Honeydew Drop Childcare Services is a Family of teachers and caregivers who like the bee hive, members of it care for offspring that are not their own and have been serving the Brooklyn community since 1999. We have 5 programs in 3 different locations: Two in Park Slope & Three near Kensington (including Universal Pre-K). These programs lovingly care for children from ages 4 months to 5 years old. Honeydew is the perfect bridge between home and school with progressive Child-Centered Infant, Pre-K and Pre-school curricula for the Whole Child.
Honeydew Drop curriculum has a solid foundation in early childhood development. We follow the guidelines of NAEYC’s Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs. Our curriculum follows the approach of emergent curriculum, utilizing materials from the Creative Curriculum and Scholastic’s Big Day for Pre-K. Emergent curriculum is an approach that permits learning activities to arise out of the children’s and teacher’s interests and actions in the classroom. We also utilize the Kimochi social-emotional tools in helping children with their resilience and self-control and also standard Teaching Strategies Gold in assessing the individual needs of each child.
Honeydew’s staff consists of a lead teacher and assistant teachers. Our lead teachers have Bachelor in Early Child Education and some of them already have or are pursuing their Masters as well. Our assistants and aides have experience in caring for children either in a daycare setting or babysitting. The staff receives consistent training in industry conferences, colleges, as well as from trainers who facilitate workshops during our staff development days. Our music, yoga and language educators are experts in their fields and also specialize in working with children. All Honeydew teachers are CPR/First Aid trained and Child Abuse Mandated Reporters. They renew their certificates every 2 years. They are also fingerprinted and cleared by the state.
Honeydew strives to partner with parents in the community to raise their children in a stimulating, social and balanced approach. Partnership with parents is encouraged in our childcare programs. We learn from parents how to best care for their children. Open lines of communication are essential to the care of the children. The parents are informed of daily activities at Honeydew and families are updated about their child’s growth and development regularly and through parent teacher conferences that are scheduled every six months.
When families leave Honeydew we ask them to give us a 3 sentence testimonial of how there time was at Honeydew.
“My daughter has been attending Honeydew for several months. Overall, we are really happy with it. Her program is small, and it is ages 2-5. We like that the children are not grouped by age; that way they can learn from each other and be leaders for each other….” -PSP 2014
“The staff is caring and i never had any worries at all ever as I probably would worry at any other place but the teachers are really treating the children as they are their own. Also my daughters level of learning increased tremendously and we are looking forward to another great year!….” -Muriel 2014