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    Butler Street COOP

    Review and Rating

    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 16-Nov-2018
    Subject:  Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  My son loves loves loves Butler Street! He is in the 2s program, which meets three mornings a week. He asks to go to school in the morning, and he asks to go back when he wakes up from his nap! In just the first few weeks, I watched him become more outgoing, confident, expressive and joyful (and he was a great kid already!). I owe this all to the teachers, who are truly fantastic. They are so dedicated and care so much about each individual child. The program is child-led, play-based, and draws from various progressive disciplines such as Reggio, Montessori and Waldorf. On the administration side, the program is truly unique in that it is entirely run by the parents. The teachers are highly credentialed professionals, but there are no paid administrative staff--the parents do it all. Yes, this means that the parents do real work, but it also means that we build real community in a way that I don't think you can find with other children's programs. I am one of two co-chairs this year. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options What would you change? The physical space could be better. The teachers do so much with it to make it special for the kids, and the kids do lots of decorating themselves, but we are thinking about ways to improve.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 29-Sep-2018
    Subject:  2018 Review
    Comment:  My son is in the 2s program at Butler Street COOP and we LOVE it! We began attending the school a year ago through the Early Explorers parent/child class and got to know the school and teachers really well that way. I didn't think I needed a 2s program for my son, but once I learned about BSC, I wanted to give him this lovely experience. The teachers are simply awesome--dedicated, kind and patient with the kids. They have a mix of training in Montessori, Waldorf, Bank Street, Reggio and other progressive models, but they aren't married to any one philosophy. I really like this because it gives them the freedom to use their own judgment in any given situation. The teachers are so engaged, so committed to each individual child, so thoughtful about how to build community between the kids. It's a really special place. The 3/4s class meets 5 days a week--am or pm. The 2s program meets 3 days a week (Tues/Wed/Thurs) am or pm. The other thing I love about it is that it is truly run by the parents. While the teachers are professionals, all the other jobs at the school are handled by the parents. This means that you really get to know the other families and are part of a community in a way you wouldn't be at a professionally-run preschool. Every parent holds at least one job. This year, I am one of two Parent Co-Chairs. I find it rewarding to be so involved in my son's school, and I think that the children get so many benefits from that parent involvement as well.