Who We Are
For over 125 years, the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society has worked to ensure children from low-income families receive quality education in a nurturing environment that cultivates the skills they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.
Our early childhood learning centers are located in public housing in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, and Brownsville, and serve nearly 400 children and their families. BKS children receive full-day educational classes with evidence-based, age-appropriate curricula and enrichment programs.
BKS strives to stop the cycle of poverty where it does the most damage—in early childhood. Although two of every three children who enter BKS centers test “at-risk” for developmental delays, BKS reverses this delay. Year after year, more than 90% complete the BKS program on par with or better than their peers across all socio-economic groups!
BKS recognizes that families—the key to children’s success—often benefit from resources and support beyond the classroom. To that end, our social services staff provides counseling, referral services, and workshops for children and their families.
In 2015, BKS piloted the Family Child Care Partnership (FCCP). In this new and innovative program, BKS is seeking to provide more vulnerable Brooklyn children, from birth to age five, with access to high quality early childhood experiences that prepare them for success in school and life.
Through FCCP, family child care providers are supported by BKS staff at their locations through coaching, modeling, and professional development. This is helping to improve child care provider-child interactions and enhance the foundation for young children’s learning and development outside of BKS classrooms. The FCCP pilot program is unique in its role in becoming a community partner with child care providers and sharing best practices beyond our centers.