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    Giocare Playschool

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    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2020–2021 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey
    Comment:  Review: Our daughter has thrived at Giocare. They are a small nurturing community, every teacher seems to know everything about her, and she loves going each day and talking about all the things she learned when she comes home. They were super patient with potty training, provide excellent feedback about what’s going on in the classroom despite Covid limitation, and have great hours and holiday camp coverage. We are so grateful to have found Giocare!Facility amenities: Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides mealsWhat would you change about the program? Longer days
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2020–2021 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey
    Comment:  Review: My older child spent 3 years at Giocare and it has been an amazing experience for all of us! The teachers are Giocare are warm and creative. They are also very sensitive to the needs of each child. They were the first to notice our child's learning differences and encourage us to seek help. 3 years later, we are so glad to sought help early and we feel he is on strong footing heading into kindergarten. We have also found Giocare to have a wonderful parent community. We have made many friends at Giocare and love the community feel of the school. We were initially drawn to Giocare because it offers meals and holiday camps, which make things easier for working parents. We are sending our second child there because we know he will have a ton of fun and come away with friendships and knowledge that will set him up well for the next stage in life.Facility amenities: Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides mealsWhat would you change about the program? NothingIs there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? Communication excellent and safety always came first.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 22-Jun-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2019–2020 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey
    Comment:  Review: We have been so happy with Giocare. Due to the pandemic we made a last minute decision to pull our daughter from her public pre-K. Luckily Giocare was able to convert our spot to UPK (they are a private institution that also participates in UPK). The kids spend soooo much time outdoors. They are fed meals and snacks (we don't even need to pack water), which are not provided by the DOE, and generally seem really healthy and tasty. Overall, the teachers and staff are really warm and welcoming. We couldn't be happier with our experience.Amenities offered: Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides mealsWhat would you change about the program, if anything, and why? I only wish it was not on such a busy street. Other than that, I have no complaints.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 22-Jun-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2019–2020 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey
    Comment:  Review: This is our second time around at Giocare, for our younger child. He attended preschool there and is currently attending Pre-K. It's wonderful! They are offering Pre-K for All 5 days a week with afterschool. His teachers are loving, caring, and very experienced educators. They know my son well and are helping him to develop while maintaining an engaging, fun, play-based environment. Everyone wears masks and I think they have done a great job mitigating for COVID-19 with additional safety and hygiene measures, as well as maximizing time outdoors.Amenities offered: Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides mealsWhat would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Nothing!
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 22-Jun-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2019–2020 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey
    Comment:  Review: We LOVE Giocare. Our soon started in the 2s class and is now in the 3s. Its an all around wonderful place. We have been so impressed by staff and administration in running everything especially through COVID. They communicate regularly and are always very responsive to any inquiries. Our son has also really benefited from how the day is structured and the mix of creative activities from week to week. Overall, highly recommend.Amenities offered: Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 22-Jun-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2019–2020 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey
    Comment:  Review: We have been very pleased with Giocare. The teachers are kind and caring, and the staff has done a fantastic job coping with the challenges of pandemic preschool. We are especially thrilled at how much learning has moved outdoors. Our child has grown in confidence and ability in just two months there, and we are excited for what the rest of the year will bring.Amenities offered: Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Apr-2021
    Subject:  Recommending Giocare (if you have children entering Prek and 1st-3rd grade)
    Comment:  I see below that our son's preschool has space this summer for their camp. I wanted to plug this wonderful school and community. Giocare is one of the best things that happened for our family during this past year. Ellen and her teachers managed to be super organized, putting every safety precaution in place, communicating it to us clearly and effectively along the way. Our son was in their classes for two years and summer camp last year, and despite our fears with all the unknown, they quickly more than reassured us that they were safe and conscientious about everything that we were worrying about every day. The teachers are warm, communicative, and loving, and our first, shy child has thrived in their care. If you're looking for a summer camp option that will be fun and educational, and safe, I cannot recommend Giocare enough. If your child is entering preK they will also have one or two preK classes for him or her - this past year unlike the public school locations, our son was able to safely attend preK full time, for which we are forever grateful. I personally can't wait for our second to turn two and be with them until he's in kindergarten.
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 15-Feb-2021
    Subject:  Daycare options for 2-year-old with EI support
    Comment:  I want to recommend Giocare. They have an inclusive environment and will work with parents, therapists, EI & CPSE to get the kids the support they need. They welcome children with all kinds of needs and know how to differentiate instruction and care based on each individual child.
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 30-Jan-2021
    Subject:  Day Camps
    Comment:  Giocare is great. They spend a lot of time outside in normal times and doubled down due to COVID. They had a park permit last year and also cycled through local playgrounds and Greenwood. In normal times they also go to a pool each week, but I don't know which one. Our 2016 daughter went there full-time last summer and will go again this year.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 30-Dec-2020
    Subject:  South Slope pre-school ?
    Comment:  We love Giocare. Our older son will be in UPK there and our younger in the 2’s program next year. (Our older one is in the 3’s program now and was in 2’s and then camp last year.) They have a wonderful community of families and educators there and have been really communicative in the chaos of the past year. There so many other pluses and I’d be happy to elaborate if you want more details.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 28-Dec-2020
    Subject:  Reviews of South Slope Kindergarten Options
    Comment:  My daughter went to Giocare 3 years ago. It's a small daycare with a Pre-K option. It was great. They went to playgrounds a lot, but no yard. The Pre-K was on an upper floor and was very well sunlit.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 05-Nov-2020
    Subject:  Giocare Playschool v. Prospect Kids Academy (Park Slope Location)
    Comment:  We were facing the same choice 3 years ago with our older kid and are so glad we chose Giocare!We have found an amazing community in Giocare and staff that are incredibly talented and caring. Our kid has thrived there and is now in their UPK program. One of the reasons he is thriving is that Giocare identified his sensory processing issues and guided us through the process of getting DOE services. I think we would have been lost without them.We considered PKA, but were put off by the many days off we would have had to take off from work for field trips and DOE holidays. Giocare has holiday camp on many holidays, so we don't need to worry about childcare on those days. Giocare also offers food, so we don't have to worry about that either.They are both great schools and you can't go wrong with either. But for us, Giocare won out and we are sending our now 18 month old there next year.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 24-Oct-2020
    Subject:  Daycare/PreSchool for my 2.5 year old?
    Comment:  Check out Giocare. My son went there for 3’s and pre-k, and camp and my daughter 2.5 is there now. They have hours from 7:45-6, they provide lunch and two snacks and might have part-time spots available. Giocare is amazing. The kids are outside for a large portion of the day, it’s very engaging and they have great communication with parents.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 16-Oct-2020
    Subject:  Preschool
    Comment:  Our daughter is at Giocare on 15th St at 5th Ave and we love it. She's in the Pre-K program and was there last year too. They've been doing a great job with the Covid upheaval both last year when they had to suddenly go remote and this year with new safety protocols. I don't know if they still have spots, but you can email Ellen at ellen@giocareplayschool.com We love the program and the teachers. They spend lots of time outside and go on field trips around the neighborhood. They have school day and full-day (until 6pm) options. And in normal times offer minicamps on holidays and school breaks including summer camp. As a huge bonus, they participate in UPK for the 4 year olds so you'll have priority to stay for next year.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 01-Oct-2020
    Subject:  UPK available at Giocare
    Comment:  I agree with all the positive sentiments for Giocare. My daughter went there for several years including UPK and the summer camp they just had. Can’t recommend them enough.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 01-Oct-2020
    Subject:  UPK available at Giocare
    Comment:  If anyone is looking for a PreK progarm, Giocare may be the one of the best places on earth. Both of my kids went there, and they've been amazing in any circumstances, but my youngest was in PreK this past year, and they certainly stand out in terms of their ability to navigate the wellbeing of the children in their programs as well as their staff, and the greater community. My kids reference something from their Giocare days regularly. I highly recommend it -- the director Ellen is a very special person, who has cultivated a unique place.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 01-Oct-2020
    Subject:  UPK available at Giocare
    Comment:  My daughter went to Giocare for UPK and they were wonderful!
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 28-Sep-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  Age of child: 6Comment: This was our child's 3rd year at Giocare Camp. It was a different year because of the Covid restrictions, and they couldn't do the usual day trips and pool trips. But the wonderful staff made it nurturing and fun, while having the highest safety standards (all campers and teachers wore masks). Our child absolutely loved camp and was sad to leave. He learned and grew a lot, and had so much fun with friends and teachers. We also got photos during the day, which was so cool.What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? I would have a longer day by at least an hour (it was a shortened day in Summer 2020).Anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it you'd like to add? Handled very well, which we attribute to the excellent director and teachers who truly cared about safety.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 28-Sep-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  Age of child: 4Comment: It was awesome. They did an incredible job during COVID 19 of creating a safe, fun, active camp where my child truly learned and grew, physically, mentally, and emotionally. I am heartbroken that she cannot attend camp all year long and we will be back next year!!Anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it you'd like to add? Great job-masks. Almost all outdoor, but centered relationships and play. 8 weeks of camp and 0 sicknesses or shutdowns.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 28-Sep-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  Age of child: 4Comment: They always prioritize outdoor play, especially in the summer, and doubly so this year with COVID. They did a great job of keeping the groups separate, washing hands, etc, while still having a great time.What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? I wish they could have offered a full day program like they do in non-COVID times.Anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it you'd like to add? They did a really good job of communicating with the parents throughout the end of the school year and then summer camp. It was hard for everyone, but we are so happy we've been at Giocare throughout this.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 28-Sep-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  Age of child: 4Comment: Very well run, almost all outside, small groupsWhat would you change about the program, if anything, and why? We wish it had an after camp or longer day option but they really tried to keep the kids outside so that would have hard. It also started really early (8am!)Anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it you'd like to add? They were very organized, had contactless drop off and pick up, and kept kids outside and in small groups that were kept separate to minimize contact.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 28-Sep-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  Age of child: 4.5Comment: 95% of the time was spent outdoors which we liked. My child complained sometimes about how much he had to walk since they went all the way back to school to pick up lunch and the back out again.What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Maybe Stay outside all day instead of going back to school.Anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it you'd like to add? They did a great job with taking precautions. All kids and staff wore masks full time. No one got sick.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 27-Sep-2020
    Subject:  Daycare or school that requires masks?
    Comment:  Without a doubt, I would recommend Giocare. The kids wear masks all day (except eating) and are outside and actively engaged all day long. The communication between teachers and parents is excellent.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 06-Sep-2020
    Subject:  in person child care centers/schools for full time...
    Comment:  I’ll add to Giocare having spots we’re enrolled full time for 3s, we did 2s last year and absolutely love the program!
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 26-Jan-2020
    Subject:  2019-2020 Year Review
    Comment:  We absolutely LOVE Giocare. Our son is in the 2s program and it has been fantastic for him - he's learning and having a ton of fun. The structure is great and the combination of activities - art, yoga, out to the playground and checking out stores in the neighborhood - have made for a fun but also enriching experience. Director and staff are also all great and really flexible. The program provides early drop off and extended day until 6 pm as well as coverage for holidays which has been a huge plus for us. Highly recommend! … About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals …
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 26-Jan-2020
    Subject:  2019-2020 Year Review
    Comment:  I can't express my appreciation for Ellen, Jessica and all of the Giocare staff enough. They have created something really special for children and their families. It's small enough that all staff know all the children, and children benefit from having the same teachers for several years as well as working with specialized instructors (art, music, sports). They really understand providing quality childcare from a developmental perspective and take pride in understanding each child's strengths and vulnerabilities. The emphasis on play-based learning and plenty of outdoor time --which includes playgrounds and exploring the neighborhood stores and services -- is remarkable. Staff still ask specific questions about my older child who completed PreK two years ago! … About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals … What would you change? Nothing.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 26-Jan-2020
    Subject:  2019-2020 Year Review
    Comment:  Our son started at Giocare at age 3 after being cared for only by parents and close family. He walked in the first day, said goodbye to mom and dad, and never looked back. He loves his teachers and his friends and the art teacher. He loves going to the playground each day and eats the entire lunch and fruits and vegetables provided. He naps over an hour along with all the other 3's. They have afterschool, early drop off, holiday camps. They are flexible and accommodating. There are monthly gatherings for parents. They even organize information sessions on local kindergartens with alumni parents. Can't say enough great things about the administration and the teachers. … About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals … What would you change? Would add Spanish
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 26-Jan-2020
    Subject:  2019-2020 Year Review
    Comment:  We are having a wonderful year in the 3's program at Giocare. The teachers are wonderful and they have created a great space for the kids. The administrators are dedicated to knowing what they can do to serve their families. They provide all meals and there are camp sessions during most school holidays. They take the kids out to the playground twice a day (for those that stay for after school) which is important to us. We are very happy there. … About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, Prioritizes outdoor play …
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 17-Jan-2020
    Subject:  Preschool or a second year at daycare?
    Comment:  We ended up getting a spot in the 2’s program at Giocare Playschool in South Slope and have been very happy there. It’s play-based, so it only feels a bit more structured than the daycare he was in (Honeydew, which is right next door and where our younger son is now) and they still provide lunch and a snack. Also they have holiday camp available most of the days that kids have off on the academic calendar and also offer summer camp. I feel like the majority of daycares offer similar enrichment activities to what preschools offer anyway, so I wouldn’t worry much about your child not getting the benefit of a more rigorous curriculum. My son’s daycare had art, Spanish, music and movement teachers who visited throughout the week and most importantly he was learning social skills from being around other kids and interacting with other adults. As long as you trust the caregivers, they show affection to your child And he is happy where he is, I think most of the differences are a matter of convenience to be honest. Maybe the differences are more noticeable in the 3’s program, but for a 2 year old I wouldn’t worry about it too much.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 03-Dec-2019
    Subject:  Preschool recommendations for almost 2s?
    Comment:  I don't know the exact rules and dates, but our preschool, Giocare Playschool, does allow children to start after they turn 2, even if it's after the start of the school year. I am not entirely certain, but I do believe that children with December birthdays joined my son's 2s class after their birthdays.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 25-Oct-2019
    Subject:  2's Programs South Slope
    Comment:  I love Giocare! Our kid has been there since last year and is now in the 3s class. The kids learn through play and he is always so happy at the end of every day. They send a lot of pictures, so I can see that he loves yoga class and building towers with friends. We had some behavioral issues in his second month and I was really happy with the way they handled them. They discovered that sensory play helped him calm his big emotions and he’s been doing really well since then. They foster independence, but also provide affection when he needs it. He loves his teachers and friends and says so every day.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 10-Jul-2019
    Subject:  Feedback on Giocare's Summer program?
    Comment:  My oldest attends Giocare Pre-K currently and attended (and will attend again) the summer program. We really enjoy it there and as a 3.5 yr old she will have a blast! Everyday has a fun program of some kind and each week is different. The hours are excellent as it provides full day coverage (early drop off and late-6pm pick up) and lunch and snacks are covered! I can't be certain, but i'm pretty sure your child will be swimming once a week and they have excellent swim safety with an aquatics director and ample swimming supervision. The counsellors are typically all of the staff from the school year (ie: education professionals).
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 10-Jul-2019
    Subject:  Feedback on Giocare's Summer program?
    Comment:  My older son went to Giocare summer camp last year, at age 4. We liked the program a lot! He got a lot of exposure to swimming with twice-weekly pool visits, they literally went ALL over the city (Natural History Museum, Coney Island, bowling and more). They send you a bunch of photos and a daily wrap up, which was A. Lot. Of. Info. We got along well with the teachers and camp directors.The only drawback was that I was hoping my son would be able to attend minicamps there once school started again, which they alluded he would be able to. But then they never let me enroll him him because their minicamps were always full with current students. For that reason, my son (who is now 5 and in kindergarten) will be going to Park Slope Day Camp this summer.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 12-Apr-2019
    Subject:  Experience with Giocare?
    Comment:  Our son is in the UPK program at Giocare. He has been at the school since he was 2–full-time, 5 days a week. We love it. The teachers are super responsive. The kids go outside twice a day. And the teachers pick up on kids’ interests and incorporate them into the class. Kids with special needs are seamlessly integrated into the class and the teachers foster an inclusive environment for all.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 22-Jan-2019
    Subject:  camps for rising Kindergarteners?
    Comment:  We did Giocare day camp last summer and it was great! Consistent teachers, full day options available (8am-6pm I believe) weekly field trip all over Brooklyn and some Manhattan (taking bus and subway), swimming weekly (as a kindergartener+ you go twice a week), twice a day outdoor time to sprinkler parks and playgrounds, lunch and snacks included (!!!!), available literally every week of the summer! It’s a working parent dream in my opinion!
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 17-Dec-2018
    Subject:  ISO: 2's Program Recc's in Park Slope
    Comment:  We love Giocare for 2s and 3s program and hope to stay next year for UPK. The facility doesn't have it's own outdoor space but they walk the kiddos to the playground twice a day. On days that it's too yucky to play outside, they take walks to the grocery store or pet store or subway station. They do serve hot lunch via Red Rabbit catering and they provide fruits and veggies in the morning and afternoon for snack.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 17-Dec-2018
    Subject:  Looking for 3s & PreK program with PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
    Comment:  Giocare preschool! They have once a day outdoor activity at a local playground and then again in the after school program all year round .They also have an excellent "Sports and Games" teacher who works with the 2s, 3s and preK classes once a week.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 03-Dec-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Our child loved being able to connect to the community over time up through PreK as it’s a small school. They are always out in the neighborhood experiencing interacting with local business owners and community helpers. They go to area playgrounds each day, and twice a day if in aftercare. My child has become confident, engaged, and more resilient while at Giocare. The PreK program is inquiry based and play based while also providing new skills within communication, literacy and numeracy domains. Teachers are committed to their work and the community. They are supported professionally and have opportunities to work collaboratively. There is very little teacher turnover. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change? Giocare is limited by space. They are planning an expansion this year. Initially I thought having on-site outdoor space was a major check list item, but I’d actually prefer they are out and traveling to neighborhood playgrounds. It has allowed for much more skill building that’s inherent in becoming a little person out in the world. I believe they get more physical activity than they would at a small yard attached to a facility.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 22-Oct-2018
    Subject:  2018 Summer Camp Reviews
    Comment:  Age of child: 2.5 yo Summer 2018 Review: The schedule and activities were pretty great. Really nice outings and trips to playgrounds, parks, etc. The inside space was ok, but in a basement. Some staff were great, some seemed more plugged in than others. They were really flexible with scheduling as well.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 22-Oct-2018
    Subject:  2018 Summer Camp Reviews
    Comment:  Age of child: 3.5 years old Summer 2018 Review: Loved the field trips—Prospect Park Zoo, Transit Museum, Bakery and weekly art in the park, running in the playground. Counselors were fantastic and communicative with us.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 29-Aug-2018
    Subject:  2018 Summer Camp Reviews
    Comment:  Summer 2018 Review: Each age group is split for their appropriate development and abilities. Each week has a theme but each day of the week is the same-Monday is Sports and Games, Tuesday is art, Wednesday is swimming, Thursday is field trip and Friday is sprinklers. Camp starts at 8:30 (I believe they also provide early drop off 7:45/8) and offers extended care to 6pm. Kids in the 3/4yr old group go outside twice a day, snacks and lunch are served! The staff are enthusiastic, well trained and return year after year. They are also the teachers who provide care and education throughout the year. Age of child: 4
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    On 26-Jun-2018
    Subject:  2018 Birthday Party Review
    Comment:  We used the Giocare Playspot for our daughter’s 4th bday party. We had 16 kids from 1-5 years old and all had a blast! Giocare allows you to use all their toys, their coloring supplies and their kitchen space and tables (there are many other perks too). If the weather is good, you can use their small outdoor space. It was perfect for us! Two bathrooms, change table, stroller parking (and street parking), very low key management, but very responsive and a great price! Hidden gem of a location!
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    On 10-May-2018
    Subject:  2018 Review
    Comment:  Our almost 4-year-old is at giocare full-time and in the afterschool program. He loves it. They go to the playground, have center time, read, art, etc. The teachers know the kids well and create a loving environment.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 10-May-2018
    Subject:  2018 Review
    Comment:  Our daughter is currently in the 3’s program and we love Giocare. I highly recommend them. They go out every afternoon to play, they read, participate in art, play in different centers/table activities and games. There isn’t much communication at hand off, unless something noteworthy occurs (ie: accident). The teachers are kind, safe and engaged.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Our son is shy in social settings, so transitioning to school was hard. The teachers and administration were great about working with us to make it as easy as possible. On days where drop off had tears, we had pictures of him happy and participating within 5 minutes. We get great daily updates with pictures about his day. He loves art and the fun tools and projects they work on. Despite only going part time, we feel included in the school community. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, No private outdoor space, but they go on walks and/or to the park every day.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  My child loves the books, the art classes with Ms. Kate, the teachers and the frequent visits to the park. She has bonded with her teachers and with her classmates and that is lovely to see. I am also very pleased with the way the teachers interact with the children and teach them to understand how they feel and react to different situations and to interact with each other. My child sometimes has strong reactions to things and the teachers do a great job helping her name her feelings, think about why she might be feeling that way and how to feel better. The best part about Giocare is the director, Ellen. She is warm, friendly and flexible- willing to chat about how my child is doing and what I can do to help with her development. I love that she is smart and focused on providing care for all children, and willing to discuss any difficulties we might be having. She is also very responsible and keeps parents well-informed, partly because she is a mom herself. Another fantastic thing about Giocare are the frequent opportunities for one-on-one interactions that parents have with the teachers. I feel that they are taking very good care of my child and that she is learning many critical skills such as language, emotional regulation and socialization. Importantly, she is also very happy at Giocare; she almost always comes home in a vibrant, happy mood with lots of things to share about her day. If you are concerned about the many days off in the department of education school year, which Giocare does follow, know that they run an affordable Holiday camp most days off- great for working parents without family nearby. And lastly, if you're a super attached mama that wants to know how your child is doing throughout the day, Giocare offers parents pictures of the day. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, Takes children to the park weather permitting, sometimes twice a day. What would you change? A bigger space would be nice, but they go to the park so frequently, it's not a big deal.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  We are completing our last year at Giocare as our daughter will be going to kindergarten in the fall. We can’t say enough good things about Giocare! The teachers have been wonderful and really helped our child develop a love of learning. Giocare has been a motivating and engaging learning experience for our daughter and we will truly miss our Giocare family! We are grateful that our daughter can continue summer camp at Giocare. It’s a really special place that fosters learning in a truly child-centered way. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, Students walk to a nearby park at least once a day. What would you change? Nothing! The teachers and staff have been responsive and we know they care deeply about our daughter.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Teachers provide an engaging, play-based learning environment that is very welcoming. Our daughter truly loves going to Giocare each day to see her friends and teachers! The director, assistant director, and teachers are all so supportive of the children and are committed to their positive growth and development. They are also highly communicative about each child's progress (e.g., through daily activity summaries, weekly newsletters, and parent-teacher conferences), as well as about routine events and schedules. Highly recommended! About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, Flexible scheduling, including availability of optional camps during many DOE-scheduled breaks.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Robust playschool with abundant resources to be flexible whatever childcare needs we have. We love the teachers, we love the attitude of the management in always being ready and able to help us with the unpredictable nature of having small kids. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  I was very impressed with the progress my child made during his time at Giocare on every level, educational (especially writing), emotional and physical. He enjoys going to school and talks about his experience. The program is run very professionally and the teachers and principals are very knowledgeable, open/flexible and kind. It’s been an all around great experience for both the child and his parents.About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals.
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