Brooklyn Aozora Gakuen
Review from the Spring 2023 Early Education SurveyReview: My child was in the 3/4 year old class, Uguisu, this past year. The main teacher and all of the assistant teachers were amazing. We did a few afterschool activities here and there, and they were also wonderful. The food provided was next level, and our child ate a much wider variety of foods (many more vegetables) by eating lunch at Aozora. All staff are very caring and experienced child care providers. The facility is organized and clean. Photos and updates are provided throughout the day through the Bloomz app (a little buggy sometimes but way less buggy than other apps we've used through other daycares, camps, etc.). They provide spring, winter and summer break camp options. I could go on and on about how much we love Aozora! Amenities: Has after-school options, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? The program is a bit expensive but a good value for the cost. They tried to participate in the free 3-K and pre-K program, but it seems like the city wouldn't provide much support and also wanted to change the program beyond recognition, so they turned it down. They have two locations now with the older kids in the original location and the smaller kids in a new location on St. Marks. I miss everything being in one location.
Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyLocation: Clinton Hill Type of facility: Preschool Review: Our family loves Aozora. The teachers are incredible - smart, fun, loving and kind. A school chef makes the children incredible lunches and snacks every day. The school is very well run and communication to parents is excellent. We will be sad to say goodbye to this community when our son goes to Kindergarten. What amenities does the facility have? Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything? Nothing
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: Preschool Review: The program is the best we could hope for. Our kid loves the teachers, THE FOOD, the songs, the playground trips, etc. and is learning more Japanese. (It's an Japanese language immersion preschool.) It's slightly more expensive than a typical preschool but worth it. We would still send our child there. What amenities does the facility provide? Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? I wish we could move closer to the school given we live in PLG. I wouldn't change the program. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? They were on top of everything. We were a bit worried in general but relieved.
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: Preschool Review: My son attends Aozora Community, a Japanese and English bilingual preschool in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Even though we are not Japanese, I found the program at Aozora to be top notch. The preschool is composed of dedicated educators, artists, and staff who are nurturing and focused on the well-being of the individual children. The school is located in a modern facility with toddler toilets and spatial classrooms. There is a chef chef who prepares freshly made/hot daily lunches and afternoon snacks plus the chef bakes the cupcakes for the children's birthdays. Healthy eating is part of the curriculum. My son loves the food and I am thrilled that he eats a balanced diet of vegetables, grains, and protein. There is so much more that I love about this preschool. Even though it is a bilingual preschool, I encourage new parents to check out this wonderful well-rounded program. What amenities does the facility provide? Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? I wish they could expand and have an elementary program. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? The school is doing everything as recommended by the CDC and NYC DOH plus open communications to the parents.
Review from the 2019–2020 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K SurveyReview: My son is bi-racial and I enrolled him in a Japanese and English (bilingual) program which is a play-based curriculum. The teacher to student ratio is low (not sure if it's COVID related). The teachers take photos every day and forward progress reports at least once a week. My son lights up every time he enters the school. He definitely looks forward to all the activities that are planned for the day and having a wonderful time with his teachers and classmates. There's even an in-house chef that prepares nutritious lunches and snacks every day. My son loves the food. I plan to continue with the school until he reaches Kindergarten. Amenities offered: Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, the students go outside to the nearby playground everyday as long it is not raining or too cold. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? nothing
2019-2020 Year ReviewReview: Great Japanese immersive pre-school program in a beautifully designed space. My daughter loved the communal and supportive atmosphere. Would definitely send again. … About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals … What would you change? It's not cheap and the I wish there was more information about what they're learning day to day.
2019-2020 Year ReviewThis has been the best decision I’ve made for my child. Aozora Gakuen is the perfect balance between Japanese and American culture taking the positive aspects of both countries. The food program is incredible (a nutritionist making Japanese food from scratch) and the teachers and administration are so thoughtful and kind. I cannot find one bad thing to say about the program. Since starting at the school, my son’s Japanese language skills, manners, appetite and social skills have improved tremendously. I can’t thank them enough for being such a wonderful influence on my child. You do not have to be Japanese or know Japanese to attend the school so I highly recommend looking into it! … About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals … What would you change? Nothing, it’s perfect
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