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Maple Street School

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Maple Street School

Description

Age range of kids

2 to 4 years old

 

Number of kids (kids per class)

Early drop off 8am and extended day 3:30 to 6pm.

Morning session 9-12:30.  Afternoon session 1-3:30pm or full day 9 to 3:30 pm.

 

Number of adults

 

Schedule/minimum # of days

 

Part Time/Full Time Available

Yes

 

Registration Requirements/Dates (if applicable)

Rolling admissions - first come/first served

 

Parent Participation

Cooperative - parents are required to work a certain number of hours

 

 

 

 

Comments from Provider

At the Maple Street School, we believe children's work is their play.  Children construct their knowledge about he world through interaction with the people and materials in it. We value the development of a child's mind body and spirit and we respond to the individual needs of each child. We facilitate each child's social, emotional, cognitive and physical development through child-initiated activities.

Reviews (47)

  • Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education Survey

    Location: PLG Type of facility: Preschool, Pre-K Review: If I did it all over again I wouldn't send my child to this school. The teacher turn over, the inconsistent subs, the lack of supervision by directors made my children's experience sad. They didn't want to go to school - ever. Covid-related issues aside there are new directors at this school and it has had a seriously bumpy transition. I would not consider this school especially if your child has special needs. What amenities does the facility have? Has after-school options What would you change about the program, if anything? I would change the directors oversight of the teachers, teaching, and overall classroom culture in order to make it a caring place for children. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school is handling the pandemic? Not well communicated protocols.
  • Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education Survey

    Location: 21 Lincoln Rd Type of facility: Preschool, Pre-K Review: They know and care about each family/student. They are a nurturing place. The feelings are warm, welcome and inclusive. What amenities does the facility have? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours What would you change about the program, if anything? We couldn’t go into the classroom, I know it was COVID related but I missed seeing all the things hung on the wall, piles of activities. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school is handling the pandemic? Everyone wore masks.
  • Spot available for 2-4 year old at Maple Street School

    There is a spot available at the wonderful preschool we have been attending, Maple Street School in Lefferts Gardens, in a mixed age class with kids from age 2 to 4. The school is very centrally located to the B and Q trains, and right next to Prospect Park. The curriculum is play-based and child-led. The teachers are experienced, warm and nurturing, and there is a lot of music integrated into the classroom. My son thrived there, and I learned a lot as a parent from the teachers and community.
  • Thoughts on PLG Preschools?

    We are also at Maple Street and have been liking it so far.
  • Thoughts on PLG Preschools?

    We will happily add our voice to the chorus of Maple Street School supporters. This is our second year (our daughter is now participating in the UPK program) and we could not be happier. They have an incredible program -- very kid-centered and focused on social justice and community -- and the teachers we've been able to work with are amazing. I've also been really impressed with their COVID-19 response.
  • Thoughts on PLG Preschools?

    I second Maple Street School. my daughter started there last year and now is in UPK there. Couldn’t recommend it more! It is a very special place.
  • Thoughts on PLG Preschools?

    Maple Street School is the best! All three of my kids went there and it’s wonderful.
  • Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education Survey

    Type of facility: Preschool Review: While my child loves school, her teachers, her friends, we have been shocked at how much Maple Street School has NOT represented its described pedagogy. Her 2s/3s class curriculum has been hugely teacher directly, aimed at a much higher grade level, infused with Marvel and Disney and an emphasis on sweets, competition, and gifts, nothing like the Reggio and play-based, student-led magic we were promised. Not only this, despite the fact that the school is a coop, our concerns as parents have not been addressed or heeded in any way. We will not be returned even despite them offering universal 3K next year. What amenities does the facility provide? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? I would suggest hugely simplifying the program, letting students explore materials (paints, sand, collected things from outside), more exploration of the park (not always going to the same place), more curiosity about what the students are feeling, needing, trying to learn, as opposed to the teacher putting on a show. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? Very reliable but it has led to an HR challenge for sure.
  • Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education Survey

    Type of facility: Preschool Review: It is our first year at Maple Street, and already, we can see how special the school is. Our three-year-old has engaged in a 'fun run,' apple- and pumpkin-picking, field trips...so many great activities each week. And our main teacher is incredible. What amenities does the facility provide? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? Great safety protocols (no one but children and staff may enter the building). Masks taken seriously.
  • Review from the 2020–2021 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey

    Review: We LOVE Maple Street. We had high expectations and they exceeded all of them. The school is warm, welcoming and inclusive and supportive of its diverse parent and student body. The teachers are experienced professionals who actively create a student-centered curriculum as the year progresses. We are only sad we can't send our kid to Maple Street forever. Facility amenities: Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours What would you change about the program? No changes. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? I was extraordinarily impressed with how well Maple Street handled the pandemic. Lots and lots of communication! Everyone was safe and we felt like Maple Street was doing everything they could to take care of our kids.
  • Review from the 2019–2020 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey

    Review: Warm, welcoming, gentle with the kids, worked hard to help kids with special needs, responsive and responsible staff, very social-justice oriented, incredible community of parents (the school is a cooperative), and extraordinary school leadership. Our son is autistic and has ADHD, so it wasn’t really the right fit, so we’d send him someplace else if we had to do it again. But they did everything humanly possible to make the arrangement work, helped guide us to resources to help our son, were fully-engaged partners in our journey through CPSE and CSE. They also were incredibly generous with financial aid, which made it possible for our son to attend. I just can’t say enough good things about these folks. Amenities offered: Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Snacks What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? I wish they had resources for a special-education arm of the organization, especially since they have two women on staff who are special-ed ninjas!
  • Prek options still accepting applications?

    We have been extraordinarily happy at the Maple Street School this year and we will be keeping R. there next year for her Pre-K year as well. It's not in Park Slope but is right across the park in Prospect Lefferts Gardens (just a little south of the Flatbush entrance to the BBG). They are very authentically child-centered and play-based and we have loved the community and the program, both. I think technically their applications are closed, but I know they are accepting on a rolling basis if you missed the first deadline. Let me know if I can tell you anything else? We honestly couldn't be happier.
  • 2's Programs for Sept 2021

    We can't say enough good things about Maple Street School. It's in PLG but right off the B/Q/S. So many folks travel here (including us) because it's that special. Play-based, kid-focused, community-minded, loving, nurturing, progressive. I could go on!
  • preschool/nursery part time options

    Maple street school has financial assistance (August 2019)
  • Shout Out for Maple Street School

    Here Here as well! Our daughter (now almost 5) is on her third year at Maple Street. The teachers that she's had over the three years have all been amazing. The loving, caring, completely inclusive environment has been nothing short of the most incredible and amazing experience we could have ever hoped for. We've been there through some amazing times and some incredibly painful moments and the school and the staff shine through with an amazing brightness that I doubt you'll find anywhere else in Brooklyn. Finally, as OP mentions, the connection to other MSS families is so strong that you'll have so much information at your fingertips when you are preparing for that transition to kindergarten. The connection extends beyond your immediate class and into prior classes as well. Maple Street truly is part of the fabric of Brooklyn and a beacon in the community!
  • Shout Out for Maple Street School

    Here Here! My third kiddo is there now and our other two each spent three years there; we feel so lucky we ended up there with our first seven years ago. It's been an amazing place for all three of my kids, all of whom are incredibly different. I also don't know of another preschool that is quite as loving, savvy and thoughtful about special ed services and inclusion - one of my kids has received services, and Maple Street was instrumental in making that happen and teaching us to be advocates in preschool and beyond, which was an unexpected gift. This is our last rodeo with #3, and she loves it just as much as the first two. I actually do feel like it has shaped who my kids are in the very best of ways, and I feel a connection to other Maple Street families even as we all move through our elementary school adventures.
  • Shout Out for Maple Street School

    Seconded - my son (who is now in K) attended for the last 3 years and we feel so lucky to have been a part of the school and the community. I've talked to lots of other parents and it really does seem to be a unique preschool experience, it's such a loving environment that embraces the entire family and we still hang out with so many families we met at the school. The teachers are all kind and understanding but also playful and incredibly fun, and the fact that the school is literally right next to Prospect Park means the kids are running around in nature constantly. We originally sought out the school because we wanted a diverse environment with a focus on social justice, but it ended up being so much more.
  • Shout Out for Maple Street School

    The deadline for applications to my children's preschool, The Maple Street School, is coming up and I wanted to make sure people knew about it and encourage people to apply for 2-4 year olds. We could not possibly be happier there. It is not your average preschool and is world's beyond a standard daycare experience. The teachers are endlessly warm, the community and school are fiercely dedicated to social justice and inclusion, and they even offer assistance with kindergarten placement. I'm happy to answer any questions, or just gush a little more if anyone is interested.
  • 2019-2020 Year Review

    My daughter loves being a Maplestreet and so does our family. This is our first-year at the school and we love the multiple ways we can call get involved in the school and build community. It is an inclusive, welcoming and loving environment. The teachers, staff and the leadership are actively engaged with all of the children's learning and development. We will continue attending the school next academic year. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals … What would you change? N/A
  • 2019-2020 Year Review

    I believe the Maple Street Program is nothing shy of perfect. The student teacher ratio is awesome. We could not possibly be happier there. It is not your average preschool and is world's beyond a standard daycare experience. The teachers are endlessly warm, the community and school are fiercely dedicated to social justice and inclusion, and they even offer assistance with kindergarten placement. I'm happy to answer any questions, or just gush a little more if anyone is interested. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides snacks, but you need to bring lunch. … What would you change? Nothing! It is perfect.
  • 2019-2020 Year Review

    We absolutely love Maple Street. The amount of individualized attention our son has received has been transformative for him. We love the Co-Op model and being part of a community of big-hearted people that believe in giving back and creating space for every child to be themselves. It’s a truly progressive, inclusive place and we feel so lucky to have found it. The teachers are incredible and the joy in the room is palpable. We are sending our second child in the fall. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals
  • 2019-2020 Year Review

    Our twins are thriving at Maple Street. They go three 1/2 days a week and they look forward to those days. The teachers are incredible. The curriculum is based on following the curiosities of the class. The school is inclusive in all ways and fosters an environment of community. There is emphasis on caring for each other. We would go here again in a heartbeat—in fact we are going again next year. The joy my children experience at school is priceless. They learn through play, and the teachers guide them beautifully. Therefore, they are learning that they love to learn. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides healthy snacks
  • 2019-2020 Year Review

    I couldn’t be happier with Maple Street! … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours … What would you change? Too much communication?
  • Preschools convenient to the B/Q line?

    My daughter just started at Maplestreet this year and we love it! An active and inclusive school/community! She’s at the 626 Flatbush location.
  • Preschools convenient to the B/Q line?

    Maple street school! Maple street is amazing- all three of my kids went there and it was great for all of them. They have two locations both on the b/q trains.
  • Preschools convenient to the B/Q line?

    Maple street school! Maple street is amazing- all three of my kids went there and it was great for all of them. They have two locations both on the b/q trains.
  • Preschool recommendations for almost 2s?

    I'm not sure where you are located, but Maple Street School is a gem of preschool that leaves room for mid-year twos to enter. It is truly head and shoulder beyond what most other preschools have to offer. It is a play-based, child-led, social justice based curriculum with lots of love and inclusion.
  • Review from the 2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool Survey

    95% LOVE this school. It is a non-profit coop (I guess technically I’m an owner but have no seat on the board or other leadership position.) with a really progressive bent, a truly loving vibe, and it is a fun place to see your kid grow. They go outside every day and not just to the playground or roof but taking nature walks through the park or down the street to learn about the neighborhood. Learning topics are child-led but educated and experienced adults take those interests and turn them into enriched learning. Right now the kids are obsessed with the solar system. They read books, sing songs, do experiments, art projects, observe outdoors. The downside is that it is a coop and as such it’s appearance can be a bit bedraggled ($$ goes less to things like repainting a hallway and more toward scholarships, under the belief parents will come in and paint the hall which doesn’t necessarily happen)and there are a lot of volunteer/community participation requirements. But if you look beyond the organized chaos and want to be part of something big and loving, it is great. DETAILS: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What you would change: A little more organization...:
  • Review from the 2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool Survey

    My son went for three years from age 2 to 4, and also did the summer camp. My son loves it and has made many friends with both kids and teachers. The children receive endless love and support that really is awesome as they grow. The school is play based- so they basically do that- all day. There isn't an emphasis on academics like reading or learning numbers. But my son (now 4) is actually almost reading on his own, "writing books", and is an avid learner. As a parent, I did worry that they just played trains and plus-plus all day and that he might be missing out because they allow the kids to be self-directed. BUT, in the end, I think it is fine. He really grew emotionally, is super happy and, for the most part, loves school. The hard part of Maple Street is the coop aspect if you have a two parents who work. The school really wants the parents to spend a lot of time doing volunteer projects, meetings and socializing at the school. We found it basically impossible for our family to keep up with this stuff because of our work schedules and it forced us to choose time with our kids or time doing coop duties. The coop is done with the best of intentions, and they do wonderful stuff, so if you live in PLG (we don't) and have a parent who doesn't work that much, I would imagine the coop is lovely. We ended up feeling like losers for missing meetings and commitments but work and kids have to come first. So, all in all, the school is wonderful but the mandatory coop aspect makes tough for some families. The summer camp is fine- but a bit disorganized. I would hesitate to send younger kids (2 year olds) but 3 or 4's are fine. I did send my son at 2, but there isn't the same focus as in the regular school year. DETAILS: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options What you would change: Make the coop less cumbersome
  • preschools

    Wonderful caring and creative coop preschool, close to the B/Q.
  • preschools

    Wonderful caring and creative coop preschool, close to the B/Q.
  • preschools

    Wonderful caring and creative coop preschool, close to the B/Q.
  • 2018 Review

    Maple street school is a wonderful private preschool that is super savvy about services and very experienced with SEITs. I highly recommend!
  • Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    As everyone is starting to tour preschools, I wanted to make sure that Maple Street School (my son's preschool) is on everyone's radar! It's an amazing and progressive play-based school in Prospect Lefferts (a super easy commute on the B41 or the B/Q train). We've felt genuinely lucky to have every single one of my son's teachers and the children spend time in Prospect Park pretty much every single day. The school is a coop, which means our family is very involved and has really had a chance to form relationships with our son's teachers and the other families. Most important to our preschool search was a genuine commitment to all types of diversity and Maple Street really values inclusion - in particular, the school has a tuition assistance program for eligible families. I'm happy to answer any questions about our experience if anyone wants to email me directly.
  • Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    A fun, comforting space with lots of windows. They sing lots of songs, eat lunch, go to the park and playground, play on the roofdeck and nap. My son loves all the activities and art projects and going outside with his friends. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours.
  • Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    Type: Preschool About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options Review: My son loves it. On the tour they said he'd be outside, be creative, get dirty and sing a lot. Everything they told us on the tour was true. It's also a very strong and inclusive adult community. I highly recommend it! What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Too many emails!
  • Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    Location: Prospect Lefferts Type: Preschool About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options Review: A wonderful play-based preschool that's diverse, loving, progressive, and everything I would want in a school for my child - it's a real community and we've formed great relationships with other families. Amazing teachers who really get down on the floor and play with the children. Note that the school is a coop so don't sign up your child without being committed to the mission - parent participation and fundraising are required (we found these parts quite fun and felt like it really contributed to the community and the feel of the school).
  • Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey

    Location: 21 Lincoln Road and 626 Flatbush Ave Review: We love MSS. The coop community and teachers create a space of play, friendship, inclusion and diversity. The coop is very involved, creating lasting friendships and building community together. The teachers are truly the best, following a Reggio style play based learning curriculum and helping children feel loved, responsible and engaged. My son loves it. Every. Single. Day. He learns so much, is exposed to so much, has lasting friendships and is shown everyday what kindness and cooperation truly mean to the community. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, MSS is a coop. Parents provide morning cafe and snack but not lunch. They have two spaces. One that is new with outdoor rooftop space; the other original space utilizes PPK which is across the street. Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
  • Review submitted via the 2014-2015 daycare/preschool survey

    This member has reviewed this facility in a prior year Program: preschool Length of time: full - 4 days Child’s Age: 2-3 years3-4 years4-5 years Type of facility: Parent-Organized Co-op where the parents do the admin and hire the teachers and staff REVIEW: Simply the most wonderful, fun, imaginative, and diverse pre-school in Brooklyn. Would you recommend? Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
  • Review submitted via the 2014-2015 daycare/preschool survey

    Type of facility: Privately run daycare/preschool with multiple classes and teachers Parent coop, but with a paid director who hires teachers/staff. All other admin tasks, board, etc., done by parent committees. REVIEW: I can't say enough wonderful things about Maple Street, from the teachers to the way things are run to the overall energy of the place. I tell people it's like pre-Elmo Sesame Street. Play-based, but celebrates all the things kids are interested in, including "academic" topics. I loved our particular classroom teachers, but I would be happy for our younger child to have any of the teachers here. Very open feeling. I also love their commitment to many kinds of diversity. You name it, I love it about this place. Would you recommend? Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
  • Review from the 2014 Daycare/Preschool Survey

    Program: NA Length of Time: Full day 4 days Child's Age: 2-3 years3-4 years4-5 years Review: The skill of the teachers is unmatched and their love of their jobs and the children is touching. My child has thrived at Maple Street. It is a true gem and a leader in early childhood education. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot): Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
  • Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP Survey

    Review date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: 2's program Length of time: full days, 2 days a week Child's age: 2-3 years Review: The school is a coop school, in that it requires participation in a school committee, volunteer time, and help with school cleaning and snacks (called "Café") twice a year. We have been very happy with Maple Street in our first year, and our son will return next year. The teachers are all very loving, and the environment feels intimate and like a little family. Curriculum-wise, they roughly follow a "Bank Street" model, but supplement with the interests of the teachers or the kids. The facility is rather small (though they are looking at new ones for the future), but it is cozy and cheerful and located right next to Prospect Park, so the kids head to the park frequently. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
  • Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP Survey

    Review date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: 2s Length of time: 2 part-days per week Child's age: 2-3 years Review: We have loved Maple Street for our 2 year old. There are three teachers in the 2s class and they are each on my son's list of best friends each day. Maple Street believes in learning through play, and I think it's a wonderful philosophy. Maple Street is a cooperative school that is comprised of a wonderful group of parents. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
  • Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP Survey

    Review date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: 2s Length of time: 2 part-days per week Child's age: 2-3 years Review: We have loved Maple Street for our 2 year old. There are three teachers in the 2s class and they are each on my son's list of best friends each day. Maple Street believes in learning through play, and I think it's a wonderful philosophy. Maple Street is a cooperative school that is comprised of a wonderful group of parents. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
  • Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP Survey

    Review date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: twos Length of time: 2 days part time Child's age: 2-3 years Review: Maple Street School in an incredible community. The teachers are smart, involved and caring. There is a wonderful back and forth between the teachers and parents, which allows you to really understand what your child is doing and experiencing. As a coop school parents are involved in all aspects of running the school and this provides a unique shared experience among all involved from children to parents to administrators and teachers. We simply could not be happy with MSS. Our son has flourished. His language and social skills have taken off since he began attending. MSS is also inclusive and diverse. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
  • (no subject)

    Review Date 2012 Program: Length of TIme: 3 days a week Child's Age: 3-4 years Review: We have had such a positive experience this year at the Maple Street School! The teachers are the very best part of our daughter's experience. They've been warm and nurturing and have allowed her to follow her interests throughout the day. The teachers are energetic and very skilled at helping kids interact in meaningful ways. MSS is very "play-based", though there is a word wall and some reading/writing workshop (though it's very constructivist). We have received lots of informal updates our her progress throughout the year -- always framed in very positive, valuing language. Any concerns we've had about our daughter's progress have been treated with respect. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
  • (no subject)

    Length of TIme: Full Days Child's Age: 4-5 years Review: This is a wonderful, caring program that supports growth and development in a serious and special way. But it is a coop and requires a lot of parent participation so parents should keep that in mind when applying. They also gave us a pretty good level of support in terms of helping us find the right kindergarten for our child. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend