Cititots Infant Toddler
Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyLocation: Marcy and Monroe, Bedstuy Type of facility: Daycare, 3K Review: Yes, I would send her there. It is very close to our home and they take them to a nice park across the street from us (Hattie Carthan playground). They do sweet activities, and have a curriculum, and they spend a good amount of time outside. Most importantly, the caregivers seem to care deeply for the children and are very loving and kind. My daughter tells her teacher she loves her at drop off every day. What amenities does the facility have? Has after-school options What would you change about the program, if anything? They need to pay the teachers more (so we need to pay more, or the government needs to play a larger role in subsidizing childcare) so that there is less turnover. They need a nicer garden/on site outdoor space. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school is handling the pandemic? They're doing as well as can be expected.
2019 ReviewWe chose CitiTots for daycare after a long search because we had some specific scheduling needs. Glenda, the director, was accommodating, friendly, open-minded, attentive, and responsive from the very start. I was impressed at how quickly she responded to our questions before we enrolled. She had just started this new location on Marcy in Bed-Stuy, and so we lucked out joining early when there were just a few kids. Our child (9 months old when started) has been extremely happy there. The caregivers are friendly, well-trained, creative, and thoughtful. We got lots of pictures and updates as to how the day went. They were good with our EBF baby in regards to feeding and schedule, and also completely open to cloth diapers (rare in the daycare world). They always do lots of fun activities including art. While they don't make food for the kids, it hasn't been an issue for us. Glenda and the other caregivers were attentive to developmental milestones, and when our daughter was a little slow to walk, they were very encouraging and helpful. I feel like we have learned from them as parents. The only reason we moved on is because our child "graduated" to their other location. Now that we're at the older kid location on Lafayette, we're impressed again. Ms. Jessica (the head teacher) is enthusiastic, creative, and kind. They are always doing fun new activities (learning about seeds and plants, riding the bus and learning about vehicles), and it's been great to watch our kid thrive there. They serve meals at the Lafayette location, and our child gobbles it right up. We love the daily reports and pictures. The space isn't huge but they are outside a lot, both for neighborhood walks and at the playground right across the street. Once in a while we have needed to adjust our schedule (add a day), and they have been accommodating of that.
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