Park Slope KinderCare
Review from the Spring 2023 Early Education SurveyReview: Pros: We were lucky that our son had very engaging and loving teachers who kept us informed on his developments daily. The daycare has an app where you can follow the activities and meals. Cons: No outdoor space. Take kids out from time to time but all depends on buggie availability and student-teacher ratio. Amenities: Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Wish they had their own outdoor space
Review from the Spring 2023 Early Education SurveyReview: KinderCare is a very well run daycare / preschool. Our daughter has been going here for over 1.5 years and we're very happy. The daycare is very structured, there's a theme each month, and every day there are scheduled activities - eg painting, music, a visit to the park's sprinklers, etc.. They also provide stroller parking, early and late hours, and all meals. Amenities: Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals
Review from the Spring 2023 Early Education SurveyReview: On the positive side: I really like my child’s main caregiver. She really seems to care about the kids and makes an effort to work with me on my development goals for my child. The facilities are clean and well taken care—though I wish there were windows. The mobile app is good and I like getting pictures as well as a report on naps and meals. On the negative side: four infants to one adult is a lot. I know that’s the state law but it just seems somewhat inadequate at times. It’s the most expensive daycare in the neighborhood. Some of the early morning/evening caregivers aren’t as engaged or, well, caring as the main staff. When I was looking this was the only walkable daycare that had openings. I’m happy enough there that I’m not looking to switch, but I wish there had been more options. Amenities: Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? As mentioned above I wish there were windows in the classroom. A lower adult to child ratio would also be better.
Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyLocation: Union Street, Park SLope Type of facility: Daycare, Preschool Review: I think this particular Kindercare location may be fine for infants/young toddlers. The parents with younger kids seem to have less issues based on my informal networking. We did not have a great experience with preschool. There were a couple really good teachers, but they left, and then it seemed to turn into glorified babysitting. I did not see any evidence of a curriculum at that point. I did not get the sense my kid was stimulated or really engaged after these good teachers left. I do think the director cares and is trying, but she wasn't the best with communication. Also, the older kids are in the windowless basement and while they do go to the playground, it is for short periods of time and sometimes they couldn't go due to staff shortages. The food is nice to have but could be healthier (i.e. they have served canned fruit). What amenities does the facility have? Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything? Better communication, better teachers, more outside time for kids, healthier food. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school is handling the pandemic? When masks were required by NYC, they didn't really enforce that. Said that they cannot "force" children to wear masks (but these are 3-4 year olds who say no to everything).
Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyKinderCare Park Slope Location: Union St Type of facility: Daycare Review: He is very young but he seems to really enjoy it. What amenities does the facility have? Has early morning hours, Provides meals, Super flexible schedule for drop off and pick up. Morning, Lunch and snack are provided as well as diapers. What would you change about the program, if anything? The community aspect of it. Because of COVID and security measure the drop off and pick up process makes it hard to meet other families and build a community.
Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyLocation: Park Slope Type of facility: Daycare Review: Staff and teachers are great! Very communicative, friendly, relaxed yet responsible. There’s an app where the teachers send updates and pictures throughout the day. Meals and diapers included. We are having a great experience. What amenities does the facility have? Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: Daycare Review: We have had a great experience at Park Slope Kindercare. The Director Lindsay and Assoc Dir Saranda are very present, accessible and responsive. We love the teachers in the infant room! They seem to genuinely care for our son, they are very communicative sending pictures throughout the day, and they do fun activities (finger painting, tasting new foods, introducing new toys each month). We started at a different provider where we experienced teacher turnover, poor communication, and a not very cared for space. I have been so pleased with the leadership and communication, and I can see that they built a strong teaching team that I hope will remain consistent. Definitely recommend! What amenities does the facility provide? Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? The are only two downsides. There are there are not a lot of moments to interact with the teachers, especially because the covid protocols require all children to be picked up and dropped off in the foyer so we never get to see the classroom and usually an aide or one of the leaders is escorting the child to and from the classroom. The second is no outdoor space. They are very good about going outside every day in strollers but it is one trade off to consider.
Advice/feedback on KinderCare in Union streetWe have had a positive experience at KinderCare on Union as well. Our 21 mo old has been there since Aug in one the toddler classrooms. Her vocabulary and recognition of numbers/alphabet/colors has also grown tremendously. She loves her teacher and comes home taking about her. As another has mentioned, Lindsay is the director and she is super responsive and communicative. They serve all meals and snacks and provide everything. Another plus is the hours…we’re able to drop her off between 7-7:30a and pick up goes until 6:30p. [Our daughter] doesn’t look back in the morning and always runs in to any of the aides or teachers. Overall, great start so far!
Advice/feedback on KinderCare in Union streetMy 3.5-year old twins were at the Union St KinderCare for a few weeks in August/September during the break from their camp and beginning school, and we all had a great experience. We chose it out of necessity (the only place I found with consistent, full-time care during that time), but it far exceeded expectations and I wish we were there for longer. The director, Lindsay, is extremely responsive and helpful. They serve all meals and snacks, and the menu seemed varied and healthy. My kids loved being there and were sad to leave. The main negative I have is that the preschool classrooms are in the basement with no windows, and the classrooms seem very small / cramped, but the kids don't seem to mind at all, and they went to the playground or on long walks at least once per day. The facility flooded with Ida, but they were only closed for a few days (Thurs/Friday, reopened the following Tuesday after Labor Day) and communication throughout was great. I chatted with several other families, mostly babies and younger toddlers, at drop-off, and it seemed like everyone similarly was having a good experience. I wouldn't hesitate to use them again for breaks / afterschool if the opportunity arises in the future.
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