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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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.
Please note that this is simply a friendly reminder. On Thursday, August 1st we will attend a tour of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. There is no fee for this trip but we do ask that campers bring their own bagged lunch and beverage so that we can enjoy our meal at the garden. Please be … Read More
Weather permitting, tomorrow we will embark on a meaningful and enriching journey to the African Burial Ground in NYC. The African Burial Ground is the oldest and largest known excavated burial ground in North America for both free and enslaved Africans. It protects the historic role slavery played in building New York City. The site … Read More
Our first trip for summer camp, and our first time having Wild Wednesdays, was a blast! Our excited campers made the brief trek to Martin Luther King Jr. Park and wasted no time in releasing their pent-up excitement.
What can you do after a long, hot summer day? Cool off with a good book! Your local bookstore and library has a tremendous amount of options and resources you can use to find a great read for your child, yourself, and even for your friends.
This year at summer camp, students at MOHDC SmartStart Nature Academy and Learning Center are exposed to a wide variety of creative and visual arts projects. From dance, to painting, to crafting, to theater, there is a lot of exciting activity going on.
On July 17, 2019, our campers will have their first opportunity to enjoy a new tradition at MOHDC SmartStart Nature Academy and Learning Center titled Wild Wednesdays! For our first Wild Wednesday we will wander to Martin Luther King Jr. Park for some wild sports and wet fun in the sprinklers. Please prepare your camper … Read More
This year at MOHDC SmartStart Nature Academy and Learning Center we will focus our summer camp on diversity. It’s a popular buzzword in our society and for good reason: it encourages exploration and learning! Embracing diversity means embracing inclusion and affirmation of so many new perspectives and that helps broaden your child’s horizons both at … Read More
Summer has begun and is in full swing at MOHDC SmartStart Nature Academy and Learning Center. We have a full summer of activities planned for your children and want them to enjoy their time away from school and still enrich their minds.
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.