The Bija Project
The Bija Project


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Reviews (5)

  • 2019-2020 Year Review

    Review: Bija is a really special place. The teachers are energetic, creative, kind, and loving, and the kids do really cool activities like making their own pickles and creating warm houses for local stray cats in the winter. Our son loves going there, and we've seen the effects of their intentional teaching and community-building methods through his language and behavior. He is active, excited, engaged, and enthusiastic, both there and at home. Although they claim to push an all-inclusive and social-justice curriculum, they're not really set up for parents who work fulltime out of the home. Their academic calendar starts a full two weeks later than NYC public schools, and with their extra-long onboarding period and taking time off for Jewish holidays, they don't really start going with any regularity until October. They take many days off (including two full days for parent/teacher conferences, which seems ridiculous), close early some days, and very few kids attend both pre-school and after-school. It's really a better option for families who have nannies or flexible schedules and just want a little socialization for their kids. … About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours … What would you change? Take fewer days off
  • Review from 2015 Summer Camp Survey

    Age of Child: 2 Likes: My son loves going to camp, which makes for a very happy child and mother! They keep the kids very active with indoor activities and outside exploration / play time. He comes home covered in paint, which I love because it means he was actively participating. They provide a mixed age program ranging from 2-6 for summer camp, which is great for my son because he loves playing with older children. I feel very comfortable that he is safe, comfortable, having fun and learning on a daily basis. What would you change? Because my son is on the younger side, he still naps 1.5-2 hrs each day while home with me. Since the program has a large range in ages, the allocated time for nap (or quiet time) is only 45 min. This was a HUGE adjustment for my little one, and we had some very cranky afternoons the first couple of weeks. However, he adjusted by sleeping longer at night or during non camp days and now does very well. Also, the teachers are very accessible for questions / concerns, but you need to ask for updates on what their day was like. I was sent home with a dirty set of clothes a couple of times with no explanation, to later learn (upon getting home and opening the bag) my potty trained toddler had had an accident. In my opinion, any potty accidents should be brought to the parents attention ASAP and discussed to make sure there are not any set backs with training (especially a newly potty trained 26 mo old). I discussed this with the staff, and have been very happy since. The student to teacher ratio is 5/1, which is a little high for the 2-3 year old age range, but again, I would rather the higher ratio to incorporate the mixed age range for my son, since he thrives with the older children. Overall, we have been very happy with this camp, and I have decided to enroll him in their preschool program starting this Fall. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend
  • Preschool rec: Bija Kids

    I keep seeing posts about preschool tours and requests for recommendations - I thought I'd share our enthusiasm for our 3-year-old daughter's program at Bija Kids in Ft Greene/Clinton Hill. (We gladly make the trek from Franklin Ave in Crown Heights.) L's been attending since September, and we could not be happier. Their ethos is very "teaching children to be independent"; there's a great deal of child-directed choice, both in play as well as learning basic skills like getting their own drinks in big-kid cups and washing their hands on their own. It's a place where our VERY fastidious child is embracing being messy, and where we were helped over that final hump to get [my child] fully potty trained. The teachers are energetic and great with the kids, the staff is so easy to work with, and L greets Tuesday and Thursday mornings with excited cries of "IT'S A SCHOOL DAY!" I was SO STRESSED about finding a spot for her that would make her happy and help her grow, and I feel confident we found it at Bija Kids. If you're looking, too, check their site for more information: They're doing open houses on second Saturdays from 10-12 and tours on Wednesday mornings in November and December. Some bonus nitty gritty info: - They have a bunch of different schedules, and also offer early drop off - The program is mixed-aged, starting at age 2 - Potty training is not required (!) - They have a bearded dragon in the classroom named Vishnu, and [my child] is thrilled to talk about him (November 2014)
  • 2014 Daycare/Preschool PSP review

    Length of Time: 2 days/week Child's Age: 3-4 years Review: I am LOVING our experience at Bija - the philosophy is somewhere between Montessori and Reggio, an intention to teach children how to be independent and their best selves. Our daughter loves the school, and is excited to go. She's learning artistic processes, how to socially interact with other kids, and is confident in doing a lot more things on her own. I truly believe the teachers were a huge part in making that final leap toward full potty training, too. The facility is a giant, well-lit, attractive space. They provide organic snacks, plenty of creative toys (easels, wooden blocks, books, etc), and the teachers are just great with all the kids. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
  • Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP Survey

    Review date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: preschool Length of time: PT, 3 days per week Child's age: 3-4 years Review: My DD was having a difficult time adjusting at preschool; not with separtion anxiety but following rules and playing with other children. Her teacher kept us up to speed with her issues and, eventually, suggested she get evaluated by professionals. Both my husband and I are thankful for the concern they shown towards our DD. Some things I don't like: -No windows. Not a deal breaker but it's nice for the kids. -I don't care for the Director of Bija; however, the teachers are great and caring. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Recommend with reservations