Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyLocation: 150 Clermont Type of facility: Preschool Review: We love Collective Kind! It’s a Montessori-based, nature-based, anti-bias curriculum and they really walk the talk when it comes to their commitment to diversity and inclusivity. It’s sliding scale tuition model makes it more affordable for lower income families than most Montessori’s (and other independent preschools). Their teachers are warm, nurturing, experienced and committed. My daughter started when she was 2 years 3 months old and we really appreciated the gentle, child-led phase-in process. They offer part-time options and have a co-working space for parents to use. Kids spend lots of time outside, do lots of art projects and there is a lot of opportunity for family participation (visiting to share holiday traditions, etc). My daughter is so excited to return this fall. What amenities does the facility have? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Provides meals, Provides snack for nominal fee What would you change about the program, if anything? More plants in the space (but they’re working on that). Is there anything you would like to add about how the school is handling the pandemic? They’ve handled everything in a very responsible, clear and consistent manner.
Preschool Recs for Kids who won't be 2 til NovemberMy son also has a November birthday and we enrolled him before he turned 2 in a lovely "microschool," The Collective Kind. They have a few locations (we’re at the Park Slope location, which has a co-working space) and all the schools follow a Montessori, anti-bias, nature-based curriculum. They offer a sliding scale for tuition.
school/daycare recommendation for 2.5-year-old for current time or JanuaryI highly recommend Collective Kind! They have several campuses, some of which allow you to co-work while your kids are in school, and their program is anti-bias, montessori-based. It's fantastic.
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: Preschool Review: Our family has been thrilled with the experience at Collective Kind. We have seen our 2.5 year old son flourish in their care. When we started in Fall 2021, our son had never been in a caregiving setting other than our home, and almost exclusively he'd been with his two parents. The team at Collective Kind took great care to ensure a slow, supportive transition. The co-working space and sliding scale tuition are two markers of how progressive and thoughtful CK is; they are building a new model for childcare and we are so fortunate to be a part of their business as it grows. Their nature-based, anti-bias, Montessori approach has been beautiful, and I really see how our son benefits from his time there. He brings new ideas into our home—cleaning, organizing, using natural materials at home for play and experimentation, independent play and self-care—and he is learning so much from his classmates. We intend to stay at CK as long as we can! What amenities does the facility provide? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Nothing Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? They have been very supportive in teaching young kids to learn to wear masks; they offer weekly testing for children and parents; and they have communicated very clear COVID protocols to families.
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: Daycare Review: Collective Kind is an amazing community of caregivers and families, and I feel really lucky to have found it. They are small and new but very well organized, intentional, and thoughtful about every aspect of transitioning a young child into collective care, as well as giving them an interesting, gentle daily experience — including Montessori activities, gentle songs and routines, daily outdoor time, and age-appropriate anti-bias learning. Watching the teachers Heather and Laura during the gradual settling in process has made me try to be a more patient and gentle parent, and seeing the already-settled-in kids reassured me that my little one will have wonderful days while I work. The trio of directors are extraordinary too and have built a very special thing together. I also appreciate being able to work on-site, and the flexibility in terms of timing I have been given. I’ve experienced two other daycares with my older child with which to compare Collective Kind so can confidently attest to its uniqueness and excellence — it really lives up to its name, and I’m so grateful for the warmth and kindness with which its staff have welcomed my little one and me. What amenities does the facility provide? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Provides optional snacks; offers parent work space on site. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? Super safe and COVID-conscious
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: Preschool Review: We have been enrolled with Collective Kind since February 2020 when they were in a temporary space in Fort Greene and now, in their permanent space in Park Slope. In three simple words: We love them! Collective Kind is a Montessori program focused on anti-bias, inclusivity, and sustainability. We, ourselves and our child, have learned to be more compassionate, considerate and gentle beings through watching the teachers and directors lead by example in and outside of the school. There is a sincere focus on building community and as parents who have taken advantage of co-working on-site, we can say that this extends beyond just the children in attendance. If we had to do it over again, we would, without hesitation. While we knew we wanted to go the Montessori route - this program has been more impactful than we could have ever imagined. What amenities does the facility provide? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Provides meals, Snack is provided. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? We were so nervous about enrolling our child in a program during the pandemic. Collective Kind’s model is what they consider a “micro-school” so the class sizes are small. They also actively sought out locations with private outdoor spaces when transitioning from their temporary Fort Greene space to their three permanent locations. The children spend so much time outdoors; it’s amazing to see them embrace nature in all her forms. Aside from lots of outdoors time, Collective Kind has set up weekly on-site testing for all children and adults. Masks have always been required, temperature checks, health screenings, etc. We have submitted health and vaccination records and have complied with the Covid safety community agreement which sets expectations and clearly states directives for all families and staff members surrounding pandemic concerns.
Shout Out: Collective Kind | Montessori / Anti-Bias / Nature-BasedI wanted to give a shout out to Collective Kind. They have a Montessori based school environment that has just been a great experience for us. My daughter attended their microschool last year and we couldn't be happier. She is also very much looking forward to starting a new school year with them in about a week! We are particularly excited about their new afterschool program this fall and wanted to spread the word about it. They are offering classes from 3:30-5:30PM M-F with an option to join for 2-5 days/week with tuition set on a sliding scale based on household income. There are a ton of fun activities planned and wanted to encourage more participation since there are still spots available for the program.
Review from the 2020–2021 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K SurveyFacility amenities: Has outdoor space, Includes co-working space What would you change about the program? Longer hours, but they are adding them Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? Very safe. Daily temp checks, on site testing bi-weekly. Felt very safe and lots of communication and transparency. School never closed!
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