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UPDATED December 2018: Ensuring your child has a good early childhood education sets the tone for the rest of their educational careers. And deciding between traditional, Montessori, Catholic, parochial, private, independent, public, or charter is a huge decision. We know the preschool application process can be brutal, so we're here to help with a roundup of the best preschool options in Brooklyn. These preschools, nursery schools, and pre-K programs set the foundation your child needs to progress to kindergarten. You'll find preschools in Greenpoint, Park Slope, Bay Ridge, Sheepshead Bay, Bensonhurst, Midwood, Marine Park, Cobble Hill, Bushwick, and Downtown Brooklyn.
Check the boxes to connect with these businessesA. FANTIS PAROCHIAL SCHOOL
195 State St., Brooklyn
Since 1963, A. Fantis Parochial School of Sts. Constantine and Helen Cathedral has established a tradition of excellence in Brooklyn Heights. A. Fantis provides a modern education infused with Hellenic culture and Christian values. We promote academic excellence and strength of character in a small, nurturing environment that cultivates scholars who will mature into responsible citizens and real-world problem solvers. Our high school admissions team has helped our graduates enter their schools of choice, including Stuyvesant, Poly Prep, and Dominican Academy. We invite you to tour the facility at the next open house.
Providing childcare since 1993. ABC’s goal is to provide safe, age-appropriate, and stimulating programs for children from ages 3 months to 4 years, while fulfilling their need to laugh, learn, play, make new friends, and discover new things. Utilizing age-appropriate curriculum, along with the support of its families and devoted staff, ABC will ensure that every child achieves success and set them on a path of lifelong learning. ABC is open year-round, Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm with rolling admission. For more information or to schedule a tour, email email@example.com.
The Bible Speaks Academy is a Christian school in the heart of East Flatbush, where students receive a quality Christian education that benefits them, their homes, and their communities. The Bible Speaks Academy offers an individualized learning system that addresses the academic needs and progress of each child; and this year we are adding language choices and music to our program. Our dedicated staff provides the training, love, patience, and encouragement necessary to make a difference in the lives of pre-K through eighth grade students. For more information: 718-629-4559.
241 Water St., Manhattan
Blue School is an independent school for children ages 2 through eighth grade where academic mastery, creative thinking, self and social intelligence are dynamically balanced to instill a lifelong passion for learning. The campus in lower Manhattan is full of thoughtful classrooms, lab spaces for studio art, STEAM, science, music, and drama, as well as a gymnasium, wonder room, and outdoor roof and terrace. Blue School values exploration, play, creativity, self-awareness, family, and community connection. Our inquiry-driven approach makes space for bold collaboration and rich project work.
A college preparatory, coed, Quaker day school for students in preschool through 12th grade, Brooklyn Friends School was founded in 1867 and is one is one of the oldest, continuously operating, independent schools in New York City. The school offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and enrolls more than 800 students from all five boroughs of New York City. The Family Center at Brooklyn Friends enrolls children age 2.
803 Knickerbocker Ave., Brooklyn
At Bushwick Montessori our objective is to nurture the emotional, social, physical, and cognitive development of the child. Our thoughtful application of the Montessori method enables our children to become lifelong lovers of learning, critical thinkers, and future noise makers of the world. Housed in our state-of-the-art green building, we pass along our belief in environmental stewardship to our students. We serve locally sourced organic vegetarian lunches, provide full day care, offer financial aid, and accept ACS and HRA vouchers.
We offer a Montessori-based, developmental program for children 3 months-5 years. We believe in carefully-prepared environments that support and nurture the individual needs of each child. Our director is trained by the center for Montessori Education NY, a recognized leader in Montessori education world-wide. Our teachers are Montessori trained and use authentic Montessori materials, while being supported by the Montessori-trained educational director. Montessori-based curriculum, strict safety policies, extended hours and schedule flexibility, qualified and experienced teachers, custom-catered organic meals, CPR-trained staff, and full time registered nurse.
CONGREGATION BETH ELOHIM EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
274 Garfield Place, Park Slope
Congregation Beth Elohim Early Childhood Center is dedicated to providing children ages 2-5 with a learning environment that nurtures their growth, curiosity, and self-esteem. Our lively, hands-on curriculum is developed through direct observation of children’s interests and individual needs. The traditions and basic values of the Jewish culture are integrated throughout to strengthen our learning community. Established in 1978, Congregation Beth Elohim’s Early Childhood Center is one of the most highly regarded preschools in the New York Metropolitan area.
Huggs Day School is a fully licensed preschool in the heart of Park Slope. Established in 1982, we provide quality programs for youngsters, ages 2-5. Our facilities include large, airy classrooms, an indoor gym, and a private, fully-equipped backyard. We offer schedules ranging from two-five mornings, afternoons, or full-days. Limited spots are available for the current school year. Registration for the 2018-19 School Year and 2018 Summer Program have begun. Early registration discounts are still available. Please call to schedule a private tour with the director.
The JCC of Mid-Westchester has several types of classes in its nursery school for children ages 2-5. Ages 3-5 enjoy swimming in our indoor heated pool, working off energy in our full-sized gymnasium, climbing in our new playground, and performing skits in our Bendheim Theatre. We offer a variety of sports, martial arts, gymnastics, dance, and academic enrichment programs. Benefits include: early registration incentives, “refer a friend” discounts, Sunday playground dates, and social events for parents and families which make us unique. We are open to children of all religions.
Academically stimulating and unbelievably fun, Lango Preschool offers immersion preschool programs in Spanish and Mandarin. Designed for children ages 2-4, these programs combine subject learning with more creative activities to produce a rich and challenging learning environment, full of informative fun and foreign language practice. Our highly knowledgeable staff of native speakers facilitates cultural understanding through cooking demonstrations, stories, and holiday celebrations. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a personalized tour, or visit langokidsnyc.com for further information.
LEIF ERICSON DAY SCHOOL
1037 72nd St.,
Christine Hauge, principal
Leif Ericson Day School, celebrating 51 years of quality Christian education for children in nursery-eighth grade, offers small class size which promotes personalized attention. Following the NYS learning standards, LEDS also offers classes in music and performance arts, computer technology, science lab, and physical and environmental education. LEDS also offers a Summer Creative Arts & Music Program (June 26-Aug. 4). Call for a personal tour!
Lighthouse Group Family Daycare was originally called Lighthouse Preschool, Inc. and was founded in New York City in 2001. Despite our change of location, our teachers still have the ambitious idea of guiding children through their early years of life in a preschool setting. We welcome children ages 2-5 and provide them with everything they need to succeed and thrive in school–love, encouragement, social interaction with children their age, and a variety of fundamental skills to prepare them for school. Registration is open year-round.
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.
LITTLE HANDS & FEET
1270 Bay Ridge Parkway, Brooklyn
Little Hands & Feet was founded by Aneshah, who has been certified in childcare for 20 years. Our goal is to provide 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. At Little Hands & Feet be assured it is a home away from home and your child will have the best care available. Monday-Friday, 6:30am-6:30pm. Pre-K for all 8:30am-2:50pm (early-care and after-care available for enrolled students).
LITTLE SCHOLARS LEARNING CENTER
52 Quentin Road
448 Neptune Ave.
104 West End Ave.
4123 Avenue U
At Little Scholars Childcare Center, we provide a carefully crafted curriculum to fit various learning styles. Children are provided opportunities to explore with hands-on learning activities to inspire creativity and learning. Our philosophy centers on the idea that children should be taught how to think and not what to think.
BayRidge, Bensonhurst, Sheepshead Bay,Midwood, Marine Park
Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo, Boerum Hill
Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bed Stuy
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. Classes meet once a week for 45 minutes. Morning, afternoon, evening, or weekend class times available. Newborn to age 6. Free trial classes offered to sample a class before enrolling. Sessions start in September, January, April, and July.
PRESCHOOL OF AMERICA
2109 Broadway at 73rd Street
101 West End Ave. at 64th Street
25 Tudor City Place at 41st Street
1190 Park Ave. at 93rd Street
1501 Lexington Ave. at 97th Street
345 W. 42nd St. at Eighth Avenue
600 6th Ave. at 18th Street
39 Eldridge St. at Canal Street
25 Market St. at Henry Street
46 Market St. at Madison Street
2 South End Ave. at W. Thames
382 Baltic St., Cobble Hill
859 60th St., Bay Ridge
112-33 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills
63-47 Booth St., Rego Park
42-31 Colden St., Flushing
133-32 41st Road, Flushing
83-04 Broadway, Elmhurst
83-38 Cornish Ave., Elmhurst
186-01 73 Ave., Fresh Meadows
194-15 73rd Ave., Fresh Meadows
Preschool of America provides an exciting and safe learning environment for infants, toddlers, and preschool age children. We value the multicultural and diverse neighborhoods we serve. With hands-on experiences and manipulatives, our students are learning social skills as they interact, and cognitive skills as they problem-solve. Our playgrounds and gyms allow an abundance of gross motor opportunities. Nutritious meals are provided daily for the growth of the body and mind. We are learning every day and having fun every minute.
REDEEMER ST. JOHN'S NURSERY SCHOOL
939 83rd St.,
Redeemer St. John's Nursery School has served the community for more than 40 years and is licensed by the New York City Department of Health. Our goal is to foster a child's positive self-image, encourage curiosity, and promote cooperation by providing rich experiences and opportunities for problem solving, self-expression, and logical thinking. Thematic curriculum focuses on fun, age-appropriate activities-integrated into all subject areas. We offer a two-day toddler program, three-day nursery program, free UPK program, and an after-school program from 2:30-6pm through The Ridge Creative Center.
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! Tours are by appointment with our director of admissions, Nathan Lynch, see contact information above. All tours start at 9am.
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 ages 2-3, and free universal pre-K for age 4, with extended-day option. Open year-round; summer program available.
STEPPING STONES NURSERY SCHOOL
245 86th St., Bay Ridge
Stepping Stones-The Next Step
9321 Ridge Blvd., Brooklyn
Join Stepping Stones to share the joys of early exploration and discovery. The children at Stepping Stones achieve successful social skills and build a wonderful rapport with their peers and teachers. Watch your child grow through hands-on learning and small group instruction based on an independent and creative curriculum. Full- and part-time programs for ages 2, 3, and 4, as well as an after-school program are offered. Hours of operation are from 7am-6:30pm. Come visit us. We look forward to meeting you and your child.
8638 20th Ave.,
Give your child a superior beginning! All teachers are certified in early childhood development. Programs include half- and full-day, and extended time from ages 2-5. Mind Power is our special program for ages 2-3. Preschool and kindergarten activities, fitness program, trips, music, math and reading readiness. We offer a powerful first grade prep for kindergarten students only! Give your child a head start with our after-school tutoring program focusing on common core standards. After-school tutoring program is available for homework help and test prep for kindergarten through eighth grade. Call for information! 718-996-8714.
THERAPY AND LEARNING CENTER
1723 8th Ave.,
TLC provides an enriching and challenging early childhood experience for preschoolers who are typically developing and for those with special developmental needs. Our small class size helps to maximize the support provided to each child that is guided by the school’s educational director. Our team of professionals also consists of speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists to closely monitor a child’s progress. The professional staff also consists of a registered nurse, social worker, psychologist, and music therapist. All faculty and staff are state-certified. We encourage communication and participation by families in the instructional process.
Every child deserves a champion who connects with them and helps them to become the best that they can be. At Treasure Island you will find that our staff are champions for all children; helping each child to become a confident, motivated, engaged learner. The program promotes social competencies, active thinking, problem-solving skills, and an awareness of the diversity in our world, building a foundation of respect for differences. We serve children ages 2½-4. Hours are 7:15am-6pm, Monday-Friday. Meals included. Music and Zumba, and UPK are available. Maria Nogueira, director.
TRILOK FUSION CENTER FOR ARTS
143 Waverly Ave. (Bet. Myrtle & Park Avenues), Brooklyn
Our goal is to nourish all aspects of the child, opening the world to each child through exploratory and creative processes. Through hands-on learning with small class sizes, we cultivate the truly unique qualities within each individual. We foster their ability to embrace life’s challenges. We offer outlets of expression in dance, music, drawing, painting, gardening, photography, video, and cooking. From this strong base of activity, children’s minds are fired up toward academic studies such as reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.
URBAN STRATEGIES INC., EARLY LEARN PROGRAM
Urban Strategies Early Learning
1091 Sutter Ave. (at Atkins Avenue), Brooklyn
1084 Elton Street (at Flatland Avenue), Brooklyn
Urban Strategies UPK Program
255 Atkins Ave., Brooklyn
1405 Bushwick Ave., Brooklyn
Urban Strategies Early Learn Program provides childcare and Head Start services for children ages 2-5. Urban Strategies is a safe and supportive Early Learn Program that promotes discovery and growth. Our program combines state-of-the-art facilities, and a nationally recognized early childhood curriculum. We collaborate with families to help each child achieve pre-kindergarten readiness. Get ready to invest in your child’s future as a lifelong learner.
At the Williamsburg Neighborhood Nursery School our curriculum is play-based, child centered, and focused on social-emotional growth. Here at WNNS we combine the safety and comfort of home with the social and intellectual stimulation of school. We have limited slots available in our 3s and 4s program for the 2017-2018 school year. Half- and full-day schedules available.
WORLD OF WONDERS DAYCARE
7219 New Utrecht Ave., Brooklyn
6705 13th Ave.
World of Wonders Early Childcare Center is a premier program that provides a safe and nurturing environment. Our developmentally appropriate curriculum helps foster each child's cognitive, emotional, physical, and social development through free play, dramatic play, computers, music and movement, and outdoor play. Our center is dedicated to providing high quality programs for toddlers and preschoolers ages 2-5. We strive to create a stimulating environment' where every child is encouraged to reach his or her own potential. Watch for the grand opening of our new location at 6705 13th Ave.