Rainbow Palace Daycare
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: Daycare Review: We had a Pandemic Baby (born July 2020) but were fortunate enough to have started our daycare search in Feb 2020, right before things shut down, so we saw Rainbow Palace in person. I don't know if they're doing in-person tours anymore because of the pandemic. We picked it because the place was clean and bright and the kids seemed happy. I'm so glad we we did because our daughter loves it. Our daughter started daycare there at 8 months old in March 2021. At the time she was one of six babies, although now I think they're back up to full capacity. Rainbow Palace is small and we liked the warm, inviting atmosphere. It's run by a woman named Ketevan (Kate) whose son attends the Carroll St. location. Kate's sister Gwen oversees the 3rd Pl. one. Every morning when we drop our daughter off she squeals with joy as Gwen or one of the other caretakers picks her up. They have yoga, Spanish, and music classes. They send photos/videos throughout the day. For babies under one year old they provide a written schedule of everything your baby did that day (naps, diapers, etc.) but unless you request otherwise they stop doing that at 1 year. At first I didn't like that but then I realized that they're actually removing a huge chunk of the mental load for me. They tell me if I need to know something. Otherwise, I don't have to worry about it. My favorite thing about Rainbow Palace is that they will put your baby on whatever schedule you ask for. They don't force infants to all be on the same schedule. As my daughter has gotten older she's gradually moved onto the one-nap-a-day schedule at the same time as the older kids, but it was never forced on her. And if she doesn't like the food they offer for lunch they make her something special. It's hard to find that kind of personal care at a Brooklyn daycare. We're very happy with the place. What amenities does the facility provide? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? The owner and caretakers are all from the country of Georgia and English is not their first language. It can make verbal communication a little difficult (especially in masks) but as long as you're willing to say things a couple times it's not a problem. Texting and written instructions have never been an issue. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? The caretakers are all in masks, to the point where I haven't even seen the bottom half of their faces. As far as we know they have not had a Covid outbreak since we've been there, so March 2021. They're quite strict on Covid protocols and all the staff are vaccinated. If a child has a fever they're sent home immediately and asked not to return until they've been fever-free for 72 hours.
Carroll Gardens Daycare Recs?My daughter (4 years old now) was at Rainbow Palace until she turned three. We loved it. They have two locations in Carroll Gardens
Flexible Daycare Options in Cobble Hill?We have had our daughter from 9-4p (part-time) at Rainbow Palace on Columbia St for over 5 months now, and we are really happy. They are very flexible on all of her scheduling, and always are willing to work with us to figure out best nap times for HER, not what is easiest for them. I can message more if you need! They don't serve food until 1 year, but I think you'll be fine for a 14 month old.
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