Serving the community since 2011, we are a NYC-licensed developmentally appropriate center-based program offering consistent preschool classes which gently introduce the preschool routine and encourage cognitive, physical, language and social/emotional development. As the name suggests, the program has a particular emphasis on play for young children.
From the Director
Initially, I started this program because of my son, Sal, who has an October birthday. I wanted to enroll him into some kind of program when he was nearly 2 years old, but he didn’t meet the cut-off for any preschool program I checked. I knew he would go to prekindergarten in only 2 years and thought some kind of regular playgroup would be really good for him. I was intrigued by and enamored with the number of parent coop preschools in the neighborhood and started to check them out as their cut-offs were more flexible.
I am not only a mom, but am also an educator. I hold certificates in early childhood and special education and am an early childhood professor. Over the years, I had formed some specific ideas about what I thought was best for children and while the parent coops I considered were great in many ways, the rotating of the space and rotation of teacher assistants that was prevalent at the time in parent coops was something that left me uneasy especially knowing my son. Professionally, I had always wanted to start a school and given the situation, it seemed like the perfect reason for it. Out of this Giocare was born drawing on what I felt were the most important elements: play, parent involvement, and solid early childhood pedagogy.
I often speak of this program as my “4th child” as it really feels like it. Giocare is not just a job, but the beautiful connection of two things I am extremely passionate about – my children and early childhood.
Goicare is pronounced like “Joh-KAH-reh” and is the Italian verb to play.
[dʒoˈkare] v. be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children.
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