Welcome to Seedlings, a fully licensed preschool in Brooklyn Heights.
Seedlings is a child-directed yet teacher guided program that takes place in an intimate, nurturing environment that’s positive and respectful of all our children.
Our children thrive from increased attention with a child to teacher ratio
of 4 to 1 or even 3 to 1. Seedlings' small class sizes create an ideal atmosphere
for developing social skills as well as meeting our young one's emotional needs.
We are coveniently located in Brooklyn Heights in a beautiful brownstone with a private backyard. At Seedlings, you’ll see learning happen every day through imaginary play, art, gardening, singing, dancing, science and more. Welcome to a place where the gift of imagination can flourish.
Welcome to Seedlings.
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Alice was born and raised in Brooklyn,
where she is also now raising her two children. While in school for her MBA and working for a Fortune 50 company, Alice did volunteer work, helping physically challenged individuals lead active lives. Enjoying this work immensely, Alice returned to school, and received a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She specialized in pediatrics for 18 years in her own therapy clinics in Brooklyn and Manhattan, helping under-served pediatric communities. When asked why she chose to work in pediatrics, she states “It was the energy and the excitement of the children that made me so happy every day. It was inspiring to see the children with so many challenges stay determined and strong. That in turn helped me stay focused and see a purpose in my work.”
One of Alice’s favorite children’s books is The Kissing Hand. When she is not working, you can find Alice enjoying her time with her husband and children.
Tracy is a Michigander, however she has lived in NYC more than half of her life and calls it home. She has a BA in Psychology and studies in Early Education and Speech Language Pathology.
She has been a total kid nut since she was 5 or 6 years old. Her dream as a child was to adopt a dozen children. She has a funny, sweet and talented
15-year-old-son named Nico and a dog named Kellvin. She finally achieved her dream and added 50 more children to her "family," when she and Alice opened Seedlings in 2012. She could not be happier.
Tracy's favorite color is reddish orange, like the setting sun. Her favorite ice cream is coffee, of course. She is currently reading Harry Potter under duress as Nico insisted she join the "rest of the world." She also enjoys biking, traveling and the blues.
Saramax has been a teacher since 2008,
and attended Sarah Lawrence for her undergraduate work. She is currently finishing her thesis at Columbia Teachers College where she will be graduating with degree in the clinical Psychology in Education and Counseling program with a special interest in Art Education. When asked about teaching, she says “I love teaching for reasons beyond words. When you walk into the classroom you see these children, people, whole people, who have whole selves to share or not share with you. As a teacher we can share ourselves and let ourselves love and respect the children, and for some reason, these amazing people share themselves on a deep level with us. That's an honor and a privilege.”
Her favorite ice cream is black cherry milk shakes, or anything with lots of candy on it (sometimes she shares her ice cream with her cat…)she loves to make ice cream, play with her cat, listen to music and talk with friends. She also loves to run and dance.
Kristen is a native Brooklynite from Bay Ridge. She has been working with children since I was 13 years old, and she holds a Masters in Early Childhood Education (birth to second grade) from Fordham University. When asked why she loves teaching, she says “I love teaching because it is always fun and exciting to be around children.It is very rewarding seeing how we can make a difference in their lives. We also get to sing, dance, do art, and play everyday!” She is an advocate of learning through play, hands-on and sensory learning, and children playing an active part in their own learning. “I like to include children’s interests when teaching in order to get ideas onwhat they would like to learn about. The most important thing is to have fun while learning!”
Kristen’s favorite color is pink, her favorite book is Pete the Cat, and she loves coconut ice cream. When she is not in the classroom, you can find her hiking, dancing, and playing with her dogs Chip and Dale (they are father and son!).
A native New Yorker, Clare grew up in Queens and now lives in Long Island. She studied Psychology as an undergraduate. Teaching was a lifelong dream for Clare. Several years ago she left a position as a children's book buyer and entered graduate school. She received her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College. This is Clare’s second year as a teacher. When asked why she likes teaching, she said, “Because each day is new and exciting. Each day is an adventure for children. I get to be a part of the experience as children explore and make discoveries and develop independence.” She believes that children have so much to teach all of us. She feels very lucky to be working as a teacher.
Clare loves trees, and the calm and peace she feels when she is walking in a forest. She loves to spend time with her family and in her free time enjoys music, books, yoga, walking and snowshoeing. Her favorite colors are purple and orange. Clare’s all-time favorite ice cream flavors are chocolate and mint chocolate chip although she has been known to enjoy the occasional vanilla cone with rainbow sprinkles.
Children 2-4 years old
We offer a flexible schedule with classes offered 3, 4
or 5 days per week.
Children 4-5 years old
Seedlings Pre-K program has a strong emphasis on preparing the child socially, emotionally and
academically for kindergarten. We introduce art, phonics, literacy, word recognition, writing skills, math, and science and offer music class weekly and art daily. The children will garden, walk to the nearby farmer’s market and also have cooking class.
Outdoor Time/ Movement/Music
Story and Concept of the Day
Quiet Reading or Partner Reading
Clean up and wash hands for lunch
Indoor Play Time
Seedlings Too, our partial separation program,
allows for toddlers (ages 18-24 months),
accompanied by their caregiver to spend the day learning together through play, exploration,
reading stories, singing, dancing, art, science and more.
Our 3 day program at Zion Church (125 Henry Street) has the same philosophy and curriculum as our main location.
Here's a typical day for the Partial Separation Program:
*The start time and duration of each activity listed is variable, based on the needs of each student.
9:30 Hello Circle
10:20 Snack & Story
11:00 Group Activity-Sensory
11:15 Free Play
11:50 Goodbye time
Children arrive, hang their belongings in their cubbies, and put their shoes in the Shoe Basket. They are prompted to select books, join friends at the play dough table, or help to prepare for Hello Circle. Sometimes, children will play freely, which is fine, or paint at the easel. We sing a “5 more minutes” song at 9:25 and gradually tidy the room with the children’s help.
The children love marching over to the green rug to the beat
of a song. They often help to bring out all the rhythm scarves, instruments, and visual aids and enjoy posting their photos or the song cards on our felt board. We typically sing one or two hello songs, one song that features the children’s names or an action they can perform for the group, and one song about animals or another favorite theme. We refer to the daily schedule. Then we race to the cubbies and sing our “Going outside” song and our “Shoes on” song.
The children love watering the plants, blowing bubbles, playing in the sand, and all sorts of physical activity. They use chalk on the brick walls, the ground, and our black doorway (which is very exciting!). This is always a time when we closely observe their fine and gross motor skills, striving to bolster their development with plenty of small and big games.
We sing about washing hands and waiting patiently in chairs. Children enjoy commenting and sharing their thoughts about the books that we read during this time. They often tap their feet and clap while we show them finger plays and sing new songs and old favorites. We encourage them to use the words “please” and “thank you” and praise them when they are able to sit down and stay at the table. We allow them to leave when they are restless and need a break, when they are excited to select a new book, and when they are able to clean up after themselves. We leave sponges, towels, and soapy water spray bottles in clear sight of the children throughout the day so that they can freely wipe the table clean.
Children will be changed one at a time; the other children will sing, read, or use play dough with
a second teacher. Sometimes, we begin
our group activity at this time, too.
Projects may fit into the categories of Cooking, Science, Art, or Gardening. We will make our own play dough. We will spread butter on bread or pour oil, water, and glitter through funnels
to make beautiful sensory toys. We will make prints from plastic toys around the room or from strange, unexpected objects.
We will paint while dancing to music. We will always work on strengthening the core muscles, fine motor skills, and the ability
to tolerate and enjoy a diverse array of sensations and stimuli.
This is a time when children focus on the pretend area, painting at the easel, building with large blocks, and solving puzzles. It is a huge time for verbal negotiation, as children definitely have preferences for particular materials; we support the children’s work in this area by offering them simple language (i.e., “My turn?” “Are you OK?” “I want ____”) as a way to best communicate their needs to others.
We encourage children to join us for circle games during this time, ride or race or run with moving toys or with each other, and to begin to clean up from Free Play. We often use the parachute or the tunnel.
We clean up all together a little bit more, put all the babies and animals to bed, and prepare for Dismissal by putting completed art in cubbies and putting shoes on. The children help to remove their photos from the board and love sharing one final dance with their friends. We usually sing one or two separation themed songs, play a movement game, and sing the Goodbye Song.
Seedlings Summer Program
Our summer camp will be a continuation of our school year-learning through play!
Plan on lots of art, music, movement, gardening, science, building, games, reading, and of course,
lots of water play in our private back yard. We will have the same terrific teachers and the same small class sizes. Pack your sunblock!
3 week sessions:
Session A: June 13 - July 1, 2016**
Session B: July 11 - July 29, 2016
Session C: Aug 1 - Aug 19, 2016
**(closed July 4 - July 8, 2016)
pricing for 3 week sessions:
8:30 am - 11:30 am
3-half day sessions: $900
4-half day sessions: $1050
5-half day sessions: $1250
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
3-full day sessions: $1275
4-full day sessions: $1425
5-full day sessions: $1575
1 week session:
Session D: August 22 - 26, 2016
Note: You may choose Session D or,
dependent on availability, single weeks
from Sessions A, B or C.
pricing for additional 1 week sessions:
8:30 am - 11:30 am
3-half day sessions: $300
4-half day sessions: $350
5-half day sessions: $425
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
3-full day sessions: $425
4-full day sessions: $475
5-full day sessions: $525
Come join the “Lunch Bunchers!”
You may add an additional hour
(11:30 am - 12:30 pm) of “lunch bunch” to half day sessions. The children will have an indoor or outdoor picnic and
a story/soft music rest time. Don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch!
3 day Lunch Bunch: $66
4 day Lunch Bunch: $88
5 day Lunch Bunch: $110
Seedlings now accepts
Click here for our summer registration form
Seedlings is open to children
ages two through five. Seedlings Too,
our partial separation program, is open to toddlers 18-24 months.
We have an open admissions policy. If your child loves to laugh and play, we'd love to have you join our family. A meeting with our school administrators with your child is not necessary, but if you'd like to come tour our school, we'd be happy to meet you.
Please contact us at email@example.com
to set up a time to tour.
We use TADS, an admission management company, for Seedlings application
processing. To apply, please click here.
You will first need to setup a TADS account, then you will be directed through the application process.
Tuition for 2016-2017 School Year:
Full day Pre-K: $23,200
8:15 am -3:30 pm, Mon to Thurs
8:30 am -11:30 am OR 12:30 pm -3:30 pm
3 day: $11,950
4 day: $13,950
5 day: $15,700
Lunch Bunch option
11:30 am -12:30 pm
$22/ per day
Seedlings Too (partial separation):
9:00 am -12:00 pm, on Mon, Tues and Thurs
3 day: $6,300
Seedlings 2016-2017 school year begins
Or goal is to make your child's transition as smooth
and as comfortable as possible, so we offer optional
home visits in the fall before school begins.
Additionally, children may also visit Seedlings
their families. Please call 718-222-1849 to schedule.
Click here for Seedlings 2016-2017 calendar.
Click here for Seedlings Too! 2016-2017 calendar.