Find services and programs to get your child ready to go back to school in Brooklyn.
UPDATED February 2019: School is quickly approaching, and you still have things to do before your child goes back to school. Prepare for back-to-school season in Brooklyn with a wide range of programs, services, and schools for kids, including after-school programs such as gymnastics, music classes, sports teams and programs, tutors and academic enrichment, art classes, child care, fitness programs, cooking classes, dance programs, and martial arts; doctors and dentists; private, college prep, and parochial schools; uniform stores and resources; and nursery schools, day cares, and preschools. These resources and venues are located throughout Brooklyn, in neighborhoods such as Greenpoint, Canarsie, Flatlands, Coney Island, Marine Park, Mill Basin, Red Hook, Flatbush, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill, Bed-Stuy, Park Slope, Sunset Park, Sheepshead Bay, Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Midwood, Dumbo, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, and Williamsburg.
Check the boxes to connect with these businessesAFFINITY HEALTH PLAN
Affinity is an independent, not-for-profit organization driven by the mission to help its members, their families, and their communities lead healthier lives. Over the past 32 years, Affinity has built one of the area’s largest physician networks, which includes 40,000 providers and 85 hospitals. Affinity offers a variety of programs under Medicare, Medicaid, Child Health Plus, Essential Plan, and Enriched Health on the New York State of Health Marketplace for members in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, as well as Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, and Orange counties.
Art's House Schools', (AHS) mission is to provide culture in the humanities for children, while providing them with the opportunity to build self-esteem, self-confidence, and develop poise, grace, and balance. AHS provides music, dance, and art training and instruction to children ages 3-17. The School of Dance offers classes in preschool dance, ballet, tap, hip-hop, modern dance, and acro/tumbling. The School of Music offers private lessons in piano, voice, violin, guitar, and pre-school music. The School of Fine Art offers classes in painting, drawing, mixed media, and arts and crafts.
556 Columbia St., Brooklyn
BASIS Independent Brooklyn, 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.
241 Water St., Manhattan
Blue School is an independent school for ages 2 through eighth grade where the dynamic balance of academic mastery, creative thinking, self and social intelligence instills a lifelong passion for learning. Blue School values exploration, play, creativity, self-awareness, family and community connection. The curriculum emphasizes inquiry, observation, and reflection, encouraging children to become bold, creative, and compassionate innovators. The campus in lower Manhattan features thoughtfully designed classrooms, designated lab spaces for art, STEAM, science, music and drama, as well as a gymnasium, Wonder Room, Upcycling Center, Materials Library, and outdoor terraces.
Intellect, energy, and heart characterize a Brooklyn Friends School education. A college preparatory, coed, Quaker day school of 900 students in preschool through 12th grade, BFS was founded in downtown Brooklyn in 1867. It is one is one of the oldest, continuously operating, independent schools in New York City and draws students from all five boroughs. Special features include the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, a Family Center for children age 2, and top-rate academics, arts, and athletics programs with a focus on equity, inclusion, civic engagement, and service learning.
CBE KIDS-CONGREGATION BETH ELOHIM
274 Garfield Place, Park Slope
CBE KIDS CAMP
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CBE KIDS after-school program at Congregation Beth Elohim offers children a wide variety of enrichment classes and recreational activities in a safe and caring environment. We believe each child develops at his or her own pace. All of our enrichment classes are taught by teachers or experienced freelance artists. Some of our classes include: art, video, sewing, jewelry, bit bots, Legos, instructional swim, circus arts, ballet, and theater. Our program is also available onsite at PS 295 and PS 39. Registration on a trimester basis is available online at cbebk.org/afterschool.
HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER
808 Union St., Park Slope
Huntington Learning Center is the premier tutoring and test prep provider for kindergarten to 12th grades. Founded in 1977, its mission is to give every student the best education possible. The company prides itself on personalized attention and proven results with individualized programs taught by certified teachers at accredited centers. Areas of instruction include phonics, reading, writing, vocabulary, math, science, ACT, SAT, PSAT, high school entrance exams, and state and other standardized exams. To learn more and locate a center near you, visit huntingtonhelps.com.
7805 20th Ave., Brooklyn
2033 76th St., Brooklyn
Lil' Footprints is a family oriented daycare. We have been in business for 15 years. We set goals to help your child advance as much as possible. For ages 2-5, we offer a five-day program from 7am-6:30pm, a part-time schedule, outdoor playground, Italian lessons, yoga, and dance classes. Our staff is fully certified and prepared to meet your child's every need. Each day will include circle time, craft time, and snack! Call for an appointment to visit our school. We can't wait to have the pleasure of teaching your child.
Saint Saviour Catholic Academy prepares students from nursery to eighth grade for higher education. We welcome and support diversity of ethnicity and race, religion, socioeconomic background, and learning style. Our Academy offers a balanced curriculum of rigorous academics, designed to meet the common core standards, and a vibrant arts program paired with the spiritual teachings of Catholicism. We welcome you to visit our academy! Schedule a visit with our director of admissions, Nathan Lynch, see contact information above.
Founded on the principle of choreographer Mark Morris that dance should be available to everyone, The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center offers year-round, community-based dance and music programming for children 18 months to 18 years, in a fully inclusive and nurturing environment located in the heart of the Brooklyn Cultural District. The School’s diverse and professional faculty provide progressive, non-competitive instruction with classes accompanied by live music. Though we are a non-recital school, there are opportunities for students to perform and parents to see their dancers in action.
SCIENCE, LANGUAGE & ARTS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
9 Hanover Place , Brooklyn
Early Childhood Campus:132 4th Place
Science, Language & Arts International School (SLA), grades pre-K-sixth, now offers extended-day programming: A huge selection of after-school enrichment, including Camp Half-Blood, Shakespeare Players, Kung Fu, Creative Dance, Clay Animation, and Capoeira. Immerse your child in a second language! A rich and rigorous arts-integrated STEM curriculum is the heart of our progressive French and Mandarin immersion school. Substantial scholarships available for families joining our Mandarin immersion pre-K. A few spots in French (grades pre-K-sixth) and Mandarin (pre-K) available at our new downtown Brooklyn campus. SLA is a true international community!
ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
241 Prospect Park West ,
St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy offers Toddler Time, Pre-K3, Pre-K4, and grades Kindergarten-eighth. The academy is a safe, encouraging environment that challenges bright minds to discover the best in themselves, their classmates, and the world. Development of character, self-discipline, and respect are strong pillars of SJWCA’s curriculum and culture. SJWCA offers affordable after-school, Spanish, Music, Computer and Coding, Honors Club, SETSS, OT, Speech Services, IEP, and nurse. Prime location in Windsor Terrace, nearby Prospect Park. F/G train across the street. Bus and tuition assistance is available for those who qualify.