Cypress Hills CCC

Grades Pre-K
Staff Pick


108 Pine Street
Brooklyn NY 11208
Cypress Hills (District 19)
Trains: J, Z to Crescent St
Buses: B13, Q24, Q56



What’s Special

Experienced teachers foster learning through play

The Downside

Limited outdoor space; long wait-list

Our Review

One of the most respected Head Start programs in Brooklyn, Cypress Hills Child Care Center has a joyful environment and a commitment to learning through play. The school is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Childrena sign of high quality.

Executive Director Maria Contreras-Collier, a long-time advocate for early childhood education, has assembled a group of teachers who seem to love their work and stay for years. On our visit, we saw children happily engaged in structured playbuilding with blocks, splashing at a water table or singing and dancingas their teachers encouraged them to talk about their projects. In this way, children build their vocabulary and develop a curiosity about the world around them.

While classrooms are cheerful and well-equipped, the center has very limited outdoor space.

Admissions: Preference given to low-income families who meet the federal Head Start guidelines or the city's guidelines for child care subsidized by the Administration for Children's Services. Fees based on a sliding scale depending on a family's income. There is a long waiting list. (Clara Hemphill, August 2014)

About the students

Preference to low income families?
May have income or other eligibility requirements. Contact for more information.
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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