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Park Slope Schoolhouse Child Care Center

515 Sixth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

(718) 768-4873


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Using an integrated approach, we provide developmentally appropriate curriculum to assist with the natural process of a child's development; cognitive, social and emotional, gross/fine motor, play and sensory skills. We encourage children to make their own choices and to develop an appropriate level of independence while remaining respectful members of a larger classroom and "school" community. We value and welcome the involvement of our families and the community at large in the learning process of our children. The children thrive under the supportive care of teachers who are qualified, trained and experienced to work with young children. We follow policies and procedures, enabling us to provide a well-organized program in as safe an environment as we can provide.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

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

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • 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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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • 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
  • Tricycles
  • 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 At PSS we provide a music teacher weekly, in addition to music and movement within our daily curriculum. PSS also provides a cooking and nutrition program for each age group. This age appropriate program consists of a weekly hands on food education activity.

From the Director:

Children in our program are recognized and respected as individuals with unique and diverse families and backgrounds. They are given the opportunity to develop at their own pace in a warm, nurturing environment that provides for their intellectual, social and emotional growth and for their health and safety. Park Slope Schoolhouse teachers give full attention to the individual development of each child through their care in classrooms that have many carefully designed materials to meet the child's natural interests and that give children the opportunity to make choices. The teachers of the Park Slope Schoolhouse provide children with developmentally appropriate activities. The children interact with others in small and large groups of peers to help develop confidence and self-awareness and are encouraged in their exploration, manipulation and discovery of their environment. We are also committed to teaching children to communicate their needs, feelings and ideas both verbally and in positive non-verbal ways.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe in the integrity and individuality of each child. We strive to create a caring, diverse, nurturing, and stimulating environment that provides children the opportunity to grow in their own distinct manner and at their own individual pace through play and organized activity.

A Typical Day

PSS offers a full day, year round program for children aged one to four years old. Children may arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. for breakfast and stay through 6:30 p.m. Each age group follows a structured routine with each different area of the classroom integrated into the schedule. Children play outdoors twice a day in our play yard.

PSS offers a two day, three day or 5 day schedule.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are actively involved in the PSS program. Within the greater school community, we welcome parents to join various committees, such as the Fundraising Committee or the Marketing Committee. Within the classroom setting, parents can offer their time as a class parent, or just join their child for story time.

Parents are encouraged to call and speak with the director at any time and teachers can be reached during rest time or by email. Weekly newsletters and blogs are created for each individual classroom.

Parent teacher conferences are held twice a year with two curriculum nights to meet with teachers and staff.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • 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
  • Small group sessions
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Children adjust to new situations differently. Helping them separate from and say good-bye to parents is important. We are sensitive to individual needs and feelings. PSS has a two-week scheduled phase-in, although we are sensitive to the needs of each individual child and family.