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    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 25-Jul-2019
    Subject:  Sunflower child care on Washington
    Comment:  I have a son in Sunflower on Washington and we are extremely happy with the care he's gotten there. He's 17 months, and has been there since he was six months.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 26-Feb-2019
    Subject:  Sunflower Playhouse infant care
    Comment:  Our son is in the infant room at Sunflower on Washington now and has been since he was just about 4 months (he's 7 months now). We've had a fantastic experience. They do use the bouncers and exersaucers for the little ones, especially when they're feeding the bigger ones, but he's also getting plenty of tummy time and the chance to hang out on the floor. This often happens in the afternoon, from what I've seen. He's really thriving there and I was in your same boat of worried about leaving him anywhere, but we are very happy with our choice
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 26-Feb-2019
    Subject:  Sunflower Playhouse infant care
    Comment:  We've been sending our now 15-month-old to Sunflower on Washington since he was six-months old (and in the little baby room) and we've been super happy with our experience there. We've seen him develop tons of new skills and totally thrive there thanks to their help, and we love the caregivers.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 23-Nov-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Roxanne and Melissa are great, and they have very caring staff in all classes. My kids were loved and taken care of well. I really liked the outdoor space — they take the kids out whenever weather permits. And the schedule of activities is great. Staff were communicative if there were any issues and gave us updates at the end of the day, and management was pretty accommodating of several changes. And most importantly, both my kids enjoy going there! About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has early morning hours What would you change? Nothing
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 16-Nov-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  My child absolutely loves going to Sunflower. The caretakers are loving, caring, and so thoughtful. Staff turnover is very low, which I also appreciate. My child has a huge smile on his face every day when we arrive, and I know he's learning things (like how to use his sippy cup and use walker toys!) every day. I love that the facility is always spotless, and that there's an outdoor space for the kids to play in, even when they're little. The staff communicates really well with us about any concerns they have or issues that come up and they listen carefully when we have concerns or questions. I truly could not be happier with Sunflower. Plus, they have someone come in once a week to give the little kids music class, and there's an art teacher for the preschool kids. I LOVE this, and it's such a valuable experience for them. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Provides snacks; provides weekly music class What would you change? I would love if they provided lunch, but that's mostly because I hate cooking myself.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  The staff are caring and very communicative. The space is always spotless and they regularly spend time outdoors when the weather is nice. My children have learned so much and are very happy there. About the facility: Has outdoor space.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 16-Jul-2017
    Subject:  Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Type: DaycareAbout the facility: Has outdoor space, Has early morning hoursReview: Safe and loving environment. My daughter loved that everyday there was a different enrichment class - martial arts, art, dance laugh and learn, animal experience. The lead instructor Ms. Iman is fabulous. There is an outdoor space. The 2 classrooms are located inside a church but the space is separate and very secure.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 16-Jul-2017
    Subject:   Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Type: DaycareAbout the facility: Has outdoor spaceReview: My 4 year old daughter has been there since she was 2, and my 20 month old son since he was 4 months old. It is one of the only daycares in the neighborhood that accepts infants, which is why we chose it. We have been very happy with it overall. The teachers are all very nice and caring, and the kids love them. Unfortunately, several great teachers left in the past few months and are dearly missed by my daughter. They have a great art teacher and make lots of art projects. They also have music class once a week, martial arts, critters, Spanish initiation, etc. The older kids (2 and older) rarely go on field trips (usually the Brooklyn Museum and the local fire station) but I know they are trying to make these happen on a more regular basis. The smaller kids never go on field trips but are taken outside to the courtyard if the weather allows it.What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? A few things I would change:- No music during nap times! I know it's a small space but why not using a soothing noise machine instead?- It would be great if changes in staff and other things would be communicated to parents on a regular basis, and by email! This is a common complaint within the Sunflower parents community.- Field trips to Brooklyn Botanic Garden would be nice. They are so close to the BBG, it's a shame they're not taking advantage of it.- Snacks: healthier options should be offered to the older kids.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 31-Jul-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Daycare/Preschool 2016 Survey
    Comment:  Program: Infant Care and Pre-K for a 2.5 yr old. Age: < 1 year2-3 years Review: All the teachers are loving and kind. Although, they may be stretched at times and not sure they are given enough support from the administrator of the facility, who I rarely see. Although she is the one, I correspond with if there are any issues or concerns. In thinking about the philosophy of daycare, not sure they have a defined one. They offer both infant care and pre-k schooling in same space, which works for my 2 kids, very few facilities can accommodate 2 children in same location. And my kids love being able to see eatch other even though they are in distinct spaces. The less than 2 yr olds are in the back room and the 2-5 are in the front. The facility is large, so feels like there is a lot going on, but have structure days and outside teachers who come in to do music, dance, and karate, which is really nice. There is really no structured time for feedback on child's progress, it's ad hoc as you pick them up. I take the time and talk to all the teacher and am proactive in finding out what happened that day. I do wish there a more formalized time to chat every 6 months or so.
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    On 01-Aug-2015
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2014-2015 daycare/preschool survey
    Comment:  Program: DaycareLength of time: 3 days a weekChild’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: I have been sending my child to part time daycare at Sunflower for the past three months, and my experience has been wonderful. The teachers are so sweet, honest, organized and informative. They were so helpful during the transition phase, and the director is very responsive to requests. Highly recommend this daycare to any parent looking for structure in a loving environment.Would you recommend? Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
    Reviewed by 2014Reviews
    On 18-Nov-2014
    Subject:  2014 Daycare/Preschool PSP review
    Comment:  Length of Time: 5 days a week, 8-1 Child's Age: 3-4 years4-5 years Review: Sunflower Playhouse is a very warm and nurturing environment. There are two classrooms -- one for 2-3 year olds and one for 3-4 year olds. They used to have 5 year olds, but with the UPK program, it appears that they've lost the older kids. The facilities are great - 2 large, bright rooms, well equipped with toys, art supplies and books. They offer enrichment in the form of music and movement class. Art is offered every day. The administration is extremely flexible -- they have rolling admission and their cancellation policies are very fair -- a real standout in this neighborhood. It is also very reasonably priced. My sense in touring the schools in the area was that it is comparable to other well known preschools, but cheaper and more flexible. They are very supportive in the transition period. The approach is very warm and cuddly. The teachers are always happy to chat at dropoff and pickup about the child's day/progress. Once or twice a year there's a more formal meeting with the teacher to go over the child's progress. I should note that this is the second child that I am sending to Sunflower, and I know of at least 2 others who have sent siblings there. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
    Reviewed by 2014Reviews
    On 18-Nov-2014
    Subject:  2014 Daycare/Preschool PSP review
    Comment:  Program: Washington Ave (Prospect Heights) Length of Time: Full days, 5x/week Child's Age: Review: This review is for the infant daycare program, which just opened in summer 2014. My child has been attending for 3 months. Leaving a baby for 50 hours a week in the hands of strangers is no small decision, and so this is why I feel comfortable and happy this decision: --Great physical space! I looked at other daycares in the neighborhood and they were all on the bottom floors of brownstones or apartment buildings so they were dark and kind of crowded-feeling. This location is in a storefront with high ceilings, lots of light, and a backyard that they use as much as possible. The teachers keep it spotless. --Caring teachers. They are sweet to our baby and open to feedback if we want them to do things differently. They follow babies' cues. vs. a set nap schedule in the first year. There are only a few other babies so she gets good one on one attention when she needs it. --Community. This is probably more of a commentary on daycare vs. nanny, but I like that she has a "place" to go to every day and is with other babies and older kids during the day (the toddlers are very sweet with the babies). The only "issue' I have had is with the way they put the babies to sleep -- they rock them completely asleep or put them in bouncers to fall asleep which goes against every sleep-training philosophy I've heard. However, it doesn't seem to be affecting her sleep at home, so I have made peace with this aspect.. you can't exactly cry it out when you have other babies you're trying to get to sleep! Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
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    On 04-Oct-2014
    Subject:  Review of Sunflower Playhouse, Washington Ave.
    Comment:  I visited a couple of daycare centers in Brooklyn but this particular location really impressed me. Unlike many daycares that are located on the bottom floors of brownstones, this location is in a storefront and is very large, with high ceilings and a bright, cheerful feeling. Everything is spotless. There is a backyard where they take the kids almost every day. The caregivers are caring, efficient, and responsive to feedback. My 6-month old daughter has been going to Sunflower fulltime for two months and seems pretty happy there. This is really a hidden gem!