UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2014: Prepare for back to school time in Brooklyn, New York, with a wide range of after-school programs for kids, Brooklyn sports teams and programs for kids, after-school tutors in Brooklyn, music classes, dance and gymnastics classes in Brooklyn, from Carroll Gardens, to Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights to Park Slope.
And be sure to check out the Queens and NYC guides too!
7426 15th Ave.
4724 Ave. N
Between our two Brooklyn-area locations and in-house theatre, Acting Out! offers an extensive performing arts curriculum for students, kindergarten to college. Our staff is comprised of professional actors and musicians. Our after-school program includes all levels of acting, musical theatre, improvisation, and film/television, as well as private lessons for singing, piano, and audition preparation. Many Acting Out! students have graced Broadway stages and prestigious performing arts institutions, but most important, all our students are improving their futures and increasing self-confidence under our caring and passionate guidance because we love what we do!
4 great, convenient Brooklyn locations:
4626 Flatlands Ave.
1866 Flatbush Ave.
9409 and 9411 Ave. L
Our classes are for ages 2 through adult. We teach ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, gymnastics, hip-hop, Caribbean, African, boys classes, adult classes, lyrical, praise dance, karate, private lessons, and competition classes. Call or stop into one of our four convenient Brooklyn locations for more information. We also offer a free trial class!
BASIS INDEPENDENT BROOKLYN
556 Columbia St., Brooklyn
BASIS Independent Brooklyn, opening for kindergarten through 10th grade, features the STEM-focused liberal arts course of study that places its sister schools at the very top of the world’s academic achievers. With master teachers and an expert learning specialist in each class, every student finds support to accomplish more than he or she ever expected. Early-bird and late-bird hours, along with dedicated transportation by bus or water taxi, make BASIS Independent Brooklyn the best choice for New York children to ignite their passion for lifelong learning.
BAX/BROOKLYN ARTS EXCHANGE
421 Fifth Ave. (corner of 8th Street), Park Slope
Fernando Maneca, Director
BAX Youth Education provides expert instruction building technical skills in dance, tumbling, and theater, with an emphasis on cultivating creative expression. Working with a professional performing arts faculty, BAX students develop improvisation, original choreography, and performance skills, working independently and in collaboration. Youth classes embody BAX’s overarching mission to provide the space and support for “artists-in-progress” to explore, hone, and share their unique voice. For more information on BAX's Youth Education programs visit youth.bax.org.
BAY RIDGE MONTESSORI SCHOOL
6301 12th Ave., Brooklyn
The Bay Ridge Montessori School is located on the park-like grounds of the Angel Guardian campus of Mercy First. The staff provides a non-competitive, but challenging environment, designed to meet the individual needs of the children. Children range in age from 2 to 5 years, and attend anywhere from two half days to five full days (9am–3:30pm). Early drop-off is available, as is a six-week summer program.
6722 Fort Hamilton Parkway (entrance on 67th St. & 9th Ave), Dyker Heights, Brooklyn
BounceU is Brooklyn’s newest party and play facility. We specialize in private celebrations and after-school active fun for all ages. BounceU offers two giant stadium rooms filled with huge inflatable equipment, and BounceU’s own Spider Mountain. Make your reservations today to play in our clean, climate-controlled facility. Our friendly, energetic staff will ensure that after-school active time is fun and memorable. Call today for more information about our awesome facility.
BRIENZA'S ACADEMIC ADVANTAGE
8696 18th Ave., Brooklyn
1902 Ave. T, Brooklyn
259 Rose Ave., Staten Island
Brienza’s Academic Advantage offers a wide variety of programs for students attending Kindergarten through grade 12. We specialize in TACHS, SHSAT, SAT, and ACT preparation. Our programs provide students with the opportunity to increase their skills and knowledge, enabling them to reach their full potential. Programs offered are: tutoring in all subject areas (both one-to-one and share-a-tutor groups), test preparation courses, and SETSS (P-4) services to qualified students. Call our office to speak to one of our educational specialists who can help you choose the best option for your child. Please register early as space is limited.
BROOKLYN CHILD CARE, INC.
800 Poly Place, Bldg. #2, Brooklyn
We are open to the public and located on the VA Hospital Grounds. We offer a free New York State-approved full-day, four-year-old UPK classroom for 6 hours and 20 minutes. We offer extended hours from 7:15am to 5:45pm with paid tuition. We have a toddler room for children ages 2 to 3 years. Please call 718-630-2831 for a tour and to check availability.
CLUB Z! IN-HOME TUTORING OF BROOKLYN
Club Z! of Brooklyn provides individualized, one-on-one instruction for students K-12. We tutor all academic subjects and prepare students for all standardized tests. Our tutors are experienced, degreed professionals and/or state-certified teachers, with excellent credentials and a heartfelt enthusiasm for teaching. We use our students' school curricula and guarantee increased confidence in the classroom, better grades, stronger study skills, and enhanced motivation. We offer tutoring at home or other convenient locations, flexible scheduling, affordable rates, and excellent support for students of all abilities.
COOKIE'S KIDS - THE KIDS' DEPARTMENT STORE
510 Fulton St.
982 Flatbush Ave.
265 Livingston St.
166-21 Jamaica Ave.
1534 Westchester Ave.
576 Melrose Ave.
Cookie’s Kids offers a one-stop-shop for school uniforms, children’s clothing, toys, furniture, and accessories, all at the best prices. In our full-service school uniform department, we work with schools across the country to supply stylish and affordable school uniforms. Our fashion department has all the latest gear from your favorite brands. Visit one of our six NYC locations, or shop online at cookieskids.com and find out why we are known as the World’s Largest Kids’ Department Store!
EASTERN ATHLETIC CLUBS
43 Clark St, Brooklyn
43 Clark St.
17 Eastern Pkwy.
Register by Aug. 28 for Fall 2014 Junior Academy. The 16-week program begins Sept. 4, offering classes for juniors ages 6 months to 17 years. Squash, swimming, fitness training, ballet, dance, karate, tennis, tumbling, and gymnastics are all offered. There’s something fun and challenging for everyone!
7612 13th Ave.,
FasTracKids is a school outside of school for ages 3-12. Our supplemental programs are designed to complement your child's schooling. We offer world-class, proven programs, designed to help your child reach his/her maximum potential. Whether it’s critical thinking, math, reading, speech, leadership, or enrichment in our 12 exciting subjects, we have the right combination for your child. If your goal is to help your child get ahead or get into the gifted and talented programs, we have the proven systems that can get them there. Best of all, we make learning fun!
FRED ELLIS - MUSIC TEACHER AND MUSIC THERAPIST
Fred Ellis, an NYC elementary music teacher and music therapist, debuts his CD of original songs. His objectives are to not only teach musical skills and knowledge, but to help children develop their mental, physical, communication, and social skills. The CD can be used to reach these objectives. The songs are designed to encourage socialization, love, and respect for cultural diversity. Through music, we, as people, can form one big family. Available at fredellis.com, itunes.com, cdbaby.com, and amazon.com.
GREENE HILL SCHOOL
39 Adelphi St., Brooklyn
Founded in 2009, Greene Hill School is an independent lower and middle school serving the needs of the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill and surrounding Brooklyn communities for affordable and progressive education. At Greene Hill School, children are actively engaged in their world through critical thinking and open-ended investigations; teachers provide expertise and consistent, thoughtful guidance; parents are important contributors to the school environment; and the local community is a natural extension of the GHS classroom. Greene Hill's first class of Middle School Students will commence in the fall of 2014.
GYM PARK (THE)
81 Oak St., Brooklyn
Welcome to The Gym Park Gymnastics & Play Center where "gymnastics-inspired play" is our goal and aim! Our programs and classes are developmentally designed to accommodate each new stage of your child’s physical and emotional development. Our classes include Mommy & Me for ages 12 months to 2½ years, Toddlers Tumble classes for ages 3-5 years, Beginner and Intermediate Gymnastics for ages 6-12 years, Parkour, and much, much more. We now offer after-school pick-up and enrichment program! Please see our website for more information: thegympark.com.
LEGOLAND® DISCOVERY CENTER WESTCHESTER
Westchester's Ridge Hill, 39 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester is the newest field trip destination in the tri-state area! This indoor center is ideal for school, scout, and homeschool groups ages 3-12 years. Their imagination is the only limitation! Youth groups can reach out and touch the stars in the 4D cinema, learn LEGO® building secrets from the Master Model Builder, see local iconic landmarks in MINILAND®, learn as they build the tallest tower and test the tower’s strength on Earthquake tables…and more!
LEIF ERICSON DAY SCHOOL
1037 72nd St.,
Christine Hauge, Principal
More than forty years as a Christian Day School for Nursery through Grade 8. Small class sizes, state-approved curriculum with in-depth courses in music, computer technology, physical and environmental education. Counseling and tutoring available, as well as door-to-door bus service, extended hours morning and night, extra-curricular activities and financial aid.
LITTLE DIVAS PARTY
7313 13th Ave., Dyker Heights, Brooklyn
It’s that time of the year again! Bring your kids in for their back-to-school haircuts. We welcome boys and girls up to the age of 13, all for $4.99 each! We also offer other services, including our mani/pedi special for $8. Call or come by to check out our facility. Our parties start at $299. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @littledivas_brooklyn to get a sneak peek into our private parties.
THE LITTLE GYM OF BAY RIDGE-BENSONHURST
8681 18th Ave., Brooklyn
A feeling of success is one of the many benefits your child receives at The Little Gym®. We provide gymnastics-based motor skill development programs for ages 4 months-12 years. Through sequential skill-building, movement, gymnastics, exercise, music, and games, our curriculum teaches students to build their physical, social, emotional, and intellectual skills. Classes are non-competitive and taught in a fun, safe, and nurturing environment. Currently offering gymnastics, dance, sports skill, and karate classes. Schedule your free trial class. Celebrate your child’s birthday. Party slots fill up months in advance; reserve today!
LITTLE HANDS & FEET
1270 Bay Ridge Pkwy., Brooklyn
Little Hands & Feet was founded by Aneshah, who has been certified in child care for over 15 years. Our goal is to promote a healthy, safe, and nurturing environment, while focusing on educational and social development. We believe each child is special and unique. Our staff is dedicated, qualified, and trained in CPR. At Little Hands & Feet, be assured it’s home away from home, your child will have the best care available. Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 6:30am-6:30pm.
2781 Shell Road, Brooklyn
MatchPoint NYC is the sports and fitness destination for the entire family. Spread across 120,000 square feet, this luxury health and fitness complex features 9 indoor tennis courts, a brand new, state-of-the-art fitness center, aquatics center, rhythmic gymnastics center, and a variety of youth and adult programs. Call to register for the kids’ after-school programs, or visit our website for details.
7409 3rd Ave.
6806 20th Ave.
Park Slope (opening in August 2014)
361 5th Ave.
Mathnasium is an after-school learning center where we make math make sense to kids. We support grades K-12, including standardized test preparation. We are the math experts. We provide excellent content, at a great value, with proven results. Instruction is one-on-one. We conduct an in-depth math assessment, and prepare a customized learning plan for each student. We offer flexible scheduling in a relaxed environment.
MUSIC TOGETHER OF BAY RIDGE/BENSONHURST
Bay Ridge/Bensonhurst/ Gravesend/Mill Basin/Flatlands/Bergen Beach
South Slope at Hootenanny/Kensington/Windsor Terrace/Ditmas Park
Fort Greene/ Clinton Hill/Bedford Stuyvesant
Brooklyn Heights/DUMBO/Boerum Hill
Music Together is a nationwide educational program founded on the belief that all children are musical, and that music is a perfect way for children to learn and grow. We sing, dance, and play instruments in a fun, informal, supportive atmosphere. Limited to 12 children with parent or caregiver. 45-minute classes meet once a week. Morning, afternoon, evening, or weekend class times available. Birth to age 5. Free demonstration classes offered. Sessions Start in September, January, April, and July.
NEW YORK ITALIANS CHILDREN
In Piccoli, an early childhood, bilingual playgroup taught in Italian by an Italian native instructor, children ages 6 months to 4 years and their caregivers sing traditional Italian songs, play musical instruments, participate in storytelling, delight in colorful scarves and puppets, and move, wiggle, and dance! Play, creativity, and imagination is at the heart of everything we do in class. Windsor Terrace: Mondays, Sept. 8 to Nov. 17 (no class Oct. 13), 10-11am.*Ten weeks for $200. GUMBO in Boerum Hill: Saturdays, Sept. 20 to Nov. 22, 9:30-10:15am. *Ten weeks for $225. Email or call.
1500 Paerdegat Ave. N., Brooklyn
PacPlex is Brooklyn’s largest sports, recreational, and entertainment complex with a vast array of facilities, activities, and programs. Our facilities include three indoor basketball courts, indoor soccer field, two indoor swimming pools, four outdoor pools, racquetball courts, boxing training center, 50,000-square-foot health club, indoor running track, aerobic studio, spin room, locker rooms, jacuzzi, steam, sauna, numerous fitness and exercise classes, youth soccer and basketball leagues and instruction, UPK, after-school programs, summer and holiday day camps, birthday parties, and restaurant and private dining room.
PLAY DAYS AND PARTIES
6632 Third Ave. (next to the firehouse) , Brooklyn
At Play Days and Parties, we realize the need for children to release energy after a long day of school, and offer a diverse choice of activities and drop off options. Children, ages 2-12, are mentally and physically stimulated in our fun and safe environment. We also offer Spanish and Italian classes, arts and crafts, free play, and Introduction to Pre-school Playgroup, where independence and self-confidence are encouraged. Classes are designed to enable children to work collaboratively in a group, where they listen, observe, and recreate situations through imaginative play.
THE PREPARATORY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS AT BROOKLYN COLLEGE
234 Roosevelt Hall, 2900 Bedford Ave.,
For more than 35 years, The Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College has offered music (including Suzuki violin, cello, and flute for very young children), theater, and dance classes, and private lessons for children of all ages and levels. We also welcome adult students for private or group instruction. Our experienced professional teachers, many of whom have extensive performance experience and advanced conservatory degrees, encourage students’ growth at all levels. Registration is underway for our 2014-2015 school year, which begins Sept. 18. Call for an individual registration consultation or a Suzuki interview.
SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
284 Baltic St., Carrol Gardens
The School for International Studies is a small, International Baccalaureate Candidate school with no more than two classes per grade located in Carroll Gardens. We provide an interdisciplinary curriculum with an emphasis on experiential learning. In addition to core classes (English, math, science, history), our middle school program includes classes in dance, instrumental music, visual arts, robotics in math, French or Spanish language, chess, after-school programs, early morning tutoring, and a Saturday Scholars program. For more information, please contact Stu Chasabenis, director of partnerships and college office, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMARTSTART EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER, INC
8411 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn
While providing a safe, warm and nurturing environment, our staff addresses the social, emotional, and physical needs of children. Through thematic units, arts and crafts, and dramatic play, the “whole” child will flourish. Full- and part-time classes for 2- and 3-year-olds, and free Universal Pre-K for 4-year-old children, with extended-day option. Open year ’round; summer program available.
STEPPING STONES NURSERY SCHOOL
245 86th St., Brooklyn
Join our programs and share the joys of early exploration and discovery. Watch your child grow through hands-on learning and small group instruction with our certified, warm, and friendly teachers. Stepping Stones offers 2 year old, 3 year old, preschool (age 4) and pre-k programs. Full- and part-time enrollment available. We are open from 7am-6:30pm. An after-school program is also available for grades K-5.
8638 20th Ave.,
Give your child a superior beginning. A mind is a wonderful thing to expand! All teachers certified in Early Childhood Development. Programs - half day, full-day, extended time, 2 to 6 year olds. Pre-school and Kindergarten activities, fitness program, trips, music, math, reading readiness, tutoring and after-school programs are available. After-school Program available for Kindergarten students.
TEACH ME AT HOME
Teach Me At Home offers individualized, one-on-one, live, online tutoring at the location and time of your choosing. Serving first-eighth grades, each student chooses their own tutor. We use Study Island, an instructional and diagnostic tool that enables tutors to help students prepare for and master the core curriculum. Each student takes a preliminary diagnostic test to reveal weaknesses in their knowledge base to target their lessons. Affordable lessons: $20 per hour. Students have optional follow up exercises to reinforce topics, and progress reports are emailed to parents after each lesson.
THE DIMITRIOS AND GEORGIA KALOIDIS PAROCHIAL SCHOOL (DGK)
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 8502 Ridge Boulevard, Brooklyn
The Dimitrios and Georgia Kaloidis Greek American Parochial School (DGK) is committed to providing students from Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten through 8th grade with a quality education that emphasizes academic achievement, social, emotional, and spiritual development, while preparing them for 21st-century college and career readiness. With a qualified faculty, curriculum aligned to the NYS Common Core Standards, and SMARTboard technology, the school incorporates the rich tradition of our Greek heritage, while instilling values that prepare our students for future and personal success.
347 74th St. (corner of 4th & 74th Streets),
Our programs are for 2 years-Pre K. Monday through Friday, 7:15am–6pm. Part-time schedules are available. We offer hands on learning in a loving, nurturing environment. Social, emotional, and cognitive development is our primary focus. Motivating and fun experiences. Enrichment through the arts program. All meals included. Maria Nogueira, Director.
THE TUTORING CLUB OF BAY RIDGE
7811 3rd Ave., Bay Ridge
The Tutoring Club is dedicated to helping students increase their subject skills and self-esteem using our advanced curricula; low student-to-tutor ratio; ability to pinpoint and correct problems; high level of student motivation; and qualified instructors skilled in the use of the programs. Our core programs are math, ELA, and writing skills. Test prep programs for Gifted & Talented, SSHSAT, TACHS, ISEE, SAT, and New York State-grade-level tests, as well as Homework Help sessions, are available.
WORLD CLASS LEARNING ACADEMY, NEW YORK
44 E. 2nd St., New York
World Class Learning Academy is a diverse, internationally-focused, learning community dedicated to developing a broad world view in students. Through the International Primary Curriculum, our British-trained teachers offer benchmarked, highly personalized learning in an academically rigorous setting. A member of the Nord Anglia Education group of schools, we have been a learning leader for more than 25 years. At WCLA’s comprehensive after-school program, children may explore a wide variety of classes and private lessons not limited to languages, art, sports, music, drama, swimming, and movement, in a fun-filled, social environment.
WORLD OF WONDERS DAYCARE
72-19 New Utrecht Ave., Brooklyn
We provide a warm, caring environment for infants to children 5 years of age. Our children learn to interact and get along with other children. We also offer computers, arts and crafts and outdoor activities. Monday through Friday, 7am-6pm, full and part time. Extended hours for working parents. Fully licensed by NYC Department of Health of Day Care. Call for additional information. Jeannine McKenna, Director.
YOUNG DANCERS IN REPERTORY
Classes are held at 5602 5th Ave., 2nd Fl. (entrance on 56th Street), Brooklyn
Since 1985, Young Dancers in Repertory (YDR) has been training dancers and offering dance programs in Brooklyn. YDR classes include creative dance, pre-ballet, ballet, modern dance, jazz, hip-hop, tap, and theater dance for students ages 3 and older at our Center for Dance Studies at 5602 5th Ave. in Sunset Park. YDR also conducts dance residencies and performances for schools, an OST After-school Program at PS 127, and a youth ensemble. Call 347-702-7155 or visit youngdancersinrep.org.