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.

 

Parent Testimonials

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

"We had a wonderful experience there and the approach allows kids to wind down a bit after the pre-K day, connects them with new kids and has a strong focus on supporting the kids’ social and emotional development. I was also impressed that there was little if no turnover. My last contribution is the staff and the program director are incredibly thoughtful, responsive and work with the parents to ensure the kids have a supportive experience."

"A PlayDate Everyday is an outstanding afterschool program! Jenny and her team nurture the children and teach them how to navigate social situations. My children – who previously were afraid to go to afterschool – enjoyed every aspect of A Playdate Everyday – from playing outside to arts and crafts. What really makes this program distinct is the well-trained staff, all of whom are adults (not teenagers as in some programs) who really understand children's social and emotional needs. You can feel confident that your child will be fully supported and have fun in this afterschool program."

"My son's entire attitude about school changed as he started to make friends and didn't find the social dynamics so overwhelming."

"I just wanted to note that the social programming implemented … for the Kindergarten kids in after-school has been a great success for our reticent daughter. Our daughter now has a tight- knit circle of friends developed in after school. The result is that she is happier and more motivated."

"…I liked (the) energy and ideas for getting children who were new to the afterschool program to be comfortable in the environment and socialize. My son has thrived…! "

"Adjusting to Kindergarten; large classes, a big school and new kids was very scary for our son. He worried that he didn't know anyone. He was quiet and shy and had a hard time talking to new kids. (The staff) was really insightful about our son's emotional needs and … responded immediately and appropriately."

"My son Josh absolutely loves the Play Date Every Day program. I often come to pick him up from this after school program and he does not want to leave. "10 more minutes, pleeease!" he'll say. He has learned to share better, work with friends to resolve differences, and get to know kids that he may have never interacted with. Some of his new best friends he has met through this program [and] we have been able to link up with them on weekends."

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

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

 

 

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