New Daycare/Preschool with Montessori Curriculum Opens

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The owner's 11 month old son in the reading nook

A new daycare/preschool opened this week and we got a few snapshots of what it looks like. The new home daycare is called “Lauren’s Place” after the owner’s 8 year old daughter.  It is a montessori-based home daycare that the owner, Michelle Hardy, has formed in the parlor floor of her brownstone in Crown Heights.

I spoke with Michelle so that I could get a better sense of what the daycare offers and her reason for starting her up.

Lauren, the namesake for the new daycare

Michelle’s daughter, Lauren, is a second-grader at Brooklyn Heights Montessori School: having watched her daughter flourish under the montessori curriculum, Michelle decided to investigate further.  Michelle has been interested in childhood development so it isn’t surprising that her interest was piqued by watching her own daughter’s educational development. Subsequently, she decided open a daycare with her newly acquired knowledge.

The daycare will have montessori trained teachers.

They are accepting a few infants but mainly 2-5 year olds.  The day’s schedule follows a montessori curriculum and all meals (breakfast, snack, lunch) are provided for full day care children.

Costs and Hours:

8 am- 6 pm (5 days), ages 2-5 years: $400 a week

8 am- 6 pm (5 days), infants: $450 a week

8 am- 1 pm (5 days), ages 2-5 years: $250 a week

****there is a flexible schedule: you can do part-time as well.

Contact information:

Michelle Hardy, Director

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  5. My son has been going to Lauren’s Place since September and we consider ourselves very lucky to have found such a warm environment. I had toured two or three places in other neighborhoods and they did not compare to what we found here. Everyday he arrives at “school” and his teachers make him a healthy breakfast. Sometimes it’s whole wheat pancakes, and Applegate sausages. Other times he gets vegetable omelettes, or oatmeal and fruit. The kids drink water with every meal. His snacks and meals are all healthy, and similar to what we would cook at home. The daycare is SPOTLESS. There are three women there all with education backgrounds. They follow a basic Montessori curriculum, have a Shutterfly account that emails us weekly photos that document that projects that the kids have worked on together. We are also given written daily reports so we get to see what he ate, when he napped, what project or activity they did that day and any other little things that happened. The daycare is on the garden level of a brownstone. Half of the space is gated with a reading nook, and activities like in the pictures above. The back portion of the space is a kitchen, napping area, bathroom and a large yard for outdoor time. They have helped our son work on his potty training, motor skills, and speech. I got the sense that a lot of the other daycares really didn’t view them selves as educators, which is fine. This place is just so much more. The kids clearly feel comfortable and safe, and I love bringing my son there.

  6. Where are you located in Crown hgts—– how near train to Manhattan
    how many children per caregiver……
    our son will be 3 months old in November.

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