Dear Parents/Guardians: DOHMH has just tonight issued notice to reopen in-person daycare operations in NYC on Monday July 13, 2020—something most of you have been eagerly awaiting! So as of Mon 8:00AM we will be welcoming our families and children back to our centers at Great Oaks (4718 Farragut Road), Canarsie (10315 Farragut Road), and … Read More
SmartStart End of Year Slideshow 2019 – 2020
Our scholars successfully completed an unprecedented academic year and we are so proud of them! Join us in celebrating these little ones today and every day as they learn and grow.
Remote Learning Update
Dear parents/guardians: Yesterday Dept of Education advised against use of Zoom platform for online/remote instruction citing security concerns. In order to facilitate that advice/concern MOHDC has begun searching for an alternative option that is equally efficient and user friendly- while not requiring paid subscription or changes to computer operating systems in the short or long … Read More
SmartStart Online Learning
Dear Families, We hope your loved ones are safe and well, despite these unprecedented and challenging circumstances. We are grateful for our community of incredible families and educators for showing ongoing commitment to offering a robust remote learning experience for our students. During the last two weeks we have been considering the most effective strategies that … Read More
All SmartStart Centers Closed on Monday
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency, all MOHDC SmartStart Nature Academy centers will be CLOSED on Monday March 16, 2020. We will provide our families with timely updates as the situation unfolds.
March is Women’s HERSTORY Month!
Hot on the heels of Black History Month, MOHDC SmartStart Nature Academy is now celebrating Women’s HERSTORY Month. We use the term herstory instead of history to put the emphasis on women’s accomplishments.
Valentine’s Day for Children
Our scholars made Valentine’s Day cards in class. Each card was a hand-made, one-of-a-kind original unlike anything else that’s been made before. Better, in our opinion, than anything that could have been mass-produced and purchased in a store. Each card was made with a colored piece of construction paper with a red heart affixed to … Read More
Pre-K Make and Share Projects
What do you get when you mix ice cubes, paint, brushes, water, baby oil, glitter, soap, and a room full of curious children? You get fun, experimentation, learning, and class projects. Yes, there was a little bit of mess, but it was all worth it for the lessons learned.
February is Black History Month!
February is Black History Month! This year, make your Black History Month a richer experience by looking beyond the common heroes like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman. Expand your mind with the accomplishments of other heroes and notable figures of the past, like Fannie Lou Hamer, Shirley Chisholm, Carter G. … Read More
Hello Panda Festival
Friends and families, are you looking for a great cultural experience this holiday season? There is an amazing attraction called Hello Panda Festival that promises a sensory experience and greater cultural appreciation. You and your child, or even other family members, can enjoy a variety of lantern exhibits, shop from an extensive souvenir market, eat … Read More