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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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.
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.
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
We were invited by Groundswell to the “Voices Her’d Community Paint Day” on Junius Street, on the side of the Food Bazaar. They were painting another one of their socially-aware murals and were interested in having us participate. Even though we didn’t have on paint-ready clothing, our campers had a blast! They used pencils, paint, … 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.
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.