Daisy Family Daycare
South/Center Slope Daycares for Under 1I sent my daughter to daisy daycare from 3 months. They are lovely and she was very happy there. They have 3 locations that are all very close together. 14th and 4th for under 12 months, two classes at 16th and 4th for 12-24 months and 24-48 months.
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: Daycare Review: My two children both attend Daisy -- my daughter is full-time at the 14th Street location and my son was previously full-time at 16th Street and is now part-time in the afternoons after his 3K day at PS 124. We are very happy with Daisy -- we moved to South Slope from Center Slope during the pandemic and decided to switch daycares after the program my son had been in was a bit guarded about their stance on staff vaccination. Daisy was very forthcoming about their entire staff being vaccinated and that gave us a lot of comfort as we put our kids back in daycare after a long period of everyone being home together. The Daisy caregivers are all great across both locations and both my children are happy with their experience. The administrative staff are communicative and helpful at working with you to solve any issues that might come up, like potty training or the need to drop naps. I would happily recommend Daisy to any parent looking for daycare in South Slope. 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? As with other daycares, Daisy stops providing nap/diaper info to parents once your child turns 1. I know keeping track of all of that is probably a pain, but the info is helpful and I wish they could continue to keep us updated after the first birthday. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? Daisy did have a staff member test positive for COVID with a breakthrough infection while my children were enrolled there. They were very proactive and communicative during the closure and, as a very COVID cautious family, we were appreciative of the way they handled everything. There was no spread among staff and I believe this was because the staff are mostly very good about masking and everyone is vaccinated.
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: Daycare Review: Daisy Family Daycare is a warm and truly loving environment where I trust our son is supported and encouraged to develop. The teachers are extremely caring, cook organic and well-rounded meals, and encourage creative play. A highlight of the program is a musician who visits weekly. The program takes the parents' lead, for example sticking to two naps until we think our son is ready to switch to one. I also really appreciate that the management is extremely communicative, responding to emails within hours. During COVID, the teachers follow masking and vaccination requirements. Health requirements for attendance are clearly communicated to families, and to the best of my knowledge, followed. We feel so lucky to have found such a wonderful spot for our son: he started at 11 months, and we plan for him to move into the 18+ months location when it's time. What amenities does the facility provide? Has outdoor space, Provides meals
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: Daycare Review: My child has blossomed since starting at Daisy Family Daycare. Even through COVID, she has managed to make wonderful friends who she talks about constantly and loves the teachers. Daisy Family Daycare is extremely communicative and very happy to work with parents when there are food sensitivities or sleep issues or when it is time to start potty training. I am so happy that our family found this center and it has been a real blessing during a time when we worried that our child might not get the same type of interaction or enrichment with other children her age due to the pandemic. We all love that Daisy Family Daycare brings in vaccinated and masked visiting teachers to introduce the children to music, yoga, and Spanish. It's one of the highlights of our week when we see the children dance and sing with Mr. Simon via the HiMama portal! What amenities does the facility provide? Has outdoor space, Provides meals, Visiting teachers Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? Daisy Family Daycare would send us emails regularly about how they were communicating with the NYC Department of Health and following all the recommended safety protocols as well as advising us on how we needed to communicate and interact with them. This included changes to drop-off and pick-up and watching for temperatures and other possible symptoms. Once the vaccine became available, all the teachers were vaccinated and the visiting teachers were once again allowed to visit once vaccinated. The facilities continue to clean rigorously and wear masks. We did have a COVID outbreak at the center in late March 2021 and everyone in our house was positive without symptoms. We had been notified the previous night of the close contact of one of the children so we know that is how we got it. Luckily, we weren't very sick, and neither were any of the children and families. The teachers, thankfully all vaccinated by then, did not contract the disease! The facility communicated with NYC DOH, did contact tracing, and was closed for the recommended 2 weeks since exposure. I feel comfortable with how Daisy Family Daycare handled the situation and confident that they did what was right.
Daisy Family DaycareWe started our daughter at Daisy when she was 5 1/2 months old and she has loved it since day one. The caretakers are wonderful and really love the babies. They are flexible and charge a flat rate for full-time daycare which I like, so I don't have to worry if I come at 5:30 or 6:00 for pickup. They have put the appropriate Covid protocols into place and we feel as safe as we can right now. They provide meals when kids turn one, have outdoor space and do classes a few times a week. We highly recommend them and only left because we needed to find a daycare closer to our home. It truly feels like a family.
Advice on daycare options in South SlopeOur kid goes to Daisy Daycare and loves it. Their 2-3 yr old location is on 16th St and 4th Ave. (Babies and young toddlers are at 14th St). It’s small, family run, adults masked, drop off at door, follow health protocols. The owners and teachers are caring, attentive - and fun! In addition to various art projects, our 2yo knows letters, numbers, colors, days, and a surprising array of songs. When potty training, they work with parent preferences (can be in pants commando). They have a backyard and open 8-6 / can accommodate longer if needed. Home made breakfast, lunch, snacks. I highly recommend.
Day care near Giocare?Another vote for Daisy! We loved our experience there, and so did our (and our neighbor's) LO. They're the sweetest team of caregivers, very communicative to parents, and clean and safe.
Daisy daycare feedbackMy son went to Daisy from 6 months until April of this year when quarantine went into effect (almost 1 year). We loved Daisys! All of the caretakers are so loving. James would hop out of our arms into theirs. He loved the food they made there. They sent lots of pictures. We used a few of the caretakers for babysitting and always pleased.
Daycare Recommendations in South Slope for SeptemberAnother vote for Daisy Family Daycare! They’re the sweetest people and used to send great updates and pics via text—totally made separation and daycare more manageable for me.
Daycare Recommendations in South Slope for SeptemberWe sent our second to Daisy's on 14th and 5th (needed him to be near my 4 yo's nursery school). I would highly recommend them as well. They are an in home daycare. The owner's mother makes all of the meals. The caretakers are all so loving and great at communicating.
2019-2020 Year ReviewMy child LOVES all the caregivers. She lights up every time she goes to daycare. They treat her so well and give her so much love. It is so heartwarming. They are very responsive over email. They stay open til 6:30, which helps me a lot given my work schedule. I've also asked if they would watch her later than 6:30 on planned occasions (work events) and they agree (have to give advanced notice). So helpful. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Provides meals … What would you change? A little more info on her day to day would be nice. Some of the caretakers don't speak english well but i think the second language exposure is good.
2019-2020 Year ReviewThe daycare has a baby section for children up to 12 months, a middle section for children from 12 to 24 months and toddler section for 2-4 year olds. They can accommodate a maximum of 12 children in each group. My son has been with them since he was 4 months old so he went through all 3 groups (he is 30 months now). This is a family daycare run by a Georgian family and all the members are involved, plus they hire care takers who are all mostly Georgian. They provide food in all three locations (breakfast, lunch and snack). They have a backyard in all 3 locations where children can go out and play, but are not taking the kids out during the cold winter days (although I think it would be beneficial for them to be out even for 15 minutes just to get out a bit during the day). The baby section is great because the older mother of the family is the leader and takes care of all the babies as if they were her own. The middle section was more problematic for us since there was no real structured play and educational activities until my son was already nearing 24 months. This has changed now and they have yoga, music and Spanish, but we were eager to move him to the toddler group so that he could enjoy these activities. The toddler group is excellet, they have Spanish and movement on Mondays, then Spanish and music on Tuesdays, music teachers on Wednesdays and Thursdays and art on Fridays. All the staff is very attentive and caring. There is very little turnover. The meals are simple but on the healthy side and since my son is vegetarian they allow me to bring substitute meals on the days they have meat dishes on the menu. The owner is communicative, answers quiries quickly and is aslo involved in child care. They use an app to share photos and videos with us and we get them regularly. While we were potty training my son they helped get him comfortable with the toilet in the facility (they don't use the potties and want kids to be pretty much trained before they stop wearing diapers - but are tolerant to accidents of course). The only slightly negative point is the communication with the caretakers whose level of English is sometimes not very high. But I usually manage to communicate with them quite well. Overall a very positive experience. My son loves to go there, and sometimes doesn't want to leave the daycare in the evening. We will most probably keep him in the toddler group until he reaches the pre-K age. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Provides meals … What would you change? The communication on how the day went and if there were any issues to flag is sometimes a bit difficult because on English level of some of the carers, but it is not unsurmountable obstacle.
2019-2020 Year ReviewWe love Daisy--all the caretakers there made the transition from home to daycare for our 18-mo so smooth, and you can tell from their faces and his how much they love each other. There's a small group of kids, and we get photos of them throughout the day as they play, sing, and have fun together. There's a backyard for the kids to play in when the weather is nice, and otherwise the teachers keep the kids engaged with stories, toys, crafts, and a few guest-led activities each week. Meals and an afternoon snack are included, and we opted into late pick-up, which were both huge benefits for us. All-in-all, we feel really lucky and loved at Daisy Family Daycare, and we'll stay with them for as long as we can! … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Provides meals … What would you change? Nothing!
ISO: Daycare recc for 5 month oldIf you're in the South Slope, we loved Daisy Family Day Care! They took great care of our little guy starting around the same age. Pretty soon, they felt like an extension of our family.
Small daycare options near S. Slope?my son goes to Daisys daycare on 14th and 5th and we have been super happy there. It’s a home daycare with a family feel, and reasonably priced. He is well taken care of (LOVED!) and they have an older kids (1+) location on 15th and 4th. Happy to chat more!
daycare optionsMy son is at Daisy Daycare on 16th near 4th, and I can't speak highly enough of them. They are super flexible with schedules. They also take the time to solicit feedback from parents and work to incorporate that feedback into how they do things. They helped to potty train my son at their toddler location. When he was in diapers, they had no issues using the cloth diapers we sent. I haven't had any experience with other daycares but I've heard that potty training and diapering are both sort of rare in Brooklyn. The caretakers really do care. They're happy to tell us how our son is doing at the end of the day, they provide photos and a report at the end of the day of all the activities they've done. I could go on and on. The folks there are like extended family to us now. They have a few locations, all near South Slope/15th St and 4th area, depending on the child's age.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyMy son has been with Daisy since he was 3 months old, first in the infant location on 14th Street, and now at the toddler location on 16th Street. Konstantine and Ruso run the operations and are main points of contact for parents. They were very welcoming and patient with all my new parent questions. I had my misgivings and worries about miscommunication with the caregivers when we first started with the infant location (who doesn’t worry when leaving a 3 month old with people you barely know!), but I always felt like my son was loved and well cared for there, which is what really matters when sending a tiny baby to daycare. Marina leads the team at 14th. She doesn’t speak much English, but she is wonderful, and the rest of the staff all speak English (some better than others, but there’s always someone there to interpret questions as needed). There’s a nice backyard, so the kids get outdoor time every day, and meals are provided from 1 year on. Before that, we sent in yogurt, fruit, etc. To keep my life simpler, I didn’t try to get them on board with the baby-led weaning we did at home instead of purees; I just sent foods he was able to eat - especially yogurt - and all was fine. :) My son had trouble sleeping long stretches there until he was about a year old, but that was definitely more him than them. They tried. They track sleep, bottles, and diaper changes throughout the day up until age 1. They were one of the only places around that seemed willing to deal with cloth diapers, which I really appreciated. (Some of that communication wasn't perfect; they preferred pocket or all-in-one style diapers but hadn’t told me that ahead of time. I had multiple types so I switched to what they liked, but they did work with a friend to learn how to use her diapers even though it wasn’t a kind they wanted.) They send photos during the day. I always wished they would send more, but I didn’t ask them to; they probably would have if I’d requested it. They even do very sweet 1-year birthday and holiday celebrations. Overall, the team was great and very willing to comply with my requests, although I did try to defer to their good judgment unless I felt very strongly about something. He always seemed happy there, so I worried less the longer he was there. In the end, I found myself very sad about moving him away from that team to the toddler location on 16th Street when he was a little over 18 months old. The transition to the toddler center was great though. Marina and some of the infant caregivers spent time at the toddler location with him to ease him into it. They were even able to keep our son’s favorite infant caregiver with him for full days at the toddler center in the beginning, which made me (and hopefully my son!) feel much better about the change. The transition ended up being pretty seamless. They have some programming and arts and crafts for the kids, but most of the time is free play, which is great. The caregivers all seem patient and happy to be there, happy to see the kids every day, and my son is happy to see them. I like that he spends his days with toddlers both his age and also a little older. The space is a little small for a bunch of toddlers, but it works and the staff manages it well. I think the backyard is not as nice as the infant location’s, but the toddlers seem happy with it, and most importantly they get outdoor time every day without having to leave the site. The toddler location also provides breakfast, lunch, and snack, and they send photos too. Both locations are 8am-6pm, but I believe they’re willing to do earlier or later hours too (at least for the infants I know they had offered that), and they close for federal holidays but are open when most preschools/public schools are closed. They are pretty flexible in general, and are also understanding about things like subway delays that make parents late for pickup on occasion. They also host an annual weekend party (for both locations combined) so that parents can meet each other, which I loved and thought was a good signal of how much they care. My son is almost 2 now. He loves the team at Daisy, and we certainly plan to keep him there for at least another year, if not longer. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change? I wish I could know everything happening throughout the day, but that’s not realistic, so likely not even worth mentioning! I would make all the spaces at the toddler location just a little bit bigger than they are now (especially the parent pickup/dropoff entryway, which can be hard to navigate at peak times!), but it honestly doesn’t seem to matter to the kids and caregivers. I’d also fix up the stairs that lead into the toddler location; they are structurally fine but the design makes me a little bit nervous in winter, especially because we carried our son in a carrier until recently. They also don’t use apps to update parents about daily activities (they just use pen and paper), but again, I never actually raised this with them, so they might be open to it if parents asked for it. Finally, some daycares organize parent-teacher meetings for each child. I don’t think Daisy does that in a formal way, but I’d enjoy that opportunity to learn more about how they see his overall development, personality, etc., without having to ask for a special meeting about it (which I imagine they would be happy to accommodate).
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyExcellent and well trained teachers, caring and communicative staff from the top down, lots of reading and arts and crafts, a great backyard, and good home cooked food were all huge pluses for Daisy's. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyBoth our children are extremely happy every day. There is never a tear shed at drop-off, although our oldest has sometimes shown resistance to leaving at the end of the day! All of the caretakers are immensely loving and nurturing. This was, hands down, the most important quality for us. For over 3 years now, they have always been limitlessly patient, extremely knowledgeable about babies and toddlers but also very intuitive about what is unique about each child. The environment is always spotless and colorful and vibrant. Whenever weather permits, the children play in the backyard. The food is always healthy, and our children eat very well each day. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change? Not a thing
Review for Daisy Family DaycareMy daughter began going to Daisy Family Daycare at the age of 3 months. I quickly felt at ease when I saw how quickly she transitioned, due in large part to the experienced, attentive, and loving caregivers. They kept track of her feeding times in the earliest months, and always provided feedback on how she ate and napped. Over the course of her time there, 16 months in total, I saw her progress in many ways. She developed a wonderful personality, and really seems to have benefited from the social interactions encouraged by all the caregivers. At about 16 months, they encouraged me to transition my daughter to the toddler space nearby, where she seemed to really flourish with the various themes and activities provided. She had her first painting experience, and came home with numerous arts and crafts she helped create. She went through some typical toddler phases, (not wanting to share, for example) and I've seen improvements in her behaviors thanks to the caregivers who've worked with her during these times. She now walks up to other little babies with enthusiasm and always wants to hug them! A huge perk has been the meals! They prepare breakfast and lunch, and provide milk and snacks after one year of age. I really can't say enough about the daycare, and would highly recommend the family of caregivers at Daisy's!
Review for Daisy Family Day CareMy son started at the infant location of Daisy Daycare at 6 months old and we couldn't have been happier with our choice. I was immediately impressed by how kind and caring the owners and caretakers are. I always knew my son was in a safe and loving environment. I have an odd schedule as an independent contractor, and they were incredibly understanding and accommodating. When my son was an infant, they were flexible with his feeding and nap schedule until he developed a routine, and now he still eats and sleeps very well at school at almost 2. I love that the daycare provides food and milk over 1 year old. It's been a huge time saver for my husband and I. The toddler location has excellent activities and programing with a "theme" each month like vehicles, plants, or animals. My now-two year old is talking very well and has great motor skills and I attribute so much of that to the care he receives at Daisy. I would strongly recommend this daycare!
Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyType: Preschool About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals Review: The caretakers at Daisy Day Care were endlessly loving and caring toward our son. We started at 3 months and were sad when he become old enough to transition to a toddler program. Our son always smiled when being dropped off and would give the caregivers hugs when being picked up. We could not have imagined a more loving and nurturing environment. We would definitely use Daisy again for infant care. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why?
Daycare reviewOur son attended Daisy Daycare from the age of 2 months to 21 months. We left only because we moved neighborhoods. We absolutely loved our time at Daisy Daycare and highly recommend them. They are warm and loving and really felt like a family for our son (which was important to us because we don't have family locally). We truly felt that they loved our son like their own child and many of the staff babysat for him on weekends. They were highly accommodating to our schedule and very responsive to questions/feedback. They provided nutritious meals and snacks that our son loved and they have wonderful outdoor spaces for play. We cannot say enough good things about Daisy Daycare. We really felt lucky to find them and we miss them terribly!
Review Submitted via Fall 2015 Daycare/Preschool SurveyPROGRAM: 224 14th St. TIME: Full Days, 5 days/week AGE: 1-2 years REVIEW: I love this daycare because the caregivers really love my son. There are two floors: one for infants (around 6) and one for toddlers (around 6). My son recently transitioned to the toddler floor, and he loves it. He's been going there since he was 11 weeks old and the ladies show him so much affection and attention. The toddlers have structured meals, playtime and activities, which is great because it helps him with routine. The teachers give us a rundown of how he was that day, but they don't hand back daily reports. It is a great daycare! WOULD YOU RECOMMEND? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend WOULD YOU DO IT AGAIN? Absolutely
review submissionOur son has been going to Daisy Day Care since he was 4 months old. He loves the workers, who blend attentiveness with a laid-back friendliness. The day care's space is cool, clean and inviting, with plenty of stimulation, including a backyard. The day care also has been flexible with us about hours -- our son goes part time. What cinches it for us is that he often starts to smile and laugh in anticipation of the drop-off, which is a more convincing endorsement than anything we could add here.
2014 Daycare/Preschool PSP reviewProgram: Infant Care Length of Time: Full Time Child's Age: Review: The staff are very caring and loving with my infant child. It's a joy to see their and my son's face light up when I drop him off in the morning. The staff also appear very conscientious about making sure that he has everything needed to make his day go well. They aim to please the families, as well as facilitate a community environment. Recently they threw a weekend get-together, providing an opportunity for the families (past, present and future) to better know one another. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
Review: Daisy Family DaycareMy daughter has been with the wonderful caregivers at Daisy Family Daycare since she was 6 months old. Nino, Marina, Kate, and Yuko take such great care of her every single day. They plan fun activities for the kids like story time, songs, puzzles, etc. and feed them healthy meals (including the all important afternoon snack) so I always feel confident that she will come back to me well fed and happy. In the morning she is so excited to get there and spend time with her friends! And it seems like every day when I pick her up she has a new word - which I can definitely say I didn't teach her! There are a lot of daycares out there. I know we have found a very special place in Daisy and we feel very lucky to be there.
Review/recommendation: Daisy Family DaycareI'd like to highly recommend Daisy Family Daycare, where my son has been lovingly cared for since he was 3 months old. Ruso, the owner of the daycare, used to work with and is related to the owners of Ladybug in Carroll Gardens and brings the same philosophy and standard of care. After visiting several daycares in the neighborhood, we toured Daisy, and the first thing that stood out to me was the warmth of the women providing care. The center feels calm and the environment is extremely nurturing - and I really feel like they love our baby. (One of the women almost snatches him out of my arms in the mornings!!) It goes without saying that they are trained, knowledgeable, etc. They're also really open to specific needs/requests - they had no problem using cloth diapers for our son, and were excited to learn about the solid foods we were providing so that they could offer the same. Daisy operates out of the ground floor of a newly renovated brownstone, with a beautiful backyard (with real grass!) which was really nice to see and pretty unique in the neighborhood. When the weather was nice, our son would be brought outside regularly to enjoy the sights and sounds. Daisy has not been open for long, so they still have plenty of room for new kids (as of this post). They also are very affordable relative to other places we visited. I really am thrilled with the choice we made and urge others to visit!
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