In our five years we have received so many notes of thanks and appreciation from both parents and students. Please read some examples below.
With few programs in NYC targeting early childhood social skills, A Playdate Everyday guides young children to build skills needed to initiate play and build strong friendships! My daughter, Alyssa, attended the after school program during her pre-k year. I always found myself waiting around for an extra 15 minutes when it was time to pick her up because she was happily engaged in play with her peers. The program is well thought out and crafted in a way that provides an appropriate amount of guidance and exploration. Through this program, children are naturally encouraged to build gross motor skills, verbal and non-verbal communication, collaboration, and problem solving. As an early childhood educator myself, I hold Ms. Jennifer, the program, and her staff in high regard and highly recommend it for parents of young children as they are developing the skills needed to be successful in the 21st Century. Presently, a year later and in Kindergarten, Alyssa still references skills and scenarios to build new friendships in school, at lunch/recess, and on the playground. Thank you for this support for my child and as a parent. I truly see the importance of providing social opportunities for Alyssa to continue practicing strong language skills and hope to see the program continue to flourish!
"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"