EXPLORERS ACADEMY PRESCHOOL

CURRICULUM

Our curriculum is inspired by the Interdisciplinary Units of Study, created by the Division of Early Childhood Education.  This curriculum focuses on the meaningful experiences of children and learning through all domains (cognitive, social-emotional, communication, physical, and adaptive) using developmentally appropriate practice. Our children enjoy learning about their neighborhood, nature, art, and technology simultaneously with traditional math, science, reading, writing, and social studies concepts.  In this way, learning new or building upon previous concepts can be achieved in a playful manner.

 

We serve delicious, wholesome and healthful snacks and meals to the children in our care who deserve the absolute best in nutrition. Our meals are free from GMOs and can be prepared upon request to be free of common allergens including dairy, nuts and sesame. We can also accommodate vegan and vegetarian dietary requirements.

The menu is designed using a whole-foods approach to meal-planning. Our farm-to-table preschool partners with Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative to attain our goal of serving only the best locally rooted and sustainable food choices. Our food is served on sustainable, compostable 100% sugar cane fiber tableware.

After their time with us our children move on easily to private schools including Packer, Berkley Carroll, and The International School of Brooklyn, dual language programs at public schools, and a wide variety of charter schools. We work with our families to ensure admissions goals for their desired programs, and both parents and elementary school directors express that our preschoolers arrive more than ready for the first day of their program. We are well versed in the readiness requirements for Gifted & Talented testing, admissions requirements, and the STEM and CORE program requirements for public school and charter school programs.

Preschool highlights for the 2019/20 School Year:

 

  • Engaging creative curriculum to engage each individual child.

  • Added enrichment including yoga, music, and creative movement.

  • Monthly family events and seasonal celebrations

  • Flexible extended evening and weekend childcare package for each student (easily transferable to siblings)

  • Wholesome meals and snacks

  • Flexible summer extension camp - register only for the weeks you need!

 
 

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

Brooklyn Explorers Academy Preschool admits students on a first come first serve basis. After sorting our applications in order of receipt, we then process our applications to ensure that our program is inclusive, caters to a diverse group of families who can enrich our preschool program with their family's varied and unique cultural backgrounds, and provides need-based scholarships for families who require financial assistance. Parents are eligible to submit an application or request for scholarship immediately after attending any of our calendared preschool tours.  

2020/2021
2021/2022

ADMISSION

7-Step Admissions Process

 

Step 1   Attend a tour or an information session

Step 2   Apply via our online application

Step 3   Confirm your offer of acceptance notification from Director

Step 4   Pay initial, non-refundable tuition payment

               (10% of annual tuition fees)

Step 5   Complete your parent meeting and receive required paperwork

Step 6   Submit Explorers Flex-Pay Form or submit full tuition payment

Step 7   Submit all required paperwork and start school!

Current School Year: 

 

The application deadline for the 2019/2020 school year has passed, and our classrooms may have remaining space on certain days.

 

Please contact: Kisha Edwards-Gandsy  to apply for any available spots. 

Important Dates for the 2020/2021 School Year:

 

November 15, 2019: Regular Registration Deadline.  Families will be notified of their acceptance by December 1, 2019, and deposits will be due on December 15, 2019. 

 

February 15, 2020: Late Registration Deadline.  

Families will be notified of their acceptance by March 1, 2020, and deposits will be due on March 15, 2020.

 

 

June 1, 2019: 1st Tuition Payment & Materials Fee due. Families may enroll in the Explorers Flex-Pay Plan or pay their tuition in full for a 5% annual tuition discount.


June 22, 2020-August 28, 2020: Summer Camp 2020. Registration opens on November 1, 2019.  

 

September 9, 2020: Preschool Family Playdate & Orientation 

 

September 10-11, 2020 Preschool Assimilation Half Days 2020

 

September 14, 2020: WELCOME! 1st Full Day of Preschool

Important Dates for the 2021/2022 School Year:

 

November 13, 2020: Regular Registration Deadline.  Families will be notified of their acceptance by December 1, 2020, and deposits will be due on December 15, 2020. 

 

February 12, 2021: Late Registration Deadline.  

Families will be notified of their acceptance by March 1, 2021, and deposits will be due on March 15, 2021.

 

June 1, 2021: 1st Tuition Payment & Materials Fee due. Families may enroll in the Explorers Flex-Pay Plan or pay their tuition in full for a 5% annual tuition discount.

 

June 28, 2021-August 27, 2021: Summer Camp 2021. Registration opens on November 1, 2020.  

 

September 8, 2021: Preschool Family Playdate & Orientation 

 

September 9-10, 2020: Preschool Assimilation Half Days 2021 for 2s and 3s (FULL DAY for 4s students)

 

September 13, 2021: WELCOME! 1st Full Day of Preschool

 

TUITION

Your annual tuition for each child for the 2020/2021 school year is represented in the below table based on your enrollment schedule. Tuition fees are due in full by June 1, 2020 unless you enroll in our extended payment system.  A 5% discount will be applied to all families who pay their annual tuition in full by June 1, 2020. Explorers welcomes all of our families to enroll in the Explorers Flex-Pay Plan, which breaks your tuition fee into 12 equal payments from June, 2020 through May, 2021.

 

Tuition Fees include the following:

  • Annual program attendance

  • Daily after-care attendance through 6:00pm

  • Program extracurricular enrichment classes

Explorers Program Added Benefits:

 

  • Enrolled preschool families will receive an annual family credit of 150 flexible extended evening and weekend childcare hours. These hours can be used by the enrolled preschool student and any siblings ages 2 and up residing in the same home. Flexible hours are available for use Monday-Friday from 6pm-9pm, and Saturday-Sunday from 8am-9pm. 

  • Enrolled preschool families will receive an annual family credit for $250 towards any Explorers birthday celebration or participation in our Explorers Maker Space family events. 

  • Enrolled preschool families receive priority early-bird registration to all Backpacks & Binoculars camp programs beginning November 1, 2020.

 

Materials Fee:

The annual $150 Materials Fee is due by June 1, 2020. For registrants who enroll after June 1 2020, the materials fee is due upon registration.

 

NUTRITION

Our meals are free from GMOs and can be prepared upon request to be free of common allergens including dairy, nuts and sesame. We can also accommodate vegan and vegetarian dietary requirements. The menu is designed using a whole-foods approach to meal-planning.  Our food is served on sustainable, compostable 100% sugar cane fiber tableware.​ 

Monday

Breakfast: Egg and cheese wraps with fresh fruit

Lunch: Organic mild jerk chicken bites, rice & peas, and fresh mango

Snack: Organic milk, whole grain organic graham crackers, and clementines

 

Tuesday

Breakfast: Mini bagels with cream cheese and bananas

Lunch: Salmon or tofu onigiri in fun animal shapes and steamed edamame 

Snack: Baby carrots with ranch dip and popcorn 

Wednesday

Breakfast: Cinnamon and apple oatmeal with fresh fruit

Lunch: Penne with marinara sauce and fresh parmesan and steamed veggies

Snack: Pretzel sticks with hummus and organic grapes

Thursday

Breakfast: Assorted cereals with organic milk and fresh fruit

Lunch: Sunbutter & jam sandwiches with Chef's Soup of the Day

Snack: Organic blue corn tortillas with salsa

 

Friday

Breakfast: Waffles with maple syrup and turkey sausage 

Lunch: Black beans & rice, maduros, guacamole, and Brazilian cheese bread

Snack: Friday's Farm Pick! & rice cakes with drizzled honey

What is Friday's Farm Pick? 

Each Friday, we celebrate the harvest of local farmers by enjoying a weekly snack of a seasonal farm fruit or vegetable. Past farm picks include kiwiberries, Mexican gherkins, and edible flowers. We look forward to learning about these new fruits and vegetables and honoring our local farmers who work hard on their farms to produce delicious and sustainable healthy foods for their region. 

 

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We support our city’s schools! We wish the following schools success on their school auctions:

P.S.8, P.S.9, P.S.11, P.S.29, P.S.31, P.S.32, P.S.33, P.S.38, P.S.56, P.S.58, P.S.84 , P.S.116, P.S.118, P.S.126, P.S.230, P.S.261, P.S.288, P.S.333, P.S.372, P.S.686, P.S. 705, Brooklyn New School, and NEST+m, The Brooklyn School of Inquiry, Brooklyn Waldorf School 

 

We look forward to supporting our city's schools for the 2020/2021 fundraising season. Whether it's providing a gift certificate for your school's auction or setting up an activity table at your school's next event, we have your back! Email us today at info.at.explorerkids.us and tell us how we can help! It takes a village!