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Parker's Place

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Parker's Place

Description

Our Philosophy

Our Mission

    To create a clean, safe and warm learning environment.
    To provide a daily schedule that is structured around rhythm and routine with room for individuality
    and exploration.
    To focus on creative learning activities and artistic expression through dramatic, visual and
    performing arts.
    To maintain a progressive, eco-friendly space (both indoors and out) and nurture healthy living.


Parker’s Place focuses on educating the whole child.  Imaginative play, visual and dramatic arts, storytelling, yoga and academic programs all nurture aspects of the young child’s development.  Parker’s Place provides
children with the tools needed to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.  Not only will they learn letters and
numbers, Parker’s Place teaches respect, compassion and empowers children to make good decisions and
socialize in a classroom environment.

Our Discipline Policy
Our program is varied in order to promote the physical, intellectual, and emotional well-being of the children.  
Corporal punishment and humiliating or frightening methods of control and discipline are prohibited.  Food, rest
or isolation is not used as a means of punishment.  Punitive methods of toilet training are prohibited.

Reviews (20)

  • Review from the 2020–2021 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey

    Review: We highly recommend Parker's Place. Our child was in the Pandas class this year, which is for 2s and young 3s. My favorite part about the school is the child interest-led curriculum. The teachers have degrees in early childhood education and develop their own emergent and play-based curriculum, taking their cues from what the class enjoys. So throughout the year my son did a unit on modern artists, ice and wind, growing plants, and much more. They have special teachers who come in different days each week to teach yoga, music and theater (special classes do vary year to year and class to class). They also take the kids outside every day weather permitting, either in their private backyard or to the park. The level of communication from the school was fabulous. There is an app for daily updates, as well as a weekly email summarizing the classroom activities and regular emails from the directors with reminders and updates. Facility amenities: Has outdoor space
  • 2019-2020 Year Review

    This is a wonderful school. The days are structured, but within that structure there's a lot of room for choices (e.g. "center time", when the kids choose which center they want to play in—the building blocks center, the book center, etc.) My daughter's in her second year here, and I'm a little sad that next year we have to move on. The teachers are kind, responsive, and seem like genuinely good people. They're very engaged in their work and it seems to me that a lot of thought goes into their art projects and initiatives with the class. There are two parent/teacher conferences per year and weekly newsletters. There's outdoor time every day, rain or shine, and the school is very engaged in the neighborhood: the kids visit local businesses to ask questions of the owners, and have visited "the grandmas and grandpas" in a local retirement home to sing songs. I can't say enough good things about this place. … About the facility: Has outdoor space … What would you change? I wish kids could stay a half-hour later. The latest available pickup is 6pm, which leaves absolutely no room for subway delays if you're expected to stay at your desk in Midtown until 5pm.
  • Preschool recommendations for almost 2s?

    Hi! My daughter goes to Parker's Place (7th ave and 14th street) and we love it. She's in her second year there and we can't say enough good things about the school. She was two when she started going there, but I know they do mid-year enrolment, because a classmate of hers started in February last year, and his parents told me he started mid-year because they had to wait for his second birthday.
  • Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    Our 2-year-old daughter loves school. She loves her teachers and usually tells us she had "so much fun" when we pick her up. Her language and communication are rapidly developing. We're very pleased with everyone and everything at Parker's Place so far! About the facility: Has outdoor space
  • Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    We have been at Parker's Place for two years and our son has absolutely thrived. As a working parent, the schedule is ideal because they do not follow DOE. The teachers are phenomenal and truly personalize the needs of each kid. They focus on social and emotional growth and we've seen our son develop empathy for his classmates and be better able to recognize and self-regulate his own emotions. They have guest teachers every day to teach music, Spanish, yoga, and theater. Parker's has been the perfect place for our son and I can recommend it without any reservations. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options What would you change? Honestly - I cannot think of a single thing to change
  • Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    School environment where they learn classroom rules and structure, but very very nurturing, considering the kids are 2-4 years old. My very shy daughter has come out of her shell is ways I had never seen before. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, we were able to pick our hours (we do Tues-Thurs) which is unusual because many preschools require either fulltime or MWF or TuTh What would you change? I don't love that their classroom (the 3s program) is windowless. But they do go outside several times a day.
  • Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    My child has been at Parker's Place for two years. The facility is wonderful. Cozy but not small. Two classes attend at the same school (2-3 years and 4-5 years). There is a lot of child-made art around and set up play areas. There is a backyard for outdoor play but they also go out into the neighborhood a lot. The teachers are certified (not just day care workers) which makes them very capable of planning child-led activities and solving problems or thinking about development with real expertise. This preschool has been amazing for us: we feel secure and comfortable with the care and the program. Our child loves her teachers, the space and her friends. There is so much fun to be had here and it adds up to so much learning--but no worksheets, no making the kids push beyond their years. We'll be sad to leave for PreK in the fall. This is a perfect community school with so much loving care and smart staff. About the facility: Has outdoor space.
  • Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    The space has many different areas for the kids to play and learn. Ashley and her team have different units where the kids learn about different concepts. I was blown away when my 2.5 year old started talking about primary and secondary colors. Ashley is very communicative of any issues/incidents that may arise. Additionally, if asked, she offered suggestations of how to handle a type of situation, which was extremely helpful. My son loved the music and yoga teachers! About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours.
  • Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    The Parker’s program has been fantastic. The teachers are warm and caring. The director is very organized. Communication from both the teachers and director has been excellent. We love that the school does not follow the DOE schedule and has a schedule that works much better for our two working parent home. The curriculum is all play based. They bring in a Spanish teacher, theater teacher, yoga teacher, and music teacher. They helped us with potty training when it was time. They’ve given us suggestions for working on behavior changes at home and it has felt like a partnership to coach our kid together. Our kid has really grown socially and it’s been great to hear about all his friends at school. Truly we couldn’t be happier.
  • Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    Parker's Place has a 2s and a 3s classroom. The teachers are warm, communicative, thoughtful, and creative. Our son loves going every day and has learned so much about his world and being a kid in it! Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options. As a working parent, I'd love it if they could expand their hours to 7pm. (It's only until 6pm now.)
  • Parker's Place

    Our experience at Parker’s has been very positive. Our son’s teachers are wonderful and they have a nice mix of rotating instructors to teach yoga, Spanish, theater, and music. Ashley, the director is a local Mom, and very engaged. Communication has been really good (both proactive and in response to our questions). They have a range of pick times which was nice when figuring out our schedule. We also love that they don’t follow DOE holidays. It’s been a huge plus to not have to find backup coverage for all of the fall holidays.
  • Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey

    Type: Pre-K About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours Review: Our daughter attended Parker's Place from when she was three to four years of age, and she absolutely loved it. They offer incredible classes: French, music, theater; they have an awesome outdoor space; the teachers are caring and wonderful - I cannot say enough good things about the school. She will enter pre-k in the fall, ready to excel! One other bonus is that they offer "camp" in the summer for a few weeks, included in the school year tuition. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Nothing!
  • Re: parker's place

    Love, love, love Parker's Place! The teachers are caring and wonderful. Very responsive and always engaged with kids. I sent my older daughter for a year and then my younger daughter started over the summer while her sister was there to make the transition to school easier and now and she is in her second year there. Ashley is the administrator and is wonderful. She's always around to help out and is unbelievably accommodating. She sends her son there too so that's a good sign too! I love the flexible drop off and pick up and as mentioned, Ashley has been able to help with added days here/there if space allows. Honestly, I couldn't say enough good things about them.
  • Review submitted via the PSP Daycare/Preschool 2016 Survey

    Program: "Pre-K" Age: 4-5 years Review: The class size is small since many of the preschoolers end up in UPK. That has worked really well for my child, who will be very young starting kindergarten next year. The teachers are fantastic. My son is adding and subtracting and had become much more verbal and outgoing over the past year. I would highly recommend. PSP note, this member previously reviewed this facility in 2015.
  • Review submitted via the 2014-2015 daycare/preschool survey

    Length of time: All options Child’s Age: 3-4 years Type of facility: Privately run daycare/preschool with multiple classes and teachersThere is little/no parental involvement with the administration or running of the facility. REVIEW: Parker's Place has been an amazing experience for my child. He had a rough transition to the school from his previous daycare out of state and the teachers could not have been more patient, kind and supportive. The school is play-based with an emphasis on arts. They have done so many great activities this year - planting tomatoes, watching a caterpillar transform into a butterfly, learning about different artists, exploring the neighborhood, visiting parks and playgrounds, etc. this summer the school has turned into "summer camp" with a new theme each week (beach, circus, Safari, Sports...). The teachers clearly love the kids, and they have offered great support to my child to help him feel secure and successful there. Would you recommend? Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
  • Shout out for Parker's place preschool

    We are leaving my son's beloved preschool after this year. With all the universal pre-k programs, I wanted to give a huge shout out to Parker's place on 7th ave for anyone looking for part time or an alternative to upk. My son has been there for two years and has loved every minute of it! They have kind and supportive teachers and a slew of extra curricular and afternoon help to make sure there are always well staffed. What I love most is the easiness of the program. While being exposed to French, music, theater, gymnastics and sometimes yoga, the teachers use a very organic approach to learning and don't force children to do anything they are not ready for. If anyone has any questions, I'm happy to give more details. They are worth a call if you are still looking for a spot. I know the 3.5-5 year old class has some spots available. I think the 2-3 year old class has a couple of part time options too.
  • Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP Survey

    Review date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: pre-K Length of time: 4 days a week Child's age: 3-4 years Review: nursery school / pre-school is upstairs and pre-K is downstairs. Amazing teachers. My 9 year old started in nursery school here when it first opened 5 years ago. Both my kids have had nothing but a great experience. Example of what goes on in an average week there: French lessons, yoga, art class, yoga, drama class. Lots of free play, trips to Prospect Park, field trips (aquarium, ride on the subway, walks in the neighborhood, nature walks). They have a great backyard. BTW: It is a no nut school. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
  • Review from Birthday Party Survey, 2012

    LIKES: It's a preschool so it was like a giant fun room. We had the place to ourselves and were under no time constraints. Do you recommend (High Rec, Rec, Rec w/ Reservations, Do Not Rec)? Highly Recommend
  • Review from 2010 Survey

    Length of Time: part time Review: Positive experience so far. My son started in the fall. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot: Recommend
  • 2009 Day Care/ Preschool Review

    —Length of time? Full days - 2x/week —What year(s) does your review cover? 2008-2009 (the year just ending) only —How old is/was your child(ren) when they attended the preschool/daycare/playgroup? 3-4 years —Review of experience? The school itself is nicely designed. The teachers are excellent. My child learned very much and is now ready to attend Pre-K. They had dance, music, art and outdoor activities. A fruit snack was offered everyday. The main teacher is a blessing. I did feel that the owner had no patience my my daughter's difficulty in transitioning especially when the owner hadn't even acquired the correct permit and the school was forced to be held at different people's homes for two months. The owner can be rude, offensive, insensitive and without tact. —Would you recommend? Recommend —Piece of advice? Spent some time in each school to make sure their policies on food, discipline, scheduling and attitude match yours.