Maven Valley Prep
New daycare in the heart of Park Slope! We offer a caring and nurturing environment coupled with a curated curriculum based on the education theories of Montessori, Vygotsky, Piaget, Bloom, and other great philosophers. Our program serves children from 3 months to 5 years old and we offer full day and half day programs.
Review from the Spring 2023 Early Education SurveyReview: The program was great for us. They were very flexible with drop off and other requests. My child loves it there. The teachers and principal were all very caring. They had outdoor time everyday and my child enjoyed it very much. They provided healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks which made it easy for me as a mom to not think about what to feed my child everyday. I would absolutely send my child there if I had to do it again. Amenities: Has after-school options, Has early morning hours What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? I wouldn’t change anything.
Review from the Spring 2023 Early Education SurveyReview: My child loves it - we started in Jan 2023 and the staff are all attentive and loving. Polina and her parents are great administrators - they're understanding, accommodating and we have a personal relationship with them. They make sure to meet all standards set by the DOE. Brightwheels app shows real time photos multiple times a day and offers a fantastic daily record to parents on how our kid is doing. Amenities: Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Feed kids more food - the children all come out of it at 5-5:30 super hungry and need a snack ASAP.
Review from the Spring 2023 Early Education SurveyReview: My child attended MVP's first year as a pre-K provider. They had only opened as a daycare the year prior. The owner, Polina, is fantastic and very on top of things. The teachers and staff are incredibly loving, caring and responsive. We will stay with MVP for UPK next year! Amenities: Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? The facility does not have an outdoor space so the pre-K kids walk to Slope Park. Some days they walk to the playground, other days they stroll around the neighborhood. Ideally, they would have an attached outdoor space. The owner is continuing to look for more accessible outdoor options.
Maven Valley PrepMy daughter (3.5 years old) attends Maven Valley Prep's 3k program. MVP is part of the DOE's universal 3k program, and we pay for after care/wrap-around care coverage for DOE holidays. Polina, MVP's Director, is just absolutely outstanding. She is super responsive, very knowledgable, and gets to know every student. I have been so impressed with how much our daughter has learned since starting at MVP. She is counting, knows all her letters, and is even starting to learn concepts of addition and subtraction. They also have fun extra programs like music, fitness and soccer, which she loves! Her vocabulary has expanded and her speech has progressed. She loves all the teachers and assistants so much and talks about them and her friends at school all the time. Polina and the other teachers are also very helpful in letting us know when she's having a tough day and helping us work with her at home on the skills they are working on at school. As a parent, the fact that MVP offers coverage for DOE holidays other than the major federal holidays makes my life as a working mom SO much easier. Prior to MVP, our daughter had attended a small family daycare, which we adored, and I was very nervous about her starting "big kid school" at 3 years old. But MVP has been the perfect transition for her. It is structured, but there is also still a family feel and a very nurturing environment. We couldn't be happier!
Maven Valley PrepMy son (18m), has been with Maven Valley Prep for a month now and I couldn't be happier. Maven Valley Prep's owner, Polina, has been wonderful. When we enrolled him, she sent a list of questions to help get to know him better. It asked about his favorite meals, games, music, his nap time routine, and any behaviors they need to watch out for. The space is quite beautiful, with Montessori toys and furniture throughout. The teachers are warm and nurturing. Since joining Maven Valley Prep our son has learned new skills like washing his hands, cleaning up his toys after he plays with them, and sitting to eat at his toddler table for the full meal/snack (versus needing to be in the highchair). His days are full of activities like reading, arts and crafts, music, free play, and outside time. I love that he spends so much time outside. Maven Valley Prep takes the children out twice a day on most days. They do stroller walks and trips to the playground. Polina is incredibly honest about our son's day as well. She's not afraid to say when he had tough moments, was injured, or fought with another child. I appreciate this so much as it helps me parent him better. They use Brightwheel to record activities and send tons of photos of him enjoying all of the different activities at daycare: eating delicious meals; coloring; painting; reading; going outside; napping; and playing in the jungle gym at daycare. It's so nice to check in during the day and see that he's having a blast, being well taken care of, and is so engaged in all different kinds of play.
Park Slope Daycare Maven PrepOur 4 month old son has been attending Maven Valley Prep for one month. We cannot be happier with the experience thus far. Polina and her staff are incredibly warm, caring and ensure that we, as parents, are kept fully informed on our child's daily activities. The staff is also very mindful and respectful of parent's individual requests (e.g.we have asked the staff to carefully monitor BMs due to a change in formula, we are sent a detailed message after each diaper change). Even the infants have a weekly curriculum appropriate for their age group. For example, this week is focused on the "Earth" and they are listening to songs from around the world, are planting a "class plant" and gross motor activities include "climbing a mountain". The children are also taken out for daily walks. If you are looking for a daycare, I would highly recommend taking a tour and considering this brand new facility (they opened March 2022)!