MOHDC SmartStart Nature Academy and Learning Center (lovingly called SmartStart Nature Academy) is operated by MOHDC, a community-based education consulting organization located in Brooklyn, NY. SmartStart is committed to partnering with the Department of Education Division of Early Childhood Development to propel your Pre-Kindergarten children towards school readiness.
We provide a preschool education that is dynamic, emergent, and learner-driven so your child will develop and grow in as natural a way as possible. This helps prepare them for the more structured environments of elementary school as well as navigating the challenges of everyday life. Our nature-based focus also develops the whole child by exposing them to a variety of experiences, environments, and skills not typical for inner-city children.
By using the New York State Common Core Standards for Pre-Kindergarteners, our students will be ensured development in every domain. Our partnerships with both public and private elementary schools will help children transition smoothly between preschool and school-based programs.
Regardless of disability or disadvantage, each child who attends SmartStart Nature Academy will be afforded the opportunity to develop to their highest potential. This is possible because we partner with families and professionals at every level to prepare children with unique abilities and talents for the challenges of their community and to become adults who fit positively and productively into a system of social justice.
SmartStart Nature Academy is committed to a Pre-K experience that fosters whole-person development in each child. We believe the hands-on thrills of nature-based learning stimulates and nurtures mental curiosity and a love for learning, social/emotional sensitivity, self-governance skills, and values education—including sustainability awareness and vitality living habits. We also believe whole-person objectives are best achieved when home and school are passionately engaged.