The Little Brooklyn Pre-K Centers - 25th St
Review from the Spring 2023 Early Education SurveyReview: Our kid had a wonderful 3K experience. She was excited to go to to school every morning and had a special connection with her teachers. The school and classroom environment are warm and welcoming. We were particularly impressed with the art program and the opportunities for unstructured play during "center time." I found that some of the language in the classroom was a bit outdated (e.g., "boys and girls" instead of gender-neutral terms; distinguishing between "good" and "not good" listeners, etc.) There is also a strong focus on preparing kids for behavioral expectations in Pre-K (and beyond). Despite some of my questions about this approach, the program was a great fit and true joy for my kid. The aftercare program is great -- it is run by the classroom teachers and very affordable. Amenities: Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals
3K at the The Little Brooklyn Pre-K Center at 173-177 25th StMy daughter is finishing up the year at the Little Brooklyn Pre-K Center at 173-177 25th St. We love it. The teachers and staff are wonderful. My daughter has really thrived. There's a playground on site, and they go outside every day that weather permits. There's a big gym as well that they use for dance class. They've done lots of cultural things with the kids including a Bollywood dance residency, Black History Month art projects, Lunar New Year celebrations, and many more. They do have nap time. My kid definitely still needs a nap, but she doesn't fall asleep on school days. She's too distracted, and at this age some of her classmates are transitioning out of napping all together. We've adapted with an earlier bedtime on days she went to school. We'd be back next year, if we didn't live 4 stops away on the R train. We were able to get a dual language spot walking distance from home for Pre-K. I will really miss Little Brooklyn.
Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyLocation: 173 25th street Type of facility: 3K Review: We lucked out with Little Brooklyn PreK! What a lovely, nurturing first exposure to school for our child. It’s a very small school with only 3k & PreK on site and just a few classes. All the staff know each child by name and greet them daily with big smiles. They know their individual preferences and needs. Low teacher to student ratio of about 1:5. The have movement (gym/dance) and art weekly with special teachers and an on-site playground. They allow children to pursue their own interests and flourish. They bring in outside specialists for cultural celebrations and extra classes. They arrange celebrations like Halloween parades and pizza parties. Classes have pets, baby chicks and butterflies. Our child has flourished verbally, socially, physically and absolutely loves school. My only complaint is that the children don’t make it out to the playground every day even when weather is great… I think they focus too much on schedules in this aspect. The administration and teachers were extremely responsive to our child’s particular medical needs as well. Little Brooklyn PreK sets the bar high for the rest of our school experience! What amenities does the facility have? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything? More playground time Is there anything you would like to add about how the school is handling the pandemic? Great communication
Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyLocation: 173 25th St Type of facility: 3K Review: We loved the school. Wonderful teachers, great facility, playground on site, a gym inside, located right at a subway stop. I would send my kid there without hesitation. The only reason we are moving to a new school for PreK is because we got something good in walking distance. We commuted 4 stops on the train this year. What amenities does the facility have? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything? After care ends at 5:30. It would have been nice if it went to 6:00, but it was ok. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school is handling the pandemic? They did their best with all things covid and unvaccinated preschoolers. Masks were required until those last few weeks when they became optional. There were several classroom quarantines in the surges, but I think that happened to almost everybody. They did well with communicating to parents whenever there was a covid case.
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: Pre-K Review: As a few others have noted in years past, the Little Brooklyn 3K and Pre-K centers at 219 and 173-175 25th Street are overlooked gems! My child attends the center at 219 25th St, but the kids frequently walk down the street to use the playground at the other center located between 3rd and 4th Aves (and this year for aftercare). Little BK offers modern, bright, and clean facilities; warm and caring teachers and staff; a varied curriculum of music, STEAM, and playtime, and lots of fun special occasion/holiday activities; neighborhood outings and nature walks in outstanding nearby Green-Wood cemetery; they’re also, and importantly, highly organized on the administrative side and with communications—the site coordinator, Vera Kaiser, runs a tight ship, and my child’s teachers make frequent use of a physical class folder for distributing homework sheets and art projects, as well as the class Dojo app for event reminders and to share pictures and send private messages as needed; an affordable aftercare option that runs to 5:30; and overall what I imagine is a cozier, less jarring intro into the DOE machine than a larger PreK-5 school building or K280 would offer. This was particularly important to us since our child is one of the youngest in her class and just getting the hang of being around large groups of kids at once and potty training (private bathrooms in the classrooms are also a big plus). Now that 3K is offered at both centers, I also like that she gets a chance to interact during aftercare with kids technically a bit closer to her in age, even if they were born the next calendar year, to help her feel more comfortable. Even after only a few months, my child has really blossomed at Little Bk PreK—highly recommend all around! What amenities does the facility provide? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? Mask wearing and hand washing are regularly enforced at all times except while they’re eating. Also, this year parents aren’t allowed in the buildings and classrooms en masse and individually can only enter on a case-by-case basis after providing proof of full vaccination and ID.
Dual Language UPKOur son is currently at Little Brooklyn. We like the school but the Mandarin Dual Language program is hard to judge this year because it's virtual only. He is in person 5 days a week in a gen ed class and gets pulled out for 20 minutes a day when the Mandarin teacher is streaming. For the fall, we basically gave up on a public dual language K program for him. :(
2019-2020 Year ReviewMy child LOVES going to school here. The space is clean and bright. The teachers and staff, even the school safety agent and cafeteria staff are so incredibly loving- which really makes my little one thrive. Have there been days when she doesn't want to get out of bed? Yes! But it's never because she doesn't like school. She has so much fun. Activities are fun and age appropriate and parents are always encouraged to participate. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals
Review from the 2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool SurveyI think the Little Brooklyn Pre-Ks on 25th Street are under-recognized gems. These are DOE-run UPK-only centers with excellent programs. Our son has been in the location between 5th and 4th Aves, but he visits the location between 3rd and 4th Aves for after-school so I can speak to that facility as well. (This year they offered a 5-day/week afterschool for $285/month. Pickup by 6pm.) Our site is the smaller one, and they've been under-enrolled so this year his class was about 14 kids with two and sometimes 3 teachers/aides! His teacher is WONDERFUL (used to teach kindergarten) and hits the perfect balance between love/trust and authority. The curriculum is the citywide DOE preK curriculum. The facility/equipment is brand-new (renovated) with a lovely sky-lit gym and classrooms have age-appropriate bathrooms inside. They do great enrichment programs like opera writing and bread-making and chick-hatching. The site administrator Vera Kaiser is extremely on-the-ball and has high standards. Basically I cannot speak highly enough about it. DETAILS: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, Uses playground at sister facility down the block What you would change: They don't do enough to limit sugar. Every holiday/celebration there seems to be a proliferation of candy handed out and when you add in birthday celebrations, it feels like every day our son is coming home talking about cupcakes etc.
Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyWe love this program. We are in the dual language Spanish program, but the whole school is wonderful. Our daughter has made wonderful friends, loves going to school, and is growing by leaps and bounds. The school has a warm atmosphere and celebrates diversity and differences, while emphasizing similarities. I have never seen any issues with kids being exclusive or teasing. The teachers are warm and engaged. The school is orderly and organized both on the child and parent level. I can't say enough good things about how much I love the school, her teacher, and the program as a whole. They also do a great job of securing unique experiences, like they are collaborating with the opera to build their own opera over 18 weeks, making bread with professor bread, and walks in the neighborhood. But the best part is the celebrated diversity and inclusive feel they culture so well. They are creating kind, caring and open minded little humans. All of the staff is wonderful, the art teacher, the movement teacher, the security guard, the director, the teachers and administrators all know my daughter by name and greet her every morning. It is a nice balance of play, outdoor time, movement experiences, art/creative time, and reading/writing/stem activities. They get it just right without overthinking it. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change? Nothing, it is better than I could have imagined.
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