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Beansprouts

Description

Min Student Age  -  2

Max Student Age  -  9 through afterschool

Special Age Cut-offs/Requirements -  Empty

Part-Time Available? -  yes

Full time Available? -  yes

Earliest Drop-Off  -  7:30

Latest Pick-Up -  6pm

Rolling admission or once yearly -  once

Length of School Year (e.g., Sept-June, year round, etc.) -  sept-june

Application Deadline -  Jan

Application Fee? -  $50

 

Number of kids (kids per class) -  10-21 depending on age

Number of adults (per class) -  2-4

Are you licensed? -  yes

Reviews (153)

  • Beansprouts

    Beansprouts has been a very frustrating and dissappointing place for our family. I wouldn't send my child again if it were free - and in our experience it is not anywhere close to worth the cost. The strengths of the school are logistical - it is convenient, has later hours and is a well-oiled machine. Unfortunately, it is a quite a generic, one-size-fits-all, reactive environment. It is authoritarian, not child-centered and lacks a comprehensive response to problems such as aggression amongst children. The program lacks attention to social-emotional development and seems driven by filling open spots. I never felt my child was loved or deeply appreciated and i always felt the school thought we were indebted to it for accepting our child. The administration is very top-down. The arts and crafts are cookie cutter and the kids are told to " worry about themselves" and accept that they "get what they get but don't get upset" but taught very little about how to cope with typical early childhood frustration. When you talk to the administration, it feels like a business, not a child - care facility.
  • Beansprouts

    We started it this year (1st grade) and have no complaints so far. Our boys love it too — they complain if we pick them up earlier than the other kids. :)
  • 3k programs???

    Our oldest went to Beansprouts though, and we were very happy there, so that’s likely where J will go as well.
  • 3k programs???

    Similarly, we live in WT but sent all three of our kids to Beansprouts in park slope for 2s and 3s. They are amazing and our kids loved it, if you’re willing to do the commute. They are large too, so I think usually have spots.
  • Beansprouts “pod” program for oct-dec babies?

    My oldest son was a December baby and a "pod" at beansprouts. We loved the program; it was basically a "regular" 2s class but for the younger set. We found it a warm and loving environment and the teachers are still our occasional babysitters. The difference between a 2s program and daycare is that the cohort is more age confined (the pods as you say are oct - dec birthdays) and theres a "curriculum" based approach. They introduce shapes, colors, transportation ideas, and many other age appropriate concepts and focus on self sufficiency.
  • Experience with Beansprouts 2's program

    We sent both of our daughters to Beansprouts 2’s (2018/2019 and 2020/2021) and highly recommend it. The Beansprouts community (facilities, teachers, philosophy) is wonderful.
  • 2’s program this fall

    The other option, which we did with our very late December 2019 baby, was the PODS program at Beansprouts. It’s a class only for kids born in the September-December range. So it’s all the kids are born within only that time frame, which is nice since they are younger and at similar developmental levels. We have been so so happy there!
  • 2’s program this fall

    My daughter is currently in the Beansprouts PODS class two days a week and we love it! It’s full day (2:45 pick up) and honestly it’s so great with the longer day although I was initially worried about it—they nap there and she adapted very quickly to napping somewhere else. We are sending her next year again to the 3s class and adding more days too. She has a blast, her teachers are great, and she always asks for “more school.” I’m an occupational therapist (although not currently working) and I know all the activities they do are perfect for what kids their age should be learning. We are very happy there and I would definitely recommend it!
  • 2’s program this fall

    My son did full time Beansprouts but cannot recommend them enough. They put on such a phenomenal program filled with imagination and outdoor time! I plan on sending my one year old in the fall to Pods!
  • Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education Survey

    Type of facility: Preschool Review: My 2.5 year old appears happy at Beansprouts, which of course makes me happy. I think it’s great for gross motor skills that they have the “big yard” and the school does a lot of art, outside and sensory play as well as songs, manners etc. I feel like the book selection/reading could be more advanced and I am hopeful they will bring back some specialists (music, Spanish etc) next year, after cutting back during the pandemic. Am I completely convinced it’s worth the extra cost from a good daycare program (with peer-age kids) especially given the calendar (which follows public schools)? No. What amenities does the facility provide? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? More information about the teachers prior to signing up, more flexible deposit policy (there is nothing unusual about theirs I don’t think, but a girl can dream!), maybe more efforts to get parents together? Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? Not pandemic related but the Friday emails and pics are a highlight of my week!
  • Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education Survey

    Type of facility: Preschool Review: Teachers are warm and communicative. I love the weekly photo updates and calendar with the curriculum. My daughter goes 2 mornings a week and I which we had signed her up for more. What amenities does the facility provide? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Provides meals
  • Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education Survey

    Type of facility: Preschool Review: Our daughter started in the 2s program this past September. We were drawn to the play-based, child-centered curriculum and nurturing environment and so far, have not been disappointed. Our daughter is happy to go to school every day and is happy when we pick her up. We love getting pictures at the end of the week to see all the amazing activities the kids do throughout the day (lots of free play balanced with circle time, learning centers, science activities , arts and crafts, and outdoor time). We just welcomed a new baby and our daughter’s teacher has been incredibly attentive, thoughtful, and supportive with the transition, which has been rough for our 2.5 year old. We already signed her up for the 3s program next year. What amenities does the facility provide? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? In a perfect world they’d provide lunch and snack - we were spoiled by an all inclusive daycare (our daughter is in after care and does get an afternoon snack there) as well as year-round care. They offer a day camp over the summer, but there is still a 2 week gap to the start of the school year. I would also change the refund policy, which seems a little harsh considering potential unforeseen circumstances. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? They encourage kids to wear masks indoors. They were somehow able to get our 2 year old to wear her mask most of the day (before starting there, she wouldn’t even keep it on for 3 minutes).
  • Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education Survey

    Type of facility: Pre-K Review: Absolutely we would send our child to Beansprouts again. He loves it, has learned a lot, and has had a generally excellent experience. What amenities does the facility provide? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Frankly nothing comes to mind. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? They made a best-effort attempt to provide virtual classes. While it didn't work for us, the effort was appreciated. They have strictly enforced mask-wearing by all adults, which has worked out well. The children are pretty good about wearing masks, but the teachers appreciate that the children are still young and that their mask wearing will never be perfect.
  • Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education Survey

    Type of facility: Preschool Review: This is our second year at beansprouts. We started in their youngest class called Little Beans. Our son has thrived under the teachers’ wings. We especially like the skew-smaller student to teacher ratio, private outdoor playground, and warm supportive environment (our son said he likes all of his teachers) What amenities does the facility provide? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? If the program applies for universal PreK program and possibly 3s Also now, the update about staff getting booster shot Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? They did an excellent job following cdc and DOH protocols and communicating with parents
  • Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education Survey

    Type of facility: preschool and preK Review: Second child attending Beansprouts, which I consider the premier early childhood experience. The COVID situation did not disrupt the fun and learning. The amazing teachers and staff are what make this school world class. We decided to pay for PreK instead of relying on DOE's program because I know that, if COVID has a second peak, my child will be cared for and safe at Beansprouts. Safety protocols have been fantastic. What amenities does the facility provide? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Wish they could return to the minicamp days when school holidays pop up. Due to COVID they haven't resumed that yet due to safety. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? Handled pandemic perfectly with masks, daily temp checks, communication, vaccination requirements for staff etc.
  • Preschools

    Beansprouts has been amazing for our son who now has done 2s, 3s and pre k and their summer camps. No complaints.
  • Nursery School reconditions for September 2021

    We had 2 wonderful years at Beansprouts (Center Slope).
  • Review from the 2020–2021 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey

    Review: Our daughter is currently enrolled in Miss Aileen's class at Little Beans, a pre-cursor to Beansprouts. It's a program for older 1 and early 2 years old. We have been thrilled with the program - her teachers are kind, supportive, communicative, and even potty trained her. She has made great friends and has learned so much. There's a good balance of unstructured play, reading, art-making, and outdoor time. The only drawback (because of covid) is that the weekly music class is virtual. I highly recommend! Facility amenities: Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours What would you change about the program? Nothing Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? The teachers wore masks and the kids wore masks when outdoors.
  • Review from the 2020–2021 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey

    Review: We loved our first year at Beansprouts. My son started at 2.5 and ran joyfully into his classroom every single day since the first one. His teachers are skilled, loving, playful, and tireless. My son loved learning this year and always came home with new things to tell us about, whether is was Spanish words or facts about hibernation. Communication between school and home was frequent and effective, and we appreciated the school's approach to Covid 19, felt that they were understandable and reasonable and communicated effectively. My son made the most amazing friends and we enjoyed the wonderful parent community. I cannot say enough about this program. Facility amenities: Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours What would you change about the program? Refund policy? We have to move unexpectedly and were not able to recover any funds we paid in advance fro next school year. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? Expectations / guidelines were reasonable and clearly communicated.
  • Review from the 2020–2021 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey

    Review: Amazing experience - everything from the teachers themselves, the parent community, and the administration. Especially through the pandemic, everything was handled in a truly miraculous way and we have forged strong friendships with the classmates and their families. I would absolutely recommend strongly to anyony! Facility amenities: Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours What would you change about the program? Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? Strong enforcement on mask wearing, safety protocols in place (temperature / health screenings, etc.), and perfect communication from staff to families.
  • Review from the 2020–2021 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey

    Review: We sent my daughter to Beansprouts for Pre-K and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat! The teachers, community, activities were amazing and they really care about each individual child. Facility amenities: Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours What would you change about the program? Nothing- it’s amazing Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? We went the entire year in person with no covid closures! They took covid seriously and the entire school community followed the rules.
  • Review from the 2020–2021 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey

    Review: Our daughter went to Beansprouts for 2 school years (3s and PreK 4's) + summer camp and we all adore the place. The teachers are caring and the administration is organized, responsive and conscientious. We'll miss it very much as our daughter moves out and into kindergarten. Facility amenities: Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours What would you change about the program? Pre-COVID, classes did weekly music, spanish and gym/movement classes with outside teachers - I hope they go back to that Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? We were especially impressed at the administration's communications with parents and clear policies regarding COVID during the 2020-2021 school year. We had to deal with two classroom shut downs/quarantines in fall/winter 2020 but the school quickly communicated what was going on (without risking privacy) and pivoted to online learning for those two sets of quarantine weeks. During COVID times, it is especially helpful that most Beansprouts classrooms are self-contained, so that if there is an infection in one classroom the others can stay open.
  • Review from the 2020–2021 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey

    Review: Our child had an outstanding experience at Beansprouts this past year (3s) and she will be staying for Pre-K. Her teachers were warm and playful. As an educator myself, I was impressed with the intellectual depth of the content (the learned about seasons, bridges, gravity, dinosaurs, and flowers among other topics). We loved getting a weekly report and photos on Friday and found the teachers to be very accessible via email. Even though we couldn't visit the classroom (except for one day when the children did not have school), we felt like we knew what was happening. They did a great job with the Covid protocols, and we did not have any cases in our classroom. Facility amenities: Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours What would you change about the program? It would be nice if snacks were provided, but we didn't mind bringing snack and lunch Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? No, they did a great job from our perspective
  • Review from the 2020–2021 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey

    Review: We had a truly exceptional year at Beanprouts considering the circumstances. We had a full year of in-person schooling which was more than we could have ever hoped for. My child loved his teachers, his friends, and the activities they did in school. I loved the way that the teachers incorporated the kids' interests into daily / weekly / monthly learning activities. My child came home every day happy and fulfilled. I would send him again in a heartbeat! Facility amenities: Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours What would you change about the program? Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? We felt very safe and protected with Beansprouts policies. Masks were required for kids and teachers and the school communicated with us about their covid policies, particularly reiterating CDC guidelines around travel / quarantine when we were approaching a school vacation.
  • Review from the 2019–2020 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey

    Review: Our 3-year-old daughter is in the full-day program five days a week. We also previously sent our older son to Beansprouts. It is a well run preschool with a thoughtful curriculum. There is art, music, movement and lots of time outdoors. The teacher this year is very experienced, which we appreciate. The facilities aren't the fanciest, but the yard is fine and the kids love it. Our daughter loves school. We highly recommend. Amenities offered: Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours
  • Review from the 2019–2020 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey

    Review: My daughter dances with glee on the way there. She went from like 5-10 words to 100+ words in a matter of weeks. We (the parents) have learned a lot about how to enrich her time at home too. they take and share pictures throughout the day which are charming and often holiday card worthy. They cater the program to the children in it, and also have themes and routines that solidify new knowledge and good behavior. If I had to do it over again i would definitely choose them. Amenities offered: Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? the only downside, which thankfully wasn't a problem for us this year financially but would have been a problem in other years, is you have to pay for schooling pretty far in advance... and i know that's a risk in covid times when the world could shut down at a moments notice. they said that if there is a major shutdown in the future there would be a credit toward future stuff. but that is hard to track.
  • Review from the 2019–2020 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey

    Review: We absolutely love Beansprouts. The teachers, the faculty and the facilities are all stellar. Our son has been so incredibly happy there and learning so much as well as socializing in a fun and safe way. We have never had any concerns but the pure joy in our son validates daily that this was the right place for him. Amenities offered: Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Has refrigerators and microwaves in classrooms What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Absolutely nothing. They have so much experience and great ideas that I think this program is truly excellent. It is expensive but we find it to be worth it.
  • Review from the 2019–2020 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey

    Review: We absolutely love Beansprouts. The teachers, the faculty and the facilities are all stellar. Our son has been so incredibly happy there and learning so much as well as socializing in a fun and safe way. We have never had any concerns but the pure joy in our son validates daily that this was the right place for him. Amenities offered: Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Has refrigerators and microwaves in classrooms What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Absolutely nothing. They have so much experience and great ideas that I think this program is truly excellent. It is expensive but we find it to be worth it.
  • Review from the 2019–2020 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey

    Review: Well oiled machine! The teachers are caring and involved. Amenities offered: Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours
  • Review from the 2019–2020 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey

    Review: Our daughter has been in the 3s program this fall on a MWF 9-1 schedule. We absolutely love it! What makes Beansprouts great is there clear and timely communication with families, the fact that they do a home visit before school starts (this year it was a stoop one), their educational program is robust while still being play-based, they have a huge outdoor space that the kids spend a lot of time in, and the parents we have met are super cool and fun to hang out with (that's a bonus, of course). Amenities offered: Has outdoor space, Has after-school options What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? I really can't think of anything at the moment!
  • Review from the 2019–2020 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey

    Review: My son had a great experience Amenities offered: Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours
  • Daycare options for 2-year-old with EI support

    Another high recommend for Beansprouts! Beansprouts also run Early Spouts— an Early Intervention evaluation and therapy service agency—so they are absolutely brilliant with EI tots. Services are seamless and thoughtful, integrated when possible and pull-out when not (OT and PT were the highlight of my kid’s day). No big deal, no stigma, just a huge enhancement to my child’s early development. The providers we had through Early Sprouts, without exception, were the absolute best we have encountered. If you don’t have an agency, I highly recommend Early Sprouts. If you already have an agency and therapists you like, give Beansprouts a call and ask if they could work there with your child if you enroll.
  • Welcome to the NEW 2018 Kids Group!

    Our son S. (jan 2018) is at beansprouts for the second year and is loving it!
  • Welcome to the NEW 2018 Kids Group!

    D. is currently at Little beans in Miss Aileen's class (It is Beansprouts for kids that were under 2 in september). We love it there and will definitely go there for 3K. D. literally does a little dance as we get her ready to go and walk down the street. We live 1 block away, and feel so lucky that such a great place is so close.
  • Welcome to the NEW 2018 Kids Group!

    M. is currently going to Beansprouts and we love it, it's been a really positive experience for him and us, and unless we move next year we will be enrolling him in their 3s program.
  • Beansprouts, Poly Prep, Stepping Stones (2s/3s/Preschool programs)

    Obsessed with Beansprouts. Honestly couldn’t be happier with the school. My daughter has gone to the 2’s, 3’s, now 4’s plus camp. Love the faculty, love the environment, love the growth I’ve seen in my daughter. And the friendships I’ve made with a lot of her classmate’s parents is an added bonus. Highly recommend.
  • Beansprouts, Poly Prep, Stepping Stones (2s/3s/Pre...

    I'd like to second my love for Beansprouts. D. will be 2 at the end of this month. At beansprouts went from like 10 words to like 100+ words in like 2 weeks -- including some spanish words! It also helped with her socialization, she's much better about saying hello and goodbye now (she got kind of out of practice when we all locked ourselves away for months). Now she's stringing together 2-3 words like "Mommy's shoes", "orange pumpkin", "bumpy gourd", or "Big poop", or "my toy". Everyday there is some new surprising word that she pulls out of her back pocket that she is now using all the time. She literally dances with joy at the thought of going there and while we are walking there. and I'd second everything that M. says about small class size, outdoor space, and I also really love the photos they take. Totally worth it. You can tell they've been doing this for 40 years.
  • Beansprouts, Poly Prep, Stepping Stones (2s/3s/Pre...

    We are enrolled at BeanSprouts in Park Slope and we love it. We wanted to send him just for the additional socialization and stimulation since we just had a second (now 3 months old), but I didn't realize how much he'd be really learning. The difference in a short time is remarkable. Our kid is young (just turned 2 October 6) and since he started Beansprouts, he has started speaking in fuller, more complex sentences ("I need help with this one!"), being more polite (pleases and thank yous, good mornings and hellos/good byes/ hugs), and is repeating things that demonstrate real learning. The other day he got very quiet and then held a finger up and said, "A siren, I hear it. I hear the firetruck!" He now puts away all of his toys without any fussing and he sings himself the Clean up Clean up song. The class is very small (~8 kids), they have dedicated outdoor space, a teacher and a teaching assistant. Each month we get a monthly calendar and there is some theme to the month that's sort of building on itself. It's very child-centered rather than adult-directed and yet there is still a lot of structure and social learning going on. Each week they send an update email with a link to photos. They do lots of tactile/ sensory exploration, lots of art, movement, and centers. I have been super impressed with the experience so far!
  • Anyone know a good part time daycare/nursery?

    Beansprouts— overall, were very happy. My son attended 3 days wk last yr in a 2s class (3 teachers), 9am - 12pm. We regretted not doing 5 days. He’s back for the 3s class now (2 teachers), 3 hr AMs, but 5 days/wk. It’s fantastic! We’re SO happy he’s there. One of the reasons we chose them was having the shorter day option. We did not at all like the idea of a longer standard day where we pulled him out earlier than his peers. That felt incomplete and disjointed. The full-session routine was really impt to us. He starts and ends the day (AM) with his whole cohort. I had one big gripe last yr— 2/3 of his teachers spoke in very extra-fake-happy voices. High-pitched, squeaky, just... not at all aligned with our values or parenting style. It was infuriating. This yr, we had our virtual teacher meet-up before the 3s class launched, and the teacher didn’t seem nearly as fake-happy. Whew. She did do the thing where she asked “dumb” leading questions. We were on Zoom at 6pm and L. was eating pizza. She asked in a high-pitched tone, “is that a snack? Is that a snack??” L. looked at her, then me, and appeared dumbfounded. “No, it’s dinner time. I’m eating pizza.” (Were just the epitome of health!). He knew he was being infantilized. Bleghhh. I gave the teacher some gentle feedback about L. disliking being asked questions with a prescribed answer and followed up at our first in-person meeting, the 1:1 play date. Both years, he’s LOVED school. The flow and curriculum are great. They are such a well-run, well-oiled organization. They have on-site backyards with playgrounds. The social aspect is far more impt to me than actual instruction. We hardly care if L. is taught something formal, so long as he practices pro-social behavior (he’s a bit feral and stubborn at home ha!). I recommend Beansprouts, but I think my caveat is also impt to include.
  • Would you recommend Beansprouts Prek?

    Our son is enrolled in Beansprouts’ 4s program right now. He was going to attend K280 this year, but we wanted him to attend Pre-K full-time so we switched him to Beansprouts when the public schools’ hybrid model was announced. He had attended Beansprouts’ 2s and 3s programs as well, so it was an easy choice for us. (Although we were definitely bummed not to switch over to free schooling!) I can’t compare it to what K280 offers since we never got a chance to attend. But I can say that our son is LOVING his 4s program at Beansprouts so far and seems purely delighted to attend school each day. It also helps that he knew kids in his class from previous years at Beansprouts. I’ve been really happy with his teachers this year, and every year that he’s been at Beansprouts. And having the ease and comfort of another year there this year has felt like such a gift. Seeing our son so happy has been the ultimate validation of our decision.
  • Would you recommend Beansprouts Prek?

    I highly recommend Beansprouts pre-k, my daughter is currently enrolled and we love it. My daughter participated part time in their two and threes program which were also wonderful. They are full time in person and have a done great job with Covid precautions. Happy to discuss offline.
  • 4's

    A few key differences between Beansprouts and K280: Where Beansprouts is very organized, K280 is absolutely not and it will grate on your nerves. I had 2 friends this year who didn’t get their class assignment until AFTER school had started and the administration was not responsive. And one got two assignments! I don’t know why they’re like that, I had a totally different administration when my oldest went but stuff like that happened then too. One of my favorite things about K280 is the cluster classes, there are phenomenal Music, Art, and Movement teachers, like actual kid magician teachers. Also Science class with an actual lab! But the wonderful Science teachers from 2 years ago are apparently on sabbatical or retired, so I can’t speak to the new one. But I don’t think you’ll get that same level at Beansprouts. One of my other favorite things about K280: it is an actual slice of NYC’s population. Kids from all kinds of families go there from all over Brooklyn, and you just don’t get that level of diversity at Beansprouts. How Reggio Emilia K280 is definitely depends on what teacher you get. We LOVED our fantastic teacher and hope we get her again, but I’d say she was Reggio-lite. There is no dedicated permanent outdoor playground at K280. They have been saying for years (said it on my tour 2 years ago): “This is the year we’re getting one!”, so who knows. They have some mats and play stuff set up on a blacktop instead. Beansprouts has multiple playground spaces.
  • 2019-2020 Year Review

    Little Beans is the "daycare" component of Beansprouts, offered to children turning two during the school year. It benefits from being part of the Beansprouts family, so there is quite a bit of infrastructure and resource thrown into the program. I love that it's an intro to preschool for young children. There is structure to the day, but still lots of open play. The class size is very small. They go outside every day. I would absolutely send my child again, and plan on sending our younger one. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides snack for afterschool … What would you change? I would like for meals to be provided.
  • 2019-2020 Year Review

    Review: Beansprouts is a great option for pre-school. Its well run and super easy. Out three year old has been there for two years and our older daughter who is now 6 attended for a year. We have loved all of the teacher. Great communication with parents and just an overall lovely and easy going pre-school experience! … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours … What would you change? Sometimes I wish they did more to facilitate parents getting to know each other - there are no school wide events which limits this. In some ways, this is of course also good because its one less thing on all of our busy schedules - but I do wish there was more effort to organize at least one parents night out etc per year.
  • 2019-2020 Year Review

    Review: We love Beansprouts! We sent both our children there and have done half day as well as full day programs for a few days a week. Also have done summer camp. All the teachers have been so wonderful. The kids have fun learning through play. They are always creating things, making artwork and singing songs that my kids share with us at home. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours …
  • 2019-2020 Year Review

    Review: My son is in the 2s program at Beansprouts and seems very happy. We signed him up for their 3s program next year. We like it very much, although, we don't love it. Their curriculum is good, as is their teacher:student ratio. They have highly flexible summer camp options, which worked quite well for us, even as a "rising 2" student. We do not like that 2/3 teachers, including the head teacher, speak in an overly cheery and high pitched voice when talking to the children. It feels disingenuous and is now how we speak to our son. When family members visit from out of town, they might do a pre-school pick up. More than one has noted the "too happy" demeanor and felt it was odd. We have a different style, so this rubs us the wrong way. We also do not love the music program. My son has a wonderful time and comes home singing the songs, so it's an overall win. However, for the tuition, I'd prefer some Vivaldi with interpretive dance versus Baby Shark (although, the accompanying puppet is a hit - go figure). A big plus is that they are an extremely well-oiled machine. We use a dependent care account to cover some of the tuition costs and it's a seamless bureaucratic operation with their Parent Coordinator. Everything really is seamless because they are so well-organized. That was a big reason we re-upped for a 3s program. Another thing we like is that all children end the day together. My son's 2s class all depart at at noon (vs, some kids leaving and others staying later). We like the cohesion. The same will be in effect for next yr in the 3s class, as the full-day kiddos are in their own classroom. Lastly, they are competitively priced. Beansprouts is not cheap, but it's not hard to find other nearby options that cost more. Despite my disappointment in the music curriculum and the "too happy/high-pitched" faces and voices, it felt like a good option for next year. Nothing is perfect and Beansprouts checks off a lot of boxes that are important to us. My son is very happy there, and that seems like a good measure of success for his first year in school. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours … What would you change? improved music curriculum
  • 2019-2020 Year Review

    Review: Beansprouts is an amazing community. Our daughter has thrived in their two and now threes programs. The organization is very well run, good communication and Amazing teachers. I highly recommend Beansprouts to all families. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours …
  • 2019-2020 Year Review

    Review: Our daughter is in the 2s program at Beansprouts at the location on the corner of 6th Ave & 8th St. Overall, teachers and staff are all very nice and caring; haven't met anyone who isn't. Generally, pretty well run for how big it is. Pros: enrichments/learning, regular outdoor time, yoga, music. Cons: A bit subterranean (but it's NYC - what can you do?). Going back for 3s. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours … What would you change? A bit better handoff from morning teachers to afternoon/aftercare providers.
  • 2019-2020 Year Review

    Review: Lots of options but need to decide very far in advance and no option to switch once choose days/times. No snacks or lunch or options provided. Love teachers and classmates Cooking as a 2 in was fun for my daughter … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours …
  • 2019-2020 Year Review

    Review: Katie and Allie at Beansprouts (7th Ave/7th St) are excellent. The monthly themes and activities for each day were well planned and varied and our son was very happy there. We would highly recommend it. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options … What would you change? Outdoor space at this site would have been ideal.
  • 2019-2020 Year Review

    Review: Our son loves the outdoor playtime, music and art classes. Small class (12 kids) with one teacher and two aides. Very responsive and proactive staff. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours … What would you change? Not a huge deal but would be great if they offered food on premises.
  • 2019-2020 Year Review

    Review: We started this past fall and are so grateful to have our son at Beansprouts. He struggled with transitioning to school (since he's never had any other caretaker than his mom or dad), but his teacher was super communicative, encouraging, loving and helpful. We are so impressed with the care and compassion his teachers have shown him and us, his parents. After a rough start with the change, our son now thrives at school and we are so happy. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours …
  • 2019-2020 Year Review

    Review: I absolutely love the program. I stayed with my daughter for the first two years of her life full-time and then transitioned to a Beansprouts. She loves going to school each day and has flourished. I love their weekly updates and photos. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, They have a great monthly curriculum, music and yoga each week. … What would you change? I wouldn’t change a thing.
  • 2019-2020 Year Review

    Review: It’s such a wonderful place. My kid loves the friend he has made, center time with cars, trucks and trains, and trips to the gym. He doesn’t much care for the art, but he really loathes nothing about this place. I would certainly send my child again and really wished beansprouts offered upk … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours … What would you change? Provide meals, offer upk, less vacation days during the 2nd semester
  • Feedback for Beansprouts' Pods Program?

    My daughter did the Beansprouts Pods program 2 years ago and we absolutely LOVED it. The teachers are phenomenal and extremely experienced (think they were teaching this age together for 5+years). They made the transition at the beginning of the year easy and seamless, they are so warm and nurturing. They did super fun things all year long and we felt that our daughter thrived in their learning environment. They take them to a small yard at least once a day for outdoor play. Even in snow and rain they would go out which I've come to realize is not the case for all other preschool programs. They helped us with potty training and I give them credit for potty training our daughter. The teachers are also great with communication, quick to reply to emails and sending out weekly photo updates. The school and program is well organized and responsive. We loved it so much our daughter did the 3s program there and we plan on sending our son for the 2s program next fall.
  • Preschool recommendations for almost 2s?

    Hands down Beansprouts! Both my kids are in Beansprouts - the school also makes efforts to build a community with parents! The parents that do subscribe to Beansprouts curriculum are like minded parents - working or otherwise - I've made some great parent-friends through the school. The diversity is a bit lacking but it is reflective of park slope.
  • Preschool recommendations for almost 2s?

    I’m pretty sure Beansprouts has a program like this. My kids both went there for regular preschool and we love it.
  • Preschool recommendations for almost 2s?

    I think Beansprouts takes almost-2's who are born in December of the following year. My son has an October birthday and started with the younger 2s this year and we love it! Everything has been super positive - the teachers are great, his classmates are adorable, and our son has thrived like we have never seen! I highly recommend!
  • Preschool recommendations for almost 2s?

    I think Beansprouts takes this age. My sons were older when he started his Beansprouts 2s program, but we LOVED it. One son graduated out already and one son is now in 3s. It's a fabulous program and we have been so happy with how warm, fun, child-focused and nurturing the program is. My kids thrived.
  • Preschool recommendations for almost 2s?

    We have loved little beans at bean sprouts! Only good things to say.
  • Pre-School options for infants just under 2 and/or other program suggestions?

    We are at little beans at bean sprouts and are really happy with it! Highly recommend for 1-2year olds
  • Beansprouts 3s Full Day Feedback

    We considered this for our son but also need full time. The biggest draw back we found was they require a substantial down payment in April followed by monthly payments through November. So working parents are paying double for childcare April-November. It doesn't feel particularly welcoming for working families in that sense. Still it's in the running for us again this year because what else to do. Others seems to be structured similarly.
  • Beansprouts Pods Program?

    We Did pods for our daughter Clementine. She has a late October birthday. She loved it. The teachers were great. Beansprouts does a great job overall. We only did two days a week at the time because we were worried about going from nothing to 5 days away, but she would have done great 5 days a week. We never did after care so I can speak to that. There was also a program in the spring, the fall before pods started, that was a parent/child class once a week for 5 or 6 weeks. That was a nice way to start acclimating to things. We also did the bean sprouts summer camp prior to pods as well.
  • Review from the 2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool Survey

    Location: 339 8th street Type of School: Preschool REVIEW: Loved everything about the school. Monthly calendars sent with themes for each month so we could talk about their day at home. Lots of variety in activity. My child loves art and there is an art component every day, but the kids can choose what they want to do. Yoga, music, lots of reading. My daughter is flourishing—knows all of her colors, shapes, can count to 10, and beginning letter recognition. Weekly emails with photos from the week. DETAILS: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides snack in after school program What you would change: Nothing.
  • Half-Day Daycare Options?

    Beansprouts has “little beans” program that takes kids that age. It’s new this year so may not be on the website but as them about it. It’s housed in a brownstone on 8th st next to the main building
  • Half-Day Daycare Options?

    Beansprouts has half-day programs, either mornings or afternoons: https://www.beansproutsnurseryschool.com/applications (this only shows current availability - they will have lots more options for the fall). They have a few locations but all clustered around 9th Street and 6th Ave.
  • 2s program recommendations

    I love Beansprouts. We’ve had two kids there and every teacher us been fabulous. They’re so smart about social and emotional growth and tuned in to kid interests and what is going to keep them engaged and involved.
  • preschools

    We did the summer program at Beansprouts last year, and my daughter loved it! We tried one of the outdoor park programs in the fall and it just wasn’t for her, so we wound up switching back to Beansprouts in January. My daughter loves her teachers, made friends easily at school, and is so much happier with the structure and daily activities. We’re going back this fall! I like the classroom set-up, calendar and activities, plus all the dance, music and reading that happens. They also have weekly yoga and music teachers come in, and my daughter is always showing me her latest “yoga pose”. :) I like that the teachers meet your kids where they are at - in regards to potty training, speech, etc.
  • Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    Our son is attending the 2s program on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. We have had a really great experience there. His teacher is wonderful and very responsive whenever I've reached out to her. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options What would you change? I can't think of anything! We essentially selected the program since it's close to our apartment and we know other people who have sent their children there. So far we've had a good experience although our son has only attended school there for three months.
  • Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    This was our 3-year old son's first year in school full time, and he has thrived at Beansprouts. His teachers are loving, warm, patient and observant, but can be firm when necessary. The kids go outside every day, usually to their own little play yard, but they also occasionally adventure into the neighborhood to collect leaves, or visit a local grocery store. The curriculum is open and play-based. They aren't teaching reading or anything like that, but our son's curiosity has blossomed with the exposure to new toys, new activities, new friends, and new ideas. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours What would you change? Beansprouts has been great for us--wouldn't change a thing.
  • Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    My son did Beansprouts 2s for 2 mornings and week, and is now in the 3s program 5 mornings a week. He has loved it both years and grown so much in the time. The Beansprouts curriculum seems to be a lot of learning by doing, child centered, creative, imaginative and progressive in the ways one wants preschool to be. My son has learned the routines and rhythms of being in a school setting, made lots of friends, and adored all of his teachers. The teacher comes to your house before school starts so your child can meet the teacher which helps with the transition. In each semester there are parent-teacher conferences where we have found that the teachers give thoughtful and helpful feedback on how are son is doing. The "specials" are great - music, gym, and Spanish, and lots of fun projects in the classroom, like different cooking experiments. This October they had a farmer come to school and show how to make apple cider. Every week the teacher sends an email summarizing what your child learned that week, and also there is a photo sharing site where parents can see it in action. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options What would you change? I think Beansprouts could do more to build and leverage its parent community. This year they have organized a few parent coffee hours, but I think there is a lot more potential for an active and engaged parent community.
  • Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    My daughter loves this school. It is so enriching and fun for her. It is really well run so I feel great having her there each day. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours What would you change? Nothing
  • Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    We love it! What would you change? The facility
  • 2018 Summer Camp Reviews

    Age of child: 3 Summer 2018 Review: My daughter had a lot of fun. They had activities planned for them daily. They have early drop off and late pick up available. Her favorite were icecream fridays! They took them outside daily!
  • Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    Our daughter enjoys her time at Beansprouts. The days are filled with play and discovery, and the teachers are extremely attentive and communicative. There is always something new to do, from arts&crafts to yoga to music class, yet the days are very structured. I feel the teachers truly understand each child and care about each individual's development. Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides snacks in after school program What would you change? I would change the snacks that they serve (they aren't the healthiest).
  • Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    My son did the 2s program at Beansprouts - 2 days/week for half days. He loved it! His classroom was in the Methodist church. He loved his friends and the teachers Brittany and Ciara and all the activities they did. Beansprouts created a warm and loving environment for him to learn new skills with his friends. He especially loved the weekly music session with Brianna, and playing with the cars in the playground. The Beansprouts classrooms are well designed and the playground is great. We had a parent teacher conference in the fall and in the spring with Brittany in which I learned a lot about my son and what skills we should be working on that are developmentally appropriate. I found Brittany to be very observant of O's personality and likes and dislikes. We are very happy with beansprouts and are planning to send him to the 3s program there as well. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours. What would you change? While there have been a few opportunities to parents to get together at the school with the kids, it would be nice to have more of them to get to know his classmates and their parents.
  • Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    Our son started at Beansprouts in the 2s program, and this year he is in a 3s class. We've had a great experience. The teachers are engaging and well-trained. The school has been around for a long time and the administration is responsive and efficient. Our son has an IEP and the school has been very accommodating about any special arrangements that he's needed. He has learned an incredible amount while at Beansprouts and clearly loves going there. The atmosphere is down-to-earth and friendly. The facilities aren't fancy and could definitely use an upgrade, and that may turn off some families. But as a result you end up with a nice group of parents who wish to send their kids to a community-oriented preschool. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours.
  • Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    We've had a wonderful experience. Teachers are very engaged and my son is thriving with their curriculum. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours.
  • Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    The program was outstanding in every way. Curriculum was creative, hands-on, play based, and nicely varied; plenty of room for teachers to let kids follow their interests. Great enrichment activities: yoga, movement, Spanish, music. Lovely yard full of trees and flowers, with space to run and ride trikes. The best part: awesome, engaged teachers who fostered kids’ social and emotional development. We were thrilled and would highly recommend this program. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options. What would you change? Having to pre-pay tuition so many months before kids actually start school. Unfair burden on families who need childcare the year before preschool starts.
  • Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    My son has been in Beansprouts since he was 2 and will graduate out of the 4s program this year. We - and most important, he - have LOVED the school and will miss it enormously. The teachers are loving, fun, and creative, and they foster a great sense of exploration and independence. At Beansprouts, he has: hatched chicks from eggs, explored Prospect Park, followed the life cycle of a caterpillar (with a live one going through metamorphosis in class), made juice on an apple press, made his first true friends, been potty trained, learned his letters and numbers. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours. What would you change? Nothing!
  • Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    Teachers are excellent, my daughter has grown and learned so much, we have been really impressed with the overall enriched environment. My only complaint is that you must pay by check or direct deposit and you must begin paying monthly installments immediately. For nearly $20k a year I’d really love to put it on my credit card to get some benefit through rewards, and with all the urgency they place on signing up, i have felt as though they’re rushing you so they can start getting money from you. It’s a shame because otherwise it’s a really lovely school and we are truly happy with the actual school experience. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours. What would you change? More flexibility with payment schedules and paying my credit card.
  • Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    Programming and teachers are excellent. Our child has been extremely happy there. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours. What would you change? Beansprouts follows the Department of Education schedule, and is closed during the winter, spring, and summer breaks followed by the DOE. They offer back-up care (at an additional cost) for many of those days, but not all. There is also a 3 week break between "summer camp" and "school" in August, with no back-up coverage whatsoever, leaving parents to scramble to find childcare. They also require parents to pay tuition extraordinarily far in advance (like - 8 months), and tuition is non-refundable. If your family moves, or your childcare needs change, you will literally lose tens of thousands of dollars in tuition.
  • Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    Loves - every teacher has been great, attentive to child’s need like toilet training, great learning activities and great classrooms - I feel like my kids learned a lot Loathes - the timing of the admission processs does not allow you to weigh other options without a penalty; you don’t know which location where you will be assigned until school starts; no UPK program; wish they announced sooner when school will start to allow for summer planning. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours. What would you change? Add UPK; change admission timing to allow you to weigh options; let parents know sooner where the classroom will be and when school will start
  • Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    Our son loves his class! The teachers have been phenomenal. Annie and her team are so positive, supportive, and communicative throughout the year. We feel fortunate that our son had this experience. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours.
  • Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    Teachers are amazing, there is SO much inventive activities, games, etc. They have structure, but really will let kids lead on things. Several favorite class games are truly bizarre things the kids have invented. A nice balance between Waldorf and traditional preschooling.They go outdoors every day (except in extreme weather and active rain). Very loving, and they are great with potty training and knowing when kids are ready (and when they're not!). Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours. What would you change? Lunch! I would love it if they served a snack and lunch. So tired of packing lunches.
  • 2018 Review

    I highly recommend Beansprouts Nursery School. It is excellent! We are in our 6th year there with our daughter going there from 2-4, and our son now in the 4's program. I have signed up T. for next year. I think they start at age 1.9 for this September, but you should check with them.
  • Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours Review: Our daughter has for the most part enjoyed going to Beansprouts. I will say - this is a very "traditional" school in that they don't really focus on the emotional side of things. I wish I had spent more time learning about the different methods - Bank Street, etc before picking a school. Nonetheless, her teacher was wonderful and the director of Beansprouts has been very open-minded when discussing issues in the classroom - as in how to set boundaries with the kids after an incident where our daughter was agressively pursued by a boy. I would say that they are open to LGBTQ families, but not actively diverse in most of the reading materials (to include different family structures) and they do spend A LOT of time on Mother's/Father's Days. - hoping they will transition to "Special Person" day or "Parents Day" like so many others in the neighborhood. Lastly, their "cooking" lessons almost always involve something sweet and there have been times I've come to pick her up and she's eating gummy bears, sugary cereal, etc. It's frustrating that they put zero effort in teaching them about heathy foods. They encourage parents to bring a healthy morning snack, but when Beansprouts provides the afternoon snack -- always junk. Our daughter LOVES the teachers. She LOVED all the sugar. We love that they have after school options, mini-camps on holidays, and also summer camp. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Teach healthy food options - stop giving them jump food - sugary cereal, pudding, pizza, gummy bears, chocolate, goldfish (which has MSG by the way). Try to be more accommodating to children that don't have both a mother and father. Don't wait for them to come to you, but be proactive. Stop praising the girls for wearing dresses -- "you look SO pretty in that dress."
  • Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours Review: We have enjoyed the school for the last 4 years with both kids. The teachers are full of love and the activites are great. My daughter runs everyday to her classroom with a great smile on her face. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
  • Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours Review: [My son] loved his teachers, but particularly, the lead teacher, Sharon. She made the new space comfortable and fun and let Ben adjust at his own pace. He really loves cooking too and I know they did weekly cooking demonstrations in class where everyone got a chance to participate. I think the school is where he first got interested in that. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? It would be great if they provided meals but other than that I love Beansprouts and we'll be sorry to go. But will continue doing after school there!
  • Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours Review: My child attended Beansprouts MWF mornings this school year, after doing a few weeks of camp last summer. It was a really wonderful experience for us all. The teachers were thoughtful, compassionate, skilled and clearly naturals with working with young children. They fostered friendships as well as emotional and intellectual development. Somehow in a classroom of 17 kids, the three teachers seemed to have an in depth appreciation of each child, and work with the group. My child is excited to go to school, to see classmates on the playground, and show off all of the learning they do. The program also incorporates music lessons of different kids with dedicated music professionals, and creatively introduces topics of focus through group and indicual activities -- for example forms of Water, building, class pets, etc. a special shout out to Christine G who is simply exceptional. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? I would change nothing.
  • Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours Review: Love What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? There's a $400 registration fee for returning families. Seems egregious.
  • Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options Review: The teacher was amazing - Suzy H. She worked wonders with her 18 kids (she has 2 helpers). The space was a huge issue, it is under an active basketball court used at all hours by PS39. Parents were told that the kids will be moved elsewhere because of the noise but the space that Beansprouts chose did not pass code or something like that. Essentially, children are being exposed to high noise pollution most of the day every day. Do not accept this location, ask to be moved. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? The location under the basketball court should not be allowed by the city to house students
  • Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours Review: Beansprouts Pre-K was fantastic. The communication and organization were great. The kids had tons of fun activities (farmer visit making apple cider, hatching baby chicks, growing plants, field trips to fire station, etc.) as well as regular programming like Spanish lessons, movement class, and music. Additionally, Joslyn was a phenomenal head teacher. She sent in-depth weekly email summaries and kept a huge and frequently updated (private) online album of class photos.
  • Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours Review: We're so happy with Beansprouts, which my son attended first in the 2s program and in 16-17 in the 3s. The teachers are warm, responsive and fun. Each day's activities are engrossing and perfect for kids - they had an apple press and made cider, they incubated chicks and hatched eggs, they watched caterpillars go through metamorphosis, took nature walks, hardened, did yoga, music. And the teachers really delighted in each kid's personality and quirks. Last but not least, they potty trained my son. It's a great, relaxed, kid-centric program, and my husband and I, and most important, our kid, have been so happy. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Maybe more outdoor time in warm weather?
  • Beansprouts or Park Slope Day Camp?

    We've sent our daughter to both and we've had good experiences with both. I like Beansprouts because while they do some field trips, almost all their stuff happens in the neighborhood. They have ice cream Fridays which my daughter looked forward to every week. It was a slower pace which I think fit her personality. We're sending her back to Beansprouts this summer.
  • Back Next Previous ISO drop-off classes for an almost 3 year old

    I don't know if they have it for summer, but Beansprouts has a class for two year olds that is two mornings a week, and you can do a half-day which is I think 9-12. My son was almost 3 and started their 3s program, which is a little older than this one. And he absolutely thrived and, after a bit of a transition, became much more independent and confident. My husband and I love Beansprouts and the program - it's really warm, the teachers are incredibly engaged, they have great activities that my son loved, the school is well-organized, you get photos each week of what the kids are up to, and the teacher/kid ratio is great. We are big Beansprouts fans.
  • I'm not familiar with Saint Saviour, but I have a 3 year old at Beansprouts for the second year, and we love it. The program is really warm and lovely, and they do tons of fun things. Some recent ones that come to mind: - Incubating eggs and hatching ch

    I'm not familiar with Saint Saviour, but I have a 3 year old at Beansprouts for the second year, and we love it. The program is really warm and lovely, and they do tons of fun things. Some recent ones that come to mind: - Incubating eggs and hatching chicks, so the kids get to see the whole cycle. - The teacher brought in owl pellets and a bone chart, and kids got to find and identify bones and learn about owls (backed up by sweet owl books for read aloud.) - There was an apple press in the fall and the kids made apple juice. And also measured each other in apples. - The teacher is working on getting a firefighter to come to the classroom. Anyway, it's very sweet, and also very professional and organized.
  • Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey

    Review: Program is great! About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Has mini camps during school closings What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Cost Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
  • Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey

    Review: We liked the program; however the room was much smaller than anything we toured. And while we like the school, we are exploring UPK options for next year instead of staying at the school. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
  • Review submitted via the PSP Daycare/Preschool 2016 Survey

    Program: Beanpods, (Turning 2 by Dec. 31st) Age: 1-2 years Review: We have ha a very positive experience at Beansprouts. Nicole, our son's teacher is creative and enthusiastic and very kind and patient. The parents have requested that Nicole stay on as the children's teacher for next year because we love her so much. There is singing, yoga, art projects, field trips, lots going on. And we have had private pArent-teacher conferences throughout the year to discuss Ben's progress as well as weekly photo albums, emails, calendars and newsletters. As far as transitions, they have been very patient and accommodating and we are very grateful this new program (under 2's) became available when Ben was of age.
  • Review submitted via the PSP Daycare/Preschool 2016 Survey

    Program: 3's program Age: 3-4 years Review: Beansprouts has been a great fit for my son and our family. They have a ratio of 1:6 teachers to students. They setup a predictable schedule for the kids, while allowing the children to help guide the details of class focus. The teachers allow the children to help lead with their interests, while maintaining the structure that keeps the kids feeling safe, which has helped my son build confidence. Beansprouts keeps parents informed with monthly schedules, weekly posting of photos on a private website, and daily recaps of the activities of the day. They also have kept us well informed when there was an illness in the room. We really felt like we were part of the team with the teachers. And they encourage parent participation, without forcing it as part of the program. The feel of a co-op school without the required work.
  • Review submitted via the PSP Daycare/Preschool 2016 Survey

    Program: 3s program Age: 3-4 years Review: We have loved the 3s program at Beansprouts. (We also had an older child who attended). The curriculum is amazing. The kids are exposed to so many things - art, music, science, building, cooking, early childhood literacy, the outdoors - all in a fun, age-appropriate way. They keep the kids so engaged - it's awesome. My child is pretty shy and a bit quirky, and I felt like the teachers helped him come out of his shell and discover new hobbies and activities. The teachers are great and quite attentive. They are really responsive when parents have questions. Slight downsides: the space is a little tight and can be chaotic for kids who tend to get overwhelmed. They do the best with what they have, but that has been a bit of an issue for us. Also, while I think the school is well-run and responsive to parents , the administration feels a little opaque; I wish there were a little more face-to-face contact with the folks who were running the show so parents could give more input and have insights into how the school works. Not a huge point, but the school feels a little impersonal - vs the public school where my older child attends where the principal knows every kid's name.
  • Review submitted via the PSP Daycare/Preschool 2016 Survey

    Program: 3s program Age: 3-4 years Review: The teachers are lovely. They take good care of their kids and the classroom. My son seemed to have a good time. I had very little involvement with the teachers or other parents, few gatherings or family parties. For those parents who work, like myself, who don't do pick up or drop off, it's easy to have next to no involvement. I would have appreciated more! We received a monthly calendar from the teacher and pictures regularly, but there was no daily or weekly summary of what happened in the class. And my 3 year old didn't share too much. I also didn't love that they did nothing like a show and tell. Perhaps it was the short length of the class, but I felt like there wasn't much personal stuff exchanged in the classroom. I think my son would have loved a turn at telling something about himself. Overall, I recommend it, but I wasn't IN LOVE with it. My son will be in UPK next year so we're not going back. I'm pretty surprised that some of the kids are going back in the fall - it's expensive and UPK is ideal. Convenience is good. Space is good - having a yard for the kiddos to run around in, having more than one room so the scene doesn't get stale. If you do want to be involved, make it happen. The teachers did let parents know they are welcome to come to class, give snacks, read a book, but they didn't overly encourage it.
  • Review submitted January 2016 via from Daycare Survey

    We LOVE Beansprouts. Our daughter has advanced tremendously in speech and language. She loves going and the teachers are great. They are energetic, experienced and you can tell they love the children. We were concerned about our daughters speech and voiced our concern at the first parent teacher conference. A week later the teacher set up a meeting with a speech therapist ( we did not end up using it further) but the teacher has been updating on progress of her speech and its evident at home as well.
  • Re: Any reviews for Beansprout Nursery School

    We're now at our third year at Beansprouts, and we love it! Our daughter has been in the 2's, 3's and now the 4's program. And, now our son is in the 2's program this year. The activities are stimulating, play-focused, and age appropriate, and they provide lots of time for the children to be active and move. There is a lot of focus on the children's emotional well being and helping them to communicate with their peers. The teachers are so responsive and nurturing. They are also very good about encouraging the kids eat a variety of foods, helping them potty train and promoting reading. We highly recommend the school.
  • Review Submitted via Fall 2015 Daycare/Preschool Survey

    Note: this member reviewed this facility in a prior survey/year PROGRAM: 8th St and 6th Ave TIME: 5 days/week 3-6pm AGE: 4-5 years REVIEW: The teachers and the program get an A+. Sometimes the administration can be difficult to deal with regarding registration. Overall, though, Beanspouts after school (which also includes minicamp on days that public school is closed) has been one of the best parts of this school year. WOULD YOU RECOMMEND? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend WOULD YOU DO IT AGAIN? Absolutely
  • Review Submitted via Fall 2015 Daycare/Preschool Survey

    PROGRAM: 8th St TIME: Ful l/ 5 days a week AGE: 1-2 years3-4 years REVIEW: My kids love school. This is their first experience with going to school and they look forward to going everyday. My daughter whined a little in the beginning during drop off, but she is now fine. My son wouldn't even look up at me when I dropped him off because he would already be having too much fun to care that mommy was leaving. The teachers seem to be really warm and friendly and to genuinely care for my kids. My daughter now loves to hug her teachers when I drop her off. They have a ton of toys and activities. I think they must rotate the toys between the different classrooms. They are always doing art and having fun. My kids are in the pods program, which means they started at 1 and will be turning 2 before the end of the calendar year. I highly recommend Beansprouts. WOULD YOU RECOMMEND? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Recommend with reservations WOULD YOU DO IT AGAIN? Absolutely not
  • Review Submitted via 2014-2015 Daycare/Preschool Survey

    Beansprouts Program: 3s Program Length of time: M/W/F Half Day Child’s Age: 3-4 years Type 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: We had a wonderful experience at Beansprouts with their M/W/F program for half days. Our daughter had two wonderful teachers, Suzy and Charlotte, who were caring and creative and a wonderful influence on her life. They gave great insight to us on her activities in the day and we learned a little more about what she likes to do from a play perspective which allowed us to bring different toys in to the home for her to shine. While she was at Beansprouts she became a big sister and her teachers made her feel special about her new responsibility. Her classroom was small but warm and inviting and there were a lot of personalized aspects to it to make her feel like it was her own. One of our favorite parts about Beansprouts is that the kids play outside every single day. Being in a city environment it was important to us that her only activity outside wasn't just walking to and from places. Would you recommend? Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
  • Review Submitted via 2014-2015 Daycare/Preschool Survey

    Program: 2/3s Length of time: 5 days a week Child’s Age: 2-3 years Type of facility: Privately run daycare/preschool with multiple classes and teachers REVIEW: Amazing first preschool experience. Our daughter's experience began with a class meet up in early summer, followed by a house visit from her future teacher in late summer. Parents were encouraged to help prepare the classroom with family pictures and any token items that would make the transition to school easier. Throughout the school year there were parent nights, parent/teacher conferences and outside of these the teachers were incredibly responsive to emails and calls and welcomed any additional contact. Teachers and staff were incredibly kind, knowledgeable, and the classroom was always orderly and welcoming. We fully credit Beansprouts with teaching our daughter the fundamentals of organized play and how to follow instructions and participate in a structured day. Playing "school" became her favorite game at home and we discussed schedules, tasks that she could help us with (they gave each kid a job in the classroom) and how to respect boundaries and interact with peers. The classroom experience is like a toddler's dream come true- they provide every toy/game/experience that a child could possibly want, and the teachers encourage hands on play, art and games that would make me cringe if they were taking place in my own home (for clean up reasons!), but I'm grateful my child got to experience in the right environment. As all of the classrooms are located within a couple blocks of one another, walking to school in the morning is a communal experience and the classroom parents became very fond of one another. Definitely a wonderful preschool that is a long time neighborhood staple for good reason. While the facilities are not state of the art and there are some quirks and minor inconveniences (like pass-through classrooms and play yards that are not attached to facility), the atmosphere is very comfortable and communal and it's all part of the charm. Would you recommend? Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
  • Review Submitted via 2014-2015 Daycare/Preschool Survey

    Program: PreK Length of time: full day Child’s Age: 4-5 years Type 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: Amazing teachers--perhaps the #1 reason we loved Beansprouts this past year. The philosophy is to teach children personal responsibility and self-reliance in a secular setting. The facility is good, not the best physical space we visited but the curriculum and the teachers more than made up for any deficiencies in the classroom spaces. We had parent-teacher conferences as well as regular email communication with the teacher throughout the year. Would you recommend? Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
  • Review Submitted via 2014-2015 Daycare/Preschool Survey

    Program: Nursery School and Extended Day Length of time: Full time 5 days a week Child’s Age: 4-5 years Type 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: My daughter has been at Beansprouts for two years now and I could not recommend a program more highly. Both years, her teachers have been consistently energetic, organized, creative, loved and loving. The curriculum is fantastic - the kids cooked, learned to write their names and studied each letter of the alphabet. They adopted penguins and a Prospect Park tree, had a bake sale, picnicked in the park and shared at show and tell. My daughter has a severe nut allergy and the teachers and school were so careful and understanding. They really put my mind at ease. Most importantly, my daughter loves the program and all the friends she has made there. Would you recommend? Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
  • Review Submitted via 2014-2015 Daycare/Preschool Survey

    Program: 3's program Length of time: 5 days/week, full day Child’s Age: 3-4 years Type 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 Submitted via 2014-2015 Daycare/Preschool Survey

    Program: 4's Length of time: 2 days/week Child’s Age: 4-5 years Type 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: Both my son and daughter went to the 3's and 4's program at Beansprouts. We loved all the teachers (there are usually 3 to a classroom - one main teacher and two assistants) and always felt that our kids were in good hands. Would you recommend? Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
  • Review Submitted via 2014-2015 Daycare/Preschool Survey

    Length of time: 2 full days a week Child’s Age: 2-3 years Type 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 Submitted via 2014-2015 Daycare/Preschool Survey

    Program: 3's classroom with Shana, Vicki, Eleni, Nicole Length of time: Full Days, 5 days/week, plus Extended day (3 PM-6 PM), 5 days/week Child’s Age: 3-4 years Type 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: We like Beansprouts. In particular, teachers Shana (now on maternity leave), Vicki, Eleni (retiring), and Nicole developed great rapport with our reserved and shy daughter. We do think this program is very teacher-dependent. Vicki takes lots of photos, which we scrutinized. Shana and Nicole, as head teachers, sent regular e-mail updates. We only wish the program offered more physical activity for our daughter. We think Beansprouts's summer camp offering, which includes soccer, is the right amount --- our daughter is napping more of the time. Also, Beansprouts's main teachers cover the 8 AM to 3 PM full day; and a mostly different, younger staff covers the 3 PM to 6 PM extended day. Since we picked up our daughter at the end of the extended-day program, we often did not get much same-day feedback about the main day. Before we attended Beansprouts, we were at the Vanderbilt YMCA in midtown Manhattan, and if Beansprouts gets a B+ or A, then we rate the YMCA at C. Would you recommend? Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
  • Review Submitted via 2014-2015 Daycare/Preschool Survey

    Program: 3s Length of time: 2 days a week Child’s Age: 3-4 years Type 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: Kind smart teachers, great classrooms and overall wonderful program. I love that they took pictures of the kids every day and uploaded to a private portal at the end of the week. Our son loved his teachers, loved the activities, and really grew to look forward to school which is a goal for a 3s program in my mind. My only letdown was that most children in the 3s program turned 3 after the school year started, where my expectation was that you had to be 3 at the start of school. The classes overall seem to skew very young, so keep in mind depending on when you childs birthday is. Would you recommend? Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
  • Review Submitted via 2014-2015 Daycare/Preschool Survey

    Length of time: Part Days, 5 Days a Week Child’s Age: 3-4 years Type 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 Submitted via 2014-2015 Daycare/Preschool Survey

    Program: Pre-k&summer camp Length of time: 3days&full days Child’s Age: 2-3 years Type of facility: Privately run daycare/preschool with multiple classes and teachers REVIEW: I think beansprout is one of the most well known school in our neighborhood. But the way they run the program needs some change-our teacher for pre-k was switched to diffetent person one week before the class starts. They didn't give us proper explaination about the change and we got almost no experienced teacher as a head teacher. And they changed one of the assistant teachers changed one month before end of the school year. The program is really different depends on the teachers. Would you recommend? Recommend Would you send your child again? Probably not
  • 2014 Summer Camp Review

    Age of Child: 5 Likes: Especially having done other camps as well this summer, we appreciate that Beansprouts is relatively organized and thoughtful about their program, with stronger teachers and assistants. My child definitely had a great time. What would you change? Swimming instruction was not ideal, as rather than actual swim teachers, Beansprouts used their classroom teachers, some of whom were not even swimmers themselves. That said, my child still enjoyed the swimming fine. Would you send your child(ren) again? Do you recommend? Do you have any other information to add? Highly recommend
  • 2014 Summer Camp Review

    Age of Child: 5 Likes: Especially having done other camps as well this summer, we appreciate that Beansprouts is relatively organized and thoughtful about their program, with stronger teachers and assistants. My child definitely had a great time. What would you change? Swimming instruction was not ideal, as rather than actual swim teachers, Beansprouts used their classroom teachers, some of whom were not even swimmers themselves. That said, my child still enjoyed the swimming fine. Would you send your child(ren) again? Do you recommend? Do you have any other information to add? Highly recommend
  • Review from 2013 Summer Camp Experience

    Age of Child: 4 Likes: My son attends Beansprouts preschool, so he was very comfortable at the school and with the teachers and other children. We thought it was great for him because Beansprouts is so well organized, and the teachers are actual preschool teachers, not kids. My son got the proper attention, including not a single sunburn or lost item of clothing. The kids did a lot of fun activities suitable for his age, including swimming and soccer. They also have nap time, which a lot of day camps don't have at this age but which my son still needs. Finally, they have after care until 6:00, which we need. What would you change? I would have liked swim lessons more than once a week to really make an impact. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend Do you have any other information to add? Although we thought the Beansprouts program was great, some parents of preschoolers wanted a camp that was more "stimulating" for their kids, with more excursions and activities. We didn't think our 4 year old needed to be on a bus or even leave the neighborhood every day, but some parents might think that's important.
  • Review from 2013 Summer Camp Experience

    Age of Child: 5 Likes: He loved it! Swimming every week, soccer once a week. Lots of running around time. Talent show every week. Ice cream on fridays. He loved everything about camp. What would you change? Absolutely nothing. It was perfect for my child Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend
  • Review from 2013 Summer Camp Experience

    Program: entering K group, 5 days a week Age of Child: 5 Likes: My son enjoyed the silly crafts, toys, soccer, ice cream, club days, and especially the trips. What would you change? I know this is true for most of the day camps in the area, but kids were signed up for a week or two here or there and it was a bit unsettling for my son. He would make friends and by the next week they were gone. There was also turnover with the counselors/teachers and some were better than others. One in particular was always on her phone. They spent most of the day indoors. My son isn't a sporty kid, so this didn't bother him too much, but he would have benefited from more exercise. I think he had a better time last year when he was younger - this year he seemed less engaged. Do you recommend? Recommend
  • Review from 2013 Summer Camp Experience

    Program: 2/3's class, 2 days a week Age of Child: 2 Likes: The teachers and aides seemed nice. From what I saw, the activities seemed engaging and age appropriate. They had a music teacher and a yoga teacher come in, and my child enjoyed them both. My child came home with new songs, talking about friends, etc. They have a backyard with a fun play structure. They were somehow able to get my son to nap every day. What would you change? There should be an option of a "phase in," especially for children who are having their first full day drop off experience. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend
  • Review from 2013 Summer Camp Experience

    Program: MWF 3's Age of Child: 4 Likes: For us it was great because the head teacher who is amazing was my sons teacher during the year. Also there were many of the same kids in the class from the year too. So transition was very easy. It was in a different room and a different building but I think this was exciting for him. They did different activities then they had during the year so it def kept his interest. What would you change? Nothing Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? Beansprouts in general is a warm and supportive environment. We have had wonderful experiences there aside from the sometimes unorganized administration.
  • Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP Survey

    Review date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: 3's program Length of time: 2 days/week Child's age: 3-4 years Review: Our daughter has attended Beansprouts 2 days/week when she was 2 and this past year when she was 3 years old. I think they do an excellent job in finding loving, smart, and committed teachers. The initial process is a little stressful and they do get many more applicants than they can accommodate. We were flexible in that we did not need 5 day coverage so I think we had much better chances of being selected. There were a few nice informative gatherings at school and conferences to discuss progress or concerns at school. My only complaint is that it does seem expensive compared to most places and it is not a full year program as they follow the DOE calendar. I assume they have very high operating costs since they have several locations along 5th Ave. I also hope that they pay their teachers well as they really deserve it! Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend <<< PSP Note: this reviewer has recommended Beansprouts in the past >>>
  • Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP Survey

    Review date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: Pre-k Length of time: 5 days a week Child's age: 4-5 years Review: I found the program to be a huge benefit to our daughter, in terms of developing cognitive skills. Easygoing, enthusiastic teachers with basic punctuated by inventive variety of class trips. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
  • Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP Survey

    Review date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: 3's program Length of time: 2 days/week Child's age: 3-4 years Review: Our daughter has attended Beansprouts 2 days/week when she was 2 and this past year when she was 3 years old. I think they do an excellent job in finding loving, smart, and committed teachers. The initial process is a little stressful and they do get many more applicants than they can accommodate. We were flexible in that we did not need 5 day coverage so I think we had much better chances of being selected. There were a few nice informative gatherings at school and conferences to discuss progress or concerns at school. My only complaint is that it does seem expensive compared to most places and it is not a full year program as they follow the DOE calendar. I assume they have very high operating costs since they have several locations along 5th Ave. I also hope that they pay their teachers well as they really deserve it! 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 Survey

    Main location with garden Review date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: 3's MFW full days at main location with garden Length of time: 3's MFW full days Child's age: 3-4 years Review: Overall we have been very happy with Beansprouts. This was our child's second year and this year (3's) was even better then last year (2's). The head teacher was very energetic and on top of things. She really is fantastic with high strung boys, it is sort of magical. She is also incredibly diplomatic which is quite impressive. The school itself can be a bit unorganized but the teacher always made sure that the parents knew the schedule and what was going on. The assistant teachers were also good and really helped keep the class together. Our child learned an incredible amount this year and thoroughly enjoyed his class. He very eagerly went to school each morning. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend <<< PSP Note: this reviewer has recommended Beansprouts in the past >>>
  • Re: Afternoon program at Beansprouts

    We sent our daughter to the Beansprouts afternoon program for two years (2010-2012) and loved it! Rosemary was the head teacher the first year, Catherine the second, and both were fabulous. Our daughter grew by leaps and bounds in those two years (especially socially as she was very shy at first) and was well-prepared for Kindergarten this year. We had to do afternoons because my wife works at night and wanted to spend mornings with our daughter so it worked perfectly for us (we also used their after-school program from 3 to 6 pm). As for naps, we just phased them out before she started at Beansprouts at age three because she was waking up at 10 to 10:30 am every morning and it was almost impossible to get her down for naps anyway, and we were lucky that she adapted well to a nap-less life after a brief transition period (which we actually phased in over the summer to get her used to going without naps).
  • 2012 Summer Camp Survey

    Camp Beansprouts 6th Ave and 10th St. Day Care or Sleep Away-- Day Camp Program: 3s full day program M-F and afterschool program Age of Child: 3 Likes: He's not really old enough to articulate it, but my son had a great time both during the day at his camp program and at the afterschool program. He's been in daycare full time since he was a baby, and he loved his "new school." We loved the fact that he got outside every day and did thoughtful games and projects. The Beansprouts staff was wonderful - organized and on top of things but also friendly and loving to our son. We were more than happy with the program. What would you change? Because my son's a toddler, I would have liked more communications about what the kids were doing all day (just to get the information, not because we were worred about anything). Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? Review from 2012 Summer Camp Experience
  • 2012 Summer Camp Survey

    Camp Beansprouts 6th avenue and 8th street Day Care or Sleep Away-- Day camp Program: Full day, 5 days a week for 4 and 5 year olds Age of Child: 4 Likes: EVERYTHING! The silly craft projects, playing with dirt, the play structure, riding toys in the yard, play kitchen, blocks, trips, ice cream Fridays, clay, etc. What would you change? It would go all the way to the very end of August! The bathroom could be cleaner and more private. Ideally there would be one head teacher for the whole summer, but that is not a big deal. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? Review from 2012 Summer Camp Experience
  • 2012 Summer Camp Survey

    Camp Beansprouts 6th ave bw 9th and 10th Day Care or Sleep Away-- Day Program: 2s/3s class, three mornings Age of Child: 3 Likes: We chose camp mainly for continuity from school year - having some of the same teachers, similar activities, and same location made for easy transition. We were very happy with school year and glad to simply continue. What would you change? There was not frequent sprinkler play even though we got instructions to have swimsuits. Glad we chose to continue but it is more expensive and seems somewhat less organized/thoughtful. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend Do you have any other information to add? Review from 2012 Summer Camp Experience
  • 2012 Summer Camp Survey

    Camp Beansprouts 6th Ave and 8th st. Day Care or Sleep Away-- DC Program: 5 year olds Age of Child: 5 Likes: He loved the field trips, the pottery, and the Friday talent shows. What would you change? I would add maybe one more counselor or assistant for the classroom. Also, there was one "dud" that simply did not click with my son and she came across as very rigid and somewhat demeaning. However, I know that there are always some duds in life and my son will just have to adjust. She was the ONLY negative thing about the camp and was only there for a couple weeks. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? I've had a very positive experience with Beansprouts over the past year and half and have found their staff to be incredibly supportive and nurturing. Review from 2012 Summer Camp Experience
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    Review Date 2012 Length of TIme: Full day, 5 days/week Child's Age: 3-4 years Review: My just-turned-4 year old just finished up his first year at Beansprouts, in their full day 3's program. Their program is "play-based," with lots of open ended art (coloring, collages, playing with washi tape), blocks, building, dramatic play, etc. He loved the trips to the park and playgrounds, playing in their yard, and the other occasional field trips. I really liked that they got out, at least briefly, even on wet days. His head teacher was wonderful - very supportive and open to talking with me about questions and concerns I had. The assistant teachers for our class were good, though some were better than others. The only negative experience was the lack of clear communication from the central office -- we used some of the "minicamps" during days when the regular class was closed, and parents would sometimes not get information about who the teachers would be, etc. That said, I did appreciate their flexibility with after-school, and offering coverage on vacation days. It's not cheap, but for working parents, that flexibility is helpful. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
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    Review Date 2012 Length of TIme: Full day, 5 days/week Child's Age: 3-4 years Review: Warm, engaged teachers and a strong program of activities. Facilities are merely so-so. My only complaint is that communication from the main office can be rather hit-or-miss. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
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    Review Date 2012 Program:Ms. Shana's class Length of TIme: Tues/Thurs full day Child's Age: 2-3 years Review: We had Ms. Shana, Ms. Sandy and Ms. Aileen and could not have asked for better teachers. All were kind, patient, energetic and genuinely seemed to care about all of the kids. Our daughter had been in a daycare setting previous to Beansprouts and didn't have any issues adjusting overall. If we could have afforded it, I would have sent her to the 3 or even 5 day program. They did a home visit before school began and had two parent/teacher "conferences" during the year. In between, they were responsive during pick ups and email as needed. Overall, the process of admissions seemed a little intimidating at first but I think we lucked out because we were flexible in the days/times we wanted and were not looking for full-time. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
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    Review Date 2012 Program:2's Length of TIme: MWF half day Child's Age: 2-3 years Review: Amazingly energetic teachers who always are ready with interesting projects for the kids as soon as they arrive. The class is packed full each day with fun and educational activities. I am continually surprised by things my son has been taught from beginning science and math to vocabulary and phonics. Each day at pick up the teachers are happy to give progress reports and parent teacher meetings are very informative. Teachers are very helpful in dealing with difficult situations. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
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    PROGRAM: 3's program Length of Time: Full day 5 days/week 3-4 years Wonderful highly skilled and experienced teachers that really care Classroom is on the small side Great activities (cooking, yoga, music class) Lots of outside time on the playground Regular contact with parents through email Always open to discuss/answer questions and work through issues (i.e. making kids nap) Do You Recommend? Highly recommend (Review date: December, 2011)
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    PROGRAM: 3's Length of Time: 2 full days per week 3-4 years We toured all the fancy preschools (Packer, St Anns, Rivendell, Poly Prep) and Beansprouts, and found the programs to be remarkably similar. We were looking for a playful, nurturing environment with enough structure to help our son (who has sensory issues) know what to expect each day--and we found it in Beansprouts. We love the school and couldn't be happier. Our son is thriving in Beth's classroom, he cried EVERY day at former daycare drop-off, but he cannot wait to get to school and see his friends and his beloved teachers. LOVE how they handle discipline, teaching the kids to respect one another's personal space and feelings. Do You Recommend? Highly recommend (Review date: December, 2011)
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    PROGRAM: 2's Length of Time: M, w, f, 9am to 12 2-3 years This was my first experience with preschool as a parent. We have been extremely happy with the teachers and program. The teachers are very warm and caring and have really made an effort to get to know the kids individually/individuality. The day is packed full of fun, interesting and challenging activities including regular music and yoga. I have noticed incredible advancements in my sons speach and motor skills both fine and gross. I really didn't know what to expect from our first parent teacher meeting and was really impressed with the detail of information I was given about developmental advancements as well as general day to day interactions. I only have glowing things to say! Do You Recommend? Highly recommend (Review date: December, 2011)
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    PROGRAM: Tina's 3's Class Length of Time: Full Time 5 days 3-4 years The teachers are amazing and the facilities are great. The big yard is such a great space for the kids to run around and play. Do You Recommend? Highly recommend (Review date: December, 2011)
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    PROGRAM: Length of Time: 5 days 4-5 years Our son has had extremely experienced, loving teachers. The school does a great job of creating communities within the classroom for children, and among parents. Overall, we have had children there for four years (our daughter for one, our son for 3) and have nothing but good things to say about it. The children are busy, happy, engaged with all kinds of fun, creative activities. Any problems are dealt with immediately and thoughtfully. Do You Recommend? Highly recommend (Review date: December, 2011)
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    PROGRAM: pre-school Length of Time: 3 full days (M/W/F) 3-4 years Our daughter was in a 2s class three mornings a week (M/W/F) last year and this year she is in a 3s class three full days a week (M/W/F). We have been *enormously* happy with the head teachers and co-teachers last year and this year. Above all, the teachers are nurturing, creative, and engaging and encourage your child to be the best they can be. I feel like the teachers "get" toddlers and speak with them in a way that's on their level but not condescending. We send our daughter off to school with a full heart knowing she'll get lots of outdoor play in the yard, music, art, and yoga. There are cooking classes once a week, lots of book reading (aloud and the children are also encouraged to select books on their own), dancing (during the designated music time and at other times), and fun at the sensory table (oh the kids love the uncooked rice and beans). My daughter does not want to leave when I pick her up in the afternoon because she is having so much fun. The teachers are responsive to any concerns that have come up (i.e., When she first potty-trained, my daughter did not want to interrupt a fun activity to use the potty.); are sensitive; and I feel like I'm learning from them about encouraging my daughter to become independent. The parent-teacher conferences were positive, validating, and constructive. We also love to pore over the pictures the head teacher sends regularly. Highly recommend. Do You Recommend? Highly recommend (Review date: December, 2011)
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    PROGRAM: 3s program Length of Time: 5 days 3-4 years Lovely, responsible, attentive teachers; insightful and interesting feedback about our kids' progress; active program with many activities. Do You Recommend? Highly recommend (Review date: December, 2011)
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    PROGRAM: 4's Length of Time: Fully day, 5 days a week 4-5 years Beansprouts is terrific in all the important ways. The teachers are energetic, compassionate and communicate very well with the parents. We are in our second year there and are very impressed with the range of activities for the students, including regular field trips. Our teachers are always responsive to emails, and are very perceptive about how to work with a child who has an issue, whether minor or major. For example, our child is not big into arts and crafts--our teacher talked to us about it and suggested ways we could help her become more comfortable with getting her hands dirty. But she also did not pressure us and said that at some point, it's just her personality. Beansprouts weekly does the following: cooking, movement, music, powerplay, and a big bonus: outdoor playtime every day in a great big yard in front of the main building. Do You Recommend? Highly recommend (Review date: December, 2011)
  • Rreview from Survey, 2010

    Program: Pre-School Length of Time: Full Days; 5 days/week Child's Age: 3-4 years 4-5 years Review: We have a had a terrific experience. My daughter's teacher is extremely thoughtful in her "lesson" plans, and works specifically to enhance the children's creative skills, verbal skills, art skills etc. I have received comprehensive feedback regarding my child's progress and special attention when my daughter was having a difficult time transitioning into a full day program. My son's teacher is equally as thoughtful and thought provoking. I have seen marked improvement in my sons writing skills, interest in reading/books and confidence. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Recommend
  • Review from Survey, 2010

    Program: 2s 2 days a week Length of Time: Full time 2 days a week. Review: The teachers are wonderful, full of energy, likable and care so much about the kids. It is obvious. The school communicates well with parents mostly about what the kids are doing each day and they are very good with transitioning kids to the new school. I have received a good amount of info concerning my daughter's progress. There's a back to school night and two parent/teacher conferences. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
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    Name of Program:3's Full days/2 days per week KID AGE:3-4 years We are really happy with Beansprouts and our daughter's teacher/s. We were a little apprehensive about taking her out of the daycare she'd been in for 2 years because she loved it so much, and it was familiar and comfortable, but she just LOVES her new school/friends/teachers! She is always singing the songs she's learned there and is always excited to go. It's a little busy at drop-off and pick-up time, so I don't get as much feedback as I did at daycare, but the teacher always tells me "she had a good day" and I suspect if there was an issue she'd let me know. She gets to do music(Tues) and yoga(Thurs) and they take little field trips (walks) around the neighborhood, and of course their playground is great. It's also really convenient that they have the afterschool program for when I need to pick her up later. Ultimately what's the most important thing is that she's happy there! Highly Recommend/Recommend or Do Not Recommend?--Highly recommend Review Date: Fall 2010
  • 2009 Day Care/ Preschool Review

    —Length of time? 1-4pm afternoon program —What year(s) does your review cover? 2008-2009 (the year just ending) only —How old is/was your child(ren) when they attended the preschool/daycare/playgroup? (Check all that apply) 4-5 years —Review of experience? Fantastic program. We had just relocated from Australia and they happened to have an opening. Our daughter arrived half way through the school year and yet was welcomed and settled in remarkably quickly. There were two fantastic teachers, very attentive to the kids, creating a small intimate environment. The childrens' age ranged from 3 to 5 and this seemed to be well catered for. The ratio of two teachers and ten kids seem to result in little, if any child to child conflict or behavioural issues. For what is only a very short period of the day Beansprouts made the most of the time. Every day there would be a focus, be it an outsourced person coming on site; a person with a guitar one day, a gymnastics movement group another, or an in-house derived activity like cooking or a neighborhood walk. They also, mostly every day had some time in the outside area (which crucially to us actually has dirt & grass & trees not just an artificial surface & equipment). —Would you recommend? Highly recommend —Piece of advice? If there is a TV in the classroom and the kids ever watch videos as an activity...run.
  • 2009 Day Care/ Preschool Review

    —Specific Program? 2s, 3s —Length of time? 5-day fulltime —What year(s) does your review cover? Multiple years (including 2008-2009) —How old is/was your child(ren) when they attended the preschool/daycare/playgroup? 2-3 years; 3-4 years —Review of experience? We have been very happy with Beansprouts: it's a warm, active environment, with lots of great extracurriculars once the kids enter the 3s class (yoga, swimming, bowling, field trips, Power Play). Our daughter, who's attended preschool, after-school and summer camp, has made tons of friends throughout the neighborhood. Highly recommend. —Would you recommend? Highly recommend
  • 2009 Day Care/ Preschool Review

    —What year(s) does your review cover? 2008-2009 (the year just ending) only —How old is/was your child(ren) when they attended the preschool/daycare/playgroup? 2-3 years; 3-4 years —Review of experience? The teachers were fantastic: loving, fun, hard working and caring. It was a structured environment with fantastic "extras": cooking, swimming, yoga, music and trips to Power Play weekly. There was a varied program of group trips that were very enriching. The classroom was great and had everything one could want. The only difficulty was with the central office, which did not communicate with parents as well as we would have wanted. We felt we were "nickel and dimed" with being asked to pay for things throughout the year that should have been included and the office is not responsive to parent feedback. Other than that it was a fantastic year and my daughter absolutely loved it. —Would you recommend? Highly recommend —Piece of advice? Speak to other families and see what it was they liked and did not like about the school.
  • 2009 Day Care/ Preschool Review

    —What year(s) does your review cover? The 2007-2008 school year only —How old is/was your child(ren) when they attended the preschool/daycare/playgroup? 2-3 years; 3-4 years —Review of experience? We found the teachers to be fantastic. Each group our daughter was in had a head teacher and two assistants. There always seemed to be a good mix of high energy and nurturing between the staff so that each child's needs were met. We found that sending our daughter to a school that had a separate class for full time students was better for all involved-child and parents than having a school where the make-up of the class changed from day to day - Having now had a year at pre-k at PS 154 we miss Beansprouts even more. (We had a good experience with PS 154 but realize the limitations of NYC DOE) —Would you recommend? Highly recommend —Piece of advice? Go with your gut-If it seems like a place you would want to be you will be more comfortable leaving your child and they will sense it and be happier.