Pre K Center at 19 Dock Street

Grades Pre-K


19 Dock Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
DUMBO (District 13)
Trains: A, C to High St; F to York St
Buses: B25, B67


Stephanie Seaton

What’s Special

Lovely new building and large, well-appointed classrooms

The Downside

No outdoor playground onsite

Our Review

The Dock Street Pre-k Center is located in a sparkling new building just a block from the Brooklyn Bridge Park and the waterfront. It occupies the light-filled ground floor of a building shared with Dock Street Middle School. Above them is prime residential real estate.

Each of the four large classrooms has its own charm, with cozy, inviting corners for children to snuggle up and read on bean bag chairs, play in toy kitchens, or dress up for dramatic play. There is also up-to-date technology including an interactive, digital whiteboard in each classroom, headsets for childen to listen to stories and other technology.

Children get art every day from a dedicated art teacher. "We believe in authentic art," said Stephanie Seaton, the site director who is also director of early childhood education for District 13. Posted art work showed children's creativity at worknot decorated cut-outs.

Each month there's a different theme, such as transportation. Children took walks around the neighborhood to see what forms of transportation they could discover, made and floated their own boats and created charts to compare how each traveled to school. Parents participate in regular gatherings celebrating each unit of study and are invited in every Tuesday.

Children go into the small gym for movement and dance with a dance teacher daily but there is no outdoor playground attached to the building. Weather permitting, the four-year-olds walk a block to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

ADMISSIONS: Priority to District 13. The school holds almost daily tours during the application season. It did not fill in its first year, 2016-2017, but that is likely to change as its reputation grows. (Pamela Wheaton, February 2017)

About the students

Pre-K seats
Free or reduced priced lunch
English language learners
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
57% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
88% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
89% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
98% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
86% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
94% Citywide Average
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