Our Program

Friendship First Inc.

Onsite daily until 6

Now in its 7th year, A Playdate Everyday is a Brooklyn-based, on-site after-school program for pre-K and kindergarten children. With playdates at the heart of our program, we focus on engaging the whole child through a nurturing, child-centered approach that meets every student’s individual needs.

Running from the end of the school day until 6pm, A Playdate Everyday provides a safe, unique, highly-supervised experience within a fun, relaxed, no-tech environment.

Playdates

Based on the Reggio Emilia approach, A Playdate Everyday supports each child’s love of play with a special focus on social skills. We call it "friendship fostering," constructively guiding—through playdates and a carefully designed curriculum—the natural process of making friends, being a friend, and learning teamwork. These daily playdates are the mainstay of our program, giving your child a supervised opportunity to socialize with a diverse group of peers. Every day.

Playdates are an important part of child rearing but, as any parent knows, they can be difficult to schedule. We solve that problem, so everyone wins. As one parent said, "My son Josh absolutely loves the program. I often come to pick him up and he doesn’t want to leave." '10 more minutes mom, please!!!' he'll plead."

Playdates

Daily Enrichment Activities

From art and music to improv and dance to sign language and circle time. Each day, we build on our social development exercises with a range of activities that foster socialization and improve social skills. Additionally, we host periodic events, mixers and collaborative art shows, culminating in an end-of-the-year party showcasing the social skills learned.

 

Our Staff

We have a robust training program for our instructors.

Our Staff

Our well trained staff undergoes a robust training program and rigorous screening process, including thorough background checks. Parents also appreciate our low teacher to student ratio and the fact that we have little to no staff turnover.

 

Yay! Outdoor Play

Assuming the weather is safe, we schedule outdoor play every day. We believe that opportunities for stimulating physical activity—in this case, unstructured, child-guided play—should be part of every day. And the kids, well, they seem to like it, too.

Outdoor Play

 

Connecting Families

 

We believe children should have the opportunity to expand their school friendships outside of our program. So we train our staff in a specific curriculum based on observations made of each child. With this information, our staff can then work with parents to facilitate playdates outside of school, connecting them with other families. This matchmaking program reinforces friendships outside of the school curriculum and is very popular with parents and children alike.

 

Parent Teacher Conferences

 

Our instructors get to know each individual child well, and we welcome the opportunity to give updates and observations to parents during your school’s parent-teacher conferences.

 

 

Afterschool Registration

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What Parents Say

In our five years we have received so many notes of thanks and appreciation from both parents and students. Please read some examples below.

"It's a nice mix of learning new skills and just being a kid and running around outside."


 

"My daughter now has the confidence to introduce herself on the playground to make new friends"

 


"The program encourages and promotes social development and physical activity. I love the fact that the children are partnered with a new classmate each day"


 

"My daughter tends to lead and is an only child. The program has shown her that she doesn't always have to lead every time, or always be first. She has seen value in being a leader and part of the team as a team member."

 


"My son LOVES Playdate, He loves the freedom and the chance to really run. He also enjoys the quiet, focused times."


 

"My daughter has definitely improved her ability to play with different kids if her best friends are playing with others. We like the concept of playdates rather than any academic curriculum-to balance instruction she gets during the school day."

 


"My son needs time after a long day to just play and enjoy himself. Playdate gives him that."


 

"We liked the balance of structured play, free play, and using social skills learned in both situations."

 


"The staff is caring, calm, engaging, patient and creative!"


 

"Great staff, great leadership. They really understand and treat the kids as the complicated humans they are."

 


And one of our favorite student testimonials from a graduating alumna:

"Thank you for teaching me how to play with other people"