Focus On Brooklyn Free Space

by NYC Firm Schools on February 20, 2012

Brooklyn Free Space is a cooperative preschool for children ages 2.6-4.8 years. The school was established in 1978 and serves the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn along with surrounding neighborhoods.

The school is open September through June and offers five days a week curriculum for all ages. The facilities accommodate 62 children. Since it is a cooperative, parents are heavily involved. Lessons take place in 4 classrooms titled Jitterbug, Dragonfly, Sunshine, and Rainbow.

Through a contract with the New York Department of Education, BFS also offers Universal Pre-Kindergarten.

The Brooklyn Free Space philosophy is centered on creating a warm and happy atmosphere for preschool children to learn and grow in. The program is designed to be a bridge between the home environment and a full-fledged school. Students work on motor skills, social skills, sensory and perceptual skills, and language skills. Cooperative leaders believe children learn best through play so many opportunities for play and learning are offered.

The Jitterbug classroom is set aside for children ages 2 years 6 months to 2 years 11 months. Three teachers staff the room with 12 child students. 4 half-day slots are set aside and the rest are full-day.

The Dragonfly classroom is for children 3 years to 3 years 6 months. Staffed by three teachers, it holds 15 students with 4 half-day slots.

The Sunshine classroom serves children ages 3 years 6 months to 4 years. It is staffed by three teachers and serves 16-17 students. All slots are full-day slots.

The Rainbow classroom also serves all full-day children, as many as 17 with three teachers. The age ranges are 4 years 1 month to the upper age limit.

You can learn more about Brooklyn Free Space on the school’s vibrant website.

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