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Try savvysource.com for additional daycares that may not end up on my list for one reason or another. My list is comprised of day cares I have heard positive feedback on.

Office of Children and Family Services
http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/ccfs_facilitysearch/
Listings of regulated child care providers in New York State. (most of the ones I looked up were small home daycares I didn’t know about). Also, it allows you to look up state regulated daycares that have violations.

Aleyna’s Daycare
590 Vanderbilt
Brooklyn, NY (Prospect Heights)
917-470-3402
Aleyna’s takes newborns (3 months) to age 4 years. Local daycare that parents like. Organic meals

Almond Tree Group Family Daycare, LLC
Website: NA
almondtreechildcare@yahoo.com
Prospect Lefferts Gardens (Southeast side of Prospect Park)
917-913-5317
We provide warm, nurturing, safe child care services to young children. We offer full time, part time and weekend child care services.

Bay Ridge Play Place
345 91st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11209
718- 921-3959

Beansprouts
http://beansproutsnurseryschool.com/
453 6th Ave (Park Slope)
718-965-8573
Ages 2-9 to afterschool. You can do part-time or full-time. Application deadline is January.Beansprouts was founded in 1980. Our founder, Sue Weinstein worked as the head teacher from opening day until June 1989. Since then Sue has moved on to become the Executive Director of Beansprouts. Caryn Klein-Cardieri joined the Beansprouts family in September of 1985. Caryn started as a head teacher and has for the past several years been our Educational Director, growing with us to make Beansprouts the curriculum rich, activity filled program it is today. Beansprouts has grown over the years in height, weight and numbers. Our teachers guide each of our children with insight, skill and energy. Our specially selected staff provide a caring supportive environment that enable our children to flourish.

Berkeley Carroll Child Care Center
http://www.berkeleycarroll.org/home/
515 6th Street
(Park Slope)
718-768-4873
One year to four years old. Available 5 days a week. Tour required.

Chickpeas Preschool
211 8th Ave (at 4th Ave)
Brooklyn,NY (Park Slope)
718-788-6604

Congregation Beth Elohim Early Childhood Center and After School Classes
http://www.congregationbethelohim.org/
274 Garfield Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718)768-3814
Located in the residential community of Park Slope, in the heart of Brownstone Brooklyn, the Early Childhood Center enjoys an unparalleled setting, one block west of Prospect Park. The Early Childhood Center offers a variety programs for children birth through five years old.
The day runs from 9-3 pm, but can be extended from 8-6pm. The Tots Drop-in Center is open Monday through Thursday mornings for children birth through 20 months from 9am-12pm. The Drop-in Center is a large indoor play space with age appropriate toys and activities coordinated by an early childhood educator.

Brooklyn Children’s Academy (not currently recommended- MAJOR complaints have been logged)
http://www.brooklynchildren.org/index.html
122 Pierrepont Street (between Clinton & Henry Streets)
(718) 403-9516
Brooklyn Children’s Academy is an early childhood program that prepares children socially and cognitively for Kindergarten. They have a toddler and preschool curriculum which integrates literacy, math, science, social science, music and movement, and art. Ages are from 2-5 years.

Brooklyn Free Space
http://www.brooklynfreespace.org/
298 6th Ave (btw. 2nd and 3rd Sts)
(Park Slope)
718-965-3135
Ages 2.5 to 5 years old. Lottery system and returning students are pre-enrolled. Open house in January and school tours by appointment after the open house. This is a cooperative playschool with a hired educational director, teachers and other staff.

Celina Luna
(Willoughby and Classon Ave)
tel: 718-783-1536
In-home day care for children in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill area

I *really* love the group of women who work there. They are kind and caring and I trust them completely. They also give me a full update on how my son did everytime I picked him up–exactly how much he ate and when, if he slept, what he played with, if he cried and for how long, etc. If you want to replicate the parent-child experience with one on one, this daycare is not for you. It is a social setting and playgroup. I like it for that reason and like to have my baby playing with others. If it were full-time then I am not sure I would choose this daycare….I would choose a more structured environment. Celina is really flexible with times and your schedule.
-Sarah

My daughter is at Celina Luna and very happy to be there.  The good thing about Celina, and probably many family daycare, is that they only have 10 babies or so and manage to give a lot of attention to each one of them, taking care of their special needs and habits.  I was having a problem with my daughters nap time/length (she just didn’t nap as well and was VERY tired in the evening), but we are working together at it and Celina is paying extra attention to her napping and my concerns.

-Clementina

Chai-Tots Preschool
www.chaitotspreschool.com
70 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215
718- 499-0836
Our Toddler Class is for children 18 months – 2 years old. Our Nursery and Kindergarten Programs emphasise on Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, and Mathematics. We also incorporate art, music, and cultural activities. Music, Hebrew, arts and crafts, free play.

Chickpeas Child Care
www.chickpeas.org
451 Seventh Avenue btw. 15th and 16th
Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Windsor Terrace)
(718) 788-6604
Chickpeas is a parent-run cooperative preschool established in 1981. We offer a full-day program for children between the ages of two years, nine months and five years in one multi-aged group. Children may attend three, four or five days a week. The day starts between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. and runs until 3:00 p.m. Extended hours until 6:00 p.m. daily are available as needed, for an extra charge. Chickpeas has three full-time teachers and an after school assistant. Chickpeas’ curriculum reflects important aspects of the Bank Street philosophy, which maintains that children can satisfy their curiosity and develop their potential through play in an unhurried, supportive setting.

Choo Choo Train
http://www.choochootraindaycare.com/
539 Court Street (at Garnet)
Brooklyn, NY
Ages 2 years 7 months to 5 years. Full time play and exploration program, preschool program, grassy area with gardening.

My little girl has been going to Choo Choo for over a year now. I could not recommend Ela and her school more highly. She is a wonderful, thoughtful and inspiring woman who seems to have endlessenergy and ideas. The children spend the day in a beautiful, light wooden floored space with various areas -eg. the science area (includes fish), the music area, house keeping, crafts, building blocks, library and great back yard space with grass & vegetables that the children have planted, out door toys etc. They have wonderful projects each day and come home with amazing work. Ela also organizes school trips which have included local business and artists studios etc. It’s a very international school & the children had little passports made which they got stamped every time relatives came from overseas. Some of the relatives came in with stories or food, performances etc from their homeland. The kids have a weekly yoga class and lots of local people and parents to come in and tell the children about what they do. I feel so thankful that I found her & don’t really want to send my child to school next year- how can anything compare?!
-Brogan

This daycare has got to be one of Brooklyn’s best-kept secrets. It is aesthetically beautiful and serene. Even the class pictures are done with an artistic flair. The owner, Ela, is engaging and committed. The rooms are perfect for little ones to explore and discover activities and to interact with eachother.
-Karen

Cooper Park Child Care Center
718.389.5959
292 Frost St, 11222

Dorothy Child Caring
destiny00186@yahoo.co.uk
Cobble Hill
917-698-6177
Ages 12 months and up. Opening a new location in CG soon. Full-time and part-time.
“Family style child care service is ready to take care of your child as a licensed family day care provider. I live in neighborhood. I have been studying child development and I am a certified daycare provider. I have been working with the kids for the 8 past years. I have a daycare – child-proofed place with a large back yard. I have a large range of stimulating, safe and fun toys.”

I know Dorothy’s daycare very well. She has been working for me for a couple of years…and my daughter is still with her for a little part-time. My daughter really loves this place. Every time she goes there with a BIG SMILE on her face….and sometimes she doesn’t want to come back home:) I am not surprised – she is doing a lot of interesting and very funny things there ( music, dance, gymnastic, crafts, painting and more and more…..) Dorothy is really great with the kids – she is a very warm, lovely person with tons of patience and ideas. She is interested in pirates, cars, dinosaurs….and also she is able to organize great doll picnics:) Dorothy is very experienced professional and organized. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER!
-Cara


Eladia’s Kids

http://www.eladiaskids.com/
272 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
718-623-3459
info@eladiaskids.com
additional location: 147 5th Avenue
Ages 6 months to 4.5 years

We have had a great experience with Eladia’s. Our son has gone to her Flatbush Avenue location for a year now – he started when he turned one in the junior nursery (6 months – 2 years olds) and now he has “graduated” to the senior nursery (2 – 4 year olds). Eladia is actively involved in running the Flatbush Avenue location and her daughter, Diana, runs the 5th Avenue location. They and their head teachers (certified pre-school teachers) are great with us and our son. They give us the time we need at drop-off and pick-up to communicate anything about our son, his needs or the things he did each day. The caregivers have been great too. Some of them work part-time because they are also in early childhood development college programs. Others are high school graduates working there full time. They are all very hands-on with the kids; there’s no sitting back in a chair talking on cell phones. Though Eladia struggled with staff turnover at Flatbush this Spring, and some families chose to leave, we have always felt confident that our son is getting the very best care.They have a schedule for the day – free play, circle time, snack, activities, lunch, nap, afternoon activity, snack and then free play. They do lots of crafts, coloring, books, singing, tumbling – and they get to the park 2-3 days per week weather permitting. In both the junior and senior nursery they have had themes for a month or week (colors, letters, seasons) and they run activities around that theme. Regularly, our son comes home saying new words he’s learned there or singing new songs – most recently singing the whole alphabet at the top of his lungs to anyone who will listen. Eladia and her staff do a great job of creating a safe, caring and fun environment for our son – where he is learning so much every day. We’re really pleased to have found them!
-Liz

Emmanuel Day Care
279 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238 (Fort Greene)
718- 622-1233
daycare@ebc-ny.org
Christian School for preschool and kindergarten. 2 years 10 months to 6 years.


Giggles Daycare

Map
128 95th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11209 (Bay Ridge)
(718) 833-2724
We are located on 95th St, between Shore Road and Marine ave. We accept part-time, full-time and after school kids. Please feel free to give us a call at 718-833-2724 ask for Hasene. Hours of operation are 7:30am to 6:30pm
Breakfast, lunch and snacks are included in our rates. Accepting children 3 months to 5 years

Hanson Place Child Development Center
55 Hanson Place (btw Ft. Greene & S. Elliot Place)
718-237-4303
They take infants at 8 weeks to 4 years. Part time or full time.

Overall, I am very happy with Hanson Place- the head teacher for the toddler class is amazing and all the teachers are really high energy, loving and give a lot of individual attention (3 teachers for 8 kids). The place is huge, with lots of room to run around, and they take the kids out every single day (and not just to the playground- last time I picked my child up they were in a huge field with all different sized balls to play with). The only things I don’t like are the lack of natural light (lots of flourescent overhead) and the not so healthy food I’ve seen served for breakfast- but, our child takes her own breakfast and lunch, so that’s not a big deal for us. Often the snacks provided are fresh fruits and healthier choices. Most importantly, our child really seems like it. When I drop her off I don’t even think about her because I know she’s totally safe (it’s in the state building, couldn’t be more secure) and in very good hands.
-Randa

Hanover Place Child Care
15 Hanover Place
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-246-1479
Ages 6 weeks to 6 years.
Full time or part time enrollment. Hours from 8am-7pm. Can work with special needs with OT, PT and Speech on site.

Honeydew Drop

4 LOCATIONS
277 14th Street (Park Slope)
Brooklyn, NY 11215
718-788-9633
10 months to 3 years old.

1113 Church Ave (btw Stratford and Westminster)
(Kensington) Brooklyn, NY 11218
718-941-2177
For ages 2-5 years old

107 President Street (btw Hicks and Columbia)
(Carroll Gardens) Brooklyn, NY 11231
718-855-4044

335 Prospect Ave (btw. 6th ad 7th Aves)
718-369-0633
Daycare, drop off services in Carroll Gardens and Park Slope. For ages 10 months to 6 years. They provide meals, curriculum, indoor and outdoor play areas. They have full-time, part-time or 3 hour time slots.

Hudson’s House
http://hudsonshousebrooklyn.com/
413 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
718-522-2301
Deborah Capone, Director and Teacher, also owns and started Parker’s Place and Hudson’s House (see other listings here). They have partial day, full day, early drop off and late pick up and additional days options. Ages 2.5 to 4 years. The curriculum includes art, crafts, music, reading, storytelling, imaginative play, yoga, dance, gardening, sign language, foreign language, nutrition and academic education. Age appropriate writing and math skills as well as lessons focusing on geography, seasons and animals are taught in a creative and progressive way. Socialization skills are an integral party of all lessons; properly preparing students for a classroom environment. The curriculum includes art, crafts, music, reading, storytelling, imaginative play, yoga, dance, gardening, sign language, foreign language, nutrition and academic education. Age appropriate writing and math skills as well as lessons focusing on geography, seasons and animals are taught in a creative and progressive way. Socialization skills are an integral party of all lessons; properly preparing students for a classroom environment. The daily schedule focuses around a central theme such as animals, transportation, seasons or culture.

Hugs Day School
763 President Street
718-230-5255
They must be 2 years by September.  2 years to 5 years.  Part time or full time days, but not extended hours.

Imagine Early Learning Center
http://www.imagineelc.com/
2 locations:

50 Monroe Place
Brooklyn, NY 11201 (Brooklyn Heights)
718-624-7520
85 Adams St (at York)
Brooklyn, NY (DUMBO)
718-522-2263
They accept infants- starting at 2 months, toddlers and pre-schoolers, up to age 5 years. They operate 52 weeks a year, Monday-Friday 7:45 am to 6 pm for full-time or part-time. They have 5 classrooms in a landmark building. They have an indoor gym and outdoor play area.

Irving Place Child Development Centre- CURRENTLY CLOSED
81-87 Irving Place
Brooklyn, NY 11238
718 783 0179

Before I decided to put my daughter who is 2 years old, into Irving Place Child Development Centre I had toured a couple of other daycares, some very nice but either too far or too expensive or a bit of both. Irving was the first one that I visited and when I walked in I found the staff very friendly, very clear about the program and very caring about the kids.The director, Mrs Johnson, is not just sitting at her desk, she actually knows all the kids and really gets involved in the life of the daycare. You always meet her helping the staff. The children there all looked happy and my daughter had no problem finding her place in the group. The children are divided by age into two different places and they also have an outdoor space. What was also a good point for me is that they provide food that is cooked on the premises, they also offer breakfast when the children arrive before 9am, all the meals are very well balanced. Irving might not be one of these fancy places where they have teachers coming from outside for a dance or music class but in the end this is not what I was looking for. My daughter is having fun and she’s happy to go and play with her friends.They offer a part time and a full time program and pricewise I found them very competitive. The hours are from 8am to 6pm.
-Nathalie

I have to RAVE about Irving Place. My 2 year olds are attending it. The staff is AMAZING. My daughters love it AND it’s reasonably priced. The kids get breakfast, lunch, a nap and snack. I know a lot of parents are looking for options and are kept at bay by $$ and waiting lists. You won’t be disappointed!
-Jena

Kiddi City
414 16th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Windsor Terrace)
718- 788-4639
8 months to 3 years.

Kiddie Korner
http://www.kiddiekorner.org
117 Remsen St
Brooklyn, NY 11201 (Brooklyn Heights)
(718) 596-4840 ext 25
(btw. Henry and Clinton)
This is the largest Jewish Preschool in downtown Brooklyn (since 1991). It enrolls children from 3 months to 5 years. They blend Judaic and secular subjects. They have an Infant Program for babies at 6 weeks to 5 years (from 8am to 6 pm)

I can certainly recommend Kiddie Korner at 117 Remsen Street. I sent all four of my kids there and I teach the Music Together program there now because I feel a debt to the school and want to give back. The children all reminisce about their time at Kiddie Korner. My 5th grader even goes so far as to say it was the only time in her life that school was a pure pleasure. And Shternie is much loved by her staff and the children.
-Naomi

Kidville Annex
http://www.kidville.com/ParkSlope/classes/description.asp?age=15&cat=2
808 Union St (corner of 7th Ave)
Park Slope, Brooklyn
This smaller outpost of its Manhattan sisters opens fall of 2007. They offer Little Maestros, KVNY tumblers, pre-nursery program, and a pre-school alternative. Cooking classes and more!

Ladybug Family Daycare AKA Maya’s Family Daycare
www.ladybug-family.com
468 Smith Street (Corner of Smith and 9th Streets)
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Phone(s): 718-797-5616, 347-581-1891
maya@ladybug-family.com
Ladybug Family daycare, also known as Maya’s Family daycare offers quality care in a home environment. We have space for children 6 weeks and older. We are fully licensed and insured. Our caregivers are experienced and Child CPR Trained. They have a fenced playyard, music class with Music Together, Yoga Class for Toddlers (TotYoga). You can go full or part time, they have before and after school care, vacation care, emergency care, care for parents who need a break. Maya is from Eastern Europe, has 2 sons. She graduated from Penn Foster School (Day Care Management) and has 6 years experience in family day care.

We take our now 5-month old to a wonderful woman, Maya. She runs LadyBug daycare out of her house. She is licensed and wonderful with the kids. She usually has 2-3 infants on any given day, but there are also 3-4 people helping with the kids. I don’t think there have ever been more than 10 kids there on any given day. The nice thing is that she has a backyard so if it’s sunny and warm, she takes them outside. Our son has been going since he was 3 months. He loves it. They do music class and lots of other activities. She serves homemade organic meals (or whatever you provide for your child).
-Alexis


From the first time I sat down I could tell that I had found not only a daycare, but also a new family for my daughter to become a part of.  Maya’s childcare provides daycare in a warm setting. Maya is extremely knowledgeable about children, including both infants and toddlers and her staff is always nice, loving, courteous and professional.The first day we left our daughter there a whole time, we were so happy to see they took pictures of her during the play time and lunch so we could see how much she enjoyed to be there.  What I really love about all of them is seeing how they take such wonderful care of children as if they are their own. They hold them and kiss them and then play with them having fun together. When is someone’s birthday they always have a party and they eat good sweets. Our daughter liked Maya’s home-cooked meals very much, healthy and tasty food very close to our italian style. In less than a month our daughter developed social and motor skills early relative to her respective ages.Ladybug-family is full of music, dancing, warmth, joy, delicious and happy children.They have yoga and music classes every week with special teachers.There is also a wonderful outdoor playground with a lots of toys, slides and swings.My daughter has learned many things there such as singing songs, learning colors, sharing and getting along with other children. I saw her once waiting with patience on line for her turn before going on the slide. After only a week from her first day she was so excited to go there that she bounded in to play without a glance back. My daughter always left the daycare happy and safe and loved. Ladybug Family has been a blessing for us and we want to highly recommend it.
-Roberta

Little Nest Learning Center
www.littlenestbrooklyn.com
hello@littlenestbrooklyn.com

50 Downing Street #1(btw. Gates and Putnam Aves)
917-803-5148 (Tree Delfin, director)

Brooklyn, NY (Clinton Hill)
Clinton Hill’s newest preschool, Little Nest Learning Center, is now accepting applications. Little Nest offers part-time and full-time enrollment options for students between 2 and 4 years old, as well as a flexible extended hours program. The school is located in a newly-renovated brownstone on Downing Street.  Little Nest hosts a class of eight children taught by two teachers, Tree and Mike Delfin. The school offers a home-made organic meal program and a creative, play-based curriculum with enriching daily activities; such as art, music class with visiting music teachers, yoga, movement/dance, cooking, and gardening. Please visit our website for more information and to download an application.

Little Mushrooms
433 1st btw. 6th and 7th Aves
718-832-2450
Takes children 18 months to 3 years. They start at 8 am and close at 6 pm. You can do a partial day which is from 8am to 1 pm too if you like. 8 children at the most. Less usually as many do part day.

Little Snowflakes Daycare
3 locations

Muazzez (muzi) Melikoglu- Director
m.melikoglu@hotmail.com
347 684 0884

32 Jackson Place ( between 6th & 7th Aves)
Brooklyn NY ,11215
718-788 -1379
Takes children age 3 months to 2 years. 10 children maximum. Fully licensed. They have a backyard. They have dance, art, yoga and music classes. They open once a month for Saturday nights so parents can go out. The owner is Muzi from Turkey. She worked at Sunflower Daycare for 5 years. She is currently taking Early Childhood Development Classes. You can do flexible schedule but min of 15 hours. Open 8 am to 6 pm.

34 Jackson Place (btw. 6th and 7th)
Brooklyn, NY (Park Slope)
718-788-0409
Takes children 2 years to 4 years. 10 children maximum. Fully licensed. They have a backyard. They have dance, art, yoga and music classes. They open once a month for Saturday nights so parents can go out. The owner is Muzi from Turkey. She worked at Sunflower Daycare for 5 years. She is currently taking Early Childhood Development Classes. You can do flexible schedule but min of 15 hours. Open 8 am to 6 pm.

394 Henry Street (btw. Baltic and Warren)
Brooklyn, NY (Cobble Hill)
718-397-3539
Take children ages 2 to 4 years. 12 children maximum. Fully licensed. They have a backyard. They have dance, art, yoga and music classes. They open once a month for Saturday nights so parents can go out. The owner is Muzi from Turkey. She worked at Sunflower Daycare for 5 years. She is currently taking Early Childhood Development Classes. You can do flexible schedule but min of 15 hours. Open 8 am to 6 pm.

Little Stars
588 Brooklyn Ave
Brooklyn, NY (Bay Ridge)
718-437-5835
Takes infants from 3 months to 3 years. Hours are 8-6 pm.

Mangos Place Day Care
http://mangosplacedaycare.com/
506 Washington Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY – 11238
Phone: 718-857-4250
info@mangosplacedaycare.com
They offer a full day program for 2-6 year old children. The core program runs from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., with day care available from 7:00 a.m., until 6:30 p.m. Children can come to the Tuesday/Thursday program; the Monday/Wednesday/Friday program or all week. One of my friends, Nathalie, just started her daughter there after Irving Place Daycare closed down. She said she really like Mangos- and even better than Irving. Here is her review:

I really find it a great place, the staff is very caring and so excited to see the children in the morning and the place so welcoming. The place opened in september and even though there were tears during the first week for some of the kids they were quickly replaced by big smiles. All the parents and children are really happy at Mango, there is a nice atmosphere and a lot of FUN. Maria negron the education director is a teacher in a public school. For 2 days/week from 8.45am to 3.15pm the price is 400 dollars/month

-Nathalie

Melissa’s Play School
448 11 Street (btw. 6th and 7th Aves)
Brooklyn, NY (Park Slope)
conhollow@msn.com
This is a home based play school out of Melissa’s home. Ages 2-5 years with 2 adults. Days run from 9am-2 pm

Miriam Etienne- Home Daycare
358 12 St. btw 6th and 7th Aves
Brooklyn, NY (Park Slope)
718-832-1441
Takes children from 11 months to 3 years. She does from 8 am to 6 pm and can do partial day. The hours are very flexible. They have maximum of 5 children with 2 caregivers. They are licensed and been in business for 6 years.

Carrig Montessori
646.853.1821
100 Maspeth Ave, 11211

My Babies Footprints Child Care
Joan Hallet, owner
395 Clinton Ave #4D – Baby Academy #4B- Toddler Academy(btw. Gates and Greene Aves)
Brooklyn, NY (Clinton Hill)
718-908-8589
718-398-6901
mybabiesfootprints@yahoo.com

Our Daycare will be broken into four subgroups: The Baby bees (newborn-1 year), Bumblebees (1 – 2 years), Caterpillars (2-3 years) , and Butterflies (3-4 years). My Babies Footprints Child Care, Inc.,”Where little feet are busy building great minds,” is owned and operated by a New York State licensed Teacher (Pre-K – 6th Grade), licensed Guidance Counselor (K – 12th Grade), and licensed Group Child Care Provider. Our daycare is more than just a daycare, we are what we call a Head Start Pre-School because not only are your little ones receiving love and nurture but they are also learning basic skills such as: letters, numbers, shapes, pre-writing, pre-reading, pre-math, comparisons, patterns, science, fine-motor development, gross-motor development, etc… Our children are developed socially, emotionally and academically. Our children learn how to spell his/her name, identify key political and historical people, and count to at least thirty. Our children listen to music (by our popular musician, Laurie Berkner) and play with hand held instruments (their favorite activity). We offer flexible hours 8am to 6pm, Monday thru Friday. We accept children ages 3 months to 12 years. After-school children are welcomed! Hot-nutritious meals provided.

The owner of this daycare contacted me to see if I would list her. So, as always, I go to visit before I list a place (unless it has already been recommended from parents). My Babies Footprints is run out of her home which is in a large apartment building in Clinton Hill. One small bedroom is especially prepared for the children with rubber mats, chairs, fish tank, chairs, television with DVD player and books and puzzles. The rest of the apartment has children’s artwork hanging on the walls. The living room is mainly still for the family living there as is the kitchen. When I did look in the kitchen, it was stacked with snacks for the children: cheese balls and other sorts that seemed unhealthy to me. Joan has handpicked her daycare providers (there were 3 there when I came by for about 9 children) as she is there for the latter half of the day as she works elsewhere. She is interested in promoting learning during the daycare hours: she expects them to learn their colors and ABC’s by 2 years old. She has a tight schedule made out for the daycare workers so that they follow her lead and vision for the program. Prices were quite fair. She accepts 12 children for 3 caregivers, sometimes 4 caregivers. The care is from 8 am-6 pm.
-Karen

New York Kids Club
182 Henry St.
www.nykidsclub.com
718-228-0800
Our Early Enrichment Center features a preschool alternative program for 2 year olds meeting 2, 3 or 5 days per week for 3 hours per day. The New York Kids Club 3′s program is a 3 or 5 days per week – three hour per day experience where children are encouraged to explore and learn in both child and teacher directed activities. Our highly qualified teachers introduce a variety of different age appropriate key learning points. This gentle separation program incorporates early literacy, science, nature exploration, math, cooking/nutrition, music, art, gymnastics, and sports skills. Students are nurtured to develop a lifelong love of learning, progressing cognitively, socially, physically, and emotionally. Children gain self confidence as they express themselves creatively, learn new concepts and enhance their fine and gross motor skills each class meeting.

Nuestros Ninos
718.218.8275
243 S 2nd St, 161 S 3rd St, 384
S 4th St, 11211

NY City Explorers
http://nycityexplorers.com/

2 locations
388 Atlantic Avenue (btw Hoyt & Bond)
718.625.6923

186 Underhill Ave (btw. St. Johns Place and Sterling Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11238 (Prospect Heights)
718-399-6923

Open for drop-in play, babysitting, drop-off (special times) seven days a week from 9am-6pm. The day pass is $10 per family.
The Exploratorium features: Clean, safe, wooden toys, Fun tents & play tunnel, Comfy parent’s lounge

Atlantic Ave location: This place has everything you want in a neighborhood play space and activity center. Their play space is clean, colorful and laid-back. There is a lounge and eating area where you can drop your shoes before indulging in the toys and space. In the back they have a classroom where they host birthday parties and their academic- inspired classes like history, math and drama. Their in house teacher Andrea has her masters in curriculum development and has taught for seven years, so you can be sure she knows how to handle a roomful of energized kids. I have seen her at work and the kids adore her spirited guidance. In addition, NYC Explorers offers special weekly events: Wednesday Dropoff Childcare, Friday Night Date Night (you get the date, the kids get lots of fun), Sleep-in Saturdays and more. In addition, they offer adult support groups, after-school pickup and a babysitting service either at their place at your own. They call it “edutaining”. It is open 7 days a week from 9-6 pm. It is $10 for drop-in play or buy play packs or a discount packages.
-Karen

Prospect Heights location: I went to this location pregnant- I was excited to see the new space and to eat the yummy Blue Marble ice cream from the company they partnered with at this location. First, yes, the ice cream is fantastic, and second, the space is adorable. It is much smaller than the one at Atlantic Ave but has the nice same clean feel. The caregivers there were fantastic: enthusiastic, helpful and happy to be there. They showed me the small kitchen in the back that is available to everyone there. You can warm up milk, food and refrigerate what is necessary. Very helpful. They have a sweet grassy backyard that they use for yoga or tumbling or just to feel the grass under little feet. I wouldn’t bring my older child to this location as he likes to jump around and run- there just isn’t enough space for that. I think my younger one would just love it! 0-6 years.
-Karen

They opened a daycare/camp last October and I have been very pleased with our experience there.  They have a high ratio of adults to kids (usually 1-3), quality activities (including the classes that are offered to the public), mostly organic meals and snacks, and they are very responsive to us as parents.
-Joy

Our Saviours Lutheran Church
414 80th Street
(Bay Ridge)
718-745-0020

Parkers Place
http://parkersplacebrooklyn.com/
428 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
718-499-2080
Deborah Capone, Director and Teacher, also owns and started Parker’s Place and Hudson’s House (see other listings here). 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. Day is from 9am-4 pm. Ages are 2-4 years old. The curriculum at Parker’s Place includes art, crafts, music, reading, storytelling, imaginative play, yoga, dance, gardening, sign language, foreign language, nutrition and academic education. Age appropriate writing and math skills as well as lessons focusing on geography, seasons and animals are taught in a creative and progressive way. Socialization skills are an integral party of all lessons; properly preparing students for a classroom environment.

I visited Parker’s Place before it “opened” and briefly met the head teacher. She explained that they were already booked! The place was adorable: aestheically pleasing with nice materials and cheery yellow walls. They had some problems getting permits (oh, that Department of Buildings!) but seem to be in full swing now.
-Karen

Play Days & Parties
Street: 6632 3rd Avenue (next to the firehouse)
City State Zip: Brooklyn New York 11220
Phone: 718-492-8997

An alternative to a preschool program for parents and children who do not want the pressure of attending a program but are ready for more than just a playgroup, and gives parents some alone time.For children ages 2 thru 4. It is an intergrated program where older children teach and learn side by side with younger children.
We provide an introduction to learning skills, independence and social awareness through , art, music and social play. At “Just for Me” Playgroup, our children will be able to explore themselves and the world around them. They will test their independence, fire up their imagination and create a foundation to build lasting relationships. We will explore numbers, letters and nature through books and songs and other activities.
They will discover the world around them and their individual abilities and skills in a safe and nurturing environment, for children ages 2-4… 2 or 3 days a week -(Class limited to 9 students). Monthly fee $300.00 for 2 days per week ….$430.00 for 3 days per week. …. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 9:00am to 2:30pm. Half days are available
$55 Registration fee per child

Prospect Academy Group Family Day Care
724 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11238
347-224-5868
prospectacademy@aol.com
Take children at 6 months up until 6 years.  Part time and full time options.  They offer extended hours: 7:30 am- 6:30 pm.

Prospect academy is an offshoot or prospect heights daycare- where our daughter went for several years. She had a terrific experience there and was overprepared for Pre-K. It’s a montessori based school. As I remember it-
8:00-8:30 home cooked breakast- (eggs, french toast, pancakes, fruit etc

8:30-9:00 a little bit of free play

9:00 color, numbers, reading, etc- some kind of teacher centered activity

10:00 center time
etc etc- broken down like that but very focused.
The two sisters who ran it parted ways and one of those sisters, Stacy, has started it back up. She is very loving and fun.

-Michael

I am actually writing because my son has been going to Prospect Academy Family Daycare since June and I have found it to be such a great place for for us. The atmosphere is patient, warm and caring and my son now goes running in each morning to join the other children and teachers in circle time, gives me a kiss and waves bye-bye. The kids are given an organic home-cooked breakfast and lunch each day, take a nap and have both structured and open indoor and outdoor play(weather permitting). Since starting at PAFDC, my son’s language and motor skills and sense of independence have blossomed, not to mention that he is now open to eating a greater variety of foods. These could be coincidental to his age and stage in development, but I can not help but think it is in part due to Stacey, her mom, Faye, and Zarada at PAFDC.
-Hilary

Purple Peacock Nursery School
http://www.freewebs.com/purplepeacocknurseryschool
purplepeacocknurseryschool@yahoo.com
An imaginative new nursery school will be opening its doors in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn in September. The school will be located on the garden floor of a brownstone with full access to the backyard. This school will be unlike any other you have encountered on this side of town. Our approach is that of one where we will take your child back to the basics. Your child will be encouraged to use their own imaginations, not press a button on an electronic toy and have the toy do the thinking for them. Read further for a sampling of some of the features of the school…10 students total, ages 1-4 years, 7:30 am-6:30 pm. Opening September 2008, will be in a brownstone on Halsey Street.

Prospect Kids Academy
http://www.prospectkidsacademy.com/

2 locations:
Park Slope

341 Prospect Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
718-788-7727

Prospect Heights
532 St. John’s Place
Brooklyn, NY 11238
718-788-7727

PKA is a teacher-owned preschool that is NY State Licensed Certified. Serves ages 2-6 years old. The school is NY State Licensed Certified. “Our goals for our students are that they be open-minded and compassionate, gain a sense of themselves and others, understand and appreciate the diversity of the human condition and develop a love for learning.” New facilities at the PH location with 11 foot ceilings and central air.

Prospect Park YMCA Early Childhood Center
357 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY (Park Slope)
718-768-7100

Red Hook Playgroup
www.redhookplaygroup.com
info@redhookplaygroup.org
183 Richards Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
718-797-4131
The Red Hook Playgroup is a not-for-profit, community based, parent run cooperative preschool serving Red Hook Brooklyn and the surrounding neighborhoods. Through a child centered curriculum the children’s natural love of learning and creating is fostered. The program is open to children ages 2.5 to 4 years of age. The program operates Monday-Friday from 8am to 4pm. We offer 2, 3, 4 and 5 day schedule options. Drop off is between 8:15 am and 9 am and pickup between 3:30 pm and 4 pm. They requite a two day a week minimum commitment. They do not offer half-days, but do offer an adjustment period for children who need it.

Regina’s Daycare
http://www.reginasdaycare.com
reginas_daycare@yahoo.com
Bergen St, btw Smith and Hoyt St., Brooklyn, NY, 11201
Butler St, btw. Smith and Hoyt, Brooklyn, NY, 11231
President St, btw Henry and Hicks, Brooklyn, NY, 11231
646-239-5142
Sackett St, btw 4th and 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11217


Roots and Wings Kids- temporarily CLOSED

http://www.rootsandwingskids.org/
rootsandwingskids@yahoo.com
718-638-6381
Roots and Wings was founded in 1982 by a group of parents seeking quality, full-day, affordable care for their young children. Roots and Wings relies on the cooperative work of parents and staff to create a healthy, creative, family-centered environment in which our children can grow.

Rory’s Room
http://www.rorysroom.com/
3003 Ft. Hamilton Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11218
718-435-4950
Deborah Capone, Director and Teacher, also owns and started Parker’s Place and Hudson’s House (see other listings here). They have partial day, full day, early drop off and late pick up and additional days options. Ages 2.5 to 4 years. The curriculum includes art, crafts, music, reading, storytelling, imaginative play, yoga, dance, gardening, sign language, foreign language, nutrition and academic education. Age appropriate writing and math skills as well as lessons focusing on geography, seasons and animals are taught in a creative and progressive way. Socialization skills are an integral party of all lessons; properly preparing students for a classroom environment. The curriculum includes art, crafts, music, reading, storytelling, imaginative play, yoga, dance, gardening, sign language, foreign language, nutrition and academic education. Age appropriate writing and math skills as well as lessons focusing on geography, seasons and animals are taught in a creative and progressive way. Socialization skills are an integral party of all lessons; properly preparing students for a classroom environment. The daily schedule focuses around a central theme such as animals, transportation, seasons or culture.

Smart Start Early Childhood
8411 Fort Hamilton Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11209 (Bay Ridge)
Tel: (718) 921-1868
Fax: (718) 921-6713
Smart Start is a child-centered learn through play preschool. Our goal is to meet the needs of the whole child. Your child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development is considered when developing a learning program for your child. A developmentally appropriate curriculum encourages success for all children. Starts at age 2 to K. Available for full or half days.

St John’s Kidz
Map

34 St Johns Place (between 5th and 6th Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11217 (Prospect Heights)
718 789-0008
They offer full time and part time (1/2 day twice a week, or 1/2 day three times a week, or 1/2 day five times a week) childcare. They take children aged 18 months to 4 years.

Sunflower Daycare (AKA Ilene’s Sunflower Daycare)
Photos and Maps
lieber9525@aol.com
10th Avenue between 17th and 18th Streets (Windsor Terrace)
718 488-8562

318 Greenwood Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11218 **additional facilites in Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens though she would not tell me what they were. She wants interested parents to call or email first.
718-488-8562
They take infants at 2 months to 3 years. Days are from 7:45 am- 6 pm.

Sunflower Daycare (AKA Natalia’s Sunflower Daycare)
http://www.nataliesunflower.com/
nbaechko@netscape.net
8th St. btw. 4th and 5th Ave (Park Slope) for ages 3 months to 2 years
16th St and 8th Ave (Park Slope) for ages 3 months to 2 years
4th Place and Smith Ave (Carroll Gardens) for ages 3 months to 2 years
238 5th Ave (Park Slope)- preschool- ages 2-4
Degraw St and Smith St (Carroll Gardens)- preschool- ages 2-4

Brooklyn, NY 1123
Tel: (646) 642-3439 Natalia Baechko (director)
Tel: 718-783-0738 Mahsuda Alikulova (director’s assistant)
Takes children ages 3 months to 4 years. Classes include infant, toddler, and preschool programs. We offer a wide range of extracurricular programs such as yoga, music, and foreign language: Spanish, Italian, French, or German.In each of our daycare centers there are safe, outdoor playgrounds for children to support their physical development through daily exercise. Nutrition and healthy eating also play an important role in our program, we provide organic food for breakfast and snacks.

My daughter went to Sunflower on 8th Street from 10 months until 2 years old when we moved to Sunflower Academy on 5th Ave. We loved both locations. At 8th Street, (where he was younger) she napped in a separate part area that was quiet. My daughter took yoga, music, language and art classes at the daycare- all of which were great extension of the usual program. Natalia, the owner, works on creating a well-rounded day for them. We really appreciated Zekiye, Mahsude and Diane too.
-Nancy

Tic Tac Daycare
President Street in Carroll Gardens
phone number: 347 599 0577 or 917 698 6177
e-mail: destiny00186@yahoo.co.uk
Monday – Friday; 8am – 6pm
New Daycare in West Carroll Gardens – ages: 12 months – 3 years. Art, Spanish, Cooking classes available for older and younger kids. Indoor and Outdoor space for playing. Fully licensed – certified teachers working with the kids. Full and part time available as well (min 7 h per week). You need a break (or going to shop – Ikea and Fairway is on your way:)) – drop off service available on Saturdays.  Their first location in Cobble Hill is Dorothy Child Caring.   She will organize Birthday Parties on weekends too.

Tiny Steps Daycare
2 locations
4th Ave between Carroll and President
St Marks Ave at Carlton
347-323-0882- Lena
917-324-1536- Marta
Ages 6 months on.

Tiny Tot Playhouse
tinytotplayhouse@aol.com
243 88th St
Brooklyn, NY 11209 (Bay Ridge)
718-745-4509
Ages 2.5 years on. 8am-4 pm or extended to 6 pm if would prefer. Play-based with some structure. 32 students.

Treasure Island
405 81st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11209 (Bay Ridge)
Tel: 718-238-7676 or 238-7950
80 students. Begins at age 2. Our program is designed to empower children and create a love for learning. The program is designed to build upon children’s natural curiosity about the world. The children are provided with opportunities to learn more about themselves, their peers and the world through play and activities that promote exploration and self-discovery. The program empowers children to develop a unique sense of self, build self-confidence and motivate children’s passion for learning.

TriloK Preschool
www.trilokfusion.com
159 Adelphi St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217 (Fort Greene)
Office: 718-398-0333
School: 917-579-1243
They offer art, theater, Hindi, Japanese, African Drumming, Indian movement classes for children aged 2-12 years. You can download a brochure at their website.
Trilok Preschool’s goal is to open the world to each child through arts from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Dance, music, drawing, painting, weaving, gardening, and cooking are opportunities for children to express and enjoy themselves while developing fine/gross motor skills and foundations for reading, writing, math, science and social studies. Trilok Preschool practices the philosophy of non-violence and respect for the earth and for other living beings exemplified by Mahatma Gandhi. Meditation, music and movement channel the children’s energy in positive ways, to help them control their behavior and dissipate stress. Trilok Preschool accepts children from 2-5 years of age, and is open 9 am – 3 pm Monday-Friday, September-June.

I wanted to let you know about an upstart school age 2+ in Fort Greene called TRILOK PRE SCHOOL in the ground floor of a brownstone. It’s run by these two wonderful women, one with degrees in dance, theater, arts and another with degrees in art and education. It has a peaceful, sharing explorative philosophy. With a max class size of 5-8 and an additional helper. My son has been going for two months and has already gone to see a puppet show, the zoo, the botanical gardens, a traditional indian dance performance. He learns new words in different languages every day and plays and plays in a creative loving environment. They take care of nap time on these adorable naps, you provide lunch, and they serve it at these adorable little tables. There is a small backyard with a play thingie (slide, etc.) I just love them. AND the price is right. It’s a very special place.
-Jessica

Tutor Time
Brooklyn, NY (Bay Ridge)
718-680-6566
Hours: 6:30-6:30 pm. They take infants from 3 months. They have a rooftop playground.

Williamsburg Neighborhood Nursery School
http://www.wnns.org/
338 Wythe (at S. 1st St.)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 782-4181
info@wnns.org
WNNS is open Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 4:00 pm from early September through the end of June. Children may attend school for half days or full days or a half-full combination. Schedule and tuition information for the 2009-2010 school year is as follows. Please call or email the school for 2008-2009 tuition schedule. The school is staffed by state-licensed head teachers who work with experienced assistants to meet the needs of each individual child. Our teacher to student ratio is 1:5 for two year olds and 1:8 for three and four year olds. Head teachers hold Masters degrees in education.

Williamsburg Northside Preschool Infant and Toddler Center
http://www.willnorth.org/content.php?id=8
70 Havemeyer Street (corner of N. 5th St)
Brooklyn, NY
718-599-9600
This opened in January 2009. The Center will adopt the Reggio Emilia Approach (like the Preschool). The infants and toddlers will participate in a music and movement class and have full use of a newly renovated indoor playspace. Hours are from 8am-6 pm. Start at 3 months up until 2 years for infant and toddler center and recommend they apply for Preschool for 2 and 3 years.  2, 3 and 5 days.

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    If you look at the top of the page, this page is no longer up to date. Please look at our Marketplace instead (which is also undergoing a massive renovation to debut in 2 weeks). We ask readers and daycare providers themselves to help keep us up to date by adding or suggestion additions. It’s impossible for us to keep up with all the daycares opening and closing in Brooklyn! Please keep us up to date with what you find- that will help everyone here looking!
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  41. I notice that most of the highlighted daycare options are located in the Cobble Hill, Park Slope, downtown areas. I was told that this website is intended for Brooklyn parents. Can you offer advice on great daycare facilities in other parts of the borough or is this information just for a certain demographic? My family and I live in Crown Heights/Bedford-Stuy. Any advice about preschools in these areas or others like East New York would be great!

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  42. Can anyone tell me a great day care to send my almost 2 daughter. please and thank you

  43. I meant Tic Tac Daycare

  44. I think that Moran Shanon and Anna are staffs at tic tax daycare. No parent will know the exact locations of all four daycare, nor will it matter. What us parent care about is the location our child is in, the environment, and the staff in it. How ironic that after that parent wrote about the owner, then these two “supposed parents” decided to write a lengthy review about the owner. FYI i am sure the owner is not that involved in your kids life. If a journal was kept, it was by another staff, who by the way, should’ve been credited for this

  45. I highly recommend TIC TAC daycare! I have been very happy there. The staff is caring and warm – the owner of the daycare Miss Dorothy – very professional and always ready to answer all of my questions! This is someone who is exceptionally warm, imaginative and caring. To me, Miss Dorothy feels like a partner in my parenting.
    She has four locations in the area – Cobble Hill (Baltic and Court street), Carroll Gardens (President and Hicks street) and Brooklyn Heights (new one!; Joralemon and Henry street). They take children of 2 months up to 4 years old.We have started with TicTac when my child was 3 months old and we couldn’t be happier when my girl was growing there and learning new things. I’ve looked at a lot of day-cares in the area and I know that was the best choice!

  46. My daughter, Reese, is 19 months old today and has been attending Dorothy’s TIC TAC Daycare on Baltic Street in Cobble Hill since she was 4 months old. We are moving to Chicago and I would highly recommend Dorothy as a top choice in your daycare search. Dorothy has 3 locations now – Baltic Street in Cobble Hill, President Street in Carroll Gardens, and a new spot in Brooklyn Heights. Baltic is a mix of part-time and full-time babies and toddlers. The structure of the school has created a wonderful routine for us – making it a family environment for both parents and toddlers alike. As parents working full-time, my husband and I deemed communication a top priority. We keep a notebook where Dorothy documents Reese’s naps, poops, food, moods, and activities every day. The notebook is a great way for us to chart her progress, and even note when she was sick or got a new tooth. The pediatrician loves it too. Sleep has also been extremely important for our daughter. When Reese was very little she regularly took 5 naps a day. She still takes two naps per day. Dorothy has a separate napping room complete with sound machine, where Reese loves to re-charge. Dorothy encourages us to prepare our own food and gives great ideas and feedback here as well. When I was nursing, there were special instructions for bottles, etc. Dorothy followed instructions with ease.

    Her master’s degree is a huge plus. Dorothy is an expert and regularly adds extremely helpful advice about the activities Reese enjoys – which music, toys, friends, fresh air, etc. Reese often brings home craft and cooking projects. Reese also participates in birthday parties and Halloween and holiday party celebrations. Dorothy’s parties usually take place when the kids are most energized around 10:30 AM, so she makes sure to document the events with tons of pictures so all parents can participate. With Dorothy, and her providers – Miss Inga, Miss Zenata, Miss Christina – there are always lots of hugs and laughter. Our family will truly miss Dorothy’s Tic Tac Daycare and will be sure to stay in touch.

    Reese’s mom

  47. I do NOT recommend TIC TAC DAYCARE. I came one day to pick up my 11 month old child and saw him on the floor crying (unusually loudly) with three adults standing around him. The owner, who normally worked at a different location and was not aware of this sleeping schedle, was there that day and practically scolded me—saying that it was my fault that my child was crying because he didn’t have the chance to sleep. She did not want to listen to me when I told her what his schedule normally was and did not care to hear that he never had a problem before. He had gone to sleep two hours past his normal sleeping time (thanks to her) and was completely thrown off his schedule. I was mortified by the way she spoke to me—she was controlling and insensitive. I recently discovered that when the owner is around, the providers are not allowed to pick up the children when they cry. I would think twice before leaving your baby here.

  48. There is a daycare center named “little snow flakes” in 32 and 34 Jackson Place Brooklyn NY
    and I want to make a big complaint about it. There are too many children in both two places and it is
    really unhealthy even dangerous for the kids. And also I think there are some illegal people working there.

    Please let the authorities know about this.

  49. I called Prospect Park YMCA, and they told that location has no early childhood education.

    Prospect Park YMCA Early Childhood Center
    357 9th Street
    Brooklyn, NY (Park Slope)
    718-768-7100

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