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    [CLOSED] ILENE'S SUNFLOWER CHILD CARE (WINDSOR TERRACE)
    Street:
    10th Avenue between 17th and 18th Streets & Greenwood Avenue
    Phone:
    718 488-8562
    Neighborhood:
    Windsor Terrace
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    Ilene Lieberman, Director, 718-488-8562

    Description:

    ge range of kids

    2 months to 3 years

    Current age range is 3 months to 1 year

     

    Number of kids (kids per class)

    Eventually will have up to 15 children

     

    Number of adults

    Currently 2 adults. Will add more with additional children

     

    Schedule/minimum # of days

    15 hours minimum

     

    Yes. Open 7:45 am and closes 6 pm. You agree on a minimum number of hours and a general schedule, but there is flexibility in the particular hours and days. They need advance notice of schedule changes in order to have appropriate staffing.

     

    Registration Requirements/Dates (if applicable)

    NONE - ROLLING REGISTRATION DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY

    Review and Rating

    Reviewed by
    On 01-Aug-2015
    Subject:   Review Submitted via 2014-2015 Daycare/Preschool Survey
    Comment:  Program: 2-3 year olds Length of time: Full time Child’s Age: 2-3 years3-4 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: There are two main teachers who we quite like, and then several additional helpers. I do not believe they have much specialization or early education training. The preschool is play-based with some structured activities like yoga, circle time, art projects, outings to the playground, etc. We were told the school only used "positive discipline" (meaning stickers and other rewards to reinforce positive behavior), but later came to understand that they also use negative discipline (they call it "thinking time," which is no different from a time-out). Feedback from the teachers has been mixed: we ask every day what he ate and whether he napped, and maybe they'll give us a few other details, but there's no formal feedback or discussion of progress. We were also told the school would help us with potty-training, but we feel they've actually hindered his progress. The school relies on lots of processed foods for the kids. They bill it as healthy, organic, and bought from Trader Joe's, but it's still a lot of frozen fatty and salty food that we don't eat at home. Basically, our kid is happy and has made friends, which is the most important thing, but we feel we were oversold on what the school offers and the experience he would have there.Would you recommend? Recommend with reservationsWould you send your child again? Probably not
    Reviewed by
    On 20-Jul-2015
    Subject:  Review Submitted via 2014-2015 Daycare/Preschool Survey
    Comment:  Length of time: Full time Child’s Age: 1-2 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: The facility is fine, but the real benefit is the caregivers. Every single one is very patient, loving, and gives great care to the kids. This is true for the women who care for the babies upstairs as well as the ladies who care for the toddlers.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: daycare Length of Time: part-timeReview: My child started part-time daycare around 8 months and her transition was pretty rough for her. We ended up doing 3 weeks of transition because she wouldn't eat or take a bottle, and even after that she cried a lot, often refused food, didn't want to nap, etc. The caretakers were extremely patient and supportive. There is enough staff that she could get one-on-one attention and be held when she was upset or not napping with the group. It took a few months but now she loves going and loves her caretakers. There is a nice outdoor space for the kids to play, she loves the food, and the group of little kids (18 months and under are together at this location) is small enough that they can tailor care to the kids' individual needs. I'd definitely recommend this daycare. My only negative feedback was that at first I wasn't sure how anything worked and though there is a packet of literature and policies you get at the beginning, I wish that I had been told, as a first time parent, more specifically what things I needed to send, how they should be labeled, how payment worked, etc. Not a big deal at all, just a little confusion on my end at the outset.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: Length of time: Full Day Child's age: 1-2 yearsReview: Overall, we like Ilene's Sunflower. The care givers all seem knowledgeable and we like some better than others (personality-wise). The programs are fun for our daughter with music classes on Fridays, circle time and a nice backyard for the kids to run around during nice weather - they typically go out twice a day. The transition was very difficult for us but all of the caregivers were empathic and comforting. The food could be better. Too often the kids seem to have chicken nuggets and French fries for lunch.Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Recommend
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 04-Feb-2010
    Subject:  2009 Day Care/ Preschool Review
    Comment:  Â—What year(s) does your review cover? 2008-2009 (the year just ending) only—How old is/was your child(ren) when they attended the preschool/daycare/playgroup? < 1 year—Review of experience? I've been very happy with Sunflower - the caregivers, particularly Tiffany and Evaline - are very responsive and sweet with our almost 6 mo old daughter who started when she was just about 4 mo. She seems to adore them, and did not have any problems with the transition (unlike her mother!). They've also been very patient and responsive regarding any questions, concerns, schedule changes that we've had. It's a very unstructured environment, and they've just recently started keeping the babies and toddlers in separate but adjoining houses - which I like - because it was a little hectic and noisy with both age groups lumped together. Our daughter seems to have thrived since starting - I've seen no developmental issues or slow downs. In fact, I think she's actually progressed faster in the company of other babies her own age. She's also very social They seem busy, yet attentive - and if, like us, you have to put your child in a daycare situation - I recommend them.—Would you recommend this daycare/preschool/playgroup to other parents for their children? Highly recommend—Piece of advice? You have to go with your gut instinct.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 04-Feb-2010
    Subject:  2009 Day Care/ Preschool Review
    Comment:  Â—What year(s) does your review cover? 2008-2009 (the year just ending) only—How old is/was your child(ren) when they attended the preschool/daycare/playgroup? < 1 year; 1-2 years—Review of experience? With an easygoing and efficient group of caregivers, Sunflower is a favorite in our household. Incredibly patient, fun, flexible and attentive with our daughter—constantly teaching her new things, and responding to her needs.—Would you recommend? Highly recommend—Piece of advice? Feel a connection with the people taking care of your child.