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The Road to Success Starts at The Red Balloon

The Red Balloon was a wonderful place to start


Hi Norma,

Seems so long ago! Declan attended Anderson from Sept 2002 to June 2011, and now Beacon High School from Sept 2011 to present, expected graduation is June 2015. We’re looking at colleges now and can let you know where he ends up this time next year! The Red Balloon was a wonderful place to start his educational experience, with loving and nurturing teachers and staff who created an environment that enabled him to develop important social and academic skills that helped him to become the student and person that he is today. We chose the Red Balloon because we felt there was a holistic approach to education and childcare and a genuine sense of understanding and acceptance for each child. It was great to watch him change over the three years from a very tentative toddler (separation anxiety!!) on that first day in the Yellow Room to a confident child in the Orange Room, with lots of friends and more than ready for kindergarten. On a more practical note, I really appreciated the hot lunches, the indoor and outdoor play spaces and the flexible schedule that made it work well for us. Hope that helps and best wishes,

 
05/19/2014
The Road to Success Starts at The Red Balloon

Red Balloon’s approach to social emotional development


My Son attended Red Balloon for two meaningful years. Red Balloon’s approach to social emotional development was just what he needed as he began to navigate the world around him. We appreciate the way he was encouraged to be curious, care for others and learn his own body. He learned to read while at Red Balloon and took his ERB test there. He scored 99.9 percent on his verbal skills and 93% on the math assessment. From Red Balloon my son attended PS 75 dual language program ( number one dual language program in the city) and passed kindergarten with flying colors. We wanted a more rigorous program and joined Success Academy Upper West. My son has aced that curriculum and continue to benefit for the strong foundation provided in Red Balloon. Lastly, it is not just education and engagement you find in Red Balloon, you will find a family. From the chef, to the teachers, to the director, we all worked for the best interest of the children in a non-competitive, supportive, kind environment. I treasure my years with this community.
05/13/2014
The Road to Success Starts at The Red Balloon

The Red Balloon is more than a school, it's a family, a second home


Very rarely do you find such a caring environment that not only provides the children with and exceptional learning experience but also a staff with a support system that genuinely cares for each and every single child on a personal level. Our son Chance, now 6, attended the Red balloon from 2010 -2013 . He now attends the Bank Street School for Children and will be a 1st grader in September. His little brother, Chase will begin as a yellow room freshman in September and we could be more thrilled! Norma, the program director, works tirelessly to make sure the ship sails smoothly. She has a heart of gold and her kindness cannot be described in words! The teaching staff is amongst some of the kindest, most well equipped educators around! The In house chef , Jeff, prepares nutritious , delicious meals that rivals home cooking and keep the children smiling with his jokes and impressions! I could go on, and on about how amazing this place is! I'm 100% certain that Chance's success is due to the wonderful foundation he received at the Red Balloon. Last, but certainly not least, the parent community is wonderful. The collective effort is hands down the BEST early education experience we’ve ever seen.
05/20/2014
The Road to Success Starts at The Red Balloon

It was a wonderful combination of nurturing, challenging and learning


Our daughter, who’s now 13, had an amazing start at the Red Balloon. It was a wonderful combination of nurturing and challenging. I’ll never forget how she, at age 2, was expected to bus her own dishes after breakfast – and she did it! She was given responsibilities and she proudly followed through. Red Balloon was an exciting and fun place to learn, with outstanding teachers. It was also a terrific community. Our daughter is still friendly with some of her Red Balloon friends and we with their parents, 10 years later.

Dalia went to PS 165 in the Dual Language G&T program for K and 1st, then transferred to CPE1 for the rest of elementary school. She was at the Queens Paideia School for middle school and will be attending Harvest Collegiate High School in the fall.

 
05/13/2014
The Road to Success Starts at The Red Balloon

We still feel so lucky to have been a part of the Red Balloon family


My daughter, Natalie attended the Red Balloon from 2008-2011, followed by kindergarten and 1st grade at The Neighborhood School (TNS), a progressive public school in the East Village. Though we loved TNS and felt that it had a similar philosophy and community feel that we had come to love at Red Balloon, our situation changed and we moved Natalie to Ella Baker, another public progressive school on the Upper East Side that is open to citywide residents. Natalie is currently in 2nd grade at Ella Baker and is doing well, both socially and academically.

In all of our experiences with various schools, teachers, administrators and styles, we still feel so lucky to have been a part of the Red Balloon family. The benefit of receiving an early childhood education at the Red Balloon is evident in Natalie's critical thinking and interpersonal skills, which she developed early on. She demonstrates a sense of fairness and empathy that was actively supported at the Red Balloon, and which I have not seen to this extent in other programs. The quality of the teachers, combined with their nurturing of an extremely racially and economically diverse body of students and families is a rare find in NYC. As a parent, I always felt safe and welcome in the school, and found the home-to-school connection there to be practiced in a way that schools of all levels often only pay lip service to.

I have referred many colleagues and neighborhood residents to the Red Balloon, as I feel that it is a very special community oriented school where families of all configurations are celebrated, respected, and can feel like full partners in their children's early learning experiences.

 
05/13/2014
The Road to Success Starts at The Red Balloon
Our son Asani started this year in the Yellow Room and we could not be happier! He comes everyday with new words and a deep curiosity about his environment. He also references his classmates, his teachers and even what he had for lunch during the day! As a parent, I have peace of mind knowing that my son is engaged, happy and excited every time he goes to school. I am also equally impressed with the parent community at the Red Balloon. I am forming friendships with other parents, which makes me feel extremely supported as I navigate these early childhood years. The Red Balloon is such a special place and we are so happy to be a part of this community!
12/07/2015
The Road to Success Starts at The Red Balloon
Our son has attended Red Balloon for the past two and a half years. Choosing a daycare or preschool was a challenge for us. We did not want him to attend a school that shoved academics down his throat and made him sit at a desk for hours. At the same time, we did not want him to attend a program that would leave him unprepared for kindergarten. Red Balloon was the perfect culture for us. Children's interest and curiosity are the driving force behind the curriculum. Foundational skills and pre-academics are weaved throughout the day in a way that children feel like they are simply playing and having fun, but in reality, they are absorbing rich language and content. In addition, teachers help to guide the children through challenging social situations and peer interactions by teaching them how to use their words to solve conflict.The teachers are warm and loving to the children and have a strong knowledge of developmental skills. An added bonus of choosing Red Balloon was that it has extended hours which fit my work schedule and provided breakfast and lunch from an amazing chef. As a busy parent, not having to pack a lunch, or fight to fit in breakfast during the morning rush, this was a huge bonus. Red Balloon also features an indoor gym and an outdoor playground that allow kids to move. Of course, all of these wonderful features come at a cost. Moving to NYC so that my husband could attend Columbia University was an expensive endeavor. With the insane cost of living and only having one income, finding childcare of any sort was nearly impossible. We were blessed to be awarded with a scholarship to Red Balloon which allowed us to send our son there.
03/04/2017
The Road to Success Starts at The Red Balloon
There are many reasons we chose Red Balloon for our daughter, but at the top of that list is that Red Balloon takes very seriously its philosophy that diversity is critical to early child development. Although our home is in a very segregated neighborhood, our daughter's peers at Red Balloon come from myriad backgrounds, and are diverse not only ethnically and internationally, but economically as well. This has greatly expanded Sidney's social experience, her ability to understand and empathize with others, and her knowledge of our global city. Red Balloon was the perfect choice for her, and as we search for her next school, she is clearly well prepared for whatever comes next.
12/01/2015
The Road to Success Starts at The Red Balloon
Our daughter Aya is in her second year at Red Balloon and she’s loved it from the beginning, which was itself a complete turnaround from our prior daycare. The program does a fantastic job of letting children learn through exploration, with lots of different activities, guest instructors, and field trips that provide a range of experiences to the child. Children are able to focus their play according to their interests and what they respond best to; Aya, for example, loves the art projects and the creative projects she picks up at Red Balloon enrich her activities at home. As parents, we are huge fans of the teaching staff, not only for the obvious level of experience but for the way the children are all understood and treated as individuals. Given what a large part of Aya’s day is spent at daycare we feel extremely fortunate to know that our daughter is in such an encouraging educational environment, and it wouldn’t be possible without the financial aid which Aya receives.
03/04/2017
The Road to Success Starts at The Red Balloon
Raising a family in NYC can seem like an almost impossible task, at least financially anyway. Despite the advantage of being in a two income family, my salary as a social worker (working in a 'helping profession' with low-income children and families) really doesn't contribute as much as needed towards helping my own family make ends meet. Like many NYC families, we take shortcuts whenever possible and are a family of four living in a one bedroom apartment. However, being someone who has spent a lifetime working with children I am aware of how essential quality early childhood education is. Receiving financial aid for my daughter to attend Red Balloon allows us not to have to cut corners in this vital area. Throughout her time at Red Balloon i have seen my daughter grow emotionally, socially, and intellectually. The staff is supportive while encouraging growth and independence. The curriculum allows for both instruction of new material and independent play. My husband and I continue to be extremely grateful that we are able to provide our daughter with this opportunity.
03/03/2017

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The Road to Success Starts at The Red Balloon
The Red Balloon was a wonderful place to start Hi Norma, Seems so long ago! Declan attended Anderson from Sept 2002 to June 2011, and now Beacon High School from Sept 2011 to present, expected graduation is June 2015. We’re looking at colleges now and can let you know where he ends up this time next year! The Red Balloon was a wonderful place to start his educational experience, with loving and nurturing teachers and staff who created an environment that enabled him to develop important social and academic skills that helped him to become the student and person that he is ...
05/19/2014

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