SmartStart Nature Academy: The SMARTER Choice for Your Child
The name, SmartStart, reflects our cherished belief that inner city children deserve a smarter start to life than their surroundings often allow.
At SmartStart Nature Academy we develop the whole child. Our nature-based curriculum is dynamic and learner driven; it stimulates the curiosity and creativity in young minds.
Our goal is to equip your child for school readiness; while giving him/her a smart foundation for a successful future. Thanks for making SmartStart your choice.
We exist to provide a childcare environment that teases out the unique genius in inner city children and gives them a smarter start for maximizing their life chances.
Each child is a Genius waiting to happen!
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Are you free on Sunday, October 20th? Brooklyn Botanic Garden is having an exciting event the whole family can enjoy. It’s the 2019 Harvest Homecoming and it promises to be an exciting, sensory experience you won’t forget!
The wonderful children at MOHDC SmartStart can walk on lily pads. They can also hug a cloud, put bears in cups, sleep in castles, and do other amazing feats that seem impossible to do. How? What makes them so capable?
Parents, do you have a “Bestie”? How about a “Day One”? Do you remember when you befriended that person who has such a prominent place in your life? Chances are it was a long time ago, during childhood, and very likely in school.
Dear Families of our SmartStart Scholars, The staff at MOHDC SmartStart Nature Academy is happy to welcome you to the 2019-20 school year! We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need … Read More
Looking for a healthy snack for your child this year? Try some of our exciting suggestions so they’re not bored with the same apple slices and carrot sticks. These items are budget-friendly, travel easy, and are very tasty.
First and foremost, we want to thank you, the SmartStart families, for allowing your young scholars to enjoy their summer season with us! Unfortunately, our summer camp program will end Friday, August 30, 2019. We will resume academic enrichment activities Thursday, September 5, 2019 through our SmartStart Daycare, 3K, Pre-K, and Afterschool programs.
Are you ready to send your little ones back to school? School begins on Thursday, September 5th this year and some children just aren’t ready to give up their endless play of summer for structured learning in the fall. Don’t worry, we have a few tips to help get your child back in the swing … Read More
All of our scheduled trips are finished for summer camp. We will only have local excursions for the remainder of the summer. This will include local nature walks, neighborhood exploration, and outside gross motor play. Your child will still be in a learning environment, even though they’re close to home. Some of the topics we … Read More
Dear Summer Camp Families, As per the weather forecast we are expecting rain and thunderstorms on Wednesday, August 7th. We apologize for the inconvenience but our trip to the Prospect Park Zoo has been rescheduled to Monday August 12th, 2019.
My son really loves learning Sign Language! He’ll continue taking lessons even after Pre-K!
My daughter doesn’t want to leave school! I thought it was because of a toy but I’m happy to know it’s because she’s excited about learning!
My son comes home excited every day with something new to tell me.Carolyn F.
You are the best. Thanks for never giving up on our son. We are very thankful for that. We know you have worked tirelessly with him, however you always got my baby to the next step. And for that we thank you!!!Rasheena H.
I LOVE the time and effort all the staff put into the kids. My daughter never wants to go home. The staff has become her family.Tanasia F.
Everyone is great here! I feel safe leaving my child there knowing that he will learn and be loved!Tia T.
My son loves the center, the teachers take good care of him and I feel satisfied with all their good and quality effort they put to their job as teachers always watching the kids protectively.Arlene P.