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    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 18-Jun-2019
    Subject:  ISO: Daycare recc for 5 month old
    Comment:  If you're in the South Slope, we loved Daisy Family Day Care! They took great care of our little guy starting around the same age. Pretty soon, they felt like an extension of our family.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 01-May-2019
    Subject:  Small daycare options near S. Slope?
    Comment:  my son goes to Daisys daycare on 14th and 5th and we have been super happy there. It’s a home daycare with a family feel, and reasonably priced. He is well taken care of (LOVED!) and they have an older kids (1+) location on 15th and 4th. Happy to chat more!
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 20-Jan-2019
    Subject:  daycare options
    Comment:  My son is at Daisy Daycare on 16th near 4th, and I can't speak highly enough of them. They are super flexible with schedules. They also take the time to solicit feedback from parents and work to incorporate that feedback into how they do things. They helped to potty train my son at their toddler location. When he was in diapers, they had no issues using the cloth diapers we sent. I haven't had any experience with other daycares but I've heard that potty training and diapering are both sort of rare in Brooklyn. The caretakers really do care. They're happy to tell us how our son is doing at the end of the day, they provide photos and a report at the end of the day of all the activities they've done. I could go on and on. The folks there are like extended family to us now. They have a few locations, all near South Slope/15th St and 4th area, depending on the child's age.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 18-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  My son has been with Daisy since he was 3 months old, first in the infant location on 14th Street, and now at the toddler location on 16th Street. Konstantine and Ruso run the operations and are main points of contact for parents. They were very welcoming and patient with all my new parent questions. I had my misgivings and worries about miscommunication with the caregivers when we first started with the infant location (who doesn’t worry when leaving a 3 month old with people you barely know!), but I always felt like my son was loved and well cared for there, which is what really matters when sending a tiny baby to daycare. Marina leads the team at 14th. She doesn’t speak much English, but she is wonderful, and the rest of the staff all speak English (some better than others, but there’s always someone there to interpret questions as needed). There’s a nice backyard, so the kids get outdoor time every day, and meals are provided from 1 year on. Before that, we sent in yogurt, fruit, etc. To keep my life simpler, I didn’t try to get them on board with the baby-led weaning we did at home instead of purees; I just sent foods he was able to eat - especially yogurt - and all was fine. :) My son had trouble sleeping long stretches there until he was about a year old, but that was definitely more him than them. They tried. They track sleep, bottles, and diaper changes throughout the day up until age 1. They were one of the only places around that seemed willing to deal with cloth diapers, which I really appreciated. (Some of that communication wasn't perfect; they preferred pocket or all-in-one style diapers but hadn’t told me that ahead of time. I had multiple types so I switched to what they liked, but they did work with a friend to learn how to use her diapers even though it wasn’t a kind they wanted.) They send photos during the day. I always wished they would send more, but I didn’t ask them to; they probably would have if I’d requested it. They even do very sweet 1-year birthday and holiday celebrations. Overall, the team was great and very willing to comply with my requests, although I did try to defer to their good judgment unless I felt very strongly about something. He always seemed happy there, so I worried less the longer he was there. In the end, I found myself very sad about moving him away from that team to the toddler location on 16th Street when he was a little over 18 months old.The transition to the toddler center was great though. Marina and some of the infant caregivers spent time at the toddler location with him to ease him into it. They were even able to keep our son’s favorite infant caregiver with him for full days at the toddler center in the beginning, which made me (and hopefully my son!) feel much better about the change. The transition ended up being pretty seamless. They have some programming and arts and crafts for the kids, but most of the time is free play, which is great. The caregivers all seem patient and happy to be there, happy to see the kids every day, and my son is happy to see them. I like that he spends his days with toddlers both his age and also a little older. The space is a little small for a bunch of toddlers, but it works and the staff manages it well. I think the backyard is not as nice as the infant location’s, but the toddlers seem happy with it, and most importantly they get outdoor time every day without having to leave the site. The toddler location also provides breakfast, lunch, and snack, and they send photos too. Both locations are 8am-6pm, but I believe they’re willing to do earlier or later hours too (at least for the infants I know they had offered that), and they close for federal holidays but are open when most preschools/public schools are closed. They are pretty flexible in general, and are also understanding about things like subway delays that make parents late for pickup on occasion. They also host an annual weekend party (for both locations combined) so that parents can meet each other, which I loved and thought was a good signal of how much they care. My son is almost 2 now. He loves the team at Daisy, and we certainly plan to keep him there for at least another year, if not longer. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change? I wish I could know everything happening throughout the day, but that’s not realistic, so likely not even worth mentioning! I would make all the spaces at the toddler location just a little bit bigger than they are now (especially the parent pickup/dropoff entryway, which can be hard to navigate at peak times!), but it honestly doesn’t seem to matter to the kids and caregivers. I’d also fix up the stairs that lead into the toddler location; they are structurally fine but the design makes me a little bit nervous in winter, especially because we carried our son in a carrier until recently. They also don’t use apps to update parents about daily activities (they just use pen and paper), but again, I never actually raised this with them, so they might be open to it if parents asked for it. Finally, some daycares organize parent-teacher meetings for each child. I don’t think Daisy does that in a formal way, but I’d enjoy that opportunity to learn more about how they see his overall development, personality, etc., without having to ask for a special meeting about it (which I imagine they would be happy to accommodate).
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Excellent and well trained teachers, caring and communicative staff from the top down, lots of reading and arts and crafts, a great backyard, and good home cooked food were all huge pluses for Daisy's. About the facility: Has outdoor space, 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:  Both our children are extremely happy every day. There is never a tear shed at drop-off, although our oldest has sometimes shown resistance to leaving at the end of the day! All of the caretakers are immensely loving and nurturing. This was, hands down, the most important quality for us. For over 3 years now, they have always been limitlessly patient, extremely knowledgeable about babies and toddlers but also very intuitive about what is unique about each child. The environment is always spotless and colorful and vibrant. Whenever weather permits, the children play in the backyard. The food is always healthy, and our children eat very well each day. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change? Not a thing
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 01-Sep-2017
    Subject:  Review for Daisy Family Daycare
    Comment:  My daughter began going to Daisy Family Daycare at the age of 3 months. I quickly felt at ease when I saw how quickly she transitioned, due in large part to the experienced, attentive, and loving caregivers. They kept track of her feeding times in the earliest months, and always provided feedback on how she ate and napped. Over the course of her time there, 16 months in total, I saw her progress in many ways. She developed a wonderful personality, and really seems to have benefited from the social interactions encouraged by all the caregivers. At about 16 months, they encouraged me to transition my daughter to the toddler space nearby, where she seemed to really flourish with the various themes and activities provided. She had her first painting experience, and came home with numerous arts and crafts she helped create. She went through some typical toddler phases, (not wanting to share, for example) and I've seen improvements in her behaviors thanks to the caregivers who've worked with her during these times. She now walks up to other little babies with enthusiasm and always wants to hug them! A huge perk has been the meals! They prepare breakfast and lunch, and provide milk and snacks after one year of age. I really can't say enough about the daycare, and would highly recommend the family of caregivers at Daisy's!
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 14-Aug-2017
    Subject:  Review for Daisy Family Day Care
    Comment:  My son started at the infant location of Daisy Daycare at 6 months old and we couldn't have been happier with our choice. I was immediately impressed by how kind and caring the owners and caretakers are. I always knew my son was in a safe and loving environment. I have an odd schedule as an independent contractor, and they were incredibly understanding and accommodating. When my son was an infant, they were flexible with his feeding and nap schedule until he developed a routine, and now he still eats and sleeps very well at school at almost 2. I love that the daycare provides food and milk over 1 year old. It's been a huge time saver for my husband and I. The toddler location has excellent activities and programing with a "theme" each month like vehicles, plants, or animals. My now-two year old is talking very well and has great motor skills and I attribute so much of that to the care he receives at Daisy. I would strongly recommend this daycare!
    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, Provides mealsReview: The caretakers at Daisy Day Care were endlessly loving and caring toward our son. We started at 3 months and were sad when he become old enough to transition to a toddler program. Our son always smiled when being dropped off and would give the caregivers hugs when being picked up. We could not have imagined a more loving and nurturing environment. We would definitely use Daisy again for infant care.What would you change about the program, if anything, and why?
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 09-Dec-2016
    Subject:  Daycare review
    Comment:  Our son attended Daisy Daycare from the age of 2 months to 21 months. We left only because we moved neighborhoods. We absolutely loved our time at Daisy Daycare and highly recommend them. They are warm and loving and really felt like a family for our son (which was important to us because we don't have family locally). We truly felt that they loved our son like their own child and many of the staff babysat for him on weekends. They were highly accommodating to our schedule and very responsive to questions/feedback. They provided nutritious meals and snacks that our son loved and they have wonderful outdoor spaces for play. We cannot say enough good things about Daisy Daycare. We really felt lucky to find them and we miss them terribly!
    Reviewed by
    On 22-Nov-2015
    Subject:  Review Submitted via Fall 2015 Daycare/Preschool Survey
    Comment:  PROGRAM: 224 14th St. TIME: Full Days, 5 days/week AGE: 1-2 years REVIEW: I love this daycare because the caregivers really love my son. There are two floors: one for infants (around 6) and one for toddlers (around 6). My son recently transitioned to the toddler floor, and he loves it. He's been going there since he was 11 weeks old and the ladies show him so much affection and attention. The toddlers have structured meals, playtime and activities, which is great because it helps him with routine. The teachers give us a rundown of how he was that day, but they don't hand back daily reports. It is a great daycare! WOULD YOU RECOMMEND? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend WOULD YOU DO IT AGAIN? Absolutely
    Reviewed by
    On 20-Nov-2014
    Subject:  review submission
    Comment:  Our son has been going to Daisy Day Care since he was 4 months old. He loves the workers, who blend attentiveness with a laid-back friendliness. The day care's space is cool, clean and inviting, with plenty of stimulation, including a backyard. The day care also has been flexible with us about hours -- our son goes part time. What cinches it for us is that he often starts to smile and laugh in anticipation of the drop-off, which is a more convincing endorsement than anything we could add here.
    Reviewed by 2014Reviews
    On 18-Nov-2014
    Subject:  2014 Daycare/Preschool PSP review
    Comment:   Program: Infant Care Length of Time: Full Time Child's Age: Review: The staff are very caring and loving with my infant child. It's a joy to see their and my son's face light up when I drop him off in the morning. The staff also appear very conscientious about making sure that he has everything needed to make his day go well. They aim to please the families, as well as facilitate a community environment. Recently they threw a weekend get-together, providing an opportunity for the families (past, present and future) to better know one another. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
    Reviewed by
    On 02-Nov-2014
    Subject:  Review: Daisy Family Daycare
    Comment:  My daughter has been with the wonderful caregivers at Daisy Family Daycare since she was 6 months old. Nino, Marina, Kate, and Yuko take such great care of her every single day. They plan fun activities for the kids like story time, songs, puzzles, etc. and feed them healthy meals (including the all important afternoon snack) so I always feel confident that she will come back to me well fed and happy. In the morning she is so excited to get there and spend time with her friends! And it seems like every day when I pick her up she has a new word - which I can definitely say I didn't teach her! There are a lot of daycares out there. I know we have found a very special place in Daisy and we feel very lucky to be there.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 17-Nov-2013
    Subject:  Review/recommendation: Daisy Family Daycare
    Comment:  I'd like to highly recommend Daisy Family Daycare, where my son has been lovingly cared for since he was 3 months old. Ruso, the owner of the daycare, used to work with and is related to the owners of Ladybug in Carroll Gardens and brings the same philosophy and standard of care. After visiting several daycares in the neighborhood, we toured Daisy, and the first thing that stood out to me was the warmth of the women providing care. The center feels calm and the environment is extremely nurturing - and I really feel like they love our baby. (One of the women almost snatches him out of my arms in the mornings!!) It goes without saying that they are trained, knowledgeable, etc. They're also really open to specific needs/requests - they had no problem using cloth diapers for our son, and were excited to learn about the solid foods we were providing so that they could offer the same. Daisy operates out of the ground floor of a newly renovated brownstone, with a beautiful backyard (with real grass!) which was really nice to see and pretty unique in the neighborhood. When the weather was nice, our son would be brought outside regularly to enjoy the sights and sounds. Daisy has not been open for long, so they still have plenty of room for new kids (as of this post). They also are very affordable relative to other places we visited. I really am thrilled with the choice we made and urge others to visit!