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    Maple Street School
    Maple Street School
    Street:
    21 Lincoln Road (Prospect Lefferts Gardens)
    Phone:
    (718) 282-4345
    Neighborhood:
    Prospect Lefferts Gardens
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    Wendy, Director

    Description:

    Age range of kids

    2 to 4 years old

     

    Number of kids (kids per class)

    Early drop off 8am and extended day 3:30 to 6pm.

    Morning session 9-12:30.  Afternoon session 1-3:30pm or full day 9 to 3:30 pm.

     

    Number of adults

     

    Schedule/minimum # of days

     

    Part Time/Full Time Available

    Yes

     

    Registration Requirements/Dates (if applicable)

    Rolling admissions - first come/first served

     

    Parent Participation

    Cooperative - parents are required to work a certain number of hours

     

     

     

     

    Comments from Provider

    At the Maple Street School, we believe children's work is their play.  Children construct their knowledge about he world through interaction with the people and materials in it. We value the development of a child's mind body and spirit and we respond to the individual needs of each child. We facilitate each child's social, emotional, cognitive and physical development through child-initiated activities.

    Review and Rating

    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 23-Feb-2020
    Subject:  preschool/nursery part time options
    Comment:  Maple street school has financial assistance (August 2019)
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 10-Feb-2020
    Subject:  Shout Out for Maple Street School
    Comment:  Here Here as well!Our daughter (now almost 5) is on her third year at Maple Street. The teachers that she's had over the three years have all been amazing. The loving, caring, completely inclusive environment has been nothing short of the most incredible and amazing experience we could have ever hoped for. We've been there through some amazing times and some incredibly painful moments and the school and the staff shine through with an amazing brightness that I doubt you'll find anywhere else in Brooklyn.Finally, as OP mentions, the connection to other MSS families is so strong that you'll have so much information at your fingertips when you are preparing for that transition to kindergarten. The connection extends beyond your immediate class and into prior classes as well. Maple Street truly is part of the fabric of Brooklyn and a beacon in the community!
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 10-Feb-2020
    Subject:  Shout Out for Maple Street School
    Comment:  Here Here!My third kiddo is there now and our other two each spent three years there; we feel so lucky we ended up there with our first seven years ago. It's been an amazing place for all three of my kids, all of whom are incredibly different. I also don't know of another preschool that is quite as loving, savvy and thoughtful about special ed services and inclusion - one of my kids has received services, and Maple Street was instrumental in making that happen and teaching us to be advocates in preschool and beyond, which was an unexpected gift. This is our last rodeo with #3, and she loves it just as much as the first two. I actually do feel like it has shaped who my kids are in the very best of ways, and I feel a connection to other Maple Street families even as we all move through our elementary school adventures.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 10-Feb-2020
    Subject:  Shout Out for Maple Street School
    Comment:  Seconded - my son (who is now in K) attended for the last 3 years and we feel so lucky to have been a part of the school and the community. I've talked to lots of other parents and it really does seem to be a unique preschool experience, it's such a loving environment that embraces the entire family and we still hang out with so many families we met at the school. The teachers are all kind and understanding but also playful and incredibly fun, and the fact that the school is literally right next to Prospect Park means the kids are running around in nature constantly. We originally sought out the school because we wanted a diverse environment with a focus on social justice, but it ended up being so much more.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 10-Feb-2020
    Subject:  Shout Out for Maple Street School
    Comment:  The deadline for applications to my children's preschool, The Maple Street School, is coming up and I wanted to make sure people knew about it and encourage people to apply for 2-4 year olds. We could not possibly be happier there. It is not your average preschool and is world's beyond a standard daycare experience. The teachers are endlessly warm, the community and school are fiercely dedicated to social justice and inclusion, and they even offer assistance with kindergarten placement. I'm happy to answer any questions, or just gush a little more if anyone is interested.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 26-Jan-2020
    Subject:  2019-2020 Year Review
    Comment:  My daughter loves being a Maplestreet and so does our family. This is our first-year at the school and we love the multiple ways we can call get involved in the school and build community. It is an inclusive, welcoming and loving environment. The teachers, staff and the leadership are actively engaged with all of the children's learning and development. We will continue attending the school next academic year. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals … What would you change? N/A
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 26-Jan-2020
    Subject:  2019-2020 Year Review
    Comment:  I believe the Maple Street Program is nothing shy of perfect. The student teacher ratio is awesome. We could not possibly be happier there. It is not your average preschool and is world's beyond a standard daycare experience. The teachers are endlessly warm, the community and school are fiercely dedicated to social justice and inclusion, and they even offer assistance with kindergarten placement. I'm happy to answer any questions, or just gush a little more if anyone is interested. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides snacks, but you need to bring lunch. … What would you change? Nothing! It is perfect.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 26-Jan-2020
    Subject:  2019-2020 Year Review
    Comment:  We absolutely love Maple Street. The amount of individualized attention our son has received has been transformative for him. We love the Co-Op model and being part of a community of big-hearted people that believe in giving back and creating space for every child to be themselves. It’s a truly progressive, inclusive place and we feel so lucky to have found it. The teachers are incredible and the joy in the room is palpable. We are sending our second child in the fall. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 26-Jan-2020
    Subject:  2019-2020 Year Review
    Comment:  Our twins are thriving at Maple Street. They go three 1/2 days a week and they look forward to those days. The teachers are incredible. The curriculum is based on following the curiosities of the class. The school is inclusive in all ways and fosters an environment of community. There is emphasis on caring for each other. We would go here again in a heartbeat—in fact we are going again next year. The joy my children experience at school is priceless. They learn through play, and the teachers guide them beautifully. Therefore, they are learning that they love to learn. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides healthy snacks
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 26-Jan-2020
    Subject:  2019-2020 Year Review
    Comment:  I couldn’t be happier with Maple Street! … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours … What would you change? Too much communication?
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 03-Jan-2020
    Subject:  Preschools convenient to the B/Q line?
    Comment:  My daughter just started at Maplestreet this year and we love it! An active and inclusive school/community! She’s at the 626 Flatbush location.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 03-Jan-2020
    Subject:  Preschools convenient to the B/Q line?
    Comment:  Maple street school! Maple street is amazing- all three of my kids went there and it was great for all of them. They have two locations both on the b/q trains.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 03-Jan-2020
    Subject:  Preschools convenient to the B/Q line?
    Comment:  Maple street school! Maple street is amazing- all three of my kids went there and it was great for all of them. They have two locations both on the b/q trains.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 03-Dec-2019
    Subject:  Preschool recommendations for almost 2s?
    Comment:  I'm not sure where you are located, but Maple Street School is a gem of preschool that leaves room for mid-year twos to enter. It is truly head and shoulder beyond what most other preschools have to offer. It is a play-based, child-led, social justice based curriculum with lots of love and inclusion.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 13-Sep-2019
    Subject:  Review from the 2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool Survey
    Comment:  95% LOVE this school. It is a non-profit coop (I guess technically I’m an owner but have no seat on the board or other leadership position.) with a really progressive bent, a truly loving vibe, and it is a fun place to see your kid grow. They go outside every day and not just to the playground or roof but taking nature walks through the park or down the street to learn about the neighborhood. Learning topics are child-led but educated and experienced adults take those interests and turn them into enriched learning. Right now the kids are obsessed with the solar system. They read books, sing songs, do experiments, art projects, observe outdoors. The downside is that it is a coop and as such it’s appearance can be a bit bedraggled ($$ goes less to things like repainting a hallway and more toward scholarships, under the belief parents will come in and paint the hall which doesn’t necessarily happen)and there are a lot of volunteer/community participation requirements. But if you look beyond the organized chaos and want to be part of something big and loving, it is great. DETAILS: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What you would change: A little more organization...:
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 13-Sep-2019
    Subject:  Review from the 2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool Survey
    Comment:  My son went for three years from age 2 to 4, and also did the summer camp. My son loves it and has made many friends with both kids and teachers. The children receive endless love and support that really is awesome as they grow. The school is play based- so they basically do that- all day. There isn't an emphasis on academics like reading or learning numbers. But my son (now 4) is actually almost reading on his own, "writing books", and is an avid learner. As a parent, I did worry that they just played trains and plus-plus all day and that he might be missing out because they allow the kids to be self-directed. BUT, in the end, I think it is fine. He really grew emotionally, is super happy and, for the most part, loves school. The hard part of Maple Street is the coop aspect if you have a two parents who work. The school really wants the parents to spend a lot of time doing volunteer projects, meetings and socializing at the school. We found it basically impossible for our family to keep up with this stuff because of our work schedules and it forced us to choose time with our kids or time doing coop duties. The coop is done with the best of intentions, and they do wonderful stuff, so if you live in PLG (we don't) and have a parent who doesn't work that much, I would imagine the coop is lovely. We ended up feeling like losers for missing meetings and commitments but work and kids have to come first. So, all in all, the school is wonderful but the mandatory coop aspect makes tough for some families. The summer camp is fine- but a bit disorganized. I would hesitate to send younger kids (2 year olds) but 3 or 4's are fine. I did send my son at 2, but there isn't the same focus as in the regular school year. DETAILS: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options What you would change: Make the coop less cumbersome
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 13-Feb-2019
    Subject:  preschools
    Comment:  Wonderful caring and creative coop preschool, close to the B/Q.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 13-Feb-2019
    Subject:  preschools
    Comment:  Wonderful caring and creative coop preschool, close to the B/Q.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 13-Feb-2019
    Subject:  preschools
    Comment:  Wonderful caring and creative coop preschool, close to the B/Q.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 15-May-2018
    Subject:  2018 Review
    Comment:  Maple street school is a wonderful private preschool that is super savvy about services and very experienced with SEITs. I highly recommend!
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 01-May-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  As everyone is starting to tour preschools, I wanted to make sure that Maple Street School (my son's preschool) is on everyone's radar! It's an amazing and progressive play-based school in Prospect Lefferts (a super easy commute on the B41 or the B/Q train). We've felt genuinely lucky to have every single one of my son's teachers and the children spend time in Prospect Park pretty much every single day. The school is a coop, which means our family is very involved and has really had a chance to form relationships with our son's teachers and the other families. Most important to our preschool search was a genuine commitment to all types of diversity and Maple Street really values inclusion - in particular, the school has a tuition assistance program for eligible families. I'm happy to answer any questions about our experience if anyone wants to email me directly.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  A fun, comforting space with lots of windows. They sing lots of songs, eat lunch, go to the park and playground, play on the roofdeck and nap. My son loves all the activities and art projects and going outside with his friends. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours.
    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 optionsReview: My son loves it. On the tour they said he'd be outside, be creative, get dirty and sing a lot. Everything they told us on the tour was true. It's also a very strong and inclusive adult community. I highly recommend it!What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Too many emails!
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 16-Jul-2017
    Subject:  Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Location: Prospect LeffertsType: PreschoolAbout the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool optionsReview: A wonderful play-based preschool that's diverse, loving, progressive, and everything I would want in a school for my child - it's a real community and we've formed great relationships with other families. Amazing teachers who really get down on the floor and play with the children. Note that the school is a coop so don't sign up your child without being committed to the mission - parent participation and fundraising are required (we found these parts quite fun and felt like it really contributed to the community and the feel of the school).
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 30-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Comment:  Location: 21 Lincoln Road and 626 Flatbush AveReview: We love MSS. The coop community and teachers create a space of play, friendship, inclusion and diversity. The coop is very involved, creating lasting friendships and building community together. The teachers are truly the best, following a Reggio style play based learning curriculum and helping children feel loved, responsible and engaged. My son loves it. Every. Single. Day. He learns so much, is exposed to so much, has lasting friendships and is shown everyday what kindness and cooperation truly mean to the community.About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, MSS is a coop. Parents provide morning cafe and snack but not lunch. They have two spaces. One that is new with outdoor rooftop space; the other original space utilizes PPK which is across the street.Review 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 year Program: preschool Length of time: full - 4 days Child’s Age: 2-3 years3-4 years4-5 yearsType of facility: Parent-Organized Co-op where the parents do the admin and hire the teachers and staffREVIEW: Simply the most wonderful, fun, imaginative, and diverse pre-school in Brooklyn.Would you recommend? Highly recommendWould you send your child again? Absolutely
    Reviewed by
    On 26-Jul-2015
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2014-2015 daycare/preschool survey
    Comment:  Type of facility: Privately run daycare/preschool with multiple classes and teachers Parent coop, but with a paid director who hires teachers/staff. All other admin tasks, board, etc., done by parent committees.REVIEW: I can't say enough wonderful things about Maple Street, from the teachers to the way things are run to the overall energy of the place. I tell people it's like pre-Elmo Sesame Street. Play-based, but celebrates all the things kids are interested in, including "academic" topics. I loved our particular classroom teachers, but I would be happy for our younger child to have any of the teachers here. Very open feeling. I also love their commitment to many kinds of diversity. You name it, I love it about this place.Would you recommend? Highly recommendWould you send your child again? Absolutely
    Reviewed by
    On 22-Nov-2014
    Subject:  Review from the 2014 Daycare/Preschool Survey
    Comment:  Program: NA Length of Time: Full day 4 days Child's Age: 2-3 years3-4 years4-5 years Review: The skill of the teachers is unmatched and their love of their jobs and the children is touching. My child has thrived at Maple Street. It is a true gem and a leader in early childhood education. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot): Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
    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: 2's program Length of time: full days, 2 days a week Child's age: 2-3 yearsReview: The school is a coop school, in that it requires participation in a school committee, volunteer time, and help with school cleaning and snacks (called "Café") twice a year. We have been very happy with Maple Street in our first year, and our son will return next year. The teachers are all very loving, and the environment feels intimate and like a little family. Curriculum-wise, they roughly follow a "Bank Street" model, but supplement with the interests of the teachers or the kids. The facility is rather small (though they are looking at new ones for the future), but it is cozy and cheerful and located right next to Prospect Park, so the kids head to the park frequently.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: 2s Length of time: 2 part-days per week Child's age: 2-3 yearsReview: We have loved Maple Street for our 2 year old. There are three teachers in the 2s class and they are each on my son's list of best friends each day. Maple Street believes in learning through play, and I think it's a wonderful philosophy. Maple Street is a cooperative school that is comprised of a wonderful group of parents.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: 2s Length of time: 2 part-days per week Child's age: 2-3 yearsReview: We have loved Maple Street for our 2 year old. There are three teachers in the 2s class and they are each on my son's list of best friends each day. Maple Street believes in learning through play, and I think it's a wonderful philosophy. Maple Street is a cooperative school that is comprised of a wonderful group of parents.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: twos Length of time: 2 days part time Child's age: 2-3 yearsReview: Maple Street School in an incredible community. The teachers are smart, involved and caring. There is a wonderful back and forth between the teachers and parents, which allows you to really understand what your child is doing and experiencing. As a coop school parents are involved in all aspects of running the school and this provides a unique shared experience among all involved from children to parents to administrators and teachers. We simply could not be happy with MSS. Our son has flourished. His language and social skills have taken off since he began attending. MSS is also inclusive and diverse.Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 04-Aug-2012
    Comment:  Review Date 2012 Program: Length of TIme: 3 days a week Child's Age: 3-4 years Review: We have had such a positive experience this year at the Maple Street School! The teachers are the very best part of our daughter's experience. They've been warm and nurturing and have allowed her to follow her interests throughout the day. The teachers are energetic and very skilled at helping kids interact in meaningful ways. MSS is very "play-based", though there is a word wall and some reading/writing workshop (though it's very constructivist). We have received lots of informal updates our her progress throughout the year -- always framed in very positive, valuing language. Any concerns we've had about our daughter's progress have been treated with respect. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 04-Aug-2012
    Comment:  Length of TIme: Full Days Child's Age: 4-5 years Review: This is a wonderful, caring program that supports growth and development in a serious and special way. But it is a coop and requires a lot of parent participation so parents should keep that in mind when applying. They also gave us a pretty good level of support in terms of helping us find the right kindergarten for our child. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend