Atlantic Avenue Early Learning Center

Open Enrollment Available for Ages 3 to 4.5!

The Atlantic Avenue Early Learning Center (Bedford-Stuyvesant) utilizes the Creative Curriculum to develop and implement lesson plans each week that meet the learning needs of each child. Our focus areas of development are: Social Emotional, Physical, Language, Cognitive, Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Technology, and the Arts.

It is the mission of the Atlantic Avenue Early Learning Center to provide a fully integrated day care program designed to foster the child’s social and emotional, physical, language and cognitive development.  In addition, a sequential learning curriculum will be delivered to prepare each child for academics in kindergarten and elementary school.

The Atlantic Avenue Early Learning Center strives to nurture children’s growth and development. We support parents with building strong parenting skills and community social service linkages that meet the family’s health, educational and economic needs, and strengthen the family’s ties to the local community. We are continuously responding to family and community building in a coordinated manner with other local resources. The Center also has staff fluent in Spanish and Creole.

AFFORDABLE: Atlantic Avenue Early Learning Center accepts ACS funded and private pay families, and can assist in the process of applying for ACS.

ACCESSIBLE: Atlantic Avenue Early Learning Center is located in Bedford-Stuyvesant and conveniently located by:

  • A Train to Utica Avenue
  • C Train to Ralph Avenue
  • B25 Bus
  • B46 Bus
  • B47 Bus

SECURE:  Atlantic Ave Early Learning Center has a gated, modern playground as well as an indoor free space for children

WELLNESS: Atlantic Avenue Early Learning Center has a nutritionist, a nurse intern, social work interns, and a mental health consultant on staff.

For more information or to schedule a tour of the school, please contact Ashanti Shaheed at 347.296.4980 or or Martina Surrrency at

Atlantic Avenue Early Learning Center
1825 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11233
347.296.4980 tel
347.296.4979 fax
Hours: 8am – 6pm


Creative Curriculum

The Early Learning Center utilizes the Creative Curriculum to develop and implement lesson plans each week that meet the learning needs of each age group. Regular observation on each child’s progress is documented to assess stages of development – enabling teachers to give a nurturing and developmentally appropriate environment in which children learn and grow.

The Five Volumes of the Creative Curriculum for Preschool®, Fifth Edition

The five knowledge building curriculum volumes explain the latest theory and research, ways to support active learning and promote children’s progress, and how to set up a successful program. They offer the comprehensive knowledge base that teachers need for preparing all children to succeed in school and in life.

Volume 1: The Foundation
Volume 2: Interest Areas
Volume 3: Literacy
Volume 4: Mathematics
Volume 5: Objectives for Development & Learning

For more information, see the Creative Curriculum websites:

The Creative Curriculum® approach has been used widely in children’s programs throughout the United States.  Its stated mission is to “enhance the quality of early childhood programs by offering the highest quality curriculum materials, training programs, parenting resources, and staff development services that are practical, developmentally appropriate, responsive to the needs of the field, and reflect the most innovative thinking”.


Child Development

Our mission is to strengthen families and support children to help reach their full potential.  We utilize BCS’s solution-focused approach to support your children’s healthy development.

Once enrolled:

  • The nurse intern will organize various health initiatives, vision and hearing screenings, and health workshops for parents and children.
  • Workshops are organized based upon parents’ preferences. This past year they have including a walking group, Zumba classes, dental care, and healthy eating.



Health and Nutrition

We utilize the Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) requirements as a standard for our meal choices. Our staff serves breakfast, lunch, and a snack over the course of the day. To find out more about CACFP visit

View our sample menus for breakfast, lunch, and snack :

Sample menu 1

Our Nurse Intern:

  • Provides services to the center’s children and families.
  • Monitors the child’s overall health and tracks the due dates of scheduled medical checkups and immunizations.
  • Tracks this information weekly and immediately notifies staff and families of outstanding medical information.
  • Ensures all of our children receive all scheduled medical checkups, as well as their scheduled immunizations.


Family and Community

We have developed community partnerships with seven local programs and agencies. Brooklyn Community Services has 20 programs in Brooklyn, all accessible to our families eligible for those services. These programs include family counseling, job placement services, and supportive programs for those with mental illness or developmental delay.

Family Partnerships:

  • We understand that parents are their child’s first teacher and respect the cultural and individual differences of the families.  It is through this respect that we build a relationship of trust.
  • The social worker and parents create a Family Partnership Agreement, which outlines the academic and behavioral goals for the child and the parent.
  • Parents are encouraged to volunteer in their child’s classroom. This offers the children more personal attention, and parents valuable techniques in child behavior management.

Community Partners:


  • Brooklyn Hospital for Hearing screening
  • Silberman School of Social Work
  • LIU School of Nursing
  • Helen Keller Services for the Blind
  • Heathy Smiles
  • Community Coalition of Bed-Stuy
  • DOH – Eat Well and Play Hard
  • BCS Preventive Services
  • City Harvest
  • Music Together


Early Education

Our Center Based Program:

  • Strives to reach our program goal to support child development in a nurturing learning environment, while simultaneously supporting families to work toward and achieve their goals.
  • Opens its doors to outside programs to increase access for families.  We have community resource fairs and bring local agencies into the center.
  • Sponsors CPR and First Aide training for our families at our center, which assists our families in finding health/child care related employment.
  • Invites speakers from local agencies present information at our monthly parent meetings.
  • Creates opportunities for families to develop social connections with each other.
    • We organize bi-monthly socials that allow home based families to meet and talk with other home based families.
    • Our family celebration events (i.e. Thanksgiving event, Mother’s Day event) encourage families to share a meal together.
    • Many of our families develop relationships with each other, which have resulted in play dates outside the center.


Information and Forms

Atlantic Avenue Early Learning Center

1825 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11233
Phone: 347.296.4980 Fax: 347.296.4979
Hours: 8am – 6pm


map for website

1825 Atlantic Ave located near green arrow in the middle of the map


Fill out these forms prior to registration:

(May also be printed for hand-written responses to be brought into Center or mailed.)

Child Enrollment Form

Enrollment Contract

Parent Information – Escort – Medical

Consent Form

Please email forms to Emily Rios –


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