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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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.
Spending summer in the city? Let your child benefit from New York City Department of Education’s Free Summer Meals program from June 27 to August 30, 2019. Children up to 18 years old can receive breakfast and lunch free, no questions asked.
All children love fruit, but have your children tried something other than apples, oranges, and grapes? In a city as diverse as New York City there are so many colorful, exotic fruit to choose from. These colors, tastes, and textures present a wonderful opportunity to discuss the other ethnicities and cultures around you to make … Read More
Register your child now for the most exciting summercamp around! This year, we’re offering nine weeks of exciting activities including academic advancement/remedial learning, arts and crafts, personal & social development, music & dance, cooking & painting, sports & drama, urban gardening, and more! Call us today at (718) 485-8500 to find out more!
As we prepare for the fun, sun, festivities, and positivity of the summer season, our center begins to transition into our yearly summer camp program. The preparation for our summer camp program deems it necessary for us to close the center during June 27th and June 28th. Unfortunately, we cannot accept students in the building … Read More
On Monday, June 24th, 2019, MOHDC SmartStart Nature Academy‘s Blake Avenue location will host a ‘Moving Up’ luncheon at 12:00PM to celebrate another milestone in the development of our young scholars. We will gather with our future pre-kindergarten students and reflect on the achievements and strides made throughout the school year. Parents, come eat with … Read More
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
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.