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Chickpeas Child Care

451 Seventh Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

(718) 788-6604


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

The children have a lot of freedom but there are rules and a schedule that we follow.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught We do a lot of building and creating from recycling trash items, like boxes, cardboard tubes, etc. Crate building, book making, science area done.

From the Director:

Projects are open-ended, children are encouraged to create what they want. Toys are simple and require imagination. The block area is quite large. Primary color paints are used.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Chickpeas follows a child-centered, Bank Street type of curriculum. We focus on developing the child's social and creative skills.

A Typical Day

1. Outdoor play/music/movement
2. Story/Spanish
3. Snack
4. Free Play
5. Semi-circle
6. Clean-up
7. Story
8. Lunch
9. Rest time
10. Outdoor play
11. Pick-up
12. After school

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Daily interaction, parent/teacher conferences, email, parent meetings (monthly). Written synopsis of day's highlights are posted on a board at pick-up. A daily sleep log & potty training log is kept. An annual curriculum conference take place in the fall. We encourage parents to visit classroom any time & to speak with teachers at anytime during the year for updates.The parents though our monthly newsletter, write about their experiences at schools older siblings attend.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Depends on the parent, child, and situation. First day is half day. After that it is an individualized thing for each child.