Welcome to Brooklyn Free Space (BFS), an independent cooperative preschool located in the heart of Park Slope, Brooklyn.
For over 35 years, BFS has been committed to providing child-centered education in a cooperative community, that engages teachers and parents alike in learning. We are committed to serving a diverse population and offer financial aid to our families in need.
We received on Thursday, June 18 that we have been found eligible to be awarded a contract with the Department of Education (DOE) Pre-K for All program (formerly UPK), and provisionally accepted as a NYC Early Education Center. This award is not confirmed until we engage in contract negotiations to set the rate given per child, background check, and submission of all necessary documents. We have a budget review meeting with the DOE next week, which will finalize the amount of money we are being awarded. Right now, we can confirm that this final amount will range between $10,000 per child to what we requested, which is $13,458 per child. Read more.
We our currently fully enrolled for the 2015 - 2016 school year. To apply to Brooklyn Free Space and be added to our wait list, please fill out our application.
Emotionally Responsive Practice at BFS
Since September 2013, Brooklyn Free Space educators have engaged in ongoing professional development with the Bank Street Center for Emotionally Responsive Practice (ERP). This practice, based on the well-documented connection between a child's emotional well-being and learning potential, supports teachers in developing emotionally responsive school routines, curriculum and adult-child interactions. Medina, Laura, Ryan, Kezia and I have been collaborating with the center, and we bring what we learn back to our classrooms and colleagues. We know that children and families love to have their familiar routine and all classroom teachers present for the school day, and we balance this with the need to support our teachers in their professional development, and to model for our children continual learning and growth. Read more.