Early Childhood Development Center Kaleidoscope Inc
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Review from the Spring 2023 Early Education SurveyReview: My child LOVED the teachers and the curriculum. She grew very attached to the school I think because she felt safe there, and developed solid friendships along the way. While routed in routine, Kaleidoscope goes out of its way to encourage independence, curiosity, and creativity. She was inspired by all of the units of study, and would talk at home about what they were learning with great enthusiasm. So many great crafts/projects demonstrating their unit of study. They send lots of photos of the activities during the year which were awesome. The meals/snacks are healthy and made in-house by a dedicated kitchen staff in a modern kitchen. The teachers have early childhood education degrees, and the admin supports them in earning post graduate degrees with various professional development programs. Above all, it is a very caring school. We started right after the pandemic, and I think they were still getting back to "normal" for a bit. I would definitely send my child there again. We loved it. Amenities: Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Clearer after-school forms. Clearer/more advance notice of certain days off.
Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyLocation: 480 Stratford Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218 Type of facility: Daycare, Preschool, 3K, Pre-K Review: It seems like a glorified daycare, which is actually fine for the 2s and 3s programs. The 2s and 3s "teachers" are really wonderful, and our daughter has thrived there. I've not heard great things about their pre-k, so will likely take her somewhere else. It's a very supportive environment, and for the most part, we are happy with the food offerings. What amenities does the facility have? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything? A more robust curriculum with better certified childhood educators. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school is handling the pandemic? I think they did the best they could, but they could have been more consistent with mask mandating and directions.
Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyLocation: Ditmas Park Type of facility: Daycare, Preschool, 3K, Pre-K Review: Everyone is terrific, the school feels small and personal and everyone involved seems to really care about the kids. What amenities does the facility have? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything? A computerized payment system
Kaleidoscope ? reviewsWe've been really happy with Kaleidoscope for our 2 yo.
3k programs???We've been with Kaleidoscope for their 2s program and plan to stay for their universal 3K program. We haven't done the 3K program yet, are very happy with the teachers (Ms. Josie especially), and their approach/curriculum for 2s.
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: Preschool with UPK + U3K Review: This preschool is a great solutions for working parents who are looking for a bit more than a daycare experience for their children, and also a program that will transition from paid 2s into U3K and UPK. The facility is great, 3 meals are provided, and our daughter loves her teacher and classmates. 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? We receive a weekly newsletter which is wonderful, but would appreciate more photos of the children at play. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? Masks are recommended for the 2s program, though most don't seem to wear them throughout the day. As a DOE-contracted school, all staff have been required to be vaccinated.
3's programs around Brooklyn College?We live by Brooklyn College and send our 2.5 year old to Kaleidoscope on Coney Island Ave and Ditmas. We are very happy there.
Preschool that Transitions to UPKKaleidoscope in Ditmas. My daughter is in UPK, not having gone through the preschool, but they do have 2's and 3's.
2019-2020 Year ReviewI have 2 kids there- my 2 year old in pre school and my 4 year old in the upk program and we have been very happy there. The school is very organized, clean, has good fresh meals and does interesting stuff with the kids. Music together comes for the 2 year olds once a week. Lots of outdoor time on the rooftop play area. Kind and experienced teachers (so far haven’t been any turnover and most teachers return) The upk has some interesting aftercare options and they are flexible and you pay only for the aftercare days you need. Also the upk really prepares kids (and parents!) for kindergarten and there is a real focus on learning (as well as play) there. I’ve been at 4 different daycares over the years and this one stands out as being the most organized and well run. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals … What would you change? I’d love more daily reports/photos of the day preschool they give you a report but not for upk but I’m guessing this is more normal... there is a monthly newsletter that is good.
2019-2020 Year ReviewHave been attending since our child was 2. They run a very tight ship and are meticulous in following all laws etc. They also provide a very rich and positive experience for the kids. They have a private play space and provide all meals. They have early care, after school care as well as "clubs" for UPK kids. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals … What would you change? Better communications from Admin to Parents
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyVery well organized with a good program and nice to have UPK options in the same facility. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Provides meals What would you change? Minor logistics of having a 2nd entry door available for drop off.
2014 Summer Camp ReviewProgram: Explorers Age of Child: 3 Likes: Everything! The curriculum was fantastic. Every week had a theme and activities went along with it. There was a pirates week, there was an ocean week, there was a knights and princesses week, etc. The activities were different every day. They did yoga, cooking, dance, music, went outside on hikes, had plenty of water play, went on field trips every week (zoo, Brooklyn Children's museum, Kids In Action, Botanical Garden, etc). Children had 3 freshly cooked and healthy meals a day - breakfast, lunch and snack. There was rest time. The teachers were amazing! Fun, outgoing, responsible, kind, just super! What would you change? nothing Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? We love love love Kaleidoscope!
Kaleidoscope's new locationI have written about Kaleidoscope before too, they are great. Their new location is a little off Park Slope (don't remember the name of the area), its 480 Stratford Road. They do have a cool little bus for pick ups and drop offs. They are very conscientious and are a good deal in comparison with some other schools around. My two kids went there and love it. My older is asking for their summer camp after having a blast at the mid-winter one.
Review from 2013 Summer Camp ExperienceProgram: 4s Summer Camp Age of Child: 4 Likes: The number and variety of activities was truly impressive. My child also attended Kaleidoscope for pre-K where they are more focused on academics, but in summer camp the goal seems to make sure they are all exhausted every day. With the addition of the "Pash-mobile", a van used for field trips driven by one of the owners, I think they went on some kind of field trip more often then they stayed in the neighborhood. I think we got an incredible value for our money this summer with all the activities. They went to museums, zoos, camping, bowling, and I'm certainly forgetting something. I think camp was so great. What would you change? It would be nice if communication was a little better. They hand out a schedule at the start of the summer, but changed things around often enough that I was sometimes confused about what was happening on a given day. I was always confident it would be great, but I was unsure if we needed a bathing suit, etc. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? There is a level of trust necessary to send your kids with others on these kind of adventures, I think the owners were very deserving of our trust and did a great job.
Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP SurveyReview date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: Pre-K 4s Length of time: Full-time (only option) Child's age: 4-5 years Review: We have been very pleased to send our child to Kaleidoscope this year. The owners/teachers, Pasha and Oksana are very warm and have a great relationship to the children. They serve all food, which is awesome compared with making a lunch every day. I would wholeheartedly recommend Kaleidoscope to any family. I was especially pleased with the fact that it is a small school with good teacher/student rations, at least 1/6. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
2012 Summer Camp SurveyCamp ECD Kaleidoscope Windsor Terrace (near Fort Hamilton Parkway) Day Care or Sleep Away-- DC Program: Age of Child: 5 Likes: small and intimate - the teachers - Oksana and Pasha are so committed to their work and so energetic. They are able to motivate even the youngest to rehearse and put on performances. There are a range of activities although focused mostly on the arts although they did hikes in Prospect Park and visits to the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Zoo What would you change? Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? Review from 2012 Summer Camp Experience
(no subject)My son attends Kaleidoscope, we started last September and love it. I very much like their space, location, program (drama and almost specialized music classes (they have a great grand piano), in addition to all the regular classes). I feel that Oksana, the owner and main teacher, puts her heart into what she does and is very conscientious about her choices and practice. My son loves it, he is in the 3 y.o. group and has learned quite a bit. I also like the food they cook, very homy and healthy.
(no subject)I wanted to give a recommendation for this pre-school/arts center. It is fairly new, and in case any of you were wondering how the place was, after a few visits I took the leap and registered my daughter for their Smart Start program. She has been attending for a little over a month now, and we are both very pleased/happy thus far. The school is run by a woman named Oksana, who also teaches the Smart Start program (She brings in someone else to teach some of the other classes offered). Oksana is a certified NYC teacher with Masters in Education. She is also a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Credentials aside, she is great with Cassidy. On one of our visits there (she let us audit one of the movement classes in order to check the place out) Cassidy had a total meltdown when it was time to leave. Oksana quickly diffused the upset and had Cassidy ready to leave, smiling. I was impressed. Since attending, Cassidy has actually been making a lot of sentence-structure mistakes...because she is constructing increasingly complex and elaborate sentences. I know such language development is common for almost 3 year olds, but I have noticed real progress in the past month. The school also has 2 kid-size bathrooms, which have caused Cassidy get rid of pull-ups once and for all (yahoo!), since she is so jazzed to use bathrooms made just for her. The space is a bit small, but I think Oksana limits class size accordingly. It is also right across the street from the park, and they have outside playtime there when the weather allows. The school offers classes several different types of classes, from movement to Russian, and Oksana is very cool about allowing people to drop in on a class to check it out.
(no subject)My daughter attends ECDC Kaleidoscope located in Windsor Terrace across from Vanderbilt Playground. It's a licensed group family daycare that takes 3 and 4 year olds through a fun and impressive preschool curriculum. The teacher and teacher's aide are great with the children and my daughter loves going to "school" every morning. I believe they have space open now as they are offering open houses and spring registration. Feel free to inquire with them and this is their website, http://www.ecdckaleidoscope.com. They also offer extended hours and other lessons, like piano.
(no subject)I wanted to highly recommend this wonderful art-focused center for 6-7 years and younger. My youngest son who is 3 years old has been attending this center since September 2009. Through the years, my children have attended various art programs and this one by far is the best. I am incredibly impressed with the art projects that they do with my son. My son also loves the drama and musical theater programs. This center is top notch and very reasonable. It is located in Windsor Terrace at 1519 10th Avenue on the corner of 16th Street. The website for further information is ECDCKaleidoscope.com. Thanks so much, Alisa Stratton (Mom to Nathaniel 6yrs, Graham 5 yrs and Myles 3 yrs). May, 2010
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