A history of greatness.
 

 

A letter from School Administrator, Erica James

My family and I migrated from Trinidad + Tobago in the 90's. 

I come from a long line of educators, on both sides of my family. My mother, Arlene, and I started a family daycare in Queens almost 30 years ago. It was very successful, and we now have many former students who are now college graduates.  My mother  taught at our daycare well into her 90's, at which point she became ill and we decided to close.

Shortly after, we were given an opportunity to move our business to Brooklyn where a garden apartment was available in a friend's brownstone.  Arlene and I did just that and we re-opened the daycare on Fort Greene Place in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

We loved Brooklyn, we saw it changing rapidly. We were even able to live a few brownstones away from the school.

In 2011, the school had the opportunity to grow yet again, and we moved to our current location at 150 Clermont Avenue.  History repeated itself and my daughter, Melanie, joined our operation and we now work together, as my mother and I did all those years ago.  We have a wonderful staff, incredible parents, and truly great kids.

Please learn more about our school below and feel free to contact us with any questions!


 

Philosophy

We offer a child-centered program that is developmentally appropriate for children who are 2 to 5 years old. Our goal is to provide a positive school experience, one that stimulates learning through exploration and encourages independence. Through positive interactions with classmates and adults, children have many opportunities to develop social skills. Our activities and projects are designed to value the process rather than the finished product, allowing children to be creative and inventive. Both indoor and outdoor play allows children to learn about the world and themselves. As children play, they learn new skills, coping mechanisms, the ability to test new ideas, as well as mastery of their bodies.

Program Objectives

  • Make a successful transition from home to school
  • Feel comfortable and secure in school
  • Develop social competency with peers and adults
  • Develop a positive self-concept, respect for others and their ideas
  • Encourage each child to play and work well independently and in a group
  • Provide opportunities for large and small motor development
  • Provide opportunities for interacting with a wide variety of materials that promote abstract and deductive reasoning
  • Introduce the concept and use of numbers and letters through a variety of experiences
 

Exciting school features

  • Snacks included
  • Music class every week
  • Seasonal musical and theatrical performances
  • Weekly ABC Museum