Description & History
In 1891, Brooklyn Kindergarten Society (BKS) established the first free kindergarten in Brooklyn to enhance the early education of needy children. Today BKS provides innovative, educationally stimulating education programs that are focused on breaking the cycle of poverty in the most vulnerable neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Serving more than 300 children (ages 2 to 5) and their families in five centers in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and Brownsville, we are committed to delivering high quality care that leads to success in school and in life. We operate five centers, each licensed as a preschool by the NYC Department of Health, offering a full-day, year-round program for more than 300 preschool children. Our mission is to ensure that the children in our centers develop the social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills they need to succeed by providing a secure, nurturing and educationally-rich multicultural environment. We actively seek to involve parents and caregivers as our partners encouraging them to nurture the development of these critical skills in their children and empowering them to advocate effectively for their children.