BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — The opening of Congregation Mount Sinai's new preschool couldn't come at a better time.
Options are sparse in Brooklyn Heights for pre-kindergarten-aged children looking to start school. Last year less than 9 percent of children who applied to P.S. 8's pre-K program, the only public preschool option in Brooklyn Heights, were accepted.
And while there are various day care options, Building Bridges is a new presschool option that focuses on learning.
"We have blended the best parts of the best curriculums to come up with what we will teach," said co-founder Susan Kuhlmann. "That, plus very small class sizes, make our programs intimate and enriching."
Kuhlmann and other co-founder Jennifer DeLuna, both experienced in early childhood education, recruited teachers with masters degrees and years of experience working with preschoolers.
Teachers will incorporate play, arts and crafts, music, cooking, dancing, movement, singing, theater and storytelling into the curriculum and also guide children through special group and individual projects.
Building Bridges hopes students will "become lifelong learners who are confident, competent and intellectually curious."
And while the founders "recognize and celebrate the diversity of the faiths and beliefs of families," religious education is not a part the curriculum.
This fall Building Bridges will be accepting 100 children ages two to five-years-old into their first class. Annual tuition rates ranging from $6,659 to $13,698 dollars and morning and afternoon programs are available.
To apply visit the Building Bridges website.