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Sunflower Daycare Degraw St./Carroll Gardens

350 DeGraw
Brooklyn, NY 11231

(646) 642-3439

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Tapes with stories
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Toys
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Building blocks
  • Train station
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Nature class every week
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music class every week
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
  • dance, yoga classes
Other subjects taught We have daily preschool classes (from Mother Goose' curriculum) with circle time and craft time.

From the Director:

We have classes such as: African dance, Yoga, music and nature (each class lasts 45 minutes). We give children the option to play, run and jump outside in our backyard.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our philosophy is one of early socialization, by allowing children to learn and play together in a group setting. We provide a safe and rich program and environment for children.

A Typical Day

8 - 9 Children arrive
9 - first circle time
9:30 - snack
10 - second circle time or class (music, yoga, dance or nature)
11 - 11:30 - outside
12 - lunch
12:30 - 3 - nap
3 - 4 - free playtime
4 - snack
4 - 4:30 - craft
4:30 - 6 - outdoor

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Mostly email and letters. If needed, we will arrange a parent-teacher meeting. Everyone receives a report card.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

The first week is a zero week. The child comes in for an hour and increases the hours gradually. By the end of the first week, the child could stay a full day.