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The Family Center at Brooklyn Friends School

The Family Center at Brooklyn Friends School is an early childhood program designed to meet the developmental needs of two-year-old children.  In a nurturing, child centered environment children begin to discover the world outside home and family and learn about themselves in the context of a community of peers.

Children must be 2 years old at the start of the school year. The Family Center is a one year program for two year olds, Applications to Preschool Threes programs should be made in early fall. The Family Center Director will assist in this process.

Family Center StudentsEven as a two year old, you can make a difference. The ability to postpone immediate gratification and to be considerate of others’ feelings develops. In a diverse community children come to recognize, understand, respect and accept differences.

We believe that play is essential to the development of young children.

Exploration and hands on, experiential, open-ended activities allow children to find their level of competency and ability, while continuing to grow, thrive and develop. The curriculum is child centered, focusing on separation and the social emotional growth of young children as they learn through play. Teachers are the facilitators in the learning process. In this environment children gain confidence. When children are comfortable and secure they explore, experiment, create, question, and imagine; they become self-directed and motivated learners. They have a wonder and joyful sense of the possibilities their expanding world offers.

Family Center CurriculumYoung children thrive on consistency and predictability.

They feel safe and secure when they know what to expect and what is expected of them. School skills develop – using your words, listening, waiting, taking turns and developing an awareness of the needs and ideas of others. Routines, limits and structure are in place to enhance the child’s experience and growth.

We value partnership between school and family. Young children do not always talk about their day and we recognize that parents want too know what is happening. Communication with teachers through notes, website and conferences are ways we can share the children’s busy days. There will be opportunities for parents to gather to discuss issues relevant to them collectively and be a supportive resource to each other.

Family Center Paint As children start their day, they are brought to the classrooms and the adult helps them settle before saying good-bye. There is a period of play, where children are able to make choices, explore all areas of the classroom and participate in the special activities happening that day. This may be followed by a special time for music or dance. Mid-morning is snack time. It may be something they made themselves, or a healthy new food to try. This will be followed by a time to go to the bathroom and practice developing self-help skills. An important part of the routine is Circle Time when the class comes together to sing songs, talk about the day and have a group story. Every day includes running, jumping and climbing in an outdoor in indoor play space.

Half Day Morning children are dismissed at 11:50, the Afternoon class ends at 4:00. Full and Extended Day children have a lunch then get ready for rest time. After nap, there is more time to play until it is time to go home.

Half-Day

Morning

  • 3, 4 or 5 days
  • 9:00am to 11:50am

Afternoon

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
  • 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Full-Day
  • 2, 4 or 5 days
  • 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • 8;00am to 6:00pm

All head teachers in the Family Center are certified in early childhood education and have Master’s degrees. In addition, experienced and energetic music and dance teachers visit each class for lessons that enrich the children’s learning. Sara Soll, the Director of the Family Center, has a Master’s degree in early childhood special education and more than 45 years of teaching and administrative experience in a variety of early childhood settings.

Our ground floor facility at the 189A Schermerhorn Street location has been custom-built for early childhood education, taking into account best teaching and learning practices as well as environmental sustainability. Our three classrooms and indoor play space are bright, airy, spacious, safe and inviting. The environment has been designed to encourage young children’s growing independence and to nurture their need to explore and navigate their world.

Contact the Family Center

Address: 189A Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, between Hoyt and Smith Streets
Phone: 347-889-5055
Fax: 347-889-7254
E-mail:
Sara Soll, Director
Naomi DeVore, Administrative Assistant