Honeydew Drop Daycare - all locations
Honeydew Drop Child Care believes teaching children to become independent, resilient and community-oriented will best prepare them for success in school and life. Honeydew is the perfect bridge between home and school with a progressive curriculum catering to your child’s social, mental and emotional needs. Our 5 programs in Park Slope and Kensington are for children aged 4 months to 4 years old and our Universal Pre-K services for four-year-olds are sponsored by the Dept of Education. We also have a great birthday party space for children aged 1-6.
Honeydew Nook: 204 15th street 4mos-2.11 y/o
Honeydew Safari: 277 14th street 2.5-5 y/o
Honeydew Kiddy Loft: 1113 Church Ave 4mos-2.5 y/o
Honeydew Playhouse: 1113 Church Ave 2.5- 5/yo
Honeydew UPK: 1113 Church Ave for children 4 y/o by December 31st of the previous year.
Honeydew Nook: 204 15th street 4mos-2.11 y/o
Honeydew Safari: 277 14th street 2.5-5 y/o
Honeydew Kiddy Loft: 1113 Church Ave 4mos-2.5 y/o
Honeydew Playhouse: 1113 Church Ave 2.5- 5/yo
Honeydew UPK: 1113 Church Ave for children 4 y/o by December 31st of the previous year.
24m+ daycare recommendation?We've had our kids at Honeydew (though not the Safari location), Giocare, and Zusin and are big fans of all.
Daycares in Prospect Park South?We love Honeydew! Nook and Safari (depending on age) are both close. We’re back there and feel very comfortable with their new protocols.
Daycares in Prospect Park South?Our son went to Honeydew on Church Avenue for a few years and we were very happy with the program.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyWe adore Honeydew! Our daughter has been in the infant program since she was 4 months old. We were so nervous to send her to daycare, and now we talk all the time about how much we love our daycare! The caregivers are very caring and very responsive to our requests. They regularly take the children on outings and walks, and have a curriculum, staff development, and parent-teacher conferences— even for the infants. Our daughter regularly brings home art projects that we would never have thought to try with a baby. We have no complaints, and are very thankful we found Honeydew. About the facility: Has early morning hours, Provides meals.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyMy son started at Honeydew Nook at 15 months old and the teachers have been kind and welcoming from the start. It’s obvious that they really care about him and he talks about them when he is home. They do lots of great activities with the toddlers: art, dance, music, pretend play, books, field trips, playground time etc. It feels very age appropriate and not overly academic-focused at such a young age. However my son is learning a ton from being there: new words, songs, holidays, colors, the alphabet, etc. They do a good job communicating with parents as well. I always feel like I know what’s happening with him. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change? While I appreciate the parent meetings, they sometimes feel a little scattered or disorganized. It’s not a big deal though, everyone clearly means well!
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyOur daughter has attended Honeydew Drop Kiddy Loft for the past year and we are extremely happy there. She is thriving there, the teachers are wonderful and loving, and the other families there are great too. They do such fun and creative activities, go outside as much as possible when the weather is nice and have a very fun indoor space otherwise. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Provides meals What would you change? The cost is high for the neighborhood, and going up pretty significantly in the fall, but I justify that you get what you pay for. However if we didn’t already have my daughter there and love it, the higher cost compared to other neighborhood options may have deterred me.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyWe love Honeydew Drop! The teachers are all warm, friendly, and lovely. They all seem to genuinely care about my son and his development. The school provides so many extra programs and activities for parental involvement such as parenting talks and presentations about development which is amazing. My son loves going there every day and has so much fun. The thing I think I love best about the school is that they make every effort to get the kids outside even on crummy days. They go to the playground and park or even just a walk a few blocks away to the pet shop. I also love that they provide extra "classes" for the kids including dance, music, and Spanish! About the facility: Has outdoor space, Provides meals.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyI sent my second child to honeydew because my first child had such a wonderful experience. The caregivers are gentle and caring with the kids. The caregivers have been not only willing but excited to help both my children with any difficulties that they’ve had and to help us reach milestones . They have weekly yoga and music classes and even have the children help “prepare” meals or treats. Just a wonderful program all around. I’ve never worried that my child was just “sitting” throughout the day. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change? We do phase out of the program around 3 to get the kids in a more “school-like” program so they’re ready for the fast paced/hands off public school experience. But that’s also the fiffetence between public and private school.
Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyAbout the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Provides meals Review: Great daycare! We have stayed with this daycare since my daughter was 1 year old until 4 years and the start of Pre-K. This daycare is caring and fun. My daughter loves to go there every day, and has made many close friends.
Review submitted via the PSP Daycare/Preschool 2016 SurveyAge: 1-2 years Review: Great teachers. Our son loved it. When we recently decided to stay at home with him we were sad that he would not be going because of the teachers and all of the friends he made
Review Submitted via Fall 2015 Daycare/Preschool SurveyPROGRAM: 277 14th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) TIME: Full days (5 days a week) 8am to 6pm AGE: 1-2 years REVIEW: My daughter started attending Honeydew Drop Childcare when she was 20 months old and while she has only been there for 3 months so far she LOVES it. Rooms are bright, cheerful and filled with fun toys. Staff are so warm and friendly and energetic and my daughter happily runs into their arms each day. Philosophy is mixed age group, with a 'whole child' focus. At the 277 14th street location the ages of kids range from 10 months to 2.5 years, and while kids learn things like their numbers, ABCs, etc. there is a lot of focus on social skills, sharing, taking turns, voicing your feelings, etc. Tons of activities to keep the kids busy. Music and dance teachers come in, outings to playground and local stores or 'community walks', big backyard to play it, lots of art projects, etc. My daughter is active and stimulated and always comes home with some happy story about a song she sang, or what she did with a friend. Communication with parents is excellent - there are Facebook posts, parent memos, newsletters, etc. and also parent-teacher conferences to discuss your child's experience. Very open and warm environment. WOULD YOU RECOMMEND? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend WOULD YOU DO IT AGAIN? Absolutely
Review Submitted via Fall 2015 Daycare/Preschool SurveyPROGRAM: 291 14th St TIME: full day, 4 days/week AGE: 2-3 years REVIEW: My 2 year old son has been at Honeydew Safari for just over a month so far, and I'm VERY happy with it so far. After having been enrolled in much less structured daycares previously, but this one operates almost like a preschool, with a curriculum, parent-teacher meetings, etc. The teachers are incredibly nice and patient, and the kids go on lots of outings around the neighborhood. There's a limit of 12 kids in the group, which keeps things manageable, and they're split into cohorts of older and younger kids ("cubs" and "lions"). All logistical issues are orchestrated through the admin team over email, and sometimes response time can be slow, but if you send reminders about your question, you'll get a reply. Also, they offer a "parents' night out" once a month in which you can sign up for a late pickup, which is a great option. WOULD YOU RECOMMEND? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend WOULD YOU DO IT AGAIN? Absolutely
Re: South Slope day cares?I adore Honeydew Drop on 14th St between 5th & 6th avenues. They have a completely flexible schedule, and they never show TV. They are always doing all sorts of fun activities and my daughter loves it there. Nothing is ever too much trouble for them.
Review Submitted via 2014-2015 Daycare/Preschool SurveyNote: this member has reviewed this facility in a prior year. Program: Safari Length of time: Full day, twice a week Child’s Age: 2-3 years Type of facility: Privately run daycare/preschool with multiple classes and teachersThere is little/no parental involvement with the administration or running of the facility. REVIEW: I love Honeydew. The children are not separated by age, which allows for younger children to learn from older children and for older children to be role models for those who are younger. The teachers are creative and do a wide variety of projects with the children, which are adapted to the abilities of the kids. They are warm and kind and my child likes all of them. They also pay close attention to the particular details of my child, like how she is doing with eating or potty training and provide a lot of 1-on-1 attention. Twice a year we have a meeting with the head teacher who provides an update on how my child is doing-- her progress, what she enjoys at school, what goals we can set going forward. To me the Honeydew setting is warmer and friendlier than some other preschools that seem a little more sterile. Honeydew follows a curriculum and all their activities are based on a lesson plan or academic goal, but I don't get the sense that they are trying to get my 3 year old to read independently or anything. Honeydew also offers a lot of "extras" like "parents night out" where they will babysit once a month, parent lectures, field trips, a yearbook, and so forth. I also like that the program runs all year and we don't have to re-enroll for summer. Another huge plus is that they supply a healthy breakfast, lunch and a snack and will cater to kids' dietary preferences. It is a huge plus not to have to send food. My only complaint about Honeydew is that the administration can be a bit disorganized and communication can be lacking (more in clarity than frequency). But it is easy to reach the administration and teachers on email so it's never a problem. Would you recommend? Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
Review Submitted via 2014-2015 Daycare/Preschool SurveyProgram: Safari Length of time: Full Days, 5 Days Child’s Age: 2-3 years Type of facility: Privately run daycare/preschool with multiple classes and teachersThere is little/no parental involvement with the administration or running of the facility. REVIEW: My son is 34 months and has been at Safari since Jan after being at Honeydew Childcare for a little over a year. First and probably most important, he loves Safari. He looks forward to going every morning and has even refused to leave when I've come to pick him up! (and recently has asked to go back to Honeydew if he's unhappy with what's going on at home, such as his bedtime routine) The teachers are young and can keep up with energetic kids this age. They are really supportive of where the kids are developmentally and very encouraging as they learn new self-care skills (like taking clothes & shoes on/off, cleaning up, etc.). They really strike a good balance between letting kids do things themselves and stepping in to help. I've been amazed at how much my son has started to "help" at home, has developed more skills and has gotten better at following directions since he has started at Safari. They have also been really great at helping to potty train him. The teachers were very willing to be flexible on how we're doing it--including letting him wear underwear instead of pull ups, in spite of the occasional accident. I've heard some day cares are much more rigid with how they approach it. The teachers give daily updates at pickup on how each child's day went as well as send regular emails about what they are doing in school so that we can reinforce at home. They do a formal parent teacher conference twice a year and a parent meeting a couple of times a year so that we are up to date. They maintain a Facebook page, but I don't have an account so don't have any experience with it--I do wish they had another way of sharing photos/communicating with parents. The kids have enrichment activities a few times a week: music on two days and movement on one day with outside teachers. I've been so happy that we decided to keep him there for three days/week next year even though we will have a nanny after our second child is born this summer. He will also go to Spanish immersion preschool the other 2 days/week though, because I wanted him to get a more traditional school experience in his "3s" year as well. (As a Sept birthday, he'll go to pre-K in fall 2016). Would you recommend? Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
2014 Daycare/Preschool PSP reviewProgram: Safari Length of Time: Full day, two days per week Child's Age: 2-3 years Review: My daughter has been attending Honeydew for several months. Overall, we are really happy with it. Her program is small, and it is ages 2-5. We like that the children are not grouped by age; that way they can learn from each other and be leaders for each other. I also feel that she gets a lot of personal attention. The school is run out of the basement of a brownstone, and while it's not as fancy as some other preschools, it is well-equipped and the children have all the toys and books they need. I like the warmth of it. The teachers are all also very warm and greet my daughter by name every morning and help her get integrated with the other kids if she is feeling tentative. They make sure to have outdoor time every day, weather permitting. The school communicates frequently with parents and seems to work hard on social emotional development as well as ABCs, colors, numbers, etc. A lot of what they do during the day is flexible, determined by the children's interests. Honeydew offers a lot of "extras" as well, such as social events and "Parents Night Out" where they babysit on one friday evening per month. My only critique of Honeydew is that the communication can sometimes be a little disorganized (though it IS frequent and thorough) and could really use some help with messaging, proofreading, etc. But I really like everything else about Honeydew so we let that slide. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
Daycare recommendation: HoneydewI just wrote my last check for my daughters daycare. She is going to Kindergarten in the fall. I thought this would be a good time to share my experience of my daughters time at her daycare: Honeydew. She started at age 11 months with two mornings a week, went full time at age 2, is graduating at age 4.5. She started at Kiddy Loft on Church Avenue, moved down to Playhouse on Church Avenue also, and spent the last few months at Safari on 14th Street, once we moved to Windsor terrace. I happened to meet one of the Honeydew teachers at my prenatal yoga class, so I learned a bit about it from an insider which was helpful and made me confident to send my daughter there. I realize that most young parents out there do not have that luxury, so I figured I can provide some feedback. Honeydew has been wonderful for a number of reasons. The pricing is reasonable. This was important for me back in the day when I had no job (I was laid off while pregnant) and was struggling to make ends meet. The schedule is super flexible. This was important to, as I was freelancing and needed lots of flexibility. Many options for drop-in, switching day, extending days at last minute's notice etc. They also have a service called "Nanny in a Jiffy" so if your kid gets sick you e-mail them and they find a sitter at very short notice. Plus the sitter is one of the teachers so the child knows them already. So these two things were important to me in the beginning. However, what I learned to appreciate most about Honeydew is this: THE TEACHERS ARE ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL. Fabiola, the owner, has a real talent for finding and maintaining a fantastic staff. The teachers are like family and I want to hug them each time I see them. And so does my daughter. At this age nothing matters more but the love that the children receive from the teachers, and the sense of respect they learn for themselves and for others. There are a lot of "honeydoisms" that we adopted in our household. For example: "this is not a good idea" instead of "no". Or "I need space" instead of "go away" or "i don't like that" instead of screaming or yelling. I can go on and on. However, I do not want to turn this message into a novel, so if any of you have specific questions, please feel free to send me a private message and i will try to answer as best as i can.
Re: ]: South Slope Day CareWe have been extremely happy with Honeydew Drop Daycare (which goes up to 3 years, not sure what age they start, my daughter started at 18 months) on 14th Street between 6th and 5th avenues. Very warm caregivers (especailly the head teacher who has been there more than 15 years), extremely trustworthy, bright, fun atmosphere and extremely flexible with your schedule. This is the place I have been most happy with when it comes to childcare/school through two kids. (July 2014)
Review of Honeydew Drop Child CareWe have been incredibly pleased with the time our daughter has spent at Honeydew Drop. In fact, of all of the daycare situations our two children have been in, this experience has been the best. Carmen, the head teacher (who has been there for many, many years) is so warm, loving and attentive, and so enthusiastic about the children. She really knows each individual child and the parent/child conferences we have with her last more than a half hour. I learn so much more from Carmen than I ever do from my older daughter's school teachers. Carmen makes sure that she is surrounded by a wonderful crew of support teachers, who are also loving and tuned into the children. We also really love Ruth, who brings an vivaciousness and humorous understanding of who your child is. The days are engaging, the specialty teachers (like music, dance, etc) are great, and my daughter has a wonderful time there. She has learned how to play so nicely with other kids, and I have picked up some great tricks from them (like encouraging "kind hands" instead of just telling a toddler not to hit or manhandle another child). They have a great outdoor back space and they also make good use of local parks and do fun activities like hatch butterflies and chicks. The woman who runs Honeydew, Fabiola Santos, cares very much about the kind of curriculum and teachers she hires and she focuses on emotional and social development. She hosts parent meeting nights where she connects with parents about what the kids are learning and what is coming up. In addition, she has been incredibly flexible with us when it has come to last minute schedule changes. We have not one complaint from the year that our daughter spent at Honeydew, we only wish she was not aging out of this particular location!
Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP SurveyReview date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: Length of time: Full time Child's age: 3-4 years Review: We have been pleasantly surprised and very happy with our experience here. The teachers are warm and loving, they are gentle but firm, and our child adapted very quickly to and thrived in the regular schedule and organization of the school-day. They go on monthly field trips and work on projects or little lessons every day revolving around a weekly theme (insects, earth day, family) My child has learned a lot about all sorts of different things, they have music and spanish, and they work on a lot of life-skills (my kid learned to put on jacket, use scissors, etc) Additionally, the flexibility they offer is excellent, particularly for working families. We've been able to add/remove days, pick up later or earlier, and not having to pack lunches and snacks makes a world of difference when you're rushing out in the morning. There is occasionally some disorganization/confusion with administrative issues, so as a parent here you definitely need to be clear and ask questions. Overall, though, our child is very happy at Honeydew, as are we. 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: 4 full days/week Child's age: 2-3 years Review: We were (as most parents are) initially hesitant about transitioning from a full-time nanny to daycare, especially as our daughter is a bit shy, but Honeydew was a wonderful choice for us. The teachers are warm, responsible, high-energy, dedicated, and communicative, and the director really cares about creating a community of parents and kids. The kids are engaged in a variety of music, art, and physical activity, and the center is a colorful, kid-friendly space with a terrific backyard. We started our daughter there just before her 2nd birthday, and she has grown tremendously since attending, both in terms of education and in becoming more socially gregarious. It is a very personal place where you feel that every child is known and valued. 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: 2 days/week Child's age: 2-3 years Review: We have been very happy with the care our daughter receives at Honeydew. The staff members are terrific! So warm and caring and fun. I always feel that she is well taken care of, which is my top priority. They are very active - and the children have a great time while learning new things. She always comes home with fun art projects, singing new songs she learned at "school." She has really grown here, and I feel that her caregivers at Honeydew have supported her along the way - responding to her changing needs. For example, when she began, she needed more nurturing. Now that she is a rambunctious toddler, she needs more stimulation. They managed to provide for her different phases which is very nice to see. Our daughter has been at Honeydew since she was about 16 months old (she just turned 3) and she will be moving on to more of a "pre school" in the Fall. I think she's ready for a new environment. But we are certain we will send our (now infant) son to Honeydew when he is ready. 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: Half days m to f Child's age: 2-3 years Review: The education director, Carmen, is wonderful and build a good curriculum. The children are encouraged to be friends and to be kind. The school is flexible to offer additional days/times. My son is very happy there I do find the bookkeeping to be a but sloppy and the back office to be a tad rushed and not always fully reading emails etc. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Recommend
(no subject)We have been very happy with Honeydew. My son was at the 14th Street (between 5th and 6th) location from about 22 months - 3 years and loved it. He is now at their 23rd Street location and is happy there as well. I am available to answer any questions you might have.
(no subject)Length of TIme: 4-5 days weekly Child's Age: 1-2 years4-5 years Review: Bottom Line; if you see happy smiling children, it's a great school. I'm personally not into style, philosophy until they reach 5 or older. All I really care about is a nurturing, loving environment that pours encouragement , love , attention to the individual and praise to my child, anything else is a bonus. My daughter runs into the arms of the loving quirky caregivers and pretty much always leaves with a smile on her face which means everything to me. The other schools I toured we're all wonderful but I fell in love with honeydew because it had a sense of non corporate business -follow the rules to a t and honeydew seems to tailor they're programs, structure, environment, activities to the group , child and time of year. A++++ Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
(no subject)PROGRAM: Length of Time: Part time 2-3 years We've had fantastic experiences. Caring teachers with feedback daily about our daughter at pickup. Communication about typical issues (stealing toys from other kids, hitting, etc) and about how to make sure they're handling issues the way we want them to. The lead teachers have early childhood education degrees and they do follow a curriculum, so although it is a daycare it is very much like a preschool. Clean facility, outdoor play area, they take the kids on walks to a nearby playground in decent weather. We love it! Do You Recommend? Highly recommend (Review date: December, 2011)
(no subject)Length of Time: full days, 4 days per week 2-3 years The head teacher, carmen is amazing--positive, energetic, loving and caring to both kids and parents. The assistants aren't quite as vested in the kids but follow the model of care set by carmen. Our child has learned basics like numbers, letters, colors, etc., but also social skills like manners and developing friendships. They also take the kids out in the community to parks but also pet store, and local businesses like banks, as an educational tool. Positive discipline by redirecting and encouraging sympathy (not sure it's always effective since we regularly hear about issues with one child!). They take the time at pickup to briefly tell you about your child's day. The director sends out update emails but she is extremely inconsistent (she is our only complaint about Honeydew--she is bad at returning voice mails or emails and we felt like we had to harrass her to discuss anything with her). Do You Recommend? Highly recommend (Review date: December, 2011)
Review from PSP Survey, 2010Name of Program: 2 days per week KID AGE:2-3 years This is a homey, relaxed environment in the garden level of the owner's townhouse, with a nice sized backyard with play equipment. We like that it is less "institutional" than some other places. Another huge plus is that they serve a healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks to the children---no more packing a brown bag. There are a large variety of imaginative and sensory play activities, and children get a lot of free choice time. They also make an effort to take kids outside on little field trips around the neighborhood, often in small, manageable groups rather than as a whole class. The caregivers are warm and make a huge effort to put the children at ease and help them transition into the school. Honeydew has a flexible schedule, which is great from a parental perspective in that there are lots of attendance options and it is often possible to extend a day/add another day in a given week. On the other hand, this means that the situation is a bit more hectic for the children, who don't necessarily always see the same kids every day, and who have to deal with one or more pick-up drop-off periods throughout the day. The caregivers are all easy to talk to and have always been ready to answer any questions, but communication is parent-directed and somewhat informal. Overall, we are very happy in the program, and so is our daughter. Highly Recommend/Recommend or Do Not Recommend?--Recommend Review Date: Fall 2010
Review from PSP Survey, 2010Name of Program:Daycare and Preschool 9 - 3, 5 days/week KID AGE:2-3 years I just can't say enough nice things about Honeydew Drop Childcare. I am thrilled that I was able to get my 2 year son into the 14th street location this year. The teachers, especially Carmen and Ruth, are fabulous with a solid focus on early learning and developing healthy social behaviors. The philosophy is definitely play-based and is practiced in a holistic and loose way that feels consisently like play and not work. There doesn't appear to be any pressure academically but nonetheless they are extraordinary at getting my toddler to learn things. They are friendly,nonjudgmental, firm (with parents) and loving. Oh, and extremely communicative which as a frazzled working mom, I very much appreciate. Highly Recommend/Recommend or Do Not Recommend?--Highly recommend Review Date: Fall 2010
Review from 2010 PSP SurveyName of Program: 1/2 days Thu, Fri KID AGE:2-3 years We like the homey atmosphere of Honeydew, the teachers are caring, kind and fun and they have a sweet little schedule which includes circle time, locals walks and expeditions to the fire-station, park and the like. It is clear that the head teacher Carmen absolutely adores kids and the same can be said of all the staff, especially Ruth and Cindy, the two full-time teachers. The kids learn to share and play together, and my son has had an explosion of language, social and physical skills during his time there. I am amazed at how much he has grown. You could call it "no-frills" childcare-- the location is nothing fancy--and there is no real curriculum, but the kids are well looked-after and all seem really happy. My son had a very difficult transition (at two he'd never been away from mommy before) but Carmen and the girls really helped him through it and between us we found a way for him to settle in until he would run through the door to greet his little friends. I am eternally grateful to them. Highly Recommend/Recommend or Do Not Recommend?--Recommend Review Date: Fall 2010
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