Friends of Crown Heights - Prospect Heights
Review from the Spring 2023 Early Education SurveyReview: The staff are so warm and caring, they really see the kids as individuals and support them. The space is also great with lots of options for various types of free play in each classroom (play kitchen, library), they do a lot of art that is truly child-directed, which I appreciate. It's also a socio-economically and racially diverse space and we had neuro-divergent kids that were really well-integrated into the class. Our kid loved the rooftop playground and the on-site food! We still stay there next year. Amenities: Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals
Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyLocation: Kosciuszko St, Bed Stuy Type of facility: Pre-K Review: Our child's teacher was great, she was intuitive to the different needs in the class room. They followed the NYC standard UPK curriculum and she supplemented with lots of hands on activities while also focusing on reading and math skills. Our child loved her friends and having fun at school - we liked how she was learning so much while also having ample time to play and discover. What amenities does the facility have? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Provides meals Is there anything you would like to add about how the school is handling the pandemic? children were required to be masked, teachers were fully vaccinated in accordance with DOE policy and communication during exposure and classroom shut down was good. At times the time for quarantine seemed arbitrary and out of line with what the DOE standard was however when that was pointed out the school would adjust.
Daycare Recommendations in Bed StuyI've done a TON of research on daycares in bed stuy. I also go to Friends of Crown Heights on Koscuizco. They're fine. The teachers are great and love the kids, but I have to say that I really don't like the executive director and she constantly gives me a hard time for weird random things (like telling me that I'm late if I get there at 4:45, even though they close at 5 pm and I've never once gotten there after 4:45). But they are inexpensive and I trust them. I also live on the Bed Stuy/Clinton Hill border.
Daycare Recommendations in Bed StuyWe've attended Friends of Crown Heights #20 on Kosciuszko St since our daughter was 6 months old - she's 4 now and in the 3K program. They go through UPK (they offer the free city program - we put it on our list for next year and we know a number of people whose kids have gone all the way through and were satisfied). I think it's $350/week private (not subsidized or voucher) for infants since they raised the fee 1/1/21 due to COVID and all meals are included.
Review Submitted via 2014-2015 Daycare/Preschool SurveyFriends of Crown Heights Program: Private Infant room (goes to age 2) Length of time: Full time Child’s Age: < 1 year1-2 years Type of facility: Privately run daycare/preschool with multiple classes and teachersWe are in a private classroom, but there are also public classrooms that go to UPKThere is little/no parental involvement with the administration or running of the facility. REVIEW: I like the caretakers in my child's room. My child loves going to daycare everyday and has a lot of fun. They have 3 diverse meals served to them everyday. Would you recommend? Recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
Review from the 2014 Daycare/Preschool SurveyProgram: Infant program Length of Time: Full Day 5 days/week Child's Age: Review: We are very pleased with our experience at Friends of Crown Heights. The teachers in his classroom are loving, dedicated, and energetic. They are teaching him sign language and even though he's a little baby they do lots of educational activities including flash cards and reading books, learning about colors. They always show care and compassion for the children and are always willing to help carry over anything we're trying to work on with our son (transitioning to formula from breastmilk, sleeping in the crib). The food they provide for the children is very healthy and freshly prepared in the building and follows NYC Early Learn guidelines for school lunches. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot): Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
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