Mi Casita Bilingual Preschool and Cultural Center
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: Preschool Review: We toured and/or sleuthed around several other 2s program options in our neighborhood of Clinton Hill/Bed-Stuy (there are a lot, which is great!), and Mi Casita seemed like it had the warmest and most effusive teachers. We also liked their big, open space and of course the Spanish language and multicultural elements. We have been very happy with our choice. The teachers really do seem to be a cut above and are very dedicated to the school's educational philosophy, Reggio Emilia (which, to be honest, I thought sounded a bit silly for a 2s program, but seeing it play out in real life has been really cool; I have drunk the Kool-Aid!). Their curriculum is super creative and progressive; they talk about life in Brooklyn and about ancient cultures as well as concepts like shapes and colors and events like holidays and birthdays. We threw a party just for the parents to all meet and greet, and I enjoyed every single person I talked to. The space has tall ceilings and is bright and clean. My daughter can be shy and this was her first group care experience, so the teachers just gave her lots of extra love and were patient with her and now she gets into the groove easily and talks about them all at home—sometimes using her developing Spanish! Also, we found Mi Casita to be in the middle of the pack tuition-wise: not among the least or most expensive around here. In all, we have been very pleased and are looking forward to going back for their 3s program next fall. What amenities does the facility provide? Has after-school options, Has early morning hours Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? Mi Casita has been very conscientious: vaccine mandate for all parents; everyone inside is masked at all times (kids as much as possible); they even offer free on-site PCR testing once a week. They have rules in place about quarantining after visiting high-risk areas and have handled exposure events within the school community with expedience and honesty. I can't think of anything they could be doing better in this difficult time.
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: daycare, preschool, and pre-k Review: We LOVE MiCasita! The teachers are absolutely incredible. They are super communicative, caring, warm, fun, creative, extremely bright, etc. They've handled COVID beautifully. It's a Spanish immersion program, which our now four year old has picked up very quickly - no one in our family speaks Spanish. The school itself is just beautiful. It has huge windows and really cool furniture that they can move around as needed for various activities. What amenities does the facility provide? Has after-school options, Has early morning hours What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? nothing Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? They do testing weekly for free at the school (cheek swabs). The testing is available to anyone who is a regular part of the household (including nannies). They have everyone wear masks, but aren't militant about it - they always gently encourage, but have realistic expectations of 2-4 year olds. As a result, it's rare to see any kid without one.
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: 2s, 3s, 4s programs Review: This is a lovely and inclusive space with many non-binary instructors and socially conscious language and approach. It is immersive Spanish and Montessori in philosophy. Everyone is very kind and warm. It’s honestly very difficult to say what my child likes about it because she is 2 and not fully communicative yet and they don’t really send any updates… which is my chief complaint! Other parents have referred to it as a “black box” - no idea what they do, where they go, or how she’s doing when she’s there. I’m guessing this has to do with the fact that they are relatively new, but it’s definitely something I’ve requested and know that others receive at other schools. What amenities does the facility provide? Has after-school options, Has early morning hours
Review from the 2019–2020 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K SurveyReview: MiCasita is a new school that just opened officially end of 2019/beginning of 2020. The program offers Spanish immersion and its pedagogy is Emilio Reggio inspired. We've been a part of this program since October 2019. Prior to its official opening, MiCasita offered playgroups in Spanish, which we attended part time until the school's official opening. (After its official opening, we became full time.) My child loved MiCasita's teachers and really took to the pedagogy of child-led learning. Although we do not speak Spanish at home, my son took to the program without a problem. Their brains are truly primed for learning languages before the ages of 6/7! As a parent, I loved the space, interactions with the teachers and seeing my child develop his language skills, social emotional skills. I also love that the program is oriented towards community - many of its outdoor activities involved neighborhood locations. As a full time working parent, I also appreciated that the program offers early and after care. (8-6) Most of my *issues* with the school was related to the late opening (the school was supposed to open by Sept of 2019!) Many of these issues should not be present for the following year. I would send my child back if I had to do it over again. Amenities offered: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Possibly more detailed ways of communicating with parents about the child's development. I have received some feedback about my child re: his development, but this hasn't been consistent. Still felt a bit like a structured playgroup, rather than a school program.
Review from the 2019–2020 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K SurveyReview: The program is a Spanish immersion program (but not full immersion). My daughter loves Mi Casita. Her teachers are communicative, passionate about teaching, and truly seem so happy and excited to be there teaching our kids each day. The school's founder, Eva, is incredible! This has been a crazy time and she has done an amazing job of keeping everyone up to date on any changes with the state's guidelines, answers emails quickly, and is nurturing with the students. Amenities offered: Has after-school options What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Nothing! I love it!
Review from the 2019–2020 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K SurveyReview: Great progressive Spanish immersion preschool. Caring teachers, science based COVID practices. My son loves teachers, friends, learning Spanish. Amenities offered: Has after-school options
2019-2020 Year ReviewBilingual Regilio inspired preschool 2-4 year olds. New school, beautiful new facility. My son is learning Spanish quickly and enjoys going to school every day. School is flexible and willing to work with kids at different developmental stages. Teachers are caring and receive significant professional development. Directors are very well qualified. Before and after care offered. Creative and arts rich. As it's a new school, systems and processes are still being developed, but we're happy there. … About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Bilingual Spanish … What would you change? Increase partnerships to provide enrichment--this will happen as school grows.
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