The Butler Street COOP is a supportive network of families brought together by our commitment to equip our children to be lifelong learners. BSC values social-emotional development and the qualities that come with it, including emotional maturity, critical thinking, independence, and self-control. Because we believe that children construct their own knowledge of the world, we aim to foster that through our child-directed, inquiry-based approach to learning. Our inquiry-based approach stimulates our children’s curiosity and autonomy, and we believe there is great value in allowing the curriculum to be seeded by our children’s natural interests and grown under the care of our expert teachers. We all work together to model behavior for our children, showing consistency, integrity, a sense of humor, flexibility, patience, good judgement, boundaries, and love.
The Butler Street COOP is a community of families from diverse backgrounds and is committed to building a community that is continually open to and reflective of the racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, linguistic, cultural, sexual, family-structure, and gender differences that exist in our world. We work closely together to shape the best learning community for our children. We also make time to have fun together with potluck lunches, play dates, parents’ night out, and more.
When you become a COOP member, you sign on to become part of a group. Dedicated participation and respect are the foundations of a functioning community. We each share the responsibility for the success of our co-op. Parent obligations include mandatory attendance at general meetings, work in the classroom on a voluntary and rotating basis, performance of individual jobs, and participation in classroom set-up and put-away at the end of the year. One primary caregiver per family must attend and participate in general meetings, which are are mandatory and held each month. These meetings are a place for communication where the progress of the children’s activities is discussed along with the administrative operations of the school.
The Butler Street COOP was formed in 2012 by a group of seven families. In our first year we offered a 2s program in the garden apartment at one of our families’ homes. The seven children met three mornings a week, independent of their caregivers and under the guidance of two teachers. It was clear in the first year that we had started something special–something that we believed our community was missing and something we wanted to share. And the community responded, working together to expand into our new space with the extended (and growing) program in place today!
Our inquiry-based approach to learning encourages our children’s curiosity and independence. Our teachers use our children’s interest and questions to shape the curriculum. For example, an interest in street signs began a study into all signs. The students went on walks to “read” and take pictures of signs and, then made their own signs. These activities incorporated skills such as sight word recognition, reading symbols, letter and sound correspondence, writing, and shapes. We find that this type of learning gives kids context for making meaning.
Before classes in September our head teachers visit each child and their family at home. The objective of the home visit is get to know each child on an intimate level before the start of the classroom experience.
BSC will hold two classes from from 9am until 12p, Monday through Friday, with drop-off beginning at 8:45a. Each class is lead by a Head Teacher and supported by two assistants. The older class will have 16 children and the younger class will have 12 children. For the 2015-2016 school year, we will offer a five-day program for children born in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Children born in 2013 will also have a three-day option: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Butler Street COOP follows the New York Public School Calendar, beginning in September and ending in June.
At Butler Street COOP, we draw from many play based progressive teaching philosophies to present a curriculum that nurtures the whole child. Social and emotional objectives are considered with the same value, attention, and developmental expectations, as cognitive and academic objectives.
Our emphasis is on helping children create meaning from a rich set of experiences inside and outside the classroom. Dramatic play, messy art and sensory material, books, stories, songs, dance parties, playground time, neighborhood outings, cooking, flower arranging, snack time, and a whole lot of laughing (small amounts of crying too), in a genuinely warm and respectful community inspires confidence, and self respect. Kids get exposure to numbers and letters through contextualized curiosity-based experiences, while practicing the skills they need to be good friends and successful students.
We provide just enough structure that the day is predictable, and the space accessible, and the creative freedom to let the children engage their classroom in the ways that feel right to them.
We’re excited to share our thoughtful and experienced teachers with the community. Approximately four times each school year, Butler Street COOP will offer workshops for parents and caregivers. Our staff will present on a wide range of topics and attendees will come away with new ideas, tools, and language that supports our children's play and development. These workshops will be participatory and interactive—we encourage questions! Be prepared to get messy!
This workshop is dedicated to explaining the brain science behind sensory play, focusing on the gooey, messy stuff. We will explore the neurological development of our toddlers’ growing minds and the importance of including all of their senses in their daily play. Find out why playing with goop reduces stress, helps attention regulation, encourages sensory integration and creates healthy, happy, learning minds! Next time your kiddo destroys a roll of toilet paper by dropping it down the stairs, you can simply reassure yourself that she’s discovered her own method of “redundant multimodal sensory stimulation.”
Molly designed, staffed and lead the founding class at Butler Street COOP. She continues into her second year teaching the 2s class and overseeing the development of all students as the school’s education leader. Molly has many years’ experience as an early education lead and head teacher, including founding, staffing and instructing in her own preschool. Her approach is influenced by various progressive pedagogies, such as Montessori and Bank Street, blending elements of each in order to best serve students’ growth. Molly is an expert in early education and child development and has presented at various workshops on topics such as language development and the toddler and higher order cognitive objectives in everyday play. She has an MA in early childhood and elementary education from Adelphi University and a BA in political science and cultural studies from Fordham University. Molly has her permanent New York state license in early childhood and elementary education and the American Montessori Society infant/toddler specialist certification.
Christine has over ten years experience teaching preschoolers, pre k students and kindergarteners, designing and implementing curriculums based on emergent learning philosophies, including Reggio Emilia. Her teaching focuses on student-led investigation. She has implemented programs such as Math Their Way, Responsive Classroom, the Wright Group’s Shared Reading Program and Already Ready. Christine has created an experiential curriculum that supports community building, skill acquisition, and social-emotional development to engage, grow and ready students for the next step in their educational lives. She has been a Teach for America corps member and later a corps member advisor mentoring future preschool teachers. She incorporates mindfulness techniques into her classes to help children understand their emotions and aid in managing conflicts. Christine graduated Magna Cum Laude from George Washington University with a MA in Education and Human Development after obtaining a BS in Psychology and a BA in Political Science from University of Florida. With a long history of teaching in Washington DC and Philadelphia schools she now joins us in Brooklyn after relocating this summer with her husband.
Wanda has been assisting and co-teaching since 1999, specializing in toddlers and 2s. She has experience in classroom management and is well versed in the Montessori and Bank Street philosophies. Wanda is nurturing and warm and has successfully managed countless separation transitions, creating a welcoming, happy and safe environment for learning and fun. She has collaborated closely with classroom therapists assigned to children with special needs such as Asperger’s, pervasive developmental disorder, sensory integration dysfunction and severe speech impediment. Wanda is a certified assistant teacher and has worked with Molly, our education leader and lead 2s teacher, for several years. Together, they make a strong, collaborative team. Wanda is a New Yorker, has four children and is a grandmother to three.
Tamsyn is passionate about early childhood education. She is joining the Butler Street team after assisting, co-teaching, and leading preschool classes for six years at Noteworthy Preschool in Manhattan. Tamsyn discovered her love for early childhood care and education through babysitting her young cousins—one of the many perks of being part of a large family. Tamsyn is the mother of a wonderfully creative and active six year old boy. She completed her associates degree at Kingsborough College in 2005 and is eager to continue working toward her BA and masters degrees in the field. She is very excited to become part of the BSC community!
Aidan Boardman is from Auburn, Maine, and is a recent graduate of Ithaca College with a Bachelor's of Music in Music Education. He has been a lead teacher at the Community Unity Music Education Program in Ithaca for the last three summers, leading group music lessons, and most recently led the human rights education portion of the Program. During his college career, he student-taught a full year of Kindergarten and 1st grade general music at the Immaculate Conception School and Belle Sherman Elementary School. This is his first year with the COOP (whoop whoop!)* and is so excited to be joining the Butler Street team!
Vanessa Perillo comes to the Butler Street COOP community with a BS in English and two minors in the arts: Creative Writing and Dance. A graduate of the State University at Oneonta, Vanessa has found her passion for Early Childhood Education through teaching intentional movement classes that focus on meeting the individual needs and interests of the child. Her experience as a Dance Specialist colors her everyday philosophy within the classroom. As the lead teacher of an ESL Montessori Preschool, Vanessa has seen the success movement can bring as a universal language. Vanessa’s philosophy is grounded in promoting a love of education through movement; using what children do best to create lifelong learners. Vanessa is pursuing a MA in Educational Theatre and is absolutely thrilled to be sharing and learning with the Butler Street Family.
We are excited you are considering the Butler Street COOP! We look forward to getting to know you and your family throughout this application process and to provide you an opportunity to learn more about BSC and our community. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions at email@example.com.
We are currently accepting applications for 3s and 4s. Admissions is rolling and subject to closure once we’ve received too many applications. (Note: you will be notified within a reasonable amount of time if your application is not accepted). It is not necessary to attend an informational session prior to applying. First consideration will go to current students, siblings of current students and siblings of alumni. Info sessions will be scheduled for late October and November. Every family whose application is accepted will be interviewed and invited to join a play date. Interviews will begin in December; playdates will begin in January. We welcome applications from families of all cultures, ethnicities, classes and definitions.
Prospective students must be three or four years old by December 31, 2014 for the combined 3s/4s class.
For the 2014–2015 school year, the combined 3s/4s class is $10,950 for a 5 day program. Tuition is based on the number of children enrolled in our program and is subject to change each year.
For the 2015–2016 school year, BSC will hold two classes for children born in 2011, 2012, and 2013. One class will consist of 3 and 4 year olds, the other of 2 and younger 3 year olds. Both classes will meet Monday through Friday from 9am–12pm, with drop-off beginning at 8:45am. Each class will be lead by a Head Teacher and supported by two assistants. The older class will have 16 children and the younger class will have 12 children. While children born in 2013 will be able to attend all five days, they will also have the option for coming only three days (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday).
Admissions is rolling and subject to closure once we’ve received too many applications. (Note: you will be notified within a reasonable amount of time if your application is not accepted). It is not necessary to attend an informational session prior to applying. First consideration will go to current students, siblings of current students and siblings of alumni. Info sessions will be scheduled for late October and November. Every family whose application is accepted will be interviewed and invited to join a play visit. Interviews will begin in December; play visits will begin in January. We welcome applications from families of all cultures, ethnicities, classes and definitions.
Prospective students must have birthdays in 2011, 2012, or 2013.
For the 2014–2015 school year, tuition for the 2s class is $7,950 for a 3 day program; the combined 3s/4s class is $9,500 for a 4 day program and $10,950 for a 5 day program. Tuition is based on the number of children enrolled in our program and is subject to change each year. We expect to announce tuition for the 2015–2016 school year in January 2015.
Information sessions for new applicants will be held at 90 Bond Street on the following dates:
To RSVP, please complete this form or call 646-522-3213.