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half Day preschool

New Program! Begins September, 2023!

We are excited to offer our BRAND NEW half-day preschool program. We are currently enrolling for both the 2023/24 and 2024/25 school year.  Contact us today to inquire about available seats!

  • May 30, 2024, 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM EDT
    Join us for a virtual tour of our wonderful preschool ages 2-4!
  • Jun 05, 2024, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Brooklyn, 450 Pacific St, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
    Travel down under with Marlin, Nemo, Dory and their friends in the premiere production by Broadway Explorers at PS 38!

Our 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 the world we share, nature, art, and technology simultaneously with traditional math, science, reading, writing, and social studies concepts through play, teacher-led activities, and child-led discovery.  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 mindful and nutritious meals are 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 and open-minded approach to meal-planning and is prepared daily by our school’s chef. Our menu is inspired by the beautiful diversity of our world and includes meals, snacks, and beverages from many of our world’s cultures. Our food is served on sustainable tableware.

After their time with us, our preschool children move on easily to private schools including Packer, Berkley Carroll, and The International School of Brooklyn, dual-language and traditional  programs at public schools, and a wide variety of local 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 for private school families, and the STEM and CORE program requirements for public school and charter school programs.


Preschool highlights:


  • Engaging creative curriculum to engage each individual child.

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

  • Monthly family events and seasonal celebrations

  • Flexible extended evening and weekend childcare options for each student (as scheduled and available)

  • Wholesome meals and snacks

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



Brooklyn Explorers has been a fantastic experience for my two-year-old's first school experience. In one of the biggest surprises of my parenting experience (of which there have been many!), my clingy little boy has run into school every single morning, without tears, excited about his school, his teachers, and his friends. He comes home exhausted from all the fun he has had every day eating new foods, exploring Fort Greene Park, doing art projects, playing soccer, and countless other activities. Within months of attending the school, I've seen immense progress in his social skills, vocabulary, and engagement in activities. Very grateful we found this school!


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  • Drop-off / Pick up Procedures
    Sign in/out attendance procedures. Sign-in/Sign-out is done by the adult dropping off or picking up using the mybrightwheel app. Each authorized adult will receive a unique 4-digit pin (which can be changed through the Edit Profile section of the app). Adults will sign in or out by scanning the QR code on the door and entering their pin. During drop off, adults will be prompted to answer two quick COVID-19 screening questions. Drop-off 8:00-9:00 am The earliest explorers can be dropped off is 8am. We request that all explorers are at our location by 9am. Pick-up Procedures Pickup is at 3:30 pm. For families who enroll in aftercare pickup is anytime from 3:30-6 pm at the same location as drop-off. As stated above, all parents and authorized adults should come knowing their 4-digit PIN and with the mybrightwheel app installed on their smartphone.
  • Daily Menu
    Breakfast Oatmeal or grits and fresh fruit Morning Snack Pretzel sticks w/ sunbutter and applesauce Lunch Cheese quesadilla with rice & beans and fresh fruit Afternoon Snack Fruit/veggie & yogurt smoothie Late-Stay Snack Veggie Straws or Popcorners
  • What if my explorer is a picky eater?
    We will send out a weekly menu to all camp families. We encourage children to try our foods and always encourage healthy habits. If your child is a picky eater, we suggest nut-free healthy snacks to supplement, if necessary.
  • Can explorers bring outside food?
    Yes. You are welcome to pack your explorer a lunch. Note that we are a nut free facility and do not allow nuts of any kind.
  • What should my explorer bring to camp?
    Hat (recommended for sunny days) Sunscreen **Please apply before coming to camp. Water bottle Extra set of clothes, if necessary **recommended for younger explorers
  • Is there anything my explorer should NOT bring?
    Crocs and flip-flops are NOT allowed in camp! We’re very active and explorers can easily slip or trip on them. Shoes must have ankle straps. Personal toys are discouraged. Electronics such as video game devices are not allowed. Personal cell phones must be kept in explorers backpacks. Please do not send your explorer with money. We cover all trip expenses and do not visit souvenir shops. explorers will not need money for any reason unless explicitly noted in the itinerary details of the weekly email.
  • Camp Groups
    We keep a 1:6 adult to explorer ratio on trips with children ages 6 and up, and a 1:5 adult to explorer ratio on trips with children ages 4 and 5. Our homebase ratio is 1:10. We assign our explorers into smaller groups based on this ratio. This increases our group’s safety by providing the ability for super quick head counts on our excursions and also allows the children to bond with their counselor in a smaller, more intimate setting. Our explorers are broken into four age groups to ensure that each explorer enjoys experiences appropriate to his or her age. We also recognize the benefit of co-mingling between ages and occasionally do group activities with mixed age groups. • Jr. Backpackers is for Pre-K 4s entering Kindergarten 2024-25. These are campers born in 2019. The program focuses on play-based learning and introduces explorers to a variety of new skills and mediums while maintaining an age-appropriate structure. • Backpackers is for entering 1st-2nd graders 2024-25 school year. These are campers born in 2017 and 2018. Backpackers focuses on introducing explorers to various interests and skills in a structured environment while still encouraging freedom of exploration. • Trailblazers is for entering 3rd-5th graders 2024-25 school year. These are campers bon in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Trailblazers focuses on allowing explorers to further develop their personal interests and to pursue their passions by growing their confidence and independence. We try our best to divide our smaller camp groups with the following priorities in order: 1. A child’s established connection with an adult counselor 2. A child’s age 3. Parent’s request for a specific group 4. Our identification of new and existing camp friendships While we do organize explorers into smaller groups, our explorers enjoy ongoing flexibility to engage and interact with all of the explorers in their larger group, despite their small group designation. Many of our workshops and organized activities are designed for the group as a whole as well as time on the bus, during lunch, and playground. You can think of our groups as the desk groups in a typical elementary classroom setting. We’re all in class together with the benefit of added attention for each smaller group. **Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, age groups may remain separate for the duration of their time at camp, with no co-minging.
  • Age Groups
    Camp groups (with the exception of Clubhouse Explorers) are organized by the entering grade for the 2024-25 school year Clubhouse Explorers preschool ages 2-4 Jr Backpackers rising kindergarten Backpackers rising 1st-2nd grade Trailblazers rising 3rd-5th grade
  • Camp Kit
    All explorers must wear our signature camp shirt and carry our purple backpack everyday. One kit is included for the summer season which includes two camp shirts and a backpack. Additional t-shirts are available for purchase. ***A water bottle is required
  • Water Day
    On water days explorers should come well-sunscreened with water resistant sunscreen on all exposed areas and dressed in a bathing suit with dry camp clothes on top. Girls should wear a bathing suit under their dry shorts/skirts and a camp shirt. Boys should wear swim trunks and a swim shirt under their camp shirt. Please provide a towel and dry underwear/clothing for your explorer to change into. Label all items with explorers first and last names.
  • Can I request my child be paired with a friend?
    We try our best to accommodate group and friend requests. Please make any requests 1-2 weeks in advance. Note that same day friend requests may not always be possible.
  • What if my child cannot attend camp, how should I notify you?
    If your child will be unable to attend a day of camp please send a message to our staff through the Brightwheel parent communication app. You may also e-mail or call 855-687-6923 x 0 as soon as you are aware of the absence.
  • What if I am running late to pick up my child?
    We understand things happen and offer a 5-minute grace period. Please let us know if you are running late by reaching out to your child's counselor via the Brightwheel App. After the grace period the late fees as outlined in the Summer Camp Parent Guide will be applied to your account.
  • Do you offer makeup days?
    Due to the nature and structure of our programs, we do not offer any make up days. We are flexible with rescheduling, however, so please call 855-687-6923 if you would like to reschedule a week of camp.
  • What happens in the case of severe weather (i.e. heat warning, thunderstorms)?"
    Depending on the nature of the weather, on field trip days that are outdoors camp will find an alternative trip location. On water days or field days we may stay indoors at our camp location if deemed necessary. We follow heat advisory recommendations from the Dept of Health. For typical rain days that do not include severe weather we will try our best to continue our trip as planned. Parents will be notified via email or Brightwheel text message of any itinerary changes or delays.
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