Children use their imaginations to transform the indoor jungle gym into whatever they please, whether it be a make-believe house or a spaceship. In this environment, imagination is encouraged, and children are able to further improve their motor and socialization skills. Our cozy book corner provides a quiet space for reading and one-on-one time with one of our trained staff members. Our daycare facilities are also equipped with a variety of manipulative toys that help develop fine motor and cognitive skills. The block area encourages constructive play, and introduces children to mathematic and scientific concepts. Our art materials and easel are always available for creative and messy play. Our costume area is well-stocked with capes, skirts, hats and shoes where children can partake in dramatic reenactments of their favorite stories, or can simply enjoy playing ‘dress-up.’
Honeydew Drop’s staff consists of a lead teacher and assistants. Music and art educators are also incorporated into the program each month. The staff is trained to provide an appropriate balance of parental affection and professionalism. They introduce the alphabet, numbers and patterns through fun-filled games
Fitore Gjini / Site Director / Lead Teacher of UPK
Fitore started working at Honeydew in February 2008. She obtained her ECE (Early ChildhoodÂ Education) Masters in 2012 from Touro College. Prior to Honeydew, Fitore worked with 3-5 year olds in another preparatory school in NY. Fitore is the leader our Curriculum and Assessment planning.
Julian Cruz / Â Assistant teacher
Julian joined Honeydew in September 2010. Julian is a NYS certified EMT-B and a self-taught musician. He has been working with children of all ages for over 12 years. He likes to watch the children grow and progress. Julian is currently attending Brooklyn College for Early Childhood Education (ECE). He has learned patience and exposure to other parenting styles and philosophies. Julian lives in Brooklyn and spends time with his wife and dog.
QUOTE: â€œNo sleep till Brooklynâ€ â€“Beastie Boys
ButterfliesÂ Classroom (2-4 years old):
Talisa / Lead Teacher
Talisa joined Honeydew in August 2009. She has been working with children for over 10 years. Her favorite part about working at Honeydew is observing the children and their moments of discovery. Talisa has her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science. Working at Honeydew has helped Talisa learn how important sensory exploration is for their development.
QUOTE: â€œYouâ€™re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, soâ€¦.get on your wayâ€ â€“Dr. Seuss
1113 Church Avenue
(between Stratford and Westminster, 2 Blocks from Coney Island Avenue)
Children ages 2 years to 5 years old
Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 6:00pm