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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At SmartStart Nature Academy and Learning Center we believe that play is a tremendous part of how children learn. By incorporating hands-on, experiential play into the learning time, children get to do what’s fun for them and learn at the same time, so it’s a win-win situation!
All SmartStart Nature Academy locations will be closed on Monday, My 27th 2019 in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019.
As parents, we know our little ones grow up so fast. One moment you could rock them in your arms, the next they’re big enough to walk to school by themselves…or ask for the keys to the car. Do you remember The Very Hungry Caterpillar? The hungry little bug is all grown up now at … Read More
The MOHDC SmartStart Nature Academy family wishes all of the mothers a very special Mother’s Day. Whether you’re a birth mother, Godmother, stepmother, surrogate mother, grandmother, or any kind of mother we salute you. Without you our precious students wouldn’t be here, nor would anybody else on this green earth we live on!
We finished the 2016-2017 year in grand style at MOHDC SmartStart Nature Academy and Learning Center. The children improved in all domains, had wonderful experiences, explored the natural world around them, and made positive friendships. Take a look at the videos below to relive some of the exciting activities from our Blake Avenue location.
MOHDC SmartStart Nature Academy will be hosting our first multicultural potluck luncheon on Friday, April 21st at 12:00PM at our Blake Avenue location. Our intention is to promote a greater awareness and appreciation among our students for the different cultures represented in our community. In turn we are optimistic that this will promote a greater … Read More
Another new year is upon us! Registration for the 2017-2018 academic year has begun. Can you believe it? Make sure to begin your registration early so you can guarantee a seat for your child. You can walk into our Blake Avenue location (533 Blake Avenue, top floor, between Hinsdale Street and Williams Avenue, Brooklyn, NY … Read More
Here’s a throwback to our Holiday Potluck at the end of November at our Blake Avenue location. We celebrated with students, staff, and family. There was a variety of food including peas and rice, curried vegetables, pizza, greens, spaghetti, and a variety of desserts. Click here to go to our Facebook page to see the … Read More
Registration for the 2016-2017 academic year has begun. Can you believe it? It seems like school just began for our precious little ones and we have to prepare for a new batch of four-year-olds already. Whew! Make sure to begin your registration early so you can guarantee a seat for your child. Register for free … Read More
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.