Aleyna's Day Care
Full time and Part time Daycare Ages 3 months- 4 years NYS Licensed Safe, Clean, Nurturing Environment Large Outside Space Educational Activities & Toys Nutritious & Organic Food Daily Routines which support both group & individual needs Year Round Registration Open Most Holidays
Review from the Spring 2023 Early Education SurveyReview: We love the owner as key, and our baby has been extremely happy at Elena‘s. The staff are very warm, everything is very low tech parentheses no cameras, or any real way of knowing what goes on during the day). They have an outdoor space and the kids are often outside with the toddler room and the baby room playing together. They serve meals that have organic ingredients but aren’t very particularly healthy… Just like most places I assume. Things like chicken nuggets and french fries and tortellini pasta. The daycare is located in an apartment building in the first floor apartment so it feels very homey. Amenities: Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals
Best daycares in Prospect Heights?My daughter was originally at Aleyna's from 1-2 years old and will be at Sunflower Playhouse from 2-3 years old. Both had outdoor space which was a priority for us. Aleyna's worked for our family at the time because we wanted a smaller environment, but we're really happy at Sunflower now.
Best daycares in Prospect Heights?Another Aleyna's family here! My 3 year old is there currently and my 4 year old is a graduate--it's a loving and warm place and they're almost always open. It is definitely not a high communication type of place, but seeing how much the kids love it is good feedback (and meals are included!)
Best daycares in Prospect Heights?We loved Aleyna's Daycare. They have outdoor space too, which is great. They have someone come in for music and ballet class. Our daughter loved it. Because it's not that big, they don't really give out tours. They either have an opening or not. Personally, looking for a daycare for our child was really stressful when she was 2yrs old. Most daycares on our list did not have any openings. Luckily, after stalking Aleyna's, I happened to call just when they found out one kid was moving. Maybe it has changed since the pandemic but it was definitely hard for us to find one that didn't close often for holidays and one that had an opening. But check them out!
Best daycares in Prospect Heights?We love Aleyna’s Daycare on Vanderbilt. It’s a small group family daycare a on the same block as Zaytoons. Our kids have graduated to elementary school but still going for school breaks.
Turkish language playgroups or preschools?Aleyna’s Daycare in Prospect heights is run by a group of incredibly warm and wonderful Turkish ladies. The programming is in English but might be a possibility to incorporate Turkish language.
Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyLocation: Prospect Heights: Vanderbilt and St Mark’s Type of facility: Daycare Review: Our daughter started at 15m. We took over a place from a family who moved cross country at the last minute, so did not tour other daycares but signed her up after just a Zoom tour. We were nervous to do this but needed coverage and we’re unable to find nannies for part-time hours during Covid. We are SO happy and grateful to have found Aleyna’s. Ezgi and her caring staff are wonderful. After a week, our DD was jumping happily out of our arms at drop-off. She loves all the activities - lots of art and instructed playing inside and in the on-premises garden, and especially loves the dance/yoga and music classes. She comes home and teaches us yoga (“your favorite word is namaste!”) We have also observed a lot of good habits forming - please/thank you, sharing toys in the playground and on play dates, and table manners - that were instated at Aleyna’s. In addition to the great teachers and carers, we have been warmly welcomed by the other families. It’s just a great overall community. The only less-than-stellar note is the food. All meals are provided, with a decent balance of nutrition, but there are a lot of processed snacks. You can—as other parents advised—request for your child not to be given the snacks. Oh - also they are ALWAYS open when other daycares/schools are not. This is a huge plus. What amenities does the facility have? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything? More veggie snacks, less processed snacks. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school is handling the pandemic? No they were very responsible and communicative.
Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyLocation: Prospect Heights Type of facility: Daycare Review: Sending my daughter to Aleynas each morning is like sending her to her other family. She happily enters the door and says good morning to her teacher. She loves the dance/yoga and music classes each week, playing in the large outdoor garden, she enjoys the food they feed her, and most importantly she loves her friends. They celebrate birthdays together and give each other hugs. They are excited to see each other out in the neighborhood. My daughter took her first steps there and the teacher sent me photos! There is very little teacher turnover. The teachers are warm and experienced. We could not be happier. What amenities does the facility have? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, Music and dance/yoga classes Is there anything you would like to add about how the school is handling the pandemic? They have told us about Covid cases and when kids have had other viruses. Teachers continue to wear masks.
Aleyna's Daycare Toddler GroupSame—our 2yo is in the toddler group and loves it. Ezgi, Fatiha and Fatima are so warm, our daughter bounces up and down for joy and leaps into their arms at the door. The activities are stimulating and playful without being too regimented. There’s lots of physical play, dance and yoga sessions, arts and crafts, music, baking. I also think the toddlers visit the infants at intervals and join them in the playground—I hear a lot from my daughter about how/what the “babies” are doing—and that’s been a nice primer on the responsibilities of being a big girl. Friends of ours have a kid at another daycare that focuses more on structured learning. It’s obviously a kid-to-kid thing but their son is miserable with all the sitting, book-reading and literacy related activities. Aleyna’s is much more play-oriented, which we appreciate. The one thing I’m not nuts about is the food. The kids get a lot of sugary and processed snacks, not to mention cake/cupcakes regularly for birthdays and other celebrations. But we cover the other 2 meals a day, and everything else is ideal.
Aleyna's Daycare Toddler GroupMy daughter is in the toddler group and we love it.
2’s program this fallMy daughter is at Aleyna’s on Vanderbilt and St Mark’s and we love love love it. Has a 2’s program upstairs and the kids basically party all day every day, with dance, art, music, cooking classes, reading sessions, and a yard full of toys. Can’t speak more highly of the women who run it.
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: Daycare Review: Aleyna’s is a small in-home type daycare. There are two floors, the first is for littles under age two and the second floor is for two and up. We love that they have a family feel while also dividing the kids by age somewhat. Kids have the benefit of being with a range of ages but not too large that the needs of their age are lost. They make all food for the kids and provide meals and snacks. There is yoga, dance and music with teachers they bring in and the daycare teachers do art, cooking and tons of other activities with the kids. They have a shared outdoor space for the infant and toddler floors, their own backyard with lots of toys for the kids to play with/climb on. In the summer they set up sprinklers and a kiddie pool. In the fall they play with the leaves. We have been very happy at Aleyna’s. The woman who runs it, Ezgi, is very easy to reach and accommodating with scheduling. What amenities does the facility provide? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? I would have loved to receive a group list of kids at the beginning so we could have helped our son learn names. But that is me comparing his experience to my older son’s in preschool and I think daycares are just different in that kids come and go more. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? Masks are required for kids two and up and presumably they will notify us if anyone tests positive. That hasn’t happened however we have been notified about other illnesses (Rsv, hand foot and mouth, stomach bugs) and reminders are sent out to keep your kid home if they are sick/if they are sick they are to be tested for COVID and come back with a doctors note saying they are all clear.
Aleyna's DaycareJumping on to say that today is my daughter C.'s (15m) second day. She was enchanted from the moment she stepped inside, was happy and relaxed on pick up, slept well that night, and this morning at drop off she wriggled out of my arms to run inside. Ezgi sent a bunch of photos throughout the day of C. and her new friends living their best lives. So far so good!
Aleyna's DaycareBig fan of Aleyna's— I've had my daughter there since 9 months with Aysel in the infant room. She's over 2 now in the upstairs toddler room. The teachers are all amazing, from throwing birthday parties for each kid and giving presents at holidays to them. Aysel even knit my daughter a hat for Christmas. She comes home with new words, songs, and can even read a few numbers bc of them. I also appreciate that they were accommodating with naps and supported our potty training approach. I found other daycares a bit too regimented and love the free range play outdoors all year round with kids of all ages. The infants and toddlers have a blast and learn from each other. My daughter runs in every day laughing and forgets to hug me most days. Day care is big milestone and you'll be in great hands at Aleynas.
Aleyna's DaycareMy son (15 months) has been at Aleyna's since he was 8 months old. We absolutely love it there. The caretakers are kind, loving, and attentive. They have a big outdoor space for the kids to play in and provide meals for the kiddos. Ezgi, the owner, is on-site every day. Aysel, the main caretaker of the baby unit, is very sweet. My son is always happy to go to 'school' and see his friends. It's a low-tech daycare and less 'fancy' than some of the other daycares in this area, but I love that they have a low teacher turnover and that they really treat the kids like family.
Aleyna's DaycareMy daughter has been there since January 2020- she started at 7 months. We couldn’t be happier. They are loving and nurturing- L. jumps out of my arms every morning.
Review from the 2019–2020 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K SurveyReview: It’s like sending your children to their other family. They take care of my 2y/o and my 5 y/o on his days without school, they both love going and ask to go there on weekends. We couldn’t have survived this pandemic without them. Amenities offered: Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Provides meals, Open most holidays, open 8-6 daily with late pickup options
ISO: Family day careAlso currently at Aleyna’s Daycare. My daughter started at 9 months and is currently 2. Food is provided, lots of crafts, big backyard space for the kids to play, caring teachers. Two floors of a brownstone, 1st floor is for infants and upstairs for toddlers, about 7 kids per floor at any given time. They have half day and full day options though they are pretty flexible with hours. Also accommodating with nap schedules. My daughter runs in every morning and doesn’t even say bye. A good sign.
ISO: Family day careWe’ve been going to Aleyna’s Daycare on Vanderbilt since our daughter was 5 months (she’s now 13 months), and have been very happy there! Her teacher is so warm and wonderful; our daughter connected with her from day one even though she had barely met anyone besides us at the time and cried with the people she did meet.
Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarden SurveyAbout the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Provides meals Review: Our daughter has been at Aleyna's since she was 6 months old (she is almost 2 now) and we absolutely love it! The teachers are so sweet, they are so understanding when issues arise, and kiddo bounces into her classroom every morning and doesn't want to leave when we pick her up in the evenings. The kids spend a lot of time outside and they are responsible for food. They are not on a DOE calendar so there are relatively few holidays where I need to find coverage. We are so grateful to the team at Aleyna's!
[PSP Working Moms MeetUps] Day Care Recommendations: Prospect Heights/Crown H...L. has been at Aleyna's daycare on Vanderbilt since she was 6 months old and we are really happy there. She loves her teachers and we know they love her too. They have a huge backyard and when it's nice out the kids are out there playing for most of the day, which we love. They were also able to be flexible with the hours we needed. It's not a huge space (part of why we like it) so I think there can be a wait.
Review Submitted via 2014-2015 Daycare/Preschool SurveyLength of time: Full Time Child’s Age: 2-3 years Type of facility: Privately run daycare/preschool with multiple classes and teachers REVIEW: I have so many wonderful things to say about Aleyna's Daycare. They nurture the kids, teach them great values and manners, help with skills like feeding themselves, hand-washing, toilet training and early letter/number recognition. My son is happy to be there every day. The teachers are lovely. I wish they had more class level options, since kids stay in the younger group until 2.5 years of age, but it would probably be better to separate those kids from the infants. Once, my son injured himself and they took care of him (and me) through the whole process (he was fine), and they were very communicative. I wish there was more information about what happens all day, but the staff talks to us at dropoff and pickup as long as we need. I highly recommend it. Would you recommend? Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
Review from the 2014 Daycare/Preschool SurveyLength of Time: part time Child's Age: 2-3 years Review: . Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot): Recommend Would you send your child again? Maybe
Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP SurveyReview date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: Length of time: Part-time Child's age: 1-2 years3-4 years Review: We have been very happy with Aleyna's Daycare since our son started there at 4 months old (he's now 3.5 years old). The teachers are very caring and patient. Even though its not a Pre-school, they've developed a thoughtful criculum and our son comes home with lots of great projects that he can explain and demonstrate a real understanding of (for example: they had a unit on trees and he can draw and identify in real life, roots, leaves, etc and explain the function of each). The director has always been very helpful and flexible with scheduling. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend <<< PSP Note: this reviewer has recommended Alyena's Daycare in the past >>>
Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP SurveyReview date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: Toddler room Length of time: 3 days/week Child's age: 2-3 years Review: Super loving and energetic teachers. All the kids seem happy no matter when I happen to stop by. Bkfst, lunch and snack are included, which is a huge bonus in my book. The owner, Ezgi, is great to work with. She's very accommodating and flexible. There've been numerous times I've been ill or had an emergency come up. If she has space available, she always takes my daughter. I really have nothing but good things to say! Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP SurveyReview date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: NA Length of time: 5 days/week Child's age: 1-2 years Review: My son has been attending Aleyna's Daycare since he was 4.5 months old. It was very stressful and emotional heading back to work and leaving him with new people, but the staff and director at Aleyna's made us feel good about our decision in no time. They have always been patient with my husband and me when we had questions; they always make time for us. Most importantly, they treat our son like he is part of their family. They are so loving and enthusiastic about his well being. They truly care about his happiness and his milestones. Throughout the first year, they gave us detailed reports about his day so we would know how he slept and ate. They plan activities throughout the week which include music class and outdoor play. Our son is now a happy, giggly 1-yr old boy who naps and eats well. We give Aleyna's a lot of credit for giving him a routine which he seems to thrive on. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP SurveyReview date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: Toddler room Length of time: Full time, 5 days Child's age: 2-3 years Review: This place has been amazing for my daughter. She is constantly talking about the concepts and values she's learning. They have a nice curriculum and outdoor space and are encouraging potty training. There isn't much feedback unless we ask, but they are very forthcoming about anything we need to work on. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
Re: Daycare Recommendations in Prospect HeightsI can't say enough good things about Aleyna's Daycare on Vanderbilt Ave. I recently moved away from the area and sadly had to leave Aleyna's. [My son] really thrived there.
(no subject)My son as been at Aleyna's for the past 2 years (now PT but started off FT) and we've been really happy with them. The teachers are so kind and loving. The director is always really helpful and has been really flexible with schedule changes. They helped a lot with language issues he was having. There's a good balance of structured learning and play. My son is always so happy when I drop him off and often doesn't want to leave at the end of the day which I think says a lot about how great and trustworthy they are. September 2012
(no subject)Review Date 2012 Program: Length of TIme: Full TIme Child's Age: at they have degrees in early childhood development or anything but they are so caring and loving that it makes up for it. They have lots of fun creative activities scheduled like weekly music lessons, ice cream truck visits, and art & crafts. They've been very flexible with my son's schedule and changes we've needed to make. My son fell there and needed to go to the ER and they were very quick and helpful in making decisions. For example, I didn't have a car to get to him quickly so the directors husband picked me up at work. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
(no subject)Review Date 2012 Program: Length of TIme: 4 days, 8-4 Child's Age: 2-3 years Review: The owner Ezgi Kaya is incredibly knowledgable and kind. She takes time to get to know the parents and has great communication about your child. She is very present throughout the day and keeps a good eye on all the goings on. There is a high quality of care. They start potty training around age 1 so your child gets used to the concept. The caregivers are very sweet and genuinely love the children and get on floor with them and roll around. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
(no subject)Length of Time: Part Time 1-2 years I (and my son) love the teachers. They're really engaged and energetic. They truly seem to love my son and I feel good knowing that he spends his time there. The teachers and director are always responsive to my concerns and needs. My son is vegetarian and they've been very careful to respect that. They even prepare special food for us at daycare parties and gatherings. They're also flexible and accommodating to changes in our schedule. Do You Recommend? Highly recommend (Review date: December, 2011)
(no subject)Length of Time: Full time 1-2 years I cannot say enough good things about Aleyna's daycare. The staff are extremely professional, but also warm and loving and always smiling. My son truly has a bond with each of the teachers and is happy to see them every day. In fact, its the only place where I can drop him off and he doesn't mind, or even notice, when I walk away. He started there as an infant, 3 months, and continues to go there as a 17 month old. He has learned to be confident with new faces and adaptable to new situations, and has learned good sleeping and eating habits. A musician comes regularly, they do art projects regularly, there is an outdoor space where the kids can play during nice weather. They accept babies and kids up to 4 years old and as a result, my son feels comfortable around little kids and big kids. I can offer lots more specific information if necessary, but overall I love Aleyna's, wholeheartedly. Do You Recommend? Highly recommend (Review date: December, 2011)