Preschools, Nursery Schools, & Pre-K Programs in Brooklyn

Preschools, Nursery Schools, & Pre-K Programs in Brooklyn

Find the best early childhood education program for your child in Brooklyn.


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UPDATED June 2019: 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.

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A. FANTIS PAROCHIAL SCHOOL
195 State St., Brooklyn
718-624-0501

Dedicated to promoting academic excellence and strength of character in a nurturing environment grounded in Hellenic culture and Christian values that cultivates scholars who will mature into responsible citizens and real world problem solvers.

BIBLE SPEAKS ACADEMY (THE)
5205 Foster Ave.,
718-629-4559
Email info@tbsbrooklyn.org

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.

BLUE SCHOOL
241 Water St., Manhattan
212-228-6341

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.

BROOKLYN AMITY SCHOOL
3867 Shore Parkway, Brooklyn
718-891-6100
Email info@amityschool.org

Brooklyn Amity School will now be offering a tuition-based pre-K-3 program. This early childhood program will offer two enrollment options: half-day (8am-12pm) and full-day (8am-3pm). Our Free UPK Program provides an integrated curriculum of activities balancing emotional, social, physical, and intellectual development. Visit amityschool.org, for more details about the program.

BROOKLYN FRIENDS SCHOOL
375 Pearl St., Brooklyn
718-852-1029
Email jmartin@brooklynfriends.org

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.

CHANGING TOMORROW ACADEMY
257 Gold St., Brooklyn
205-701-3333 office; (845) 978-3845 - cell
Email info@changingtomorrowacademy.com

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
718-499-6208 x221

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.

763 President St., Park Slope
718-230-5255

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.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF NEW YORK
4 E. 90th St. (150 W. 83rd St. for 2018-19 only), New York
212-641-0260
Email info@ianyc.org

The International Academy of New York is multi-cultural and diverse, developing culturally astute, confident, and empathetic students with fluency in Mandarin or Spanish, while excelling in literacy, math, and the arts. Pre-nursery (2s)-eighth grade, but accepting applications through fourth grade for 2019-20.

JCC OF MID-WESTCHESTER
999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale
914-472-3300
Caryn Symons, director of camping
symonsc@jccmw.org


The JCC of Mid-Westchester offers 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 gymnasium, climbing in our playground, and performing skits in our Bendheim Theatre. We offer a variety of sports, dance, and academic enrichment programs.

LANGO KIDS, NYC
93 3rd Ave. (at Bergen Street), Brooklyn
917-300-8789
Email admin@langokidsnyc.com

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 admin@langokidsnyc.com to schedule a personalized tour, or visit langokidsnyc.com for further information.

LEARNING EXPERIENCE (THE)
412 Kings Highway , Brooklyn
718-627-7340 845-608-4251
Email brooklyn@tlechildcare.com

The Learning Experience® Child Development Academy welcomes children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. TLE® offers year-round full- and part-time schedules with extended day options and UPK. We implement ground breaking childcare and early education programs in safe and nurturing environments. Come see how your child will "learn, play, and grow!"

LEIF ERICSON DAY SCHOOL
1037 72nd St.,
718-748-9023
Christine Hauge, principal


Leif Ericson Day School celebrates more than 50 years as a Christian school for children in nursery-eighth grade. Small class sizes and state-approved curriculum (but no state tests) are enhanced by multi-faceted music performance classes and state-of-the-art computer technology program. Professional, nurturing faculty and staff, and a safe, caring environment.

LIGHTHOUSE GROUP FAMILY DAYCARE
212-219-8813
Email lighthouse11209@yahoo.com

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.

LIL' FOOTPRINTS
7805 20th Ave., Brooklyn
718-234-5890

2033 76th St., Brooklyn
917-903-7838


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
718-680-KIDS (5437)

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.

LITTLE SCHOLARS LEARNING CENTER
718-210-3233, Mariana Korsunsky, M.S.ED director
52 Quentin Road
448 Neptune Ave.
104 West End Ave.
4123 Avenue U
1502 W. 1st St.
631 E. 18th St.


Email littlescholarsnyc@gmail.com

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.

the Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst,Midwood Sheepshead Bay,Marine Park BayRidge, Bensonhurst, Sheepshead Bay,Midwood, Marine Park
718- 499-2866
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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.

REDEEMER ST. JOHN'S NURSERY SCHOOL
939 83rd St.,
718-833-7700

Redeemer St. John's Nursery School has served the community for more than 40 years. Our goal is to foster a child's positive self-image, encourage curiosity, and promote cooperation by providing opportunities for problem solving, self-expression, and logical thinking. Thematic curriculum focuses on fun, age-appropriate activities-integrated into all subject areas.

SAINT SAVIOUR CATHOLIC ACADEMY
701 8th Ave., Park Slope
718-768-8000 x4
Email nlynch@sscaparkslope.org

Saint Saviour Catholic Academy prepares students from nursery to eighth grade for higher education. Our academy offers a balanced curriculum of rigorous academics designed to meet the common core standards and a vibrant arts and extracurricular program paired with the spiritual teachings of Catholicism.

SMART START EARLY LEARNING CENTER
8411 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn
718-921-1868
Email smartstart@verizon.net

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.

STEPPING STONES NURSERY SCHOOL
245 86th St., Bay Ridge
718-630-1000
Stepping Stones-The Next Step
9321 Ridge Blvd., Brooklyn
718-630-1001


Email steppingstones86@aol.com

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.

STUYVESANT HEIGHTS MONTESSORI, EMMANUEL MONTESSORI OF CLINTON HILL
644 Macdonough St. 36 St. James Place,
347-241-7305
Email shmontessoriint@gmail.com / emmanuelmontessori@ebc-ny.org

At Stuyvesant Heights Montessori and Emmanuel Montessori of Clinton Hill our approach to early childhood education is aligned with the educational philosophies of Dr. Maria Montessori as well as various progressive approaches. We have worked to create a flexible learning environment where all of the children’s needs are met.

THERAPY AND LEARNING CENTER
1723 8th Ave.,
718-290-2700

Therapy and Learning Center (TLC) preschool program is now enrolling for summer and fall. Small class sizes, UPK, full time nurse, integrated setting, music, yoga, dance, rooftop playground, and early drop-off /late pick-up available. Visit our website: tlckids.org.

TREASURE ISLAND
347 74th St. (corner of 4th Avenue and 74th Street),
718-238-7676
Email silbekidz@aol.com

Every child deserves a champion who connects with them and helps them to become the best that they can be. At Treasure Island our staff are champions for all children, helping each child to become a confident, motivated, engaged learner. The program promotes social competencies, active thinking, and problem-solving skills.

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

718-235-6151
usheadstart1@aol.com usdaycare1@aol.com


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. It combines state-of-the-art facilities with a nationally recognized early childhood curriculum. We collaborate with families to help achieve pre-kindergarten readiness.

WORLD OF WONDERS EARLY CHILDCARE CENTER
7219 New Utrecht Ave., Brooklyn
718-621-4216
6705 13th Ave.


Email wrldofwonders@aol.com

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.


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