Choosing a day care center for your little one is a really difficult decision. You want a place that is safe, with caring staff, and engaging/enriching activities. I know that after a couple of missteps and bad choices, I decided to ask around for parent experiences before deciding where my daughter would go. One thing I learned was that there was a difference between day care and nursery/pre-school in terms of children’s ages and activities. I solicited advice from friends and co-workers about places they send their kids. Then I researched those places. Here is my list of five great day care centers in Brookyn.
1. Kings Bay Y is a Jewish community center that serves areas from Sheepshead Bay to Mill Basin. Like most community centers, it offers a variety of non-sectarian programming from mommy and me classes to programs for senior citizens. What a lot of people don’t know is that Kings Bay Y also has a great early childhood program with wonderful teachers. People who send their kids there rave about how nice the program is. The rates are reasonable, they provide meals, and the atmosphere for kids is great.
2. Bambi Day Care Center has locations serving areas from Marine Park to Bay Ridge. It’s curriculum is fun and engaging. The program also provides meals, and bus service for older kids. Rates are quite reasonable and clients are pleased with the service. One caveat: I went on-line to check the program and saw a television in one of the shots. I asked a friend about this, and she assured me that it was used for special programming.
3. Eladia’s Kids, has been a part of the Park Slope community for a number of years, and has gotten really great reviews from parents. They do a wonderful job caring for kids from 3 months old to five years old. You can admit your child at any point during the year. The cost may be a bit high, heading close to 2K a month for full-time care, but parents feel the experience for their children is worth every penny.
4. Natalie’s Sunflower Child Care Centers are located in Park Slope and Carroll Gardens. This is another highly recommended day care where parents feel happy leaving their children. When I called for information, every question I asked was answered thoroughly, and I was invited to tour their schools. Prepare to spend on monthly tuition, but again, parents believe it’s more than worth it to have their child in such a fun, nurturing and enriching environment.
5. I tend to shy away from the thought of daycare franchises because I don’t believe that one size fits all, but The Learning Experience Brooklyn in Bensonhurst offers a terrific value for parents. Kids from six weeks to five years old learn in a bright and friendly atmosphere. There are lots of teachers and staff members on hand to help you and answer questions. And nothing beats their indoor play space for rainy days.
By Simone Gobin