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Cypress Hills CCC

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K
Staff Pick
108 Pine Street
Brooklyn NY 11208
Phone: 718-647-5005

Our Insights

What’s Special

Experienced teachers foster learning through play

The Downside

Limited outdoor space; long wait-list

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)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2019-2020

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems
Activities: Children explore art, music, sand/water, dramatic play and more
Language: Teachers talk and listen to kids in a supportive way
Interaction: Teachers ask kids good questions and invite back-and-forth conversation

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


Cypress Hills (District 19)
Trains: J Line, Z Line to Crescent St
Buses: B13, Q24, Q56


Other Details

Shared campus?
Metal detectors?

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