Brooklyn Free Space is a preschool for children who are between the ages of 2 years, 4 months old to 4 years, 8 months years old at the beginning of each school year (as of September). For our 62 children, we offer a full day program, setting aside 4 spots in our youngest classroom (Jitterbug) for families wishing to send their child half day (9 am–12:30 pm). Full-day students attend 9 am–3 pm; half-day students attend 9 am–12:30 pm. Children beginning the year as half day, may have the option to switch to the full day program during the school year.
BFS believes in celebrating the innate desire of young child to learn, interact and experience through rich, joyful play. We view children as active collaborators in learning, fully able and interested in developing their own theories and exploring them through play and hands-on exploration. We seek to meet the needs of each child, developing individual interests and encouraging each child’s creativity.
Each child grows and develops at their own pace, and, because we reach each child where they are at, do not move children to a different classroom based on developmental milestones. Our low teacher child ratio allows for more individualized attention, particularly to the social and emotional development of each child, every classroom has a 3 teacher team, bringing decades of expertise and dedication to creating a warm cohesive classroom environment. Children are divided into four classrooms, each serving a specific age range (classroom age ranges may shift):
- Jitterbug: 2 years, 4 months - 2 years 10 months. 12 children
- Dragonfly: 2 years, 11 months - 3 years, 4 months. 15 children
- Sunshine: 3 years, 5 months- 3 years, 11 months. 17 children
- Rainbow: 4 years to 4 years, 8 months. 18 children
Teachers regularly communicate with families about what is happening in the classrooms, with weekly narrative reports and photos on their classroom blog. Families feel knowledgeable about what their child is doing in the classroom, and understand not just the “what” of what is happening , but the “how” and “why”.