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 Childhood 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 / 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: “No sleep till Brooklyn” –Beastie Boys
Butterflies Classroom (2-4 years old):
Natalia Severo / Lead Teacher
Natalia has been working at Honeydew since April 2015. She nannied for 6 years prior to joining our team and she is currently a student at Brooklyn College working on her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She will be having Spanish immersion time with the children at certain times everyday. She also aspires to become a teacher in the Early Childhood Education field.
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