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FirstStep NYC

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K
Staff Pick
225 Newport Street
Brooklyn NY 11212
Phone: 929-234-6870

Our Insights

Founded in 2013, FirstStepNYC is a great choice for Brownsville families. It receives high marks in all areas on the city’s pre-k Quality Snapshot, and is featured in our “What to look for in a pre-kindergarten program” video.

Warm and supportive teachers use every opportunity to help kids learn.  In the video, a child can be seen clicking blocks together to make a sequence from 1-10 with a teacher’s assistance. Two girls examine a hermit crab and the teacher holds it up so they can see the hermit crab’s “antennae,” and describes the job of the antennae. In the block corner, a teacher uses words such as “construction” and “ramp” to boost a child’s vocabulary.

The head teacher reads a book aloud in a strong, appealing voice as kids sit on a rug fully engaged in the story. Teachers use songs and chants to help kids move safely from one activity to another.

The classrooms, housed inside PS/IS 41, are tidy and attractive, with big windows, and kid-sized bathrooms connecting two classrooms. Recess takes place in a lovely courtyard right outside the door stocked with tricycles, balls, wagons and other equipment designed to strengthen a child’s muscles and coordination.

ADMISSIONS: Priority given to siblings of children already enrolled in PS/IS 41, and children and siblings of students currently enrolled in an SCO program. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, video, school data, January 2018)

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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


Brownsville (District 23)
Trains: 3 Line to Rockaway Ave; L Line to New Lots Ave
Buses: B14, B15, B35, B60, B7, B8


Other Details

Shared campus?
Metal detectors?

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