in encouraging us to contact the Dept. of Education's Committee for Preschool Special Education, through which we got some services that helped a lot. The school is small and informal -- just two classrooms at the Prospect Heights site, and the whole school is run by the two founders, Josie and Quinn. At times things can be a bit unorganized, but in our experience those amounted to fairly minor issues (sometimes late communications on things like planned trips or items to bring to school for a project). We thought it a good trade-off for the informality, enthusiasm and community feel.Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
    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 mornings Child's age: 3-4 years4-5 yearsReview: Pka is incredible we are very happy with the curriculum teachers and program. The teachers are amazing with my kids and they have learned and matured so much.Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend<<< PSP Note: this reviewer has recommended Prospect Kids Academy in the past >>>
    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: Full day/, 5 days a week Child's age: 2-3 yearsReview: We signed up for PKA because it seemed like a warm, easy first preschool for our daughter (she turned 2 in October). Which it was, in many ways. She loved it -- made friends, learned songs, came home every day tired and happy. However, my husband and I ultimately decided not to continue with PKA for next year. This is what I would have appreciated knowing before enrolling our daughter: most preschools are communicative with parents. Teachers are email accessible, send notes home, let families know what the kids did that day, what they're learning, etc. This was not the case with PKA. The 2's classroom teachers can be sweet -- especially Annalee -- but they are deeply uncommunicative. Often -- usually -- the teachers didn't even say hello to my husband or me during dropoff and pickup! It was weird and frankly unsettling. Our daughter was so happy, but we felt completely shut out. And we are very socially easy people, friendly, etc. This lack of communication applied to general information about our daughter. We never heard any stories or anecdotes about what she'd done during the day, positive or negative. The were a little obsessed with how much she napped (not much, ever, which we'd been clear about when we enrolled her), and made it plain that she was awake through their lunch hour and that this was an inconvenience. We started the year late, due to our daughter's late fall birthday, which meant that we paid for 2.5 months we didn't attend. There was never any mention of this -- no extra feedback when she started, no extra conference. Any questions we asked were answered that she was "fine." All that being said: again our daughter was VERY happy at PKA. She was clearly having a ball every day, and loved her friends and teachers. Next year, we are going to a cooperative preschool, with a more child centered approach. Already it feels like a better fit for us (that is, my husband and I -- not sure if our daughter will notice a difference!). If we'd had to stay at PKA, it would have been fine -- the "big" classroom teachers seem more communicative, and the kids are clearly thriving.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: Length of time: 5 days Child's age: 3-4 yearsReview: - great teachers -nice small sized classroom -did lots of learning - could really see the difference between daycare and this school -great music teacher comes once a week - amazing -field trips require parents to go if child is under 3 - usually once a month which is another day off from workDo you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 04-Aug-2012
    Comment:  Review Date 2012 Program: Length of TIme: Full time 5 days, 9-6pm Child's Age: 3-4 years Review: The women who work at PKA are very caring, and respectful toward the kids and their individual needs. There is a mix of structured and unstructured activities and learning experiences. They apply a variety of methods including montessori, for a variety of learning experiences for them on site as well as field trips. They helped tremendously with the transition to using the potty on a regular basis as well. I receive feedback regularly in addition to scheduled parent teacher conferences teice per year. They also encourage socialization with other parents as well by having pot luck dinners and events requesting parent attendance. They are aware and establish an individual pace for transitions with each child according to their needs. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 04-Aug-2012
    Comment:  Review Date 2012 Length of TIme: Part Days Child's Age: 4-5 years Review: Thorougly impressed with PKA. The teachers are incredible. They love their jobs and really understand the needs of children. There is a lot of personal attention. They do great activities with the kids and even go on trips. I'm impressed with the diverse mix of children as well. I am so comfortable with my son going there (sending my second one in the fall). I've seen a huge difference in my child since him starting with the school. They encourage his creativity and his need to learn. They don't force things on any of the kids. They were very understanding when my son first transitioned and had a hard time. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 02-Feb-2011
    Comment:  Prospect Kids Academy has a wonderful preschool environment. Both my daughters attend and enjoy going every morning. Their teachers understand their different learning needs and constantly engage and encourage both their mental and physical development. They get plenty of daily exercise including yoga and movement/music class and are constantly going on field trips to the farm, a local museum or art gallery. They are taught about their local community and the greater world around them. About their responsibilities to their environment and their fellow student. They even have hot lunch meals every day which is fantastic! PKA is a very nurturing pre-school and we thoroughly recommend it.(Jan 2011)
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 28-Jan-2011
    Comment:  I wanted to take the time to provide a review for Prospect Kids Academy (PKA) - their Prospect Heights location on Classon & St. Johns (718-639-9300).Our son has attended this school year two days a week, in the "younger" classrom for 2/3 year olds, and we have been more than happy. The classroom is stimulating and engaging -- there is a lot of space and different ways to get the kids engaged, and the teachers have thoughtfully organized the layout. They have a thoughtful lesson plan, with integrative themes, and attentive teachers. Even when I am rushed during pickup, they make sure to slow me down and give me a run down of the day. Our son had a good foundation going into preschool from his preschool, but he has certainly learned so much - countless songs, the days of the week (in English and Spanish), spanish numbers and other words in Spanish, the seasons and events connected to the seasons, emotional concepts and the meaning of empathy, various concepts ranging from hibernation to community service, the planets, and has has made great connections with his classmates and teachers. The teachers at PKA provide a lot of positive encouragement and have ambitious goals for the kids. We couldn't have asked for a more positive experience and look forward to finding the money to send our twin daughters there as well -- an investment that should speak for itself! For us, we also love that the signup is first come first serve. There are no quotas to fill, no interviews for a 2-yaer old to go on. Yet somehow, the class turns out to be perfectly diverse and interesting (I think in the lower class, there is an even mix of gender and complete variety in culture and ethnicity), and full of wonderful kids who all learn from each other every day.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 02-Jan-2011
    Subject:  Review from Survey, 2010
    Comment:  Review: Classes are not gender balanced. Mixing ages in the classroom is a problem, especially for the younger children. There is little or no communication and very little structure in the classroom. Walking around the neighborhood and going into stores was considered exercise.Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Do NOT recommend