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    Imagine Early Learning Center
    Imagine Early Learning Center
    Street:
    50 Monroe Place
    City:
    Brooklyn
    State:
    NY
    Phone:
    718-624-7520
    Neighborhood:
    Brooklyn Heights
    Description:


    ages served:
    Children ages two months to five years.

    hours of operation:
    We are open 52 weeks a year, Monday – Friday, 7:45 a.m. to
    6:00 p.m., for Full-time or Part-time care.

    facilities:
    We are located in a beautiful Landmark building and have five classrooms in our center, each dedicated to a developmental stage.
    We also have an indoor gym and an outdoor play area.

    We are fully licensed by the New York City Dept. of Health and are in the midst of the reaccreditation process of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

    special activities:
    We are located in the heart of Brooklyn Heights, and our professionally trained staff take full advantage of our beautiful surroundings, taking the children on excursions to the Pierrepont Playground and the Promenade, and visiting the local Farmer’s Market and Flea Market, the fire station and various local businesses. The older children have an on-going relationship with the St. Charles Senior Center, where they visit and help celebrate the residents’ birthdays. Keeping the children connected to our community helps them learn about different jobs, cultures, and the importance of working together.

    Our center also takes great pride in our relationship with City-As-School High School, which provides two or three interns each semester.



    50 Monroe Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201


    phone: 718-624-7520
    fax: 718-624-7515

    ages served:
    Children ages two months to five years.

    hours of operation:
    We are open 52 weeks a year, Monday – Friday, 7:45 a.m. to
    6:00 p.m., for Full-time or Part-time care.

    facilities:
    We are located in a beautiful Landmark building and have five classrooms in our center, each dedicated to a developmental stage.
    We also have an indoor gym and an outdoor play area.

    We are fully licensed by the New York City Dept. of Health and are in the midst of the reaccreditation process of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

    special activities:
    We are located in the heart of Brooklyn Heights, and our professionally trained staff take full advantage of our beautiful surroundings, taking the children on excursions to the Pierrepont Playground and the Promenade, and visiting the local Farmer’s Market and Flea Market, the fire station and various local businesses. The older children have an on-going relationship with the St. Charles Senior Center, where they visit and help celebrate the residents’ birthdays. Keeping the children connected to our community helps them learn about different jobs, cultures, and the importance of working together.

    Our center also takes great pride in our relationship with City-As-School High School, which provides two or three interns each semester.

    Review and Rating

    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 22-Nov-2020
    Subject:  Thoughts on Imagine ELC in DUMBO?
    Comment:  We have had a great experience at Imagine DUMBO overall since the infant room (son now almost 3).
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 22-Nov-2020
    Subject:  Thoughts on Imagine ELC in DUMBO?
    Comment:  We sent our daughter there, who was 5 months at the time, for a couple of months pre COVID and we were happy with the experience. We have not been back since then but have heard good things from other parents we know and have seen in the neighborhood since. Chose Imagine over Bright Horizons in DUMBO. Staff seemed seemed warmer and more like a family feel at the center.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  My son was in the infant room and now in the 1s room. Both rooms have nice programs (songs, reading, great teachers). The only thing that was hard was the transition from one room to another. In the ones room they are immediately on a schedule, sitting at a table with other kids for lunch, and their bottle is not heated up any more. About the facility: pizza on Thursdays if you pay extra. Snacks provided daily What would you change? The facility has more turnover than I would like.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 16-Jul-2017
    Subject:   Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Type: Pre-KAbout the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hoursReview: Our son has been at Imagine since he was an infant, and we were thrilled when it became UPK certified. We had wraparound care, so he's there 9-6. We had a great experience and would recommend it to anyone. The class studied units on dinosaurs, the environment, transportation, and building/architecture. There's ample time for self-directed learning and centers for art, games, dramatic play, and more. Spanish, yoga, and music teachers regularly visit the classroom. Our son grew so much this year and we're confident he is ready for kindergarten. Also: Teachers happily fill out forms for private schools.What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? The preK program had the same teachers all year but other classes had significant turnover. The director has acknowledged this with parents.
    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, I think the outdoor space is tiny but they make great use of the neighborhood. They also have a large indoor basement space "the undercroft") that is great for winterReview: My daughter attended a different branch (Newark) and started at BH in September 2016 and we have loved it. There was some teacher turnover that concerned me but my daughter seemed unaffected. She loves her teachers and classmates and it is truly an early learning center that focuses on the learning. She has yoga, a music teacher that comes in to do sing-a-longs, and Spanish once a week. I can't say there is anything she doesn't like about her school and certainly nothing that she loathes. The cost is a factor for me, its expensive. I also wish they did meals - the Newark branch did meals start at 2yrs and I was looking forward to it. They have pizza Friday which is paid for separately based on number of families that sign up.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 30-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Comment:  Review: Great preK program. My son loves going to school, has made strong friendships, and is in a great position for both private and public school kindergarten programs. school stays in touch with weekly newsletter and private Shutterfly site. Plus informal conversations at pick up and drop off. Curriculum includes music, Spanish, dance, & yoga with specialty teachers.About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hoursWhat would you change about the program, if anything, and why? All four classroom teachers were new to the school this year. Would have preferred more continuity from previous year(s).Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 15-Jan-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via daycare/preschool survey
    Comment:  - This is both montessori and spanish immersion. - There are 2 teachers whose warmth, energy, and competence are evident in their interactions with the children and parents. My son has difficulty separating from me in the mornings, but when I go to pick him up is all smiles. - I love the montessori model of child choice, independence, and exploration. I am seeing his curiosity, creativity, and desire to try things on his own increase in all areas of his daily routine. - It is difficult to climb 2 flights of stairs to reach the classroom since I also have to bring along my 1 year old to pick up/drop off - but it's worth it. Also, I wish there were outdoor space, but the current rental may be temporary until a more permanent place can be found. - We were invited to a 20 minute observation 3 months into the school year. It was so rewarding to us and empowering to our son to watch him learn and work on the materials in the classroom. The head teacher then spent time speaking with us about his strengths and areas to work on. It confirmed for us that he is in the right place.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 15-Jan-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via daycare/preschool survey
    Comment:  Our son has attended Imagine from 4 months old to now 3 years old, and we plan to keep him in until kindergarten. (It is a licensed UPK site!) Imagine has a play-based curriculum, which keeps the children active and creatively engaged while still adhering to a curriculum. We have regular parent-teacher conferences and there is a Parent Advisory Board that holds open meetings. Classes are small & teachers are enthusiastic and warm. They keep a folder of examples of classroom work that we will receive when our son graduates, along with copies of all developmental evaluations. There is a separate summer curriculum with fun activities and field trips (Botanic Garden, for instance.) This summer the school brought in a tae keon do instructor, in addition to the regular yoga and music teachers. The wait list can be long, but we are so glad to be here.
    Reviewed by
    On 22-Nov-2015
    Subject:  Review Submitted via Fall 2015 Daycare/Preschool Survey
    Comment:  PROGRAM: 50 Monroe Pl TIME: Full time 8-6pm AGE: 1-2 years REVIEW: Imagine ELC is a special place. There's no wonder there is a very long waiting list to get into it. The teachers are thoughtful and educational, they recognize the value of visiting the local farmers market, parks, playgrounds, talking to the children about the seasons and their surroundings, exposing children to different sensory experiences from play with clay and paint to yoga to music. The teachers are really responsible and really care very deeply for each child. The other parents form a very strong and welcoming community. When there are concerns, the administration follows up quickly and swiftly and is always looking out for every child. WOULD YOU RECOMMEND? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend WOULD YOU DO IT AGAIN? Absolutely
    Reviewed by
    On 20-Jul-2015
    Subject:  Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP Survey
    Comment:  Imagine Early Learning Center Program: Turtles Room (Twos Room) Length of time: Full time Child’s Age: 2-3 yearsType of facility: Privately run daycare/preschool with multiple classes and teachersREVIEW: Imagine is a play-based learning center with a defined curriculum. My son has attended Imagine since he was four months old and just transitioned to his fourth classroom (Manatees/Threes). We have been a happy Imagine family from the start and are glad he goes to such a high-quality daycare (we call it "school.) the teachers are warm, the administration is stable, and the students are engaged and excited to be there. Just this week at pick-up, my son greeted me by saying, "I had a fun day!" The school encourages literacy and has a book fair & lending library. There are regular field trips as well as daily trips to the park, farmers market, and community spots like the fire station. We have parent-teacher conferences twice a year with developmental checklists and get periodic observational reports with photos from specific activities. Two other things to note: Imagine provides healthy snacks but parents must bring lunch. Imagine is a UPK site, so we are thrilled that we will be receiving that particular benefit down the line.Would you recommend? Highly recommendWould 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: Length of time: Full time, 5 days a week Child's age: < 1 yearReview: We are having a positive experience at Imagine ELC. Our son started in the infant room at just over four months old, and he has grown and developed well. He is happy when we get there and has a smile on his face when I arrive. His teachers are warm and know our son's personality and needs. Teachers in other classrooms and administrators know his name and mine, which makes us feel at home. We like that there is a curriculum—loosely defined at this age—but they have regular instruction in art, music, yoga, and sensory activities. We are getting ready for the summer program, which involves a lot of outdoors time. There are parent-teacher conferences, but we feel comfortable communicating with the teachers or director about any questions, developmental changes, etc. at any time. The physical building itself is old and a bit worn, but it doesn't bother me, likely because it reminds me of my own preschool. I wish it stayed open until 6:30 or 7 p.m., but very few daycares seem to. We already have signed up for next year and see ourselves staying here until our son heads off to kindergarden.Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend