Bilingual Day Care to Open in Cobble Hill

By Nikhita Venugopal on March 7, 2014 9:27am 

 Cobble Hill's Pollitos Daycare is a new kids' center at 259 Warren St. for children ages 2 to 5 years old.
Cobble Hill's Pollitos Daycare is a new kids' center at 259 Warren St. for children ages 2 to 5 years old.
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COBBLE HILL — A new bilingual day care center is opening in Cobble Hill with a Spanish-English program where children can learn “everyday words” in both languages. 

Cobble Hill’s Pollitos Daycare, at 259 Warren St., plans to launch in the next few weeks and will operate throughout the year, charging $495 per week for each student, said Yeni Pineda, the center’s owner.

“Today’s middle class family structure often calls for two working parents to sustain quality of life. That’s where we come in,” the day care center’s website says.

“We offer reliable child care with the convenience of local proximity.”

Children, ages 2 to 5 years old, will learn vocabulary for colors, numbers, days of the week, greetings, fruits and vegetables, as they navigate through the full-day curriculum.

Pollitos, meaning "little chicks," will operate during weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pineda said.

Each month, teachers will focus on words in different themes, like “family,” and weekly sub-topics, like “parents” or “siblings,” said Pineda, who lives in Queens and has a son who is almost 2 years old.

Throughout most of the day, instructors will pepper students with words in Spanish to help them learn the language. There will also a dedicated and more detailed “Spanish 101” session.

Children will also learn about cooking, yoga, music, gardening, arts and crafts. While some subjects will be bilingual, others will be taught only in English, Pineda said.

Families do not need to have a Spanish-speaking background to enter the program, but Pineda encourages parents to stay involved with their kids’ learning process by helping them practice at home, she said.

Students will maintain a notebook of newly learned words with examples of how to use them so parents can practice with their children daily.

“That’s a key part in teaching the kids another language,” she said.

Cobble Hill’s Pollitos will host an open house March 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 259 Warren St. For information on registration, visit this website.

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