The Little Brooklyn Pre-K Center at 4222 4th Avenue

Grades Pre-K
Staff Pick


4222 4th Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11232
Sunset Park (District 15)
Trains: R to 45th St
Buses: B63



What’s Special

Music and dance programs

The Downside

No dedicated playground

Our Review

Opened in 2015, The Little Brooklyn Pre-K Center has three classrooms in a building shared with PS 516. (The pre-k center is separate from PS 516's own three pre-k classrooms.) Trips and activities are important here: children take frequent nature and neighborhood walks; they study Hermit crabs, grow lima beans and make their own recycling containers out of boxes and paint.

Families are welcome. Parents are invited to participate in a monthly activity at the center, share a book or teach a lesson based on their interest or expertise. They may drop off children as early as 7:50 am.

There is no dedicated playground. Instead, children take walks to a nearby public park or use an open, unused parking lot, alternating with children at PS 516.

The four Little Brooklyn Pre-K Centers (two in Sunset Park, one in Gowanus, one in Park Slope) are supervised by District 15's Director of Early Childhood, Maria Interlandi. A long-time Brooklyn educator and former assistant principal of PS 94, Interlandi takes inspiration from K-280, at the Bishop Ford School site in Windsor Terrace, which has a popular inquiry-based approach.

Pre-K centers are run by the Department of Education. There are more than 70 pre-k centers throughout the city, in schools and community centers.

ADMISSIONS: Visit The Little Brooklyn Pre-K Center website and Facebook page for more information. (Lydie Raschka, phone interview, November 2016)

About the students

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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