Review from the Fall 2022 Early Education SurveyReview: Our child was at Eladia's for about a year and our experience was a bit of a mixed bag. Ultimately, we decided to change daycares, in part because Eladia's now closes for the month of August, which is untenable for us. But now that we have another school environment to compare it to, I probably wouldn't recommend Eladia's to first-time parents. To be clear, our child always seemed well taken care of at Eladia's and almost always went to school smiling. But the lack of partnership with the parents was a major downside. I remember our first day, it felt a bit like we were dropping off dry cleaning—very little interaction or explanation of what to expect, they just kind of hurriedly scooped our baby up and said "see you at 5." That took a little getting used to. I'm very much a rule follower, but even by my standards, Eladia's has very strict rules that can be tough for working parents. For example, each family has a 3-minute drop-off and pick-up window. Kids are only allowed to arrive late if they have a doctors appointment, and even then must arrive by 11am. (Another parent brought their child a few minutes after 11 one day and was turned away.) And unlike at our new school, parents aren't really encouraged to set foot inside the classroom or chat with the teachers at all. So other than the cute photos they post each day, it's really hard to get a feel for what your child's day might be like. Anyway, while Eladia's seems very organized and well-run, it wasn't the warm and welcoming environment that I'd hoped it would be when we first took a tour. But it wasn't until we switched daycares that I realized that wasn't necessarily the norm.
Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyLocation: 266 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Type of facility: 3K Review: We really enjoyed our experience at Eladia’s last year for 3K. We found them to be compassionate and caring towards our little one, and felt very confident in their teaching skills as well. Their strict Covid precautions also put as at ease during this weird and difficult time. They are big users of the Brightwheel app, which my family really loved. We are happily sending our daughter there again this coming year for Pre-K. 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? Outdoor space on-site would be great, although the Dean Street playground is a short walk away and they take the kids over daily. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school is handling the pandemic? Every Covid precaution was taken seriously and followed strictly. We felt as safe as possible.
Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyLocation: Clinton Hill Type of facility: Daycare Review: It's a great caring program. We've really enjoyed our time there so far, outside of the odd Covid scare. What amenities does the facility have? Has outdoor space, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything? As a nosy parent, I'd love to be able to see the kids, but I know that's not okay! Is there anything you would like to add about how the school is handling the pandemic? Once the masks were allowed off, everyone took off their masks.
Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyLocation: Flatbush Avenue Type of facility: Daycare Review: Eladia's staff has been so loving and nurturing towards our daughter. She has grown tremendously over the past year and asks to go to school every day, even on the weekends. We appreciate the thoughtful school-like programming and lessons. We also appreciate the daily communication letting us know how she's eating, napping and what activities they are doing throughout the day. They are open from 8 am to 530 which provides plenty of coverage for working parents. The other Eladia's kids and parents are a fantastic community. What amenities does the facility have? Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything? The only downside is that there are lots of vacation days and summer breaks. The school is switching to a different schedule next year with a 2 month summer break. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school is handling the pandemic? Teachers wear masks. The school has had several COVID shut downs and requires students and staff to get tested prior to returning to school.
Eladia's KidsWould not recommend - we had a very bad experience. We found the communication between the administration and parents to be very poor. When we send our baby to a care environment, because they can’t speak for themselves, this was especially concerning. When we asked for greater transparency, we found the administration extremely averse to this ask and generally poor partners. Overall found administration unprofessional and often inappropriate.
3K in crown heightsI sent my kid to Eladia's, and I believe they have 3K options. I have found it is easier to contact them by call rather than email.
Great PRE-K at Eladias KidsIf you are looking to switch Pre-K programs for your kiddo for whatever reason, Eladias Kids on Washington Ave. is a great spot. There are currently only two kids enrolled (my daughter being one of them) and we would love some more classmates. They are working with a local farmer to provide organic food for the kids (paid for by DOE). The teachers are lovely and involved. It is a school that has a strong play program but is also academically driven. My other daughter is also enrolled in the toddler class and really likes it too.
Review from the 2020–2021 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K SurveyReview: We sent my two kids to Eladias over the course of 3 years before pre-K, during 2017-2019. They attended 5 days a week, full time. The teachers were for the most part great in terms of their experience with and attention to the kids. We always felt the kids were safe and that they were in extremely competent hands. We needed full coverage bc we didn’t have a nanny and worked full time with commutes into Manhattan. They don’t have outdoor space but I think that’s just how it is at most places. They walked kids to a playground on Dean Street each day. All in all I liked the teachers and the low turnover of those teachers. What I didn’t like was Eladias tone and imperiousness. She lost her temper a few times and there was some drama. The woman is the real deal - a very smart and no bullshit woman running an expanding company that provides a much needed service to parents in BK. I just wish she could figure out a way to handle the tense moments with parents in a more calm and supportive / professional way. It’s a family run business and her daughters are closely involved and they themselves are incredible super Moms. We would probably do it again just would wish for a little less dramarama. Facility amenities: What would you change about the program? There is a rule that you can’t drop your child off after 11am under any circumstances whatsoever. This was not clearly explained to us and also just really hard for us over the years. If we had a doctor appt. wish they could sometimes find a way to be a little bit more flexible. I know it’s easier to just stick with rules but sometimes the rigidity seemed a little harsh.
Review from the 2020–2021 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K SurveyReview: This is the 2nd year that my daughter has been at Eladia's (started when she was 5 months old). She has always been incredibly happy there and is developing so well. We have always loved that Eladia's feels more of a structured program than other daycare facilities we visited which gave the appearance of babysitting services. Eladia's exposes them to lots of activities, "lessons" as well as free play. We would definitely make the same decision again to send our daughter here and intend on her staying here for a couple more years. Facility amenities: Provides meals What would you change about the program? Would like more frequent feedback mechanisms with parents. When we ask they provide this but nothing structured set up. Also wish they had outdoor space and/ or took them outdoors for walks/ playground more often. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? Handled the pandemic as well as anyone could. Have aired on the side of overly cautious at times but I'd rather that way than being lax.
Review from the 2019–2020 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K SurveyReview: We love the teachers in the infant room. They are very loving and kind. Communication is great. I wish the room was larger. And we have heard the 1 year old is not great because of the small room and less energetic teachers. Wish we had an option to not bring food but since they don’t provide meals we must pack. Amenities offered: Has outdoor space What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Larger rooms. Meals provided.
Experience at Eladia’s Kids on FlatbushWe sent our son there (he went 2-4) and now our daughter (shes 3yo and has been since 6mos) is there now. We love it and our kids’ progress over the years has been remarkable. Our daughter plays, she learns, she super loves it. I will say that Eladia isn’t for everyone—she’s direct in a way that some parents may not appreciate, however she has years and years of experience and she hasn’t, in our experience, been wrong when she suggests things (eg our son can be toilet trained at 2y3m if we follow her advice (he did it and then we trained our daughter even earlier with the same method) or even telling us that a nanny was not great (that nanny indeed wasn’t great and she was let go)). The way we think about it is this: yes, she’s not the expert on our kids, but she’s seen hundreds of kids and pulled her information from that—we’ve only seen these two kids.
Experience at Eladia’s Kids on FlatbushI can’t speak to the toddlers program, but my twin boys did Pre-K at Eladia’s on Flatbush and had a fantastic experience. They were very accommodating since we moved to NY after the Pre-K cutoff (we originally we just planning to have them in regular daycare on Fifth, but they offered to put us in the free Pre-K program). And my boys especially loved their primary teacher, Ms. Stephanie.
Experience at Eladia’s Kids on FlatbushWe sent our son to Eladia's Kids on Flatbush in the fall of last year. He was in the infant program, not the toddler program, but, for what it's worth, we had a negative experience -- they were inflexible with our son's need to nap more than once a day (he was only seven months old), and he would come home completely exhausted. In addition, some of the things that Eladia said to my husband and me gave us pause -- specifically, that she knew better than our son's pediatrician what he needed. The staff also seemed overworked. We don't send our son there anymore.
Eladia's Kids - Washington Ave Clinton HillI, too, had a kid at Eladia's kids for about a year. Overall, I wouldn't have done that again.
Eladia's Kids - Washington Ave Clinton HillJust a heads up that all Eladia’s requires potty training at 24 months and there is extremely little wiggle room. We had to leave over it and the whole experience was really unpleasant. My son was nowhere near ready, we tried for weeks and they just expected us to keep sending him in underwear all day and let him have accidents all day long. They did give us our money back, but it was still hugely disruptive. This works fine for some kids/families but it is definitely worth considering. Other than that he went to the Flatbush ave location from 11 months until 26 months and we generally really liked it.
2019-2020 Year ReviewMy daughter has been at Eladia's Kids since she was 5 months old, and she's now 21 months. We love how the daycare is run like a school with lessons even for the youngest children. Our daughter has thrived there and loves going every day. In the beginning, it took some time for our daughter to get used to the single nap schedule, especially at such a young age and I was quite weary of it (she was taking 2-3 naps a day at home and only 1 at daycare), but in the end it wasn't a big deal and she was still happy at pick up and not over tired.
2019-2020 Year ReviewMy daughter has been at Eladia's since she was 4 months old (now almost 2) and we've mostly been happy with it. It's organized like a preschool with a highly structured day, including circle time and curriculum even for the infants. My daughter can count to 10 and recognize most letters already, which I definitely attribute to Eladia's. I also feel like she's getting a great introduction to the structure of a school day, and will transition well to preschool/kindergarten when we get there. Also, they update the app (Brightwheel) throughout the day so you know how your child is eating, sleeping, etc, plus get a cute pic every day. The cons to consider: They're very strict in terms of daily schedule. For example, my daughter was reduced to one nap a day around 9 months, far earlier than I thought was appropriate, because it fit the Eladia's schedule. Also, we haven't crossed this bridge yet, but they require the kids to be potty trained before advancing to the age 2+ room, so if you go here you should be on board with early potty training. Overall I would choose Eladia's again, but it's important to be aware that you'll need to agree with their practices and/or be willing to let it go. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours … What would you change? Would love more consistent communication about the changes in her classroom environment; there are frequently new teachers/admins whose names I don't know.
2019-2020 Year ReviewWe are really happy with the Pre-K program at Eladia’s Kids. Our child loves going to school and is always excited to tell us about what he did at school. The teacher is very engaging, the assistant teachers are enthusiastic about making school a fun place and the school overall feels like a family. They have a wrap around program for either early drop off or extended day and they also have some additional full days available for when the dept of ed has a holiday but the rest of their school is open. The extended day is awesome as they are not just left to play but have lots of activities and additional learning. They provide meals, as all of the pre-k does, and it is a really great menu. … About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals … What would you change? It would be great if there was dedicated outdoor space, though they take walks daily and go to the playground.
Review from the 2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool SurveyMy daughter has attended Eladia kids since she was 3 months old and is now 2 years old. The caregivers/teachers love her and she loves them. DETAILS: Has outdoor space What you would change: The cost. It is very expensive
Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyLikes: Play based learning. They visit the local playground or go for a walk every day, weather permitting. Teacher is really friendly and sends at least 1 picture of one of their activities every day. Food is high quality. Eladia, the owner, is very accessible. After school program was incredibly convenient for us. Dislikes: the school is one large room, divided into 3 sections for 3 different classes (toddlers, 3 year olds, pre-k). My daughter's class didn't have a dedicated classroom, just a section with their cubbies, seats, and circle time rug. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals
Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyCaring, thoughtful teachers. Stimulating curriculum. Teachers send photos everyday with an explanation of the daily activity. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change? Bigger Entrance. It can get very crowded at pickup
Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyMy daughter started at Eladia's at 5 months old. She loves it there. The teachers are very warm and attentive. My child loves the activities that they do, even though she's only in the infant class, she and her classmates always look very engaged in the lessons! About the facility: Has outdoor space What would you change? The school works on a schedule with feedings and napping, so my daughter had to adapt to their schedule, but it has worked out okay. She only naps one time at daycare from about 1-3, but at home she will take 3 naps a day.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyThe main issue was that the turnover was constant. The infant room was fine but the in-between-stage toddler "room" was basically a large playpen. You'll see if you visit. There were longtime teachers who were wonderful but they left. I also felt that teachers weren't empowered to answer even the most basic questions. They would look over their shoulders to see if a director was listening. Sample question: "Would it help if I brought a second blanket?" They had to clear everything with the directors. They are also overly strict about potty training. They decided my child was "ready" way in advance (22 months) and overruled my concerns. I have parent friends who also went to Eladia's and we are still dealing with the fallout of their rushed, overly rigid potty policy. It's a real shame and I regret that I let myself be so railroaded. So...positives. I like their little back patio. They use a Brightwheel system so you get a picture every day. But when the teacher who was good at photography left you basically got a crowd photo. There was another teacher who never spelled my child's name right, but she was nice. Uh, the classroom for the older kids was bright. About the facility: Has outdoor space What would you change? Relax on the intensity of the potty policy. Don't browbeat good teachers.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyWe started with our daughter when she turned 3 months old and never had a problem. We’d pick her up and the teachers would briefly tell us about her day, and the reports were in the range of “Yeah, it was good." This was corroborated during conferences, where we were told she loved music and was a happy child. There was never any indication that she was having trouble adjusting. The one month grace period in the contract came and went. We all seemed satisfied. Five months later, the manager suddenly told me that my child was having a hard time and mentioned having us send her for more days, especially since she was the only part-timer. We were told she had been crying all day, every day, since she started. This was the first we'd heard of such a thing. A few days later, Eladia (whom we had never met before) told us our daughter “required” a nanny. Unless, of course, we wanted to send her for more days. At this point, we were given a second grace period of one month, to see how our daughter could re-adjust. Another two weeks later, I was told that the teachers were threatening to quit if we kept sending our daughter, since it is not the teachers' job to hold my baby all day. That ended up being our last day. As one of the teachers handed my daughter to me that day, she looked at me and mouthed “sorry.” Later, my partner went to go pick up some items and told this same teacher what Eladia said about them threatening to quit. She was horrified and told him they never said that. At this point, the manager came out and told him that he was not allowed to speak with the teachers. In any childcare setting, be it school or daycare, the teachers can really only be as good as the people running it. Be wary of this place. They have high teacher turnover for a reason. They have been in business for 30 years, and this is a major selling point; one they like to bring up over and over. Years in business, however, does not equal good practice. About the facility: Has outdoor space.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyThe good: Eladia's kids is a warm, nurturing environment where my child was very happy. The daycare teachers provided a lot of fun activities and my child was always happy to be dropped off every morning. They also handled difficult situations incredibly well (like when my kid when through a long phase of occasional biting). They are incredible supportive of the kids, would never shame or chastise them, and expertly use positive discipline. They also helped my kid master a bunch of skills like sitting at a table to eat, being gentle with friends, and learning how to wash his hands. The bad: Eladia's has a strict policy of moving kids to the pre-school room around when they turn 2 - usually several months before - and there is mandatory potty training. There is an extreme philosophy of early potty training and if that doesn't work for your family, your only option is to leave. For that reason, despite how much we liked the school overall, I could not recommend that someone send a kid there for the year they would turn 2. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyExcellent teachers and staff, great kids, tons of excellent education going on. About the facility: Has outdoor space, 8am-6pm What would you change? Administration is sometimes annoying to work with (its a family business) if you are having problems. Much better off working around the family and knowing which teachers have power and can exercise it within reason to circumvent some of the family business stuff. Wish they would replace some of the family with some of the better teachers they have -- every few years there is big turnover in staff as they get fed up.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyProfessional, loving & caring staff. Daily updates with picture via app. Follows NYC school schedule About the facility: Has outdoor space.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyWe really love Eladia's and our son has been doing great there. They have very thoughtful activities for all ages, the teachers are loving and caring and have childhood education degrees and the communication is good. We also really appreciate how multicultural of an experience this has been - they learn about all the different holidays, they have teachers and children from different backgrounds, they sing in Spanish.. It's important to note that this is a "care center" and so has more vacations then day cares, doesn't serve food and has more of a structure to the day and program. We trust them though full-heartily with our son. I think they could take them out more even in the slightly colder days, and also have more options for parent interaction.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyFull days 8-6pm with lots of free play combined with a structured program of daily lessons, activities, reinforcement of lessons learned, outdoor play, dance, yoga, music, etc. The teachers are wonderful, Eladia and directors are super engaged. My children love to go to school and I feel confident they are in great hands when I leave them to go to work each day. Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Uses an app to post updates on child throughout the day about their activities, and eating, also sends photos.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyEladia's Kids provides daycare for children 6 months to Pre-K age. Our son has attended Eladia's since he was 1 year old and we could not be happier with the experience. While technically a daycare, offering hours conducive to working parents' schedules, Eladia's provides more of a pre-school like environment where children are constantly learning, playing and growing through group and individual activities. The entire staff is loving, caring and supportive to both children and parents. We whole-heartedly recommend Eladia's to anyone looking for a daycare or preschool in Park Slope. Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours
[Spring2017Babies] Daycare in Park Slope?[My child] is four months old and has been going to Eladia's Kids on 5th Ave. for a month, now. The teachers are warm and friendly, the director is really communicative, and I love get daily updates, via app, about Mila's eating, sleeping and activities. I think they have a wait list, but they are definitely worth checking out. Good luck!
Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyType: Daycare About the facility: Has outdoor space Review: We love Eladia's kids. Having experience with the infant, toddler and preschool room, we can wholeheartedly recommend Eladia's Kids. The teachers are so caring, they all have early childhood education experience and Eladia and the directors really invest in the staff to make sure they are well trained in their methods.They have a lot of free play for the kids to be kids, yet there is good structure with an activity each day, reinforcement and some Spanish lessons. They have outdoor space and the kids go outside each day as long as the weather allows. They have themes, a science lesson, math, etc. and they follow a curriculum. Even they babies have a variation of the days lesson. We are very lucky we have Found this daycare. Other notes... you provide your food, I prefer this but I know some parents like the idea of a place that provides food. Hours are 8-6, they do babysitting/movie nights for the preschool kids about 1x a month, they used to have a longer period of time they were closed at the end of August, though that was shortened, they have part time options...
Review submitted via the PSP Daycare/Preschool 2016 SurveyAge: 1-2 years Review: We switched from a nanny to daycare and are so happy we did. The weight of managing someone in my home, worrying about whether my child was getting proper development, etc. has been lifted from my shoulders! Our family has been so happy at Eladia's. The teachers are very caring and my daughter loves them. The structure has been wonderful for her. She is happy to go off to daycare every day. The biggest drawback to Eladia's is that the overall communication is not great. Day-to-day I get great input from the teachers on what my daughter has been up to. But month-to-month, the communication from the administrators is a little lacking. The biggest plus is that this is a bright, cheerful, professionally run day care with lots of staff - I am 100% confident that my child is happy and well cared for. We had the option to move my 2 year old to a local Montessori school and other programs, but I will keep her with Eladia's next year until she is ready for a 3's program at our local school. Recommend? Highly recommend
Daycare ReviewWe have been so happy with Eladia's on 5th ave. We also visited the Flatbush location which we liked equally but especially liked the outdoor space on 5th ave and they are really almost around the corner from each other. Our child is in the infant program and what is most important is that you just get that great feeling that the caregivers really love the kids. Our child is always smiling when we get there in the morning and lights up when sees the teachers. The daycare is more of a structured program than just free play all day, although there is plenty of play time, and I like that they have a nice schedule, there is a report of what they did during the day, they have an activity of the day and they all are included even the tiniest ones! It was such a good decision to go with daycare vs nanny as the interaction with other kids is priceless. The school hosts a parent orientation and there is so much care and thought that goes into the curriculum for all ages of the program. Eladia really cares about he program as well as the directors at each location. They make you feel like family and we are so happy with our daycare choice. This was the pricier daycare we found but clearly is a premium program. Other thoughts, the toys and facility are super clean, you provide your own food which I prefer, the teachers are experienced and have been there for a while even with promotions within which is great to see the teachers happy and having a career path, great initial transition phase in when starting, additional caring staff at the school that all help out and are very involved so you are getting a lot of care in addition to primary teachers, the space is big, bright and open and we love saying the little one is going to school!
2014 Daycare/Preschool PSP reviewLength of Time: Full Time Child's Age: 2-3 years Review: My 2.5 year old has gone to Eladia's for 2 years now. My older child, now in public school, also attended from a young age so we have had kids there for almost 6 years now. We have seen many wonderful things about the school and both of our children have learned a lot in their time there. They are very close with several of the teachers past and present who also babysit for us on occasion. And the facility is nice. The programs are run by the owner and her daughters. While the daughters are wonderful, Eladia herself has made me uncomfortable in many ways. I have been disheartened by how I see her treat staff - many longstanding teachers have been required to change classes or even locations with little notice over the years which has caused chaos in their lives and upset my children. My children have, over the years been moved from classes without any advanced notice. And I know of several parents, myself included, who have had arguments ending in tears about potty training because it is required to move out of the toddler classes. The teachers have been loving and supportive however so overall my children have been served well there but I look forward to the day that we can part ways with Miss Eladia. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Recommend with reservations Would you send your child again? Maybe
2014 Daycare/Preschool PSP reviewLength of Time: Full Child's Age: 2-3 years Review: My child has been there on and off for 3 years (only leaving for a few months because we moved). We have had experience with all three classes and overall been very happy with all the caretakers. There is at least one person in each classroom that has been there for at least 6 years. There is a great mix of personalities and there are even male caretakers which I love! Eladia's is an education based daycare so when our son moved into the preschool room his schedule was very similar to the younger classes. I like that he has a schedule, but that within that schedule there is lots of free playtime. My son comes home everyday happy and singing a new song or sharing a new work he learned. They are very hands on with potty training and to push the kids to start early. Some parents do feel that they pushed too early, but I am a big fan of the encouragement ( less work for us!). They are very understanding and patient with the children when there are issues and take the time to explain why a behavior needs to be corrected. I have only had a few negative experiences or miscommunications through the 2 years and I felt like they took the situations very seriously and responded appropriately. My only "wish" was that I knew more about what they did each day, but I think that is a natural situation in daycare. They don't get super into detail at pickup about what happened that day, but part of me feels like that is because they are following protocol to a T. I would just like to know more about how he interacts with the other kids etc. I try and take time once a week to talk to the teacher and get a gauge for how things are going and get more specifics. Side note: We moved daycares for a few months because we moved very far way and we were amazed at how different the experience was and came running back! Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
2014 Daycare/Preschool PSP reviewLength of Time: full time Child's Age: 2-3 years Review: The teachers, the ones that remain, are great. There is a lot of teacher turnover, both mid year and with the changing school terms. Each year we were there, my child had multiple teacher changes. When my child was old enough to recognize this and had trouble adjusting, the administration minimized the effect this was having on the children, primarily by saying that it wasn't happening, even though the parents could clearly see adjustment problems. On the positive side, I feel like my child learned a lot there, and was encouraged and supported to explore and be happy. They are very education focused, and do a lot of activities with the kids. Parents should be aware that this daycare is closed for 6 weeks out of the year. We found this impossibe to manage, given that we are a family with two full time working parents. While I felt confident that my child was well cared for here, I had a lot of issues with the administration. Major policies changed without notice and discussion with the administration was futile. They were unwilling to consider adaptations that met the child, and instead simply reiterated their policy. Ultimately, we decided to move our child to a different daycare, and we couldn't be happier with the decision. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Recommend with reservations Would you send your child again? Absolutely not
Re: Spanish-speaking Daycare ProvidersEladia's Kids (with locations in the North Slope and Fort Greene) is run in English has Spanish-speaking staff (including Eladia and her children, who run the various centers). More generally, our (English-speaking) son attended their Fifth Ave location from the age of 6 months to when he started pre-K when he was past 4, and we were very happy with them! One warning is that they were pretty slow to get back to us when we initially contacted them to ask about getting a spot there, but reallh was really the only aspect we weren't happy with.
Re: Day care for child under 2 yearsWe sent our son to Eladia’s Kids (on Fifth Ave in the North Slope; they also have a location on Flatbush Ave and another in Prospect Heights or Fort Greene) from 6 months of age to a little over 4, and were very happy with them. They may not know for sure about availability of spots for another month or two (because of turnover among the oldest kids as some of them get into public school pre-kindergarten programs), and they might not have any anyway, but they are worth checking with. The contact information is in the PSP listings for daycares.
Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP SurveyReview date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: Toddler Room Length of time: Full time, 5 days a week Child's age: 1-2 years Review: Our son has been at Eladia's Kids since he was 9 months old. Now at 20 months, we are still just as happy as we were when we selected the day care. The teachers are attentive and loving and seem to really have fun with the kids. My son eagerly hops out of his stroller in the morning to start playing, and he is happily busy when I pick him up - all good signs! While I initially thought the space seemed small, they really make it work for them. They have a private deck, which I really apprecaite as it lets him get outside each day. In the warmer months they set up a sprinkler, which is great. They do play time and learning time, and our son definitely knows things that we didn't teach him. There are two things we dislike, though we have been willing to overlook them based on the quality of the care we believe our son gets. This day care is one of the most expensive in the neighborhood, and they just raised their tuition for the coming year. They do not provide lunch, which is a huge hassle, especially given the very high price. The other thing that kills us is that they close for 3 weeks at the end of August/beginning of September. This is extremely difficult for us to manage, and we are still charged the full rate during this time, which makes it nearly impossible to pay for alternate care. All told, they are closed for about 5 weeks a year, and that is very hard for working parents to adequately cover. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP SurveyReview date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: Length of time: Full Day/5 days a week Child's age: 1-2 years Review: Likes -Amazing facility. Clean, bright, looks brand new. Outdoor space. -There are three separate age groups, but they do many activities together. -All the teachers are lovely and warm, and there is a mix or women and men. -There are structured activities but they also have tons of free time. Dislikes -You have to provide food for children Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Recommend
Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP SurveyReview date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Length of time: four days a week Child's age: 3-4 years Review: We are very happy with Eladia's Kids and we have watched our daughter blossom since she began attending their program. The staff is committed, caring, and very hands on. Each day they focus on a different area, (math, reading, social skills, art) and they also bring in outside specialists in dance, and music. It is very structured, and yet it allows each child to grow at their own pace. One of their philosophies is that children can never do anything wrong, and they do not punish, reprimand or shame children when they misbehave, but rather encourage them to pursue different choices. The classes are small and personalized, and we love how they made every effort to make our daughter feel comfortable there from the very beginning. The greatest indication of what a great place Eladia's Kids is most evident in our daughter's progress there. She had learned so much in such a short time that we are confident that she is in very capable hands. She also absolutely loves going to school, and never wants to miss even a day...they have made learning fun for her, and this is establishing a solid educational foundation that will carry over into her future endeavors at school and in other classes. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP SurveyReview date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: Flatbush Ave Length of time: Full-time, M-F Child's age: 1-2 years Review: Likes - Very friendly, capable teachers. The curriculum is good..arts & crafts, songs, very structured. Very organized program and schedule. Our daughter seems very happy there and to be thriving. She's also 20 months and well on her way to being fully potty trained which they support whole-heartedly. Dislikes - Expensive, contract too rigid, only room for professional growth for employees whom are family members, teachers only get 5 days of paid vacation yet, the program is closed for over a 30 days for various vacations/holidays, no food provided, and don't go outside as much as I would like. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Recommend with reservations
Daycare Recommendations in Prospect HeightsWe had a great experience at Eladia's Kids on Flatbush.
(no subject)Length of TIme: Full time Child's Age: 4-5 years Review: My son has attended Eladia's Kids from 6 months to (now) just 4 years old. We have liked the school very much. Their attention to the kids' physical and emotional wellbeing is excellent, and they work a lot on social interactions, learning to negotiate interacting with other kids, sharing, etc. They use music very successfully to help teach the toddlers to deal with transitions. They have also done an excellent job on the "academic' side (letters, numbers, learning about the neighborhood, recently learning about money, etc.); at just 4, my son is now starting to work on putting together letters into short words. Feedback has been on the low end but effective when needed. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
(no subject)Length of TIme: Full day, 5 days/week Child's Age: 2-3 years Review: We have had a very good experience with Eladia's. Our child started at 6 months and is now nearly 3 years old. Here are some of the reasons we like it: * Family business -- feels cozy, not corporate * They have a clear philosophy and a lot of experience implementing it -- even very young children are encouraged to make choices and to understand that their choices have consequences. They seem to have a strong teacher training program so that all of the teachers are on the same page. There has not been a high turnover in the time we have been there. * The kids learn a lot -- both "academic" stuff like letters and numbers, and socialization, like sharing. They have themes each month and learn about things like seasons, planets, animals, jobs... One day this year, they learned about a restaurant, and each of the kids had a role. Another day they had a construction worker come and explain about his job. They have music every week with Mr. Jon, and the kids love it. * Teachers and center director Diana are skilled and energetic. They are clearly passionate about what they do. * Communication with parents has improved over the time we have been there. Initially I thought it was a weak point. Early on, I thought that they could have been better about communicating the school's philosophy and communicating the names and backgrounds of the teachers for example. And there were a few times that we or others we know were inadvertently left off of group email communications. Now I would say it is pretty good -- they send (fairly general) notes home daily, and have a parent orientation in the fall, and 2 parent-teacher conferences during the year. They are certainly accessible if we want to discuss something at other times. * Note that parents must bring lunch and snacks every day, which some daycare centers provide. On one hand, I like being able to control what they are eating, but on the other hand, it's tiring having to pack a lunch every morning. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
(no subject)Our daughter has been at Eladia's on Flatbush Avenue since she was 9 months old (she is now 3). She has always loved it. There is no more positive review that I can give but this simple fact: she knew the entire alphabet by the time she was 18 months old. Eladia's philosophy to daycare is early childhood education. There is a curriculum, the day is structured and the kids have fun while learning. Every week they seem to have "themes" that they base their learning on (shapes or letters or a cultural event like a holiday). They are given responsibilities which our daughter really took to (calendar helper, snack helper, etc.) We can tell when we walk in, the teachers are all on the same page about what the rules are. They are consistent and clear in their discipline ("use walking feet!" or "every one gets a turn for 2 minutes!") They take walks or go to the park every day the weather allows for it. Most of the teachers are trained educators and our daughter has created strong bonds with many of them. She can be shy and tentative at times and the teachers have been understanding. They just seem to "get" her. When we meet with her teachers, they are always prepared to talk about her at length. They have clearly given her personal attention, even in a group setting, which makes us feel like she is being monitored and cared for. When our daughter turned two years old, she was moved up to a class filled with 2 year olds that shares a space with 3 and 4 year olds. We noticed right away how much she blossomed, both physically and verbally, in that environment. Eladia's is a family-run organization. The family is approachable and warm and have always had our daughter's best interests at heart. Recommend.
(no subject)My child was at Eladia's Kids for about a year and it is a clean, vibrant, well-organized child care center with great caregivers and committed and involved administrators. They have a very established set of operating principles and schedule of fun activities, and staff members are energetic and passionate about what they do. I have no doubt that every child there is safe and well-cared for. There are however, some lessons learned that my partner and I took from our Eladia's Kids experience, which we think could be helpful to others. The physical space is on the small side for the toddlers and pre-schoolers and therefore it can sometimes feel a bit cramped and overwhelming for those who are very active and want to move around a lot and/or who need calm time throughout the day beyond just a nap. In addition, the administrators (and there are a lot of them - Eladia, her 4 children and 2 of their spouses work there) are very rigorous about following the schedule and have a difficult time deviating from it if/when necessary. This was very appealing to us when our child was younger and we were keen to ensure our child wouldn't be sitting in a bouncy seat all day. However, as our child has matured and become a toddler with a blossoming (and might I say, spirited) personality this rigorous structure and limited flexibility started to become less appealing. When our toddler began having some challenges following the schedule and the structure, and acting out behaviorally (as many toddlers do) by wanting to go into the other "classrooms" or resisting sitting down during circle time, the lack of flexibility became a showstopper for us. The administration was willing to dedicate significant time and energy to help us address the problem, which we really appreciated. We felt however that although the intent was there, the time and energy they spent was not focused on the right things. They focused on what might be going wrong with our child that could be fixed in order to ensure a more successful Eladia's Kids experience, instead of focusing on what could be improved about the environment, communication style and discipline approach in order to create a more developmentally appropriate experience for an active, curious, smart, emotional and intense child. We worked with them for a time but when it became apparent (through professional evaluations which they had recommended), that our child was a perfectly normal bright toddler with a big blossoming personality who just needed some tweaks in the environment, they were unwilling to work with us and asked us to leave. We were truly disappointed in the whole situation, including how the final decisions and next steps were determined and communicated. We have since transitioned to another daycare with a larger physical space and a more flexible staff, and we LOVE it. Our child's demeanor during drop off and pick up has improved dramatically and although there are still the occasional emotional outbursts typical of a child under 2, the caregivers have been working with us and have noted a marked improvement in behavior during daycare hours - - - as have we noticed a similar improvement overall. Although the new caregivers recognize that my child is not one to suffer in silence when feeling frustrated or misunderstood, they have taught some great coping/communications mechanisms and emphasize regularly how glad they are to have us there. On the whole we are much happier and so much less stressed as a family. In summary, Eladia's Kids is a bright, safe, positive, engaging and well-organized place for a child to learn and grow. Any child who fits in well is likely to thrive there (and many have through the years). However, if you have a child whose personality or style does not mesh well with Eladia's structure or approach, and you are unable to find easy ways to get him/her to fit in, you may find the experience frustrating or upsetting. In addition, a few additional logistical comments - Eladia's Kids does not provide food. I found this nice at first as I was a new mom and interested in having direct control over my child's diet. However, as I relaxed a bit, I would have appreciated not having to worry about food. We are at a place now that takes care of the food and they do healthy, organic food - - which is good for my child and saves my partner and me significant time As many other people mentioned in their posts, the extensive holiday schedule of Eladia's Kids can be inconvenient and expensive. They have the week off at Christmas, Easter and 3 weeks in August in addition to all school holidays. That is significantly more than the customary holiday/vacation schedules at most places of employment - so it often means parents are finding and paying for backup care during those time periods - especially the 2 weeks in August. This is can be especially expensive, and you need to factor into analysis when considering the pros and cons of Eladia's Kids prices (which are already higher than most other local places) as compared to other places
(no subject)PROGRAM: Full day Length of Time: 5 days a week 2-3 years The teachers are great with the kids. My son is learning his letters, singing songs, making friends and learning to go to the bathroom on his own. I am very happy with the staff at Eladias and how my son seems to be so happy there. Do You Recommend? Highly recommend (Review date: December, 2011)
(no subject)PROGRAM: Preschool Length of Time: Full time 5-day/week 3-4 years The program has been great for my son on pretty much all levels: socially (including better manners than I would have taught him), academically (for what that means at this age), physically, musically (they sing a lot!), and learning to follow routines, take instruction, transition between activities, share/deal with conflicts, etc. The program is Bank St-inflected without being formally affiliated with any particular philosophy. They have a of enrichment (exercise and music teachers) and the regular teachers are versatile, excellent and very pleasant; the feedback has always seemed sufficient if not copious. I have two complaints/concerns: (1) Somewhat inconvenient calendar (they close for roughly a week at Christmas/New Year's, a week of the spring NYC school vacation, and either 2 or 3 weeks from mid-August through Labor Day. (2) Anecdotally I don't think they deal terribly well with kids who do not adjust well to the program, and woe betide any kid who drops the afternoon nap and can't play quietly for 90 min while other kids nap - they have no separate space for kids who are awake, and I've seen at least two boys summarily kicked out largely over this. Do You Recommend? Recommend (Review date: December, 2011)
(no subject)PROGRAM: Pre-School Program Length of Time: Full Day, 5 days/wk 2-3 years Our child attended Eladia's Kids daycare and we decided to continue with the school into their 2's (pre-school) program. The head and assistant teachers are very caring and we've found that, just as in the daycare, our child is well taken care of and definitely loved. Our child rarely wants to leave at the end of the day, which is a good sign! The staff (teachers through admin and director) are responsive. A slip of paper comes home each day that documents what our child has eaten and one anecdote from our child's day. The facility is clean and orderly. All that said, here are what we consider the drawbacks of the preschool program: while the school is very good at articulating their philosophy, they have not been great about sharing the particulars of their curriculum. General themes are shared with families through email but actual activities and the curriculum beneath them have not been wholly transparent. When we receive the artwork of our child at the end of each month, much of it looks as if a teacher has done it, rather than my child having had the opportunity to experiment (i.e., we'd rather have a series of scribbles and globs of glue but it be done by our child rather than a perfectly colored, spot-on image of a pumpkin, etc.). Our kid could very well be doing this type of experimenting but all we receive are the "finished" looking pieces. As this artwork is really all we have to go on regarding what the kids are doing, it is a bit disheartening to us. While the facilities are clean and orderly, the space is very small for a grouping of kids that spans 2-4. Because of the cramped nature of the space, it seems as though the typical play centers and resources that are usually found in preschools suffer. Do You Recommend? Recommend with reservations (Review date: December, 2011)
(no subject)PROGRAM: Length of Time: 4 days a week the other administrators, are all very warm, inviting, and obviously care about the children. The teachers are also very sweet and love being around the children. They are usually high energy and demonstrate their excitement to see your child when he/she arrives. We haven't had problems with transitions and discipline, so can't speak to that. The sheets that they give out at the end of the day are not that informative, so you have to be active in asking specifically about your child's day with the teacher at the end of the day. Things are a little bit hectic in the mornings/evenings, but they do try to give you their time and answer your questions. But you are definitely not going to get the individual care and attention that a nanny provides. However, the other kids are great and we really like knowing that our son has some sort of structure and daily lesson--even if it's just painting with their feet. We started at four months and there isn't a lot to be done at that age. But being around other kids is also a good thing. Do You Recommend? Highly recommend (Review date: December, 2011)
(no subject)PROGRAM: Infant program Length of Time: Full time 1-2 years We have been thrilled with Eladia's Kids. Our daughter, now 13 months, has been going since she was 6 months old. The teachers are very engaged with the children and involve even the youngest in art projects. My daughter is happy when I drop her off and smiling when I pick her up. She particularly enjoys music with Mr. Jon each Friday. The teachers handle transitions very well. There are three transition days when your child starts attending, and as many transition days as needed when the child moves to the next age group (very smooth for our daughter, as she saw the other teachers and kids every day, there is a lot of interaction between the age groups). We haven't had too much need for discipline yet, but I have seen the teachers deal with kids taking toys from each other. They use it as a moment to encourage sharing, but teach that just taking the toy is wrong (I can't really explain it, but it seems to work). The school advocates "the structure of choice" (parents/teachers set up a framework that allows for choice, but not infinite choice, which can be overwhelming). Each month has a theme for projects/lessons, the kids' work is displayed on the walls. I particularly appreciate the school's involvement of parents. There was a parent orientation to explain the school's philosophy and introduce all the head teachers/admin people. We get monthly emails explaining what's going on at the school, and, on certain days (Halloween, day before Thanksgiving, etc) parents can stay at the school for a few hours for special activities. Halloween was amazing, all the kids went on a parade around the neighborhood. You receive a form each day telling you how your child ate and slept, in addition to some info about what they learned about that day. I usually want more info, so I just ask the teachers. The Flatbush Ave location is open, bright, cheerful, and is kept very clean. Eladia is frequently there in the afternoons and her love for the kids is obvious, she is a warm and lovely woman. The one drawback: vacation time. The school is on break for a week in April (Easter/Passover) and from mid-August to Labor Day. I am happy enough with the school to deal with this! Do You Recommend? Highly recommend (Review date: December, 2011)
(no subject)PROGRAM: 1 - 2 Years Length of Time: Full Time (5 Days) 1-2 years My child has attended Eladia's Kids since he was 3 months old. He is currently in the 12 - 18 months classroom. We have been more impressed with their program this year than last year. It seems that the number of children has decreased from last year and this in turns decreases the craziness of any program. Three month old children up to two year old children are all at one location. There is a divider between the 0-12 month, 12-18 month, and 18-24 month old children to make three separate areas. The areas are small but amazingly the children seem to be just fine with this. We find the teachers to be very engaging and loving for the most part. I don't think that you will probably find a daycare where you love all of the teachers all of the time so if you can at least find one where you like most of the children then you can consider yourself lucky. The good thing about Eladia's is that Eladia herself is often present in the classrooms. She expects excellence from her teachers and feels that they need to represent her and her philosophies even when she is not present. We have been happy with the care that the teachers have given our son. They do lots of fun activities throughout the year - Thanksgiving feast, Halloween parade, etc. A note is sent home daily with what our child did that day which is nice to receive. The teachers are pretty quiet when you pick up but if you have any specific questions for them about your child that day they are more than happy to give you all of the info that you need. Most of the children at the daycare are 5 days which is great for kids with full time working parents. I think that it creates stability for them when they see the same children every day. I always know that my child is in good hands and I don't worry about him during the day. He often wants to stay even after I arrive because he is having so much fun. I take this as a sign that he is happy with his surroundings. My son is learning a lot and often surprises me with new things that I know that I did not teach them. I think that they have an effective way to discipline where the child feels involved in the decision making. They spend time outside daily (weather permitting) and follow a monthly curriculum which is e-mailed out to all of the parents. The only downfall that I think with Eladia's is the price. I do feel like my sons gets excellent care but the price is quite steep and seems to go up every year. Although cheaper than a nanny, it is one of the most expensive daycares in the area. I do think that the cost if prohibitive to many families so it's not a very diverse population of kids. If you are looking for diversity then Eladia's isn't for you. Do You Recommend? Recommend (Review date: December, 2011)
(no subject)Our son has been at Eladia’s Kids from the age of 6 months till now (he’s almost 3 1/2) and we’ve been very happy with them, with only one complaint: the schedule (they close for a couple of week-long periods mirroring the public school schedule, and also 2 or 3 weeks from mid-August to Labor Day). They have a center on Fifth Ave between St Johns and Lincoln (where my son goes) and others on Flatbush near Sixth Ave and in Prospect Heights. (November 2011)
(no subject)Recommended without full review (October 2011)
Review from Survey, 2010Program: pre-K Length of Time: full time, 5 days Child's Age: 3-4 years Review: My daughter is in the pre-school section of Eladia's Kids. There are around 8-9 kids in the group, with 2 teachers, sometimes more. I really like the philosophy of the school and that they work hard to enable children to make their own choices and understand consequences. The teachers are guides in the kids learning rather than authoritarian figures. Eladia explains the school philosophy and we have used her teaching to great effect at home. The teachers are full of energy and enthusiasm. As well as the daily written log, they also communicate to me at the end of the day at least one funny episode my daughter was involved in. I speak with the head teacher every morning at drop-off. The school was great with potty training. They started before my daughter turned 2 and she was done within weeks. The teachers really worked in partnership with us on this, and on many other things. Eladia herself is a great source of advice and has helped us when our daughter didnt want to go to sleep at night. The toddler/pre-school location is pretty new, very clean and well equipped. I wish there was a backyard but the kids are outside everyday at the playground and for an afternoon walk, weather permitting. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
from PSP Survey, 2010Program: Infants Length of Time: Full Time Child's Age: s for several months. I toured many daycares in Prospect Heights and found this one to be a top choice among many families. I feel that my child is well taken care of during the day and I don't worry about her well being or safety. I do feel that the ratio of teachers to infants is a bit high but I do believe that is standard and that as a parent you will always feel that way. I have only seen one teacher in my child's class from 8 - 9 AM and then again only one teacher from 5 - 6 PM even though there are more than three children at this time and during drop off/pick up this can be hectic for one teacher. Sometimes the teachers look like their patience is wearing thin but always at least try to muster a smile for the parents. I think that the infants spend a lot of time in the bouncer seat but again it's hard to give each child individual care in this type of setting. They do send you home with daily care sheets although I wish that they were more detailed. You do have to ask for more detailed information but the teachers of course are obliging to this request. I wish that they did more activities with the little ones like some of the daycares do but they just may not have the space and number of teachers to make this happen. You are basically paying someone to make sure that your child is safe during the day. If you want individualized care then your best choice is a nanny/babysitter which is often too costly for many people. All in all I think that this is a good, safe space for your infant. And it is very clean which is a huge plus for me. None of them will be perfect but be sure to shop around and find the best one for you and your family. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Recommend
From PSP Survey, 2010Name of Program:Infants Area Full KID AGE:tently kind and caring. A structured schedule, but they were amenable to special requests we made about care (within reason). When child had difficulty adjusting to their nap schedule, they let us know, and listened to our suggestions for helping. Really appreciate the daily written feedback about eating and sleeping habits, and overall mood. Would prefer a better caregiver/infant ratio - my impression is that they can't really give more than the minimum amount of attention to each infant with the present arrangement. Highly Recommend/Recommend or Do Not Recommend?--Recommend Review Date: Fall 2010
(no subject)My little girl is 9 months old and has been going to Eladia's on Flatbush for 3 months now. We have been really happy with the place so far. The lines of communication are extremely open between us and her caregivers. Any request we make for her care is happily obliged and we get daily written reports on her progress, eating habits, mood, etc. The caregivers clearly love their jobs. We've been to some sad looking daycare centers where it seemed like the adults were in a "run out the clock" kind of situation. I can honestly say that the teachers at Eladia's are genuinely happy to see my kid every day. That counts for a lot. I can give no better testimonial than the following. Every morning at 7:50, when I strap on my Baby Bjorn, my little girl goes ape, because she knows that it is time to go to school. And when we get to Eladia's and she sees Ms. Vanessa or Ms. Jamilla (the infant teachers) she is overwhelmed with joy. Review October 2010
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