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Pantomima Theater Based Care for Kids Inc.

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Pantomima Theater Based Care for Kids Inc.

Description

Pantomima is a theatrical daycare that combines Spanish as a second language with appropriate socialization skills through theatrical techniques such as: pretend play, character development, personality projection, emotional expression, puppetry, literary awareness, and pantomime. Combining aspects of varied philosophies, our children work independently, following their own pace and tendencies. They will learn Theatre and its branches as they receive extensive imaginative experiences to encounter varied scenarios to play.

Reviews (14)

  • Review from the Spring 2024 Early Education Survey

    REVIEW: Spanish immersion program with an emphasis on creative arts. Our daughter started there at age 2 and will leave for Pre-K (age 4). The teachers are very caring and the curriculum is great. They also run a very fun summer camp.; Amenities: Has after-school options, Afterschool pickups to other programs; What would you change? Communication can occasionally be lacking, but overall we have been very happy.
  • Review from the 2023 Summer Camp Survey

    Location: 4110 5th Avenue How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 4 yo Review: My child loved the daily trips to one of two splash pads in the area. He also loved the visits from small, friendly reptiles and mammals, the musical guests every other week, the capoeira, and the cooking lessons. Every week is themed, and his very favorite week was Space Camp, when they learned about the planets, created planets out of papier mache, and then all got to take turns launching in the huge blow up rocket. He spent time making art and having fun both in the park and inside, and made lots of new friends. He goes during the year and the teachers he loved were all there, too. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Nothing, it's PERFECT!!! Would you like to add anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it? Since the camp is for very young children, there are lots of germs going around. However, they have great filtration systems, support children who wear masks at school, disinfect every night, communicate quickly is something is going around, and take all precautions. This was also our day school and we had NO Covid outbreaks for two years, just individual cases. It was pretty amazing.
  • Review from the Spring 2023 Early Education Survey

    Review: Our 4 year old son ADORES his experience at Pantomima. It is a Spanish immersion program, with a Reggio Emilia/Montessori philosophical foundation. Children experience a daily structure of music, art, play, reading, with monthly curricular themes, mostly based in the scientific/natural world. We are especially happy about the positive social skills and community building that are a strong part of being there, as well as the diversity of the students. They openly welcome parent/guardian participation in special cultural events around the holidays/parent days and are open to suggestions as to how to be more inclusive. Our son is African and European, in a Jewish-Buddhist family with two moms, and we weren't the only queer family or the only family who had a child with a background of multiple heritages/ethnicities. The teachers are very responsive and loving and know each child extremely well. The summer camp has been amazing, with an emphasis on fun and adventure, with special musical and animal guests (!) and going to the splash pad every day that weather allows. They accept ACS child care vouchers, so there is some income diversity, and there are many native Spanish speakers as students. We can only hope the rest of our child's educational experiences are anywhere as loving, engaging, and affirming of him as a person. Finally, we are veteran K-12 educators at progressive schools, we are well versed in best practices and VERY PICKY about our choices for our child. It is simply wonderful and Diane and Tania are treasures! and we will miss them when he goes to Pre-K at a District school next year; but luckily they have an aftercare program that picks up from our neighborhood schools that he will also be attending. Amenities: Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Afterschool pickups to other programs, Does not have their own outdoor space but great playgrounds are one block in either direction and they often take the children to nearby Sunset Park. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Not the program but early childhood systems in general -- we need to increase funding to make excellent early experiences accessible to ALL families and provide early childhood teachers with excellent wages and benefits.
  • Review from the Spring 2023 Early Education Survey

    Review: Loved it! The teachers are caring, friendly, warm, and loving. It’s Spanish immersion, and my kids picked up the language. They use a lot of song and theater to learn. Thoughtful activities. Very communicative with families. Their long hours also fit our family’s schedule well. Amenities: Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Afterschool pickups to other programs
  • Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education Survey

    Location: 4110 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232 Type of facility: Daycare, Preschool Review: Pantomima is bright, vibrant, joyful and fully Spanish immersion. I am so happy it was our child's first school experience. It is based on Reggio Emilia philosophy which respects the intellect, creativity and agency of the young child, and the importance of play. They have themed days and weeks, lots of art, reading, acting, and music, and the teachers are all kind and caring. The director, Diane is extremely knowledgeable and remembers details about every child! They go to the park and nearby playgrounds. They communicate daily with parents via the ProCare app. I was most amazed that we had not ONE shutdown during COVID19 due to outbreaks. My son dances through the door in the morning and leaves happy every day. I couldn't recommend this sweet neighborhood space highly enough. What amenities does the facility have? Has after-school options, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything? I wish it was part of universal 3k/preK so we could continue for free! Is there anything you would like to add about how the school is handling the pandemic? All teachers are masked, cleaning is impeccable, well ventilated space, and super sanitary. Our son wears a mask and although other kids don't, the school has had no shutdowns due to COVID outbreaks, which is a miracle. They answered all of our pesky questions patiently.
  • Immersion or dual language daycare for 1-3 year olds

    We love Pantomima in Sunset Park for Spanish! They also have a summer camp program in July & August if you wanted to test it out first.
  • 24m+ daycare recommendation?

    Another vote for Pantomima! It’s really a special place.
  • 24m+ daycare recommendation?

    I also highly recommend Pantomima. Kiddo attended from 19mos until almost 4years. It has a theatrical focus and kiddo was singing, dancing, speaking and counting in Spanish. Teachers are very loving and conscientious. Being right across the street from Sunset Park meant lots of outdoor time. Pantomima really prepared kiddo for Pre-K.
  • 24m+ daycare recommendation?

    We are at pantomima on 41st and 5th right across from the park, my son is in the toddler room which goes up to 2, but they have a separate room for the 2-4/5 year olds. They seem to be pretty separate and definitely do age appropriate things with the different rooms! We love it so far, they are Spanish immersion and the teachers are sweet and really loving with the kids. They do lots of crafts and singing/dancing activities and go outside to the park whenever the weather is somewhat reasonable, they have accommodated our use of cloth diapers and are good communicators in general. Hours are 9-4:30 but you can drop off as early as 8 and pick up as late as 6 with no extra hourly cost. You have to pack your own lunch but they provide breakfast and snack. I got so much positive feedback about pantomima from this group when I asked about them and I’m really glad we ended up there!
  • Pantomima day care thoughts?

    Our daughter attended Pantomima from 18M to 4years old. We had an amazing experience AND she was speaking and understanding Spanish by the time she was 4Years old. Diane is truly remarkable and the program is wonderful.
  • Pantomima day care thoughts?

    Our daughter went to Pantomima and we loved it! She started when she was two and already down to one nap, so I can't speak to your specific questions about accommodating nap schedules and how they are with younger babies, but generally just wanted to say we had a wonderful experience there and would totally recommend it!
  • Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    We LOVE Pantomima. It’s an arts-based, child-centered Spanish-immersion daycare for 18-month-olds to 4-year-old. Diane, the lead teacher, has built a community of love and respect with the kids, and having the multiple ages reinforces this. It’s a beautiful place. And they are very flexible with scheduling, too. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals
  • Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    We've been extremely happy with Pantomima, our son has been there for one year since he began at 18 months. Diane, the head teacher, is very energetic and engaged with the children and has developed a wonderful play/theatrical based curriculum. It is a Spanish-immersion program, but we selected the program chiefly for all the dedicated teachers and general atmosphere of love, attention and inclusion. Our son is always happy and excited to go to school - lots of music, dancing, arts + crafts, experiments (textures/colors/senses), sharing with friends, and outdoor time. Currently, all children (18months-3/4 years) are in one large room, and I like the idea of the mixed ages. They are moving to a new space @ 41st Street soon, where children will likely be grouped closer in age, so TBD on how the new space and classrooms will function. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Provides meals What would you change? Nothing at this time, but we hope the program can maintain it's original spirit in the new, larger space and growing program.
  • Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey

    Pantomima is a year-round daycare for ages 18 months to 4 years, but in the summer they create a camp experience for a broader group of kids from 18 months to about 5 years old. Each week has a different theme (such as jungle, cooking, circus, etc), and the kids explore it through arts-based activities, learning new vocabulary and coming home with cute projects. (Pantomima is what I'd call a light Spanish-immersion, in that Spanish is regularly spoken and vocab is intentionally taught, but they are fine with switching back and forth English to make sure the kids know what's going on and are comfortable). They have capoeira class once a week and music class once a week, as well as guests such as a magician and a reptile guy (don't know how else to describe that-- but it's a professional group that knows how to work with kids). It's an extremely warm and nurturing environment, and my daughter has thrived there. Kids who are just there for the summer are embraced quickly-- my daughter comes home knowing their names, even ones who are there just one day a week. If you could change anything, what would it be? The latest pick-up time is 6 p.m., which we've been able to make work, but you do need to arrange for a sitter if you get home later than that. Age of child: 2 years Based on a Summer 2017 experience

 

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