Open House Nursery School
- Carroll Gardens
318 Warren St # A, Brooklyn 11201
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At the heart of our philosophy is a belief that children learn best by playing and doing in a thoughtfully prepared environment. This developmental/interactive approach shapes every aspect of our school from our curriculum planning to the arrangement of the classroom spaces. Each group follows a lively, but familiar daily routine which includes ample “choice time” periods. During this part of the day, children are offered an array of activities to choose from and are encouraged to play, explore and learn, while sharing their experiences and responding to the experiences of others. This approach allows children to be both self-directed and adult-supported. Our thorough understanding of child development keeps us grounded, while our optimistic belief in the possibilities of each young person allows us to soar. We hope to give each child a confident sense of his or her own uniqueness and an appreciation of the uniqueness of others. Out of this respect given to individual differences we find a joyful, productive community is created, as well as an environment that keeps children eager to learn.
Min Student Age - 2.2
Max Student Age - 5
Special Age Cut-offs/Requirements - Empty
Part-Time Available? - yes
Full time Available? - yes
Earliest Drop-Off - 8:00
Latest Pick-Up - 6:00
Rolling admission or once yearly - generally once a year
Length of School Year (e.g., Sept-June, year round, etc.) - Sept-June Summer Program also available
Application Deadline - request a tour in mid-October to recieve an application
Application Fee? - $100
Number of kids (kids per class) - 10-18
Number of adults (per class) - 2-3
Are you licensed? - Yes
License Number - 7472
Licensed Capacity - 97
Open House and MDS feedbackSeconding the Open House recommendation. So experienced with bridging that transition from day care to school, amazingly supportive community, and a real neighborhood institution. When we were looking over a decade ago, I spoke with a middle school student who still had fond memories, and mine really thrived and have great memories and friendships still from there at 14 and 11!
Open House and MDS feedbackI can wholeheartedly recommend Open House! It is such a special school with very experienced and dedicated teachers. Lots of outside time and focus on social emotional development. My almost 6 yo went there for 3s and 4s and we were so grateful for the community during the height of COVID. He’s now doing great in public K, largely due to the amazing preparation he had at Open House. You can’t go wrong sending your child there!
2019-2020 Year ReviewI can’t say enough in praise of Open House. Many members of the staff have worked there for 20+ years and have a level of knowledge and commitment to early childhood education that we did not see at any of the other schools we visited. Our son has some special needs and the coordination with us and his cpse providers is beyond excellent. We have all felt supported and welcomed into the school from the very beginning. Highly, highly recommend! … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours … What would you change? Nothing!
2019-2020 Year ReviewWe are currently sending our daughter to Open House for their 3’s program, five days a week. I have been immensely impressed by the warmth of the staff and community surrounding the school. My daughter did some “after care” on some days and those teachers quickly learned her name so that when we walk into school each morning now, she is greeted by name by any of the staff we may encounter. Her teachers have years and years of experience at Open House and it shows in how they treat the children and encourage their emotional and social development. I honestly feel like there is no situation or challenge that they haven’t encountered (many) times before. I also love the flexibility in the scheduling - you can literally sign your child up for extended day/after care that very morning, if you have to. It’s comforting to know that we’ll never have to scramble for last minute childcare. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options … What would you change? It would be amazing if they were to offer UPK classrooms, but I know it’ll never happen! Also, including lunches in the cost of the program would be an amazing addition.
Pre-K RecosOpen House nursery school. They have an amazing program. Wonderful teachers and administration. Very flexible. I cannot say enough good things about them. My now 6 year old went there and it was a great experience.
Review from 2015 Summer Camp SurveyAge of Child: 3 Likes: My children go to school here so it was a convenient and easy decision. My son is graduating from Pre-K so was extremely happy to have a little more time with some of his teachers and friends. They keep the kids busy with art projects and activities and the older children get to take field trips once a week which is a MAJOR plus. I wish the younger ones could do the same but I understand it is a logistical challenge with certain risks and challenges with he younger ages. The have rooftop outdoor space and they have sprinklers and a baby pool to beat the heat. The hours are flexible and extended day is an option. What would you change? It really suited our needs so I can't really say much. My son has other opportunities to do less urban camps with more sports and outdoor activities and swimming so we did not feel we needed this from Open House. This is a very good situation for pre-school age children. An older child (5) may need a bit more out of camp but my 5 year old was very happy since this was a familiar environment that he was thrilled to return to. I think camps like Packer and Montessori are geared more towards the older children if you are looking for more of a "camp" camp with swimming and lots of field trips. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend
Review submitted via the 2014-2015 daycare/preschool surveyLength of time: Full Day, 5 days per week Child’s Age: 4-5 years Type of facility: Privately run daycare/preschool with multiple classes and teachers REVIEW: Open House is a wonderful, nurturing preschool environment. They have extremely experienced teachers - our son's teacher has been teaching there for 20 years. They see the strengths in every child and support the child in learning and developing. They create a friendly and fun environment, and provide great enrichments such as yoga, music, and field trips. The administration is very experienced, responsive, and supportive. The school has been open for many years and many former students now send their kids there. Our only regret is not sending both of our children there for their entire preschool experiences! There is no amount of praise that would be an overstatement for the wonderful year my son had. Would you recommend? Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP SurveyReview date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: 3s Program Length of time: 3 afternoons/week Child's age: 3-4 years Review: My son really enjoyed his time at Open House. He came to trust and love his teachers and found some best buddies in his classmates. I thought the teachers did a wonderful job teaching the children about how to modify any inappropriate behavior--no shaming or singling out or anger. My son's behavior and response to instructions and discipline at home tracked his improvement at school. The class and outdoor space is lovely, and the kids studied a variety of fun topics about themselves, their community, and nature. Only negative is that the teachers stopped updating the class blog after November, and there are only 2 formal P/T conferences, so it was sometimes difficult to know exactly what my son was doing in the classroom each week. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
Review from PSP Summer Camp SurveyAge of Child: 4 Likes: He loved the variety of programs--each two-week session had a different theme. He also really liked the roof play area and the sprinklers. He LOVED all the field trips. What would you change? They need better communication with parents, better coordination, and slightly more attentive teachers (see below). Would you send your child(ren) again? No Do you recommend? Recommend with reservations Do you have any other information to add? There was very poor communication between the school and parents. Field trips changed or were canceled, sometimes at the last minute, but we always had to ask--we were never informed proactively (and never in advance, even when they had some warning). When changes occurred, the teachers and staff acted like it was no big deal, but it was to our son. They also never asked in advance for parent chaperones, although they said they would. The head teacher suddenly disappeared for the last session--when we asked where she went, we were told she had gone on vacation and wouldn't be coming back before summer school ended. My son was attached to her and was really bummed (it worked out okay though--the teacher who replaced her was great). Also, we found some of the teachers less than attentive occasionally. There was a lot of texting while watching the kids on the roof, and I found them a little too relaxed about wrangling the kids on field trips (sometimes the kids wandered away and I would be the one to notice and call them back). And finally, though the teachers were very nice, they really didn't interact with the kids that much--it was a pretty quiet, low-energy classroom, regardless of the size of the group. To the school's credit, when I called to discuss some of these issues, they were very nice and responsive about it.
Review from PSP Summer Camp SurveyAge of Child: 4 Likes: Amazing staff, great kids. Keep them occupied with play play play, arts, craft, and each 2 week session has some sort of focus. Like BUGS or COOKING (where they made a trip to a clocal grocery store to buy produce for fruit kabobs.) What would you change? I would like them to take a couple more field trips, if possible. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend
2009 Day Care/ Preschool ReviewÂ—How old is/was your child(ren) when they attended the preschool/daycare/playgroup? 2-3 years Â—Review of experience? The teachers were great, the school was great -- we were really pleased. Â—Would you recommend? Highly recommend Â—Piece of advice? Apply to many schools to ensure you get into one!