An information session for new applicants will be held at 47 Bergen Street on April 29 @ 7:30pm. Please signup by sending an email to: email@example.com or calling 646-522-3213.
The Butler Street Co-op is a community of families from diverse backgrounds and is committed to building a community that is continually open to and reflective of the racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, linguistic, cultural, sexual, family-structure, and gender differences that exist in our world. We are all working toward growing independent, curious kids who love to learn. We support our children by creating a playful and intentional environment where our children can learn how to navigate being social, empathetic, and autonomous people. Our staff and families work to model behavior for our children: showing consistency, integrity, a sense of humor, flexibility, patience, good judgement, boundaries, and love.
When you become a co-op member, you sign on to become part of a group. Dedicated participation and respect are the foundations of a functioning community. We each share the responsibility for the success of our co-op. Parent obligations include mandatory attendance at general meetings, work in the classroom on a voluntary and rotating basis, performance of individual jobs, and participation in classroom set-up and put-away at the end of the year. One primary caregiver per family must attend and participate in general meetings, which are are mandatory and held each month. These meetings are a place for communication where the progress of the children’s activities is discussed along with the administrative operations of the school.
The Butler Street Cooperative Playgroup was formed in 2012 by a group of seven families. In our first year we offered a 2s program in the garden apartment at one of our families’ homes. The seven children met three mornings a week, independent of their caregivers and under the guidance of two teachers. It was clear in the first year that we had started something special–something that we believed our community was missing and something we wanted to share. And the community responded, working together to expand into our new space with the extended (and growing) program in place today!
Our 2s class will meet three mornings each week, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9–11:30am. There will be twelve children and three teachers—a lead teacher and two assistants. Drop-off time is between 8:45–9 am.
Our combined 3s/4s class meets five mornings a week from 9–12 am. There will be sixteen children and three teachers—a lead teacher and two assistants. Drop off time is from 8:45–9 am.
Butler Street Cooperative follows the New York Public School Calendar, beginning in September and ending in June.
We’re excited to share our thoughtful and experienced teachers with the community. Approximately four times each school year, Butler Street Co-op will offer workshops for parents and caregivers. Our staff will present on a wide range of topics and attendees will come away with new ideas, tools, and language that supports our children's play and development. These workshops will be participatory and interactive—we encourage questions! Be prepared to get messy!
Molly designed, staffed and lead the founding class at Butler Street Co-op. She continues into her second year teaching the 2s class and overseeing the development of all students as the school’s education leader. Molly has many years’ experience as an early education lead and head teacher, including founding, staffing and instructing in her own preschool. Her approach is influenced by various progressive pedagogies, such as Montessori and Bank Street, blending elements of each in order to best serve students’ growth. Molly is an expert in early education and child development and has presented at various workshops on topics such as language development and the toddler and higher order cognitive objectives in everyday play. She has an MA in early childhood and elementary education from Adelphi University and a BA in political science and cultural studies from Fordham University. Molly has her permanent New York state license in early childhood and elementary education and the American Montessori Society infant/toddler specialist certification.
Christine has over ten years experience teaching preschoolers, pre k students and kindergarteners, designing and implementing curriculums based on emergent learning philosophies, including Reggio Emilia. Her teaching focuses on student-led investigation. She has implemented programs such as Math Their Way, Responsive Classroom, the Wright Group’s Shared Reading Program and Already Ready. Christine has created an experiential curriculum that supports community building, skill acquisition, and social-emotional development to engage, grow and ready students for the next step in their educational lives. She has been a Teach for America corps member and later a corps member advisor mentoring future preschool teachers. She incorporates mindfulness techniques into her classes to help children understand their emotions and aid in managing conflicts. Christine graduated Magna Cum Laude from George Washington University with a MA in Education and Human Development after obtaining a BS in Psychology and a BA in Political Science from University of Florida. With a long history of teaching in Washington DC and Philadelphia schools she now joins us in Brooklyn after relocating this summer with her husband.
Wanda has been assisting and co-teaching since 1999, specializing in toddlers and 2s. She has experience in classroom management and is well versed in the Montessori and Bank Street philosophies. Wanda is nurturing and warm and has successfully managed countless separation transitions, creating a welcoming, happy and safe environment for learning and fun. She has collaborated closely with classroom therapists assigned to children with special needs such as Asperger’s, pervasive developmental disorder, sensory integration dysfunction and severe speech impediment. Wanda is a certified assistant teacher and has worked with Molly, our education leader and lead 2s teacher, for several years. Together, they make a strong, collaborative team. Wanda is a New Yorker, has four children and is a grandmother to three.
Rondine began teaching after the birth of her second child, leaving a career in fashion merchandising management. She has more than six years experience teaching and counseling students. Her time as a substitute teacher and later as a school counselor in numerous public schools has exposed her to a diverse population of students with differing levels of learning ranging from special needs to those in gifted and talent programs. She implements her counseling experience in her current role to guide each child toward his or her individual educational successes and happiness. For the last three years, Rondine has been co-teaching at a preschool, firming her desire to focus on the preschool age group. Rondine has an MS in education from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, CACREP accreditation school counseling and is currently pursuing her MS in early childhood education. She has two children, aged seven and ten, and lives in Brooklyn.
Aidan Boardman is from Auburn, Maine, and is a recent graduate of Ithaca College with a Bachelor's of Music in Music Education. He has been a lead teacher at the Community Unity Music Education Program in Ithaca for the last three summers, leading group music lessons, and most recently led the human rights education portion of the Program. During his college career, he student-taught a full year of Kindergarten and 1st grade general music at the Immaculate Conception School and Belle Sherman Elementary School. This is his first year with the co-op (whoop whoop!)* and is so excited to be joining the Butler Street team!
Tamsyn is passionate about early childhood education. She is joining the Butler Street team after assisting, co-teaching, and leading preschool classes for six years at Noteworthy Preschool in Manhattan. Tamsyn discovered her love for early childhood care and education through babysitting her young cousins—one of the many perks of being part of a large family. Tamsyn is the mother of a wonderfully creative and active six year old boy. She completed her associates degree at Kingsborough College in 2005 and is eager to continue working toward her BA and masters degrees in the field. She is very excited to become part of the BSC community!
We are currently accepting applications for 3s and 4s. Admissions is rolling and subject to closure once we’ve received too many applications. (Note: you will be notified within a reasonable amount of time if your application is not accepted). It is not necessary to attend an informational session prior to applying. First consideration will go to current students, siblings of current students and siblings of alumni. Info sessions will be scheduled for late October and November. Every family whose application is accepted will be interviewed and invited to join a play date. Interviews will begin in December; playdates will begin in January. We welcome applications from families of all cultures, ethnicities, classes and definitions.
Prospective students must be two years old by December 31, 2014 for the 2s class; three or four years old by December 31, 2014 for the combined 3s/4s class.
For the 2014–2015 school year, tuition for the 2s class will cost $7,950 for a 3 day program; the combined 3s/4s class will cost $10,950 for a 5 day program. Tuition is based on the number of children enrolled in our program and is subject to change each year.