Classes

Now in its 9th year, A Playdate everyday is an onsite afterschool enrichment program teaching social skills. 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. 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 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.

Mallory Echevarria

Mallory Echevarria

Mallory has been working with A Playdate Everyday for six years, and is also on her second year as a teacher's assistant at Pre-K280. She is currently a student at the College of Staten Island, pursuing her bachelors in early childhood education. She has a natural love of working with children and enjoys watching them bloom into their own personalities!


Aja Ellis

Aja graduated from NYU this year receiving her bachelor's degree in Biology with an emphasis on a pre-health track. She is passionate about climate injustice and human rights work. She is also a multi-medium artist who loves to learn new ways to express creativity. This is her third year at A Playdate Everyday and she is enjoying meeting all the new lovely friends!

Mallory Echevarria

Mallory Echevarria

Meaghan Kelly

Meaghan graduated from college this past year with her Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She has always had a passion for working with children, and prides herself in her ability to do so. This is her fifth year working with A Playdate Everyday, and she is enjoying getting to know all the new friendly faces at K280!


Donatella Bavaro

This is Donatella's third year at A Playdate Everyday in K-280. She has an associates degree in Criminal Justice and is pursuing a bachelors in the same field with minors in psychology and English. She has a passion for working with children and seeing how well their social skills develop throughout their time in the program.

Mallory Echevarria

Mallory Echevarria

Jennifer Hopkins

Jennifer is the director and founder of A Playdate Everyday and has been in the afterschool field for the past 10 years. In 2011, she became the Pre-k and Kindergarten afterschool director at PS 154, and brought the Playdate Everyday program to K280 in 2016.

With over 30 years of experience as an early childhood educator, Jennifer created the Playdate program because she has observed that socially, young children need specific detailed guidance on how to approach others, include others, and show responsibility towards those on the outskirts.

Jennifer is also a licensed Music Together teacher, a former professional dancer, and the mother of three wonderful daughters.

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, 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.

 

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."

 


 

"Thank you for helping these kids grow into mensches!" - Pre-k parent

 


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

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