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 August 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 WHOLE NEW WORLD ACADEMY
910 Union St.,
718-230-0022, 718-230-0026

A Whole New World Academy provides a safe and supportive environment. “The Mother Goose Time” curriculum embraces your child’s uniqueness to ensure they will learn 33 key skills. Lunch and snacks are provided by Yumble Kids, since we believe in nurturing a child’s body as well as their mind.

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.

BROOKLYN AMITY SCHOOL
3867 Shore Parkway, Brooklyn
718-891-6100
Email [email protected]

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.

BRYAN’S EDUCATIONAL CENTER
3922-3924 Church Ave., Brooklyn
718-282-6944
Email [email protected]

Give your child a strong start at Bryan's Educational Center! We strive to provide access to high quality early childhood programming. Bryan’s is accepting applications for our preschool (ages 2-3), UPK, Kindergarten, and After-school programs. Schedule your tour today or join our open house on Aug. 10 from 11:30am-2:30pm.

CHANGING TOMORROW ACADEMY
257 Gold St., Brooklyn
205-701-3333 office; (845) 978-3845 - cell
Email [email protected]

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.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF NEW YORK
4 E. 90th St. , New York
212-641-0260
Email [email protected]

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
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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.

LEARNING EXPERIENCE (THE)
412 Kings Highway , Brooklyn
718-627-7340 845-608-4251
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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
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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.


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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.

MUSIC TOGETHER BROOKLYN
BayRidge, Bensonhurst, Sheepshead Bay, Midwood, Marine Park
718- 499-2866
musictogetherbr.com


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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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


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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 [email protected] / [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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.

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


Email [email protected]

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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