Hanson Place Child Development Center
Review from the Spring 2023 Early Education SurveyReview: Hanson Place used to be a really wonderful daycare center, but unfortunately the current administration has put a number of changes in place and I can no longer recommend the facility. I witnessed the director verbally abuse both teachers and parents. Communication from the administration is spotty at best. Unlike many daycares in the area, the center does not offer 3K, so many, many students leave when they turn 3. There is no outdoor space. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? The director.
Review from the Spring 2023 Early Education SurveyReview: Ms. Tanya, the head teacher, is very kind and loving, but there is not a lot of “programming” for the babies. There have been issues with administration lately, but so far that hasn’t seemed to affect the kids. I would send my child again here. Amenities: Has early morning hours What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? A bit more variety in the day
Review from the Spring 2023 Early Education SurveyReview: The teachers are all warm and caring. It’s obvious that they genuinely care for the kids. They also do a great job building a sense of community. All of the teachers know my kid and will ask him how his day was. They also do a number of center wide activities so the kids get to know the older and younger kids from different classes. The teachers use class dojo to keep parents updated and send pictures. They also try to involve the parents (Halloween parade, birthday celebrations, etc). The actual day-to-day learning experience is hit or miss depending on the teachers. We’ve been in multiple classrooms and while some teachers make a huge effort to offer a wide variety of activities and learning experiences with a well through our curriculum others tend to just do the exact same thing a day to day. While this is ok in the infant class (the infant teacher is so warm and loving) it’s a bit disappointing when your kid is older. It’s really just a mixed bag with some classes being amazing and others being underwhelming. That being said, my kid has been happy in each of the classes he has been in. Amenities: Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, No outdoor space although they get out for walks or go to the local park a few times a week. They also have a large indoor recreation area where they ride trikes, play with balls and do other active things. They also have a indoor gym area with lots of foam climbers to play on. They serve breakfast, but not lunch or snack. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? There is a lot of movement of kids between classes. The director is constantly moving kids up to the next age group and it’s clear she’s more concerned with making space in the younger classrooms (where there is a waitlist) than providing continuity of experience for the older kids. The transitions often tend to be quite abrupt with little warning. Generally speaking the director is not approachable and if/when you ask questions you usually get a very curt response.
Shout Out: Hanson Place Child Development Center has spots available!I second T's views on Hanson Place. Our son attended for 3 years (2s, 3s and UPK). Not familiar with the current administration, but we experienced fantastic caring teachers and a wonderfully tight-knit parent community. Back in 2018, we were lucky to get a spot there. We look back on our son's time there fondly, and even stopped by over the summer to visit some of his old teachers.
daycare spot for ~1y/o+1 for Hanson Place Child Development Center (not the Hanson Place daycare that is Christian, also in Ft Greene). Our son is the infant room, since Memorial Day when he was 4 months old. The teachers are very caring, all the parents we’ve met seem very happy with the staff and environment, and I like that they are play based, center on social and physical development, and there is pretty good diversity. I don’t agree communication is terrible. The ED is very accessible, they have good COVID protocols, and while it took some persistence to secure a spot, I expected that.
daycare spot for ~1y/oWe love Hanson Place Child Development Center. Our son has been there since he was 15 months, so we don’t know the baby room, but we’ve loved the 1s and 2s classes. They’re absolutely terrible at communicating, but the teachers are wonderful. It’s in Fort Greene, and I think still has space.
Day care - Boerum HillWe’re at Hanson Place Child Development Center directly adjacent to Atlantic Terminal in the NYS Shirley Chisholm Office Building. I guess it’s technically Ft. Greene, but it’s a quick walk for us on Atlantic and Hoyt and I really appreciate what a neighborhood institution it is and its lovely community vibe. It’s not free of quirks and foilables, but given the amount of growth my 16 month old has exhibit in the 15-24 month room? They are, IMO, well worth it.
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: The Center has up to 2K with plans for 3K in the future Review: My child is 1 year old so she can't communicate the finer details but I know she goes happily each morning. The teachers in her room are very sweet and nurturing. The teachers send about 3-4 short videos a day of their daily scheduled activities like the morning song, story time, bubbles and gym time. During the spring and summer, the Center takes the children to a near-by park. If I had to do it again, I would send my child there. Also, the teachers and parents have created a sense of community. What amenities does the facility provide? Has early morning hours, provides snacks like milk, bananas, canned fruit, applesauce and oatmeal What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? I suppose a private outdoor space would be nice.
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: Daycare Review: HPCDC has been a wonderful place for our son to go to school. He has thrived under the care of his very thoughtful and dedicated teachers and he absolutely loves going to daycare. The teachers are caring and patient and provide a nice range of activities and play for the students. The community is tight-knit, which is an added bonus from my perspective. I'm grateful we found such a great daycare for our son to attend and I would highly recommend it to other families. What amenities does the facility provide? Has early morning hours, Provides meals Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? As I understand it, all of the teachers are vaccinated and everyone wears masks inside.
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: Daycare - Pre-K Review: Our son loves the program and we are happy to be members of the HPCDC community. The teaching staff is excellent and extremely caring - our son has bonded with multiple members of the faculty. We would definitely do it again. What amenities does the facility provide? Has early morning hours, Provides meals Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? The school has handled the pandemic fairly well, though it has been challenging. The faculty are all masked, there are regular email updates and it is very easy to get in touch with the administration.
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: Daycare + Pre-K Review: The teachers are fantastic, loving and caring. They do a ton of activities with the kids and engage the families too, helping to build a strong community. Ms Gladys is a force of nature, teaching the kids useful skills for home and life, all in a playful supportive environment. They make an effort to teach words and numbers in different languages and invite families to share their culture and customs with the kids. My child has been in the baby and toddler rooms and both had great carers and filled me with confidence. They use the ClassDoJo app to share updates throughout the day and help you feel connected. I highly recommend Hanson Place. They take the kids out for walks throughout the year when the weather allows. What amenities does the facility provide? Has after-school options, Has early morning hours Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? The school has been proactive communicating about Covid and I have felt safe and reassured by how they manage cases.
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: Daycare, Preschool, 3K, Pre-K Review: HPCDC is a non-profit, state-sponsored child center offering year-round child care services for the children that also provides preferential enrollment for children of New York State employees. It is a community-oriented, neighborhood institution with small classes and staffed with experienced caregivers who are singularly invested in all of the children there whether or not a child is in their classroom. What’s more, the administration consistently strives to foster a community of intentional caring and strongly encourages family involvement and participation. While I can only speak from experience for the classroom in which my child is enrolled, activity planning is excellent. On any given day, my 1-year old (who is in the infant room) will have gym time where the babies play on foam wedges, crawl through tunnels, play pretend on baby-sized foam “cars”, and generally play together; story time with an incredibly creative and interactive story teller; bilingual puppet shows; bubbles; walking time for those that are walking; time at the park on fair weather days; and of course lots of music and singing. Parents receive updates on daily activities via an ap (Class Dojo) in the form of videos and photos. The Caregivers also provide a day end summary of my child’s day at pick up. In addition to the fabulous classroom atmosphere, HPCDC provides breakfast, snacks, and cow’s milk upon request and as part of tuition. Which can be such a relief when you find yourself with an inexplicably empty gallon of milk at 6:30AM on a school day. And while one must bring essentials for your child (such as diapers, wipes, crib sheets), there is a community supply available on days one forgets to bring said items. I have also been told that HPCDC will assist (or even lead the way) with potty training and while I have not begun this process myself, I feel great relief knowing that I have a team of qualified professionals there to help me when my child is ready. Overall, I am very satisfied with our experience and especially with the loving and experienced caregivers and administrative transparency. What amenities does the facility provide? Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, Brings children to the park in good weather. HPCDC also has two, large, indoor play areas one of which is large enough to ride tricycles in. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Covid restrictions have cut back on community-oriented programming, but this is hard to complain about. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? Physical distancing: Drop off/pick up procedures should allow for physical distancing between parents or guardians program staff and participants Masks: Worn by adults, including staff, parents, all children two years and older. Hygiene, Cleaning and Disinfection: Clean frequently touched surfaces, staff, children and visitors must practice healthy hand hygiene. Our cleaning company cleans every night after hours All staff vaccinated: As of 11/22/21, 12 staff are fully vaccinated. One staff member needs second dose of the vaccine Communications: Remind staff, parents to stay home if they are sick. Remind staff, parents to inform the Center if they or their children test positive or were exposed to someone with COVID-19. Communication must be timely.
Daycares in Clinton Hill/Fort Greene Area?Believe it or not, Hanson Place Child Development Center has spots right now. Apparently they haven’t had spots available in 4 years! We love it for our 7 month old and just know that if you find enrollment or communication at all difficult or frustrating during sign up, that all goes away after enrollment.
Daycare recommendationsThey have been hit hard by the pandemic, but I would be remiss if I didn’t put in the good world for Hanson Place Child Development Center. My daughter has been going there since she was 2 and is now in UPK there and we’ve been so happy with all of the teachers and families and her growth and development while at the center. There used to be a years long waiting list to get in there because it was so popular, but there has been a lot of admin mismanagement since COVID hit and now they are under-enrolled, but as I hope to enroll my second kiddo, 9 months, when I’m no longer working remotely, I wanted to give a shout out in the hopes of advocating for what has been a really amazing community.
Feedback on Hanson Place Child Development Center?We LOVE Hanson Place! Our son first attended UPK in 2014-2015, and then we had another kid who has been there since she was 6 months old. It's warm, inviting, a real and true community with active parents/teachers, and just a lot of really great people. Our daughter is now in the 3s class (your child/she would be in the same class next year), and all of the kids and parents are so sweet. HP is an under-the-radar gem. We ultimately will not be attending UPK there next year (our son currently is in 4th grade, and next year is the only year they'll be enrolled at the same school), which was a heartbreaking decision to make, but I still enthusiastically recommend HP!
Feedback on Hanson Place Child Development Center?Our now 8 year old son went there for about a year starting when he was 18 months. Everyone was very nice and the place was well run. The only downside is that it's in a semi-basement and the rooms don't get a lot of light, but they do take up the kids for walks around the block and to the local playground. Our son really liked it.
2019-2020 Year ReviewOur child started in the infant room at Hanson Place at 5 months old. There are three caregivers in the infant room and they are all so attentive and caring. The whole center is very welcoming; staff members I didn't even know would say hello to my child because they make such an effort to get to know everyone. The center allows children in other classrooms to interact with one another (supervised, of course) which contributes to such a nice community. We are very happy with our child's experience here. … About the facility: Has early morning hours, Provides meals … What would you change? Wish there was a second designated nap time (current designated nap time is 1-3 pm) but we understand that with the range of ages in the infant room it makes more sense to have the younger babies nap as needed in the mornings.
2019-2020 Year ReviewWe've had children at Hanson Place since 2014 through the daycare and UPK program. We love all the caregivers and people at the center. It's a strong community of people who are tight-knit, and many of the teachers have been there for decades. We love it! … About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals … What would you change? Getting outdoor space! They take the kids outside a lot but dedicated outdoor space would be nice.
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