Little Snowflakes Group Family Daycare
Muazzez (Muzi) Melikoglu
Review from the Spring 2023 Early Education SurveyReview: I cannot say enough good things about Little Snowflakes. Our son was surrounded by loving and patient teachers who guided him through every milestone from 9-18 months old. Our son would bounce with excitement every time we arrived and always had a smile on his face when we picked him up. He loved the stories they read and circle time and all the time they spent outside. I would send my child there a million times over. Amenities: Has outdoor space, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Nothing!
Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyLocation: Henry St. between Baltic and Warren Type of facility: Daycare Review: Little Snowflakes has very loving, kind, and competent caregivers. The woman who runs it is on top of everything (it's her own small business and she takes a lot of pride in running it well)--the place is meticulous, and somehow our son comes home with clean clothes every day (I can basically send him to daycare in his good clothes and not worry about them being stained); he always has a clean diaper when we pick him up. It's important to note that they only take children 14 months and older at the Henry Street location, though there are other locations that I think take younger babies. They have music class every week, art class every week, do a nice birthday and "graduation" celebration for each kid, they do cooking with the kids, gardening (they just grew cucumbers and tomatoes--the kids participated in planting and picking them, and then they sent a whole bag of produce home for us!). There's only one class with children of different ages--from 14 months to 3 and a half years. The kids and caregivers really are one big happy family. They're pretty flexible--you can choose to send your child in all 5 days or only 3 and your hours can vary too (though you stick to the schedule you choose; if you need extra care, like an early drop off one morning or an extra day, you just get charged for it on that month's invoice). Best of all is the outdoor space--they have a full backyard and they go out every day unless it's raining or too cold. I recommend Little Snowflakes wholeheartedly! What amenities does the facility have? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, They're flexible and we've had to drop our son off earlier some days and go in some other days and they've always been accomodating. What would you change about the program, if anything? I can't really complain about anything--we've been very happy there. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school is handling the pandemic? They follow the NYC dept. of health protocols for the most part. There haven't been many Covid closures like I've heard about at many other daycares (I think there was one so far the whole time we've been there, so in almost a year).
Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyLocation: South Slope Type of facility: Daycare Review: We have been very happy with Little Snowflakes—my daughter has been there for about a year and a half, first in the baby room and then in the toddler room. Things are a little more rigid in the baby room (as they should be when you're taking care of infants) and looser in the toddler room--but my daughter truly loved both experiences (though in my mind, the toddler room is really the highlight). The teachers are incredible, really know what they are doing and most importantly made my child feel loved and safe. I was also very impressed by the amount of language skills she had by the time she turned 2, which is a testament to what she learned there What amenities does the facility have? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything? The owner, while well meaning, is not the best at communicating rules and policies, which sometimes caused frustration with the parents. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school is handling the pandemic? There has not been a clear policy, which has at times been frustrating, but truthfully I have never felt like my daughter was unsafe there.
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: Daycare Review: We had our daughter enrolled at Little Snowflakes in March 2020 in their infant class for 2 weeks before everything shut down. We then kept her at home/had in-home care until July 2021, when the first place we wanted to enroll her again was Little Snowflakes, this time in their toddler class. We were worried that the long time at home with us would cause a really tough transition for her at daycare, but the caretakers were SO supportive and I feel the extra attention they provided at first really helped her get adjusted. Our daughter loves "school," talks about the teachers ALL the time, and is constantly playing by re-enacting their routines at home: naptime songs, "clean-up" songs, she loves "paint day," etc. I would recommend Little Snowflakes as an excellent daycare, with teachers we trust, and I really feel that they care about all the children in a special way. The teacher even comes to birthday parties. We are very happy there! What amenities does the facility provide? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? n/a Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? They do ask for a negative COVID test if the child has been out of daycare due to illness. We understand the need for caution of course, and have complied with this every time. However sometimes it doesn't seem to make sense (i.e. when my daughter was out with stomach issues, no fever, we even took her to her Ped and they didn't recommend/do a COVID test. We had to go to urgent care and get one separately anyway, just to be able to send her back to daycare). With that said, these are the times we live in and not specific to Little Snowflakes, I feel. And I'd rather all families take extra precautions than not.
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: Daycare Review: We've loved having our son in this caring community. They take great care of the babies and he loves being dropped off there every day. Everything is very clean and the environment is warm. What amenities does the facility provide? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? We wish there were a few more photos! Our experience at other daycares was more direct communication with the caretakers and we had a better sense of what was going on during the day. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? We were told that all caretakers are vaccinated and they wear masks.
In-home daycares in Windsor Terrace/Greenwood area?I highly recommend Little Snowflakes on Jackson Place! My son “graduated” this week to start preschool and we are all so sad to leave.
Daycare for baby in Windsor TerraceWe've been at Little Snowflakes since my son was 5 months old and we love it!
Anyone attend Yoko’s daycare, Daisy’s daycare or Little Snowflakes?My son is at Little Snowflakes and has been there since he was 5 months old. We love it there! The little kids side took such lovely care of our son and he is truly thriving and learning on the toddler side.
Advice on daycare options in South SlopeMy son has gone to Little Snowflakes between 6th & 7th Avenue on Jackson Place (near 16th St) since he was 5 months old. They have a toddler room that is run by very sweet and caring people (all Turkish decent) and they have kept things very clean and running smoothly since opening back up in June. They recently released a policy on travel and when testing is needed based on symptoms that all make sense. The kids are not wearing masks, but the teachers do and there are 2 teachers per 10-12 kids. The teachers seem very cautious and it’s usually the same 2-3 teachers so less exposure to other people. They provide food within the monthly rate and I’ve found their prices reasonable vs others. And they have their own backyard, which was important to me vs using parks and playgrounds right now. Good luck!
Little Snowflakes Daycare feedback?Our daughter has been at Little Snowflakes since she was 6 months old (she's now 26 months). The caregivers at Little Snowflakes are so loving and we've been very happy there. Our daughter loves the teachers and her friends, as well as all the activities they do. We kept her home from mid-March through the end of June, and then she went back to daycare in July. They are taking precautions of taking every child's temperature in the morning before they are admitted and washing their hands. The teachers wear masks. It's my understanding that small children are not likely to catch COVID, and if they do, less likely to transmit it to adults, so we feel safe with her there. And it's definitely helped our sanity for both of us to work from home.
Daycare Recommendations in South Slope for SeptemberWe absolutely love Little Snowflakes on Jackson Place between Prospect and 16th. Both our children have attended and there is soooo much love and community. Sengul who is the head teacher for the “big kids” is truly gifted and has been teaching there for 10 years. Check it out! Let me know if you have questions.
2019-2020 Year ReviewWe love Little Snowflakes. The head teacher is the most loving, magical, wonder daycare teacher you could imagine - all day is filled with joy, laughter, and music. The days are just structured enough for kids their ages: circle time, music class, free time, etc. They provide all meals which is amazing. They have a lovely backyard so the kids go outside everyday. I cannot say enough wonderful things. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has early morning hours, Provides meals … What would you change? Nope!
2019-2020 Year ReviewMy child has attended Little Snowflakes since 4 months - first on the baby “side” and now on the toddler to 3 “side”. The facility is in the first floor of two homes side by side. My older son attended as well. This place has been a home away from home for my kids and I attribute this to the amazing, loving and energetic teachers and director. They are so caring and warm my son looks forward to his days at Snowflakes (and the older loves to visit). He hardly wants to leave at pick up. They are busy with different activities (music, yoga, reading, building, play doh, dance, occasional cooking) and have an outside area for play. I love that they eat family style and there is a lot of time for open play. They plan activities for even the littlest babies - outside time is “sun bathing” in the shade of course - and even do little crafts. They have strong teacher retention (same care givers are caring for my second 6 years later) and try their best to make schedules work for full time working parents. My son is treated like family. My only suggestion is for when the bigger kids are old enough it could be fun to walk in the neighborhood but I can see how between circle time, activities, meals and naps that it would be difficult particularly because toddlers are roughly 18 months to 3 years. I can’t say enough about how much I love Snowflakes and take every opportunity I can to recommend it! … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals
They have two spaces: one for babies and one for toddlers (they are in neighboring buildings). Our child was in the baby space and I can honestly say that those ladies have loved our child. They also have a nice outdoor space, keep everything very clean,They have two spaces: one for babies and one for toddlers (they are in neighboring buildings). Our child was in the baby space and I can honestly say that those ladies have loved our child. They also have a nice outdoor space, keep everything very clean, and did a great job transitioning our from baby food to the food that they prepare. I would send our child there again if we did it all over again. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Provides meals
2019-2020 Year ReviewLittle Snowflakes provides the most loving environment from your 3 month old to your toddler. The teachers are very caring and I never once worried about my child’s care while at work each day. And they have outdoor space, yoga, music class and meals. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Provides meals … What would you change? More feedback each day or month on what the toddlers are doing, learning, exposed to.
Small daycare options near S. Slope?Our daughter attends Little Snowflakes and we are very thankful we found them. We toured 9 daycares and went with Little Snowflakes because of the atmosphere and child engagement. They had the only staff members out of all 9 daycares that first addressed our daughter on the the tour before speaking with us and took the time to connect with her and got her to smile. We have been there for about 8 months and love it.
Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyThe caregivers are all very sweet and patient and treat the kids like their own. For over 18 months there are lots of weekly activities like music, yoga, art, cooking, dance and play outdoors. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Provides meals What would you change? I would ask for more detailed daily or weekly updates on how the kids are doing and what they are eating.
Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyI've sent two kids here, my older for almost 3 years, and my younger is still there. This is the most loving, thoughtful, clean, safe daycare I could imagine. The teachers love the children like their own and my daughters always loved going there! We cried every time we had to say goodbye to a teacher (and so did the teachers) because they mean so much to us. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Provides meals What would you change? Nothing!
Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyWe really love this place! The infant daycare is particularly strong (our son started here at about six months old). The women are fun and caring. All speak both Turkish and English. The infant care is at 32 Jackson and the toddler/preschool care is next door at 34 Jackson in South Slope (both are located on the bottom floors of residential rowhouses). For toddlers and older infants, all food is provided (except we did continue to bring breastmilk and others brought their own formula when in the infant care side). They put the babies on a nap schedule, which really helped our family (one thing that I know some parents don't always want but it's not really an opt-out sort of thing). Our son really enjoys going each morning and the drop off is as early as 7:30am to 6:00pm (you're charged hourly and pay the month in advance). About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change? Our son is headed to a more conventional preschool program with a 2s program later next year, even though children can stay at Little Snowflakes through the 2s. Little Snowflakes offers yoga, dance, music and art (each one time per week with an outside teacher) for the toddler room. Some other local programs offer a "richer" (for lack of a better term) overall preschool environment at this price point for older toddlers (read: more resources, formal early-childhood-trained staff, more day-to-day activities involving playdoh, paint, the caterpillar-to-butterfly experience etc.). Still, Little Snowflakes has been amazing for our family, it has all of the essentials--most notably amazing staff and a convenient, safe location. I highly recommend it unconditionally for newborns through toddlers of about 20 months.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyThe caregivers are extremely attentive, caring, and kind. They sing, read, and play with the childs and clearly pay very close attention to all the kids personalities. Once my child adjusted to being at daycare versus at home with me, she has thrived at Little Snowflakes. She is smiling and laughing when I drop her off and when I pick her up, as are nearly all of the kids whenever I'm there. They send photos of birthday parties and other special activities. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change? nothing.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyThe caregivers at Little Snowflakes are amazing. They are loving, interactive, and so thoughtful. The kids are always engaged and happy. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change? nothing.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyThe staff at this daycare are very loving and thoughtful. My kids have loved it there! Almost all the teachers (and the owner) are Turkish and some speak better English than others. At times, some details get lost in translation, but nothing major to date. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change? There's a "baby side" and a toddler side. In theory, kids move over at around 18 months, but there's often a lag until space is available that can be a little frustrating for the big kids stuck with babies who can't talk or walk. The owner was very responsive to our concerns and included our son on the "big kid side" in activities until a spot was officially available.
[Spring2017Babies] Daycare in Park Slope?My oldest has been going there since she was 5 months as well (she’s now in their toddler program next door to the infant facility). The teachers are so loving, the facility is very clean and welcoming with large outdoor spaces, and the most importantly, my daughter always leaves each day happy! One thing to note: they may be full already, as I found with many facilities when I looked the first time around, they all cap at 12 babies, so often there’s a waiting list.
Review submitted via the PSP Daycare/Preschool 2016 SurveyAge: 1-2 years2-3 years3-4 years Review: Little Snowflakes has two locations on Jackson place, one for infants and toddlers up to about 18 months and one for older children up to about 3.5. My child is in the older room after transitioning from the infant room. I adore the lead teacher of the toddler room, and my child does as well. She is engaging, encouraging, loving, and truly a gem. Each day they have a 'class' such as art, music (with an outside music teacher) or yoga. They also spend time outside in the back yard whenever the weather is nice. Each day you receive a report on how your child did, and any concerns. It's not a lot of data but whenever I have had questions they address them. For transitions, they are being helpful with potty training and helped my child transition from the infant room to the older room with no trouble. PSP note, this member previously reviewed this facility in 2014.
Review submitted via the 2014-2015 daycare/preschool surveyThis member has reviewed this facility in a prior year Length of time: Full day, 5 days/week Child’s Age: 1-2 years2-3 years3-4 years Type of facility: Privately run daycare/preschool with multiple classes and teachersIt's a small daycare in a home with two classes (32 Jackson Place and 34 Jackson Place). Kids over 18 mos or so are in 34 and the younger kids/infants are in 32. REVIEW: My child is in the older room (>2 years or so) and was in the younger room before that. I have nothing but good things to say about Little Snowflakes. The teachers are really caring and full of energy. In the older room each day is a different activity (music class, art class, yoga, dance, etc) and they spend a lot of time outside in the backyard if the weather is nice. My child loves it there and is learning new things all of the time. They also provide breakfast, lunches and snacks each day. Would you recommend? Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
2014 Daycare/Preschool PSP reviewProgram: Infant care Length of Time: 5 days/week Child's Age: 1-2 years Review: My son started there when he was 1 year old and is there 5 days/week. He's in the infant to about 18 month group and will move up to the older group next door once he is down to a single nap. He adjusted well and the staff have been very helpful and communicative about his progress. He seems to love it there and gets excited to go in the mornings. The staff help him practice the words he knows and he has learned new things like playing the xylophone. They have also helped him learn how to drink out of a cup. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
2014 Daycare/Preschool PSP reviewProgram: Young Babies Length of Time: It's a full-time program, my daughter goes 4 days a week Child's Age: Review: We started our daughter at Little Snowflakes when she was 3 months old. The day care sticks to a very regular nap schedule and was very focused on shifting her onto that schedule which we were a little hesitant about at first but has worked out fine. They also have set bottle and meal times so we had to shift her feeding times onto their schedule and we follow the same plan at home which has worked well. They allowed for some transition days but didn't want me to dictate a ton of particular instructions..they have a system that works so if you're willing to be on board with their system it will be a good fit. The teachers are very loving and make sure to hold the little babies a lot, give them tons of kisses, etc. My daughter would always smile or get excited when we dropped her off and clearly has a strong bond with the teachers. They sing to the babies a lot and are silly with them..it never seems out of control and they keep the day care very clean. Now that my daughter is 11 months I wish that they had more activities, it seems like its mostly unstructured play time (sometimes with her playing with toys on her own), nap time or meal time. They do provide food which is very convenient although not all of it is organic as it was originally described. I never worry about safety or that they aren't watching her and talking to her and being kind to her though. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Recommend Would you send your child again? Maybe
2014 Daycare/Preschool PSP reviewProgram: infant room Length of Time: full day Child's Age: 1-2 years Review: The teachers are great - high energy all day long, even at 5 o clock at pick-up when they must be spent. The teachers clearly love babies and help them to meet milestones. They give a little report card at the end of the day with the basics but honestly I don't get and don't ask for a lot of information. There's a line for pick-up and all I want to know is a good day or not so good (cranky). Other than that, I"m just ready to get home. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
Re: ]: South Slope Day CareRecommended without full review (July 2014)
Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP SurveyReview date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: Length of time: Full Time, 5 days a week Child's age: 1-2 years Review: Our son has loved it here. He transitioned from a nanny share and I was worried about how he would like a day care environment. He loves the highly energetic and loving teachers. It is a small space with a nice out door area that they use a lot. They always seem to be having fun when I pick him up and he is always happy to be dropped off. They serve organic food (breakfast, lunch and snack) and he loves it all. It has been a really great fit for our son and we feel lucky to have gotten a spot. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
Re: Daycare recommendations?We had our kid at Little Snowflakes (Jackson Pl - one of the side streets off 16th St between 6th and 7th ave) from about 3 months until 2 years old. The ladies there are very cheerful and good with the kids, and also magically keep to a steady nap schedule. A colleague from work had a kid there now and is happy with them.
(no subject)Length of TIme: Full Time Child's Age: 2-3 years Review: We have been nothing but happy with the care that our daughter has gotten at Little Snowflakes. The staff are very loving and engaging with the children. The facility is clean and inviting. And they have a lovely little backyard to play in. They feed the children breakfast, lunch, and a snack, and the children all take a nap at 12:00. Each day they have a special activity - yoga, dance, music, art, play-doh. They also go outside twice a day and have indoor play time. I'm impressed that my daughter learned to sing her ABC's before she turned 2 and could count past 10. She also learned the words to many songs. They serve 12 children and have 2-3 adults on staff each day. I highly recommend Little Snowflakes! Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
(no subject)Program:Big Kids' Side Length of TIme: 4 days/week Child's Age: 1-2 years Review: We love this place. It's not cheap, but it's extremely well-run. My daughter is learning amazing amounts of information every day. She loves going there and has so many friends. The activities are really fun, especially arts and crafts, and they play outside any day that weather permits. The downsides are the price and the small size of the space. But otherwise, it's a fantastic place. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
(no subject)Program:Toddler class Length of TIme: full-time/5 days Child's Age: 1-2 years3-4 years Review: Emphasis is on play - no rigid schedule. Both my kids were always happy to arrive at daycare every day. LS doesn't offer a lot of frills, but they take good care of my kids. They also provide meals, which is an amazing service. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
Review from PSP Survey 2010Program: under 2's Length of Time: Full TIme Child's Age: We've been there only 6 weeks and the staff has been really patient and accomodating with my baby. She has taken a while getting used to bottle feeding, and they have given her a lot of time and attention to help her with this transition. They keep a very clean and tidy and welcoming environment. And I love the written report we get each day, including feedings (times and amount), how many dirty diapers were changed, and other relevant information. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
Reviews From PSP Survey, 2010Name of Program: Full days KID AGE:2-3 years We've been very happy with the childcare at Little Snowflakes. The teachers are warm and loving, and have helped my son through many transitions (potty training was just the latest!). The hours are flexible, and they are open year-round, making it easier for working parents. My son is in the 2-4s program, and they also have infant care next-door (which is convenient if you have more than 1 child in daycare/preschool). In addition to regular activities like reading, puzzles, blocks, etc., they have weekly yoga, dance, music and art classes, as well as a lot of time outside. It's play-based, and they seem to have a regular routine (even though I wouldn't call it a very structured program). My son really enjoys being there and likes the other children and his teachers a lot. Highly Recommend/Recommend or Do Not Recommend?--Highly recommend Review Date: Fall 2010
October, 2010My son (now 2.5) has attended Little Snowflakes (group family) daycare since he was 6 months old. They have 2 centers next door to each other, with a shared backyard space. One center has babies aged 3 months up to about 2 years, and last year they expanded to add a 2-4s program next door. I have been really happy with them. There is a great continuity of staff (only one teacher has left in the 2 years we've been there), and they are warm, caring, and wonderful with the children. The centers are very clean and are recently renovated (both are ground floor apartments). (Another big plus for me is that they provide all the food once the kids are done with baby food, which means one less thing to need to worry about.) When my son was in the infant center, they did an amazing job of helping get his naps onto a schedule that worked for him, but were very flexible with his needs for sleeping and eating. I also felt their communication with me throughout his infancy was very clear, and they obviously love the kids. I was hesitant leaving my son in full-time care, but after a short time I had absolute confidence in the women who work there, and my son really thrived. I can't say enough good things about their infant care. When my son moved to the "big kid" center next door, I was hesitant about how he'd adjust to a more rigid schedule, but the teachers were patient and worked with him and me to get him onto a new nap and eating schedule. Now we're working on potty training, and they've been just as good about helping him with that transition (they don't require kids to be potty trained to start, but are very helpful with it). Throughout all these transitions and more, I've really valued their efforts to work with me on any issues that I've raised, along with their patience for my first-time parent neuroticism! My son is learning so many new things every day (I'm constantly amazed at the new words and concepts that he comes out with when we're home, and know that he has to have gotten them from school). I also like that they spend time outside almost every day (unless it's raining a lot). I guess the best recommendation comes from the fact that when I get there, my son almost never wants to leave! It's not a "fancy" preschool, so if that's what you're looking for it may not be a good fit for your family. But, if you want a small child (and play) centered setting, where there's a very close connection between the teachers and kids, Little Snowflakes is a very special place. They have flexible hours, and are open from 8-6, Monday - Friday. One thing I've really appreciated as a working parent is that with some advance notice, they can often accommodate somewhat earlier or later drop offs/pick ups if necessary.
(no subject)I can highly recommend little snowflakes which isn't too far from you - it's on Jackson Place which is a small block b/w 6th ave and 7th ave near prospect avenue. It's a home daycare and is really well run and they start at 3 mos. My younger daughter is there now, she is 7 mos, and was born last november. I'm really happy with it...they are extremely nice, flexible, warm, loving etc.... when the babies start to eat they use organic food and they have a nice little yard for the kids to play in. If you are interested in contacting them, I'll.
(no subject)Hi--we had an excellent experience for two years at Little Snowflakes on Jackson Place--especially the infant care
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