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    Ia's Learning Tree
    Street:
    274 14th St.
    City:
    Brooklyn
    State:
    NY
    Zip Code:
    11215
    Neighborhood:
    Park Slope

    Review and Rating

    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 13-Sep-2019
    Subject:  Review from the 2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool Survey
    Comment:  My daughter has been attending since 2 months old and is now 15 months. They are so wonderful, kind, caring, and compassionate. My daughter has severe food allergies and they are extremely accommodating. They text us multiple photos and videos each day. DETAILS: Has outdoor space, Provides meals What you would change: I would like hours to begin before 8.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 10-Jul-2019
    Subject:  Daycare in Windsor Terrace
    Comment:  My 9 month old has been going to Ia’s for about 2 months now and we really like it so far.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 10-Jul-2019
    Subject:  Daycare in Windsor Terrace
    Comment:  We have also gone to 2 of the Ia's Learning Tree locations, starting at 6 months old. I've toured the Windsor Terrace location and it seemed equally wonderful. Teona and Ia run the most loving program. I'm so glad our older son was able to be there and our little guy is starting in a few weeks.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 01-May-2019
    Subject:  Small daycare options near S. Slope?
    Comment:  My daughter goes to Ia's Learning Tree on 17th between 7th and 8th Ave. They are amazing. My daughter has been going there since she was 7 months old and she has learned so much in a short amount of time. They do baby yoga on Tuesdays and music class on Thursdays. They're very flexible so you may be able to work something out with them. It's actually not super convenient to us (we live in Windsor Terrace), but we make the trek every day because she has thrived so much in their care.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 01-May-2019
    Subject:  Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Ia's Learning Tree is a small home-based daycare with two other locations. There are not too many children, I'd say normally 8-12. They have a great adult-to-child ratio too, and everyone is very friendly and caring. We love to see how happy our son is both arriving in the morning and going home in the evening. Once he turned one, they provided meals, which he seems to eat (better than we fare at home). It's a cute space with a back yard, and separate sleeping area upstairs. It feels a lot homier than some of the other more 'structured' daycares where the children are grouped by ages in a single room. Email communication is very prompt with the daycare owner, who is happy to address any questions and concerns. They were also very flexible with full time vs part time care, as we gradually increased the number of days we attended. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Provides meals (On 23-Nov-2018)
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 23-Nov-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Ia’s is the best! About the facility: Has outdoor space, Provides meals, 8am - 6pm
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 16-Nov-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  I love Ia's! It is small and the teachers are wonderful. Teona, the owner, is kind and caring. They have taken care of my daughter since she was 8 weeks old. It is clean and well taken care of, and we receive photos and videos daily. My daughter is now 9 months and is very sociable and well adjusted! About the facility: Has outdoor space
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 21-Oct-2018
    Subject:  2018
    Comment:  Ia's started out as a daycare with mostly babies and, this fall, added a pre-K based program for 2+ as the babies became toddlers. I can't speak highly enough about our experience with them when my daughter was an infant and now as she's a toddler.Our 2-year-old, who's been at Ia's since she was five months old, seems to love it - and so do we! Our daughter says hello and goodbye to the daycare providers with smiles, hugs, and kisses, and they seem as genuinely happy to see her too. The ladies really know and understand our daughter. She says the names of her daycare providers at home all the time (in addition to the names of her friends from daycare). During drop off and pick up, all of the kids are happy, calm, and engaged.For the pre-K based program, Ia's brings in a music/yoga teacher four days a week for one hour, and they also do reading and art activities. Our daughter loves to dance with her friends and repeats the songs at home. Ia's send a photo or video every day. I cannot imagine more loving, kind, caring, fun, responsive, organized, patient, flexible providers. For us, it's been the best of both worlds between daycare and preschool:-They have several holidays but don't follow the DOE schedule. -They have a backyard and take the kids outside everyday as long as it's not raining. -They provide breakfast, lunch, and snack (organic milk, eggs, fruit ,veggies, and meat) -Early drop off and late pick up can be requested in advance for a reasonable additional expense (we also use the providers as evening and weekend babysitters!)I cannot recommend Ia's highly enough!
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Our 18-month old, who's been at Ia's since she was five months old, seems to love it - and so do we! Our daughter greets the daycare providers every morning with smiles, hugs, and kisses, and they seem as genuinely happy to see her too. They seem to really know and understand our daughter. She says the names of her daycare providers at home all the time (in addition to the names of her friends from daycare). During drop off and pick up, all of the kids are happy, calm, and engaged. Ia's brings in a music teacher once a week, and our daughter loves to dance with her friends and repeats the songs at home. Ia's send a photo or video every day. I cannot imagine more loving, kind, caring, fun, responsive, organized, patient, flexible providers. I cannot recommend Ia's highly enough. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Provides meals, Early drop off and late pick up can be requested in advance for a reasonable additional expense. What would you change? Ia's just added a pre-K based program for 2+ that will start in Sept 2018. A couple of the parents asked if they are planning "off-campus" activities. Ia's is looking into a license to be able to take the kids offsite.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Our son went into their 2's group and although it was an adjustment from going from a nanny at first is really thriving. He loves having the socialization with all of his new friends and loves discovering new books there. He particularly enjoys the art projects they have and is learning numbers through each project. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Provides meals, hours are 8-6pm which is great for working parents.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  We absolutely love Teona and her team at Ia's. My son has been there since he was 3.5 months old and he is now 18 months. Teona and her team are loving, interactive and warm. They have yoga and music classes twice a week from an outside teacher who is also amazing and has essentially made the rounds at all the first birthday parties for the kids. They send daily photo updates via text and a short video of the music and yoga classes. All the food is provided once your child is 1 and all organic. They have an outdoor space where the kids can play when the weather is appropriate. So many skills he has learned at daycare, because I know he didn't learn from me or my husband! I have nothing but rave reviews for them and your child would be in excellent care! About the facility: Has outdoor space, Provides meals.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  The women at Ia's are so lovely and caring. The daycare itself is warm and inviting. We're very happy with them. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Provides meals.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Very loving caretakers. They recently became licensed as a preschool. Our almost 2 year old seems to have love it there as if it's his second home. They send one photo per day, which is perfect for us :) And most importantly, we trust them fully. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Provides meals, you might be able to arrange early/late options, i'm just not sure. they don't advertise it. What would you change? This is a great question, but I don't have anything useful to contribute here :)
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  My daughter was at Ia's first location from 10 weeks to nearly 2 years. We LOVED it. The caretakers are wonderful. My daughter could count, sing songs, play well with others and always took awesome naps there. We miss them a lot and plan to visit - it's truly a family feeling. They sent us photos daily and gave us little reports. My daughter was always happy to go. It is a truly wonderful place! And they have more locations now - I highly recommend. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Provides meals What would you change? Nothing. They met me crazy schedule when I needed help and we found a wonderful babysitter who worked there too. We love them!
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  They took my child at 8 weeks which was earlier than other locations. Teona, the woman who runs it, is amazing and so warm. Everyone who works in the daycare is very kind and warm. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Provides meals.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Good daycare - very clean, good ratio, good care, lots of light, friendly group of caregivers and parents, backyard, organized, good email/text response, pretty consistent staff (not a lot of turnover). Send pics every day. Don't always communicate with you proactively, but if you ask questions either in person or via email, they're responsive. The head provider will also set aside time to have a deeper check in conversation if asked. Our child has been there from 6 months-18 months old (so far) so we don't know what she loves or not, but she's never been unhappy to be dropped off in the morning. At this point, we're starting to feel she might want/need more range of activities and to go offsite and so will be sending her to a 2's preschool program in the fall. They provide all meals after 1 year old and I think it's pretty healthy from what I can gather (no junky stuff). About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change? They provide daily reports until 1 years old. I wish they did that longer since our kids still can't communicate much with us, though the staff will tell you at pick up if anything was off or wrong. Also wish they told us more about what the kid are doing and learning. We get some sense of that from pics/videos and at drop off, and can inquire for more details, but sometimes we happen to see something new she must have learned at daycare that it would be nice to get more organized communications on, like a weekly email. I also wish they had the license/option to go offsite around the neighborhood now that the kids are walking and a little older. I know these are things that daycares generally don't do, but it would be a big plus. Otherwise we've been very happy with it.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 12-Apr-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  We are currently enrolled part time, and our son has been attending since 6 months of age. We love seeing how happy he is both arriving and leaving. We get a photo every day, and up until one year we received daily sheets showing when our son napped, ate, had a bottle, and had diaper changes. There is music and baby yoga class twice a week. Children over one are offered homemade meals, and a menu is posted showing what is being given each day, but we sometimes bring our own food too since our son is still learning. All of the caregivers are very friendly and kind, and are happy to answer any questions, and while some are not as fluent in English (as noted in another review) we have never had an issue communicating any requests. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Provides meals, Separate sleeping area.
    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, Provides mealsReview: We love this daycare! Our baby has been with them since he was 3 months old. They are loving, kind, and caring.What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Language issues-- English is their second language, so sometimes we have a little difficulty with communication but nothing that would ever deter us from recommending this daycare.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 31-Jul-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Daycare/Preschool 2016 Survey
    Comment:  Age: < 1 year Review: The teachers are loving and nurturing and I know my child is in capable and very good hands. They are very communicative, sending me text messages, pictures and videos of my child during the day. They are energetic and I feel my child is stimulated when he is there - they bring in a music teacher once a week and play outside whenever the weather permits. I really feel like they care about my child and have developed a relationship with each other - the teachers are excited to see him and he is all smiles when we drop him off and pick him up.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 01-Mar-2016
    Subject:  Review for Ia's Learning Tree childcare center
    Comment:  When we read about how to choose a childcare provider for our daughter, the key advice every book, blog and friend suggested was to think about which environment felt safe, nurturing, and attentive. Essentially, to follow our instincts. From the moment we met Ia and Teo of Ia's Learning Tree, we knew it was the exact right environment for our baby girl. Teo and Ia are the best combination of responsible, responsive, flexible and completely loving. Our girl is always smiling when we drop her off and pick her up. She is well rested and well fed, and we get updates during the day of how she is playing with other kids, tackling new toys and games, and enjoying her time as a happy baby. At the same time, Ia's Learning Tree has family friendly policies that we appreciated, and Teo and Ia are very flexible as our schedules change or if we have special requests. I cannot recommend Teo and Ia enough, and I feel very lucky to have found a place that feels like a second home for our girl.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 09-Jan-2016
    Subject:  Ia's Learning Tree Recommendation
    Comment:  When our first child was born we were terrified by the prospect of leaving him with someone else. Besides a desire to leave him in a good environment, our greatest concerns were the simple, horrifying, accidents of life: will he choke on something? Get hit crossing the street? Be neglected while in the care of a stranger? Within a very short time with Ia's all of our fears were put to rest; not only was our child always well fed, well rested and happy when we picked him up but also looked forward to going back the next morning. On occasions when we visited it was plain that he was fretted over and pampered, and, most importantly, that they were making the choices for him that we would make ourselves. It was (and is) obvious to any person what a loving, caring environment they maintain, and that they pay tireless attention to the needs of the young ones in their care. Their ongoing and persistent devotion to the children in their care is something to be applauded and to feel thankful for.We were fortunate to have found Ia's, it was and is a wonderful space for children. They also cared for our second child daily, and never once did we worry over either child's safety or security. We stayed with them for over 5 years and have recommended them to friends who were equally thrilled. We energetically recommend Ia's to any parent who needs childcare.
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    On 22-Nov-2015
    Subject:  Review Submitted via Fall 2015 Daycare/Preschool Survey
    Comment:  PROGRAM: 14th Street btwn 5th & 6th Aves TIME: 3 days a week AGE: < 1 year1-2 years REVIEW: Teo and her mother Ia are amazing with my son. They are kind, energetic and concerned for his well being, education and happiness. They respect our wishes with regard to food and sleep requests and have been incredibly accommodating when I needed to drop off or pick up earlier or later. They help comfort him on mornings when drop off is tough but most days he's thrilled to be there and is ALWAYS happy when we pick him up. They make sure he eats well, is read to, gets outside, plays with appropriate toys and is kept safe above all else. My son is thriving with them and we really appreciate them as parents who wish we could be with our kid during the day. Knowing he is with people who express affection and are tuned into his needs is incredibly important to us. WOULD YOU RECOMMEND? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend WOULD YOU DO IT AGAIN? Absolutely