JCC Brooklyn Clinton Hill
Review from the 2023 Summer Camp SurveyLocation: Clinton Hill How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 3.5 Review: We loved the JCC! My son was in the 3-4s class, and the teachers were so creative. I was amazed at the variety of activities they did. They went to Classon Playground every day, unless it was raining, and had music twice a week, and even yoga a few times over the summer. It was more like an extra-creative preschool summer than a camp where they spend the whole day outdoors or something, in that it was in the preschool building, etc. We were very happy with it--so much so that we kind of wished we'd sent our son to daycare there! A very loving community, warm, friendly, and again--so creative. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? We had to do drop-off at the door--I assume for security reasons, and because it's not a huge building--and that made drop-off a little challenging, but otherwise it was great.
Review from the 2023 Summer Camp SurveyLocation: JCC Clinton Hill How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 3 Review: We were looking for a program for a three-year old to prepare us for school this fall. It was tricky to find camps for little kids so we were excited about this option. We chose the half-day option because our kid was still napping. We had toured the facilities in the Spring and found the teachers to be warm, knowledgeable and inviting. Our kid really struggled with the transition and had a lot of separation anxiety at drop offs but the staff was great. They took him in and got him busy right away. While he claimed to not like camp, there was an app where we saw daily pictures that proved him wrong. He did all sorts of activities and thoroughly enjoyed looking at the pictures with us, naming all the students and teachers he worked with. They did some sort of physical activity every day, whether it was going to the park or doing yoga or dance. My kid really didn't like the safety vest he had to wear at the park because it was so hot...but that's just him being ridiculous! He brought home artwork he was really proud of and by the end of two weeks, he had no problem leaving us and going into the building. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? We liked the program a lot and wished they were part of the city's 3K program. We didn't get a lot of communication from the camp but, at the same time, we didn't ask for it. The app was nice and they were really quick to respond there.
Experience with Clinton Hill JCC or Dillon Child Study Center?We just started sending our 14 month old son to the Clinton Hill JCC in December and we are big fans. The teachers are thoughtful and attentive. The school admin is putting a lot of effort into building a strong parent and family community. They communicate with quick updates and photos every day. The kids are exposed to a variety of activities including music, yoga, sensory activities, “science”, and art. They only do one nap time in the afternoon, which has been slightly tricky for us because our son is still a two nap a day guy, but we are working it out. I’m happy to chat or field any other questions anyone has, but I would say high recommend.
Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyLocation: Clinton Hill, Brooklyn Type of facility: Daycare, Preschool Review: Super happy with the program. The director and teachers seem to work well with each other, and have worked well together with me and my husband as parents, to provide the right kind of structure and support for our kid. We are starting our second kid here in the fall and decided to keep our 3 year old here, instead of looking at universal 3K options, because we felt paying for this kind of care was worth it for our family and kids. I love that it really feels more like a school than a daycare, while still providing full-day care, and that it’s a small environment where you can get to know the staff and other families. What amenities does the facility have? Has after-school options, Has early morning hours What would you change about the program, if anything? My only gripe is that they don’t provide meals—some of the other early childhood centers in the neighborhood provide breakfast, lunch and snacks, and I would absolutely love it if the JCC did, too.
Review from the 2019–2020 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K SurveyType of facility: Aftercare Review: Our daughter has been attending afterschool at JCC this fall and loves it. She even asks us to pick her up later! They're always doing interesting activities, take them outside weather permitting, and have an indoor gym that the kids play in from 5pm until they're picked up. I'm also very impressed with how advanced the projects they work on are- the age group is 3-4 year olds and they're working on sounding out words and double digit addition! Amenities offered: Has after-school options What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? I wish they didn't follow the DOE calendar and were open days that school is closed but work isn't (eg Veteran's day)
Jewish Daycare RecommendationI'm not sure how Jewish an experience you're looking for but we love the JCC in Clinton Hill. They are open to all but celebrate all Jewish holidays, shabbat, learn some Hebrew, have volunteers from Israel, etc. We are not Jewish and I would say the ratio is about 50/50. Our daughter started attending for summer camp last year and has been going for after care/whenever public schools are closed. We love it- I wish we had found them earlier.
Daycare recommendationsMy son is at the JCC Clinton Hill, currently in the infant-toddler room. We started in October and have been very happy with it. The program starts at age 1 so it is unfortunately not an option for younger babies. It is a small, warm environment with a nice community of parents, and the teachers are attentive, caring, and attuned to the kids’ development and unique needs. I have been so impressed with everyone, including the director, Irina, who has had a long career in early childhood education and is extremely knowledgeable. I’m eagerly looking ahead to the day we can say this pandemic is behind us, but for now the school has implemented robust health protocols to keep the community safe.
18-24 month programHi, we recently enrolled our 19-month old son at the JCC in Clinton Hill. He’s in the half-day program 5 days a week, but they’re flexible and have part-week options. It’s a small, warm, child-centered environment and we’ve been really happy with it.
Review from the 2020 Summer Camp SurveyAge of child: 3.5 Comment: Our child really enjoyed this camp, it was like a modified preschool, but the teachers were super nice, they had a lot of activities and took great care of him. They shared daily photos which looked great as well. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Nothing
Thoughts on Regina's Daycare (Bergen St) or Clinton Hill JCC?My daughter has been at the JCC Clinton Hill for the past two years, and we absolutely love it. It is such a warm and loving environment. Irina, the head of it, has built a true community of families and teachers. The classrooms are bright and welcoming, there is good communication with parents, and the school leadership is responsive. We have been at a few different preschools over the years between our two kids, and JCC Clinton Hill is by far our favorite. We will be sad to leave next year!
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