Whether your child already speaks two languages or you merely want to expand their intellectual horizons, dual-language preschools can help. These schools promote knowledge and language learning in one neat package. Lucky for us, NYC is packed with immersion preschools.
We've already done a roundup of immersion preschools in Manhattan, and now we've pulled together a sampling of those in Brooklyn, the city's most populous borough. To find more preschools with dual-language programs or other preschool options, visit our NYC preschool directory.
Likewise, for more information about Brooklyn preschools, head to NYC UPK map.
C'E Montessori — Williamsburg
All classes are taught by a fluent Spanish speaker who teaches in both languages at this Montessori preschool. C'E says it gives children the freedom to learn on their own and the guidance to develop knowledge and skills.
Juguemos a Cantar — Multiple locations
18 months-5 years
The escuelita, or little school, has four locations that provide a total immersion experience. All classes are taught in Spanish and small groups and teacher-led instruction encourage kids to learn through play and real-life experiences.
LePort Schools — Cobble Hill
This Montessori school uses creativity and hands-on activities to promote learning. The new schoolhouse provides kids with a safe and calm environment, and classrooms have one teacher for every six toddlers. Only one Spanish immersion class is available, so don't forget to specify your interest.
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KinderHaus — Multiple locations, including Park Slope
This preschool combines European and American classroom models in NYC's first German immersion preschool. The school boasts teachers with master's degrees and the curriculum is inquiry-based. Outdoor backyard spaces and gardens ensure children enjoy fresh air and nature while communicating with each other and the teachers in German.
Wortspiele, Brooklyn — Prospect Heights
Wortspiele provides a nurturing German immersion environment based on Montessori principles. Children are taught in German and English with the goal of developing German as a second language. The curriculum emphasizes curiosity, problem-solving, and a love of learning.
French for Little Ones — Greenpoint
Classes are offered to eight students at a time, allowing for personal attention. Children are taught using a curriculum based on French Education Nationale. French-speaking teachers also help to develop life skills such as autonomy, diligence, and imagination. It also offers after-school classes and summer camps in French.
Healthy food options are a focus at Le Jardin de Louise. Photo courtesy the school.
Le Jardin de Louise — Ditmas Park
2-4 years old
This Franco-American daycare and preschool teaches little ones French in a small group environment. Kids enjoy special presentations by local artists, French songs, sensory play, plenty of outdoor exploration, and a menu that will make any parent swoon (smoothies, crepes, and cauliflower soup, for example).
The Language and Laughter Studio — Boerum Hill
At LLS, children are exposed to French through art, stories, and songs. Student-led projects and play-based learning make it a fun experience for kids. Children are also taught about different cultures in an inclusive, French-speaking environment.
French, Italian, and Spanish
Hands on World — Carroll Gardens
Hands on World classes integrate language learning into art. Classes focus on art in multiple forms, including visual art in the morning and performance art in the afternoon. Toddlers learn a new language by painting, creating, singing, and theater activities. After-school programs advance learning through cooking, cultural studies. puppets, and theater.
Spanish and Mandarin
Lango Kids — Boerum Hill
Lango Kids offers a choice among languages in its preschool program taught by native speakers. Classes and activities use movement science and social interaction to encourage development. Students learn to speak, read, and write in a new language, while also gaining instruction in math, science, and the arts. There are also weekly classes and camps from which to choose if you're not ready for preschool.
Top photo: A lesson in cooking at Lango Kids is all part of the multicultural learning environment. Photo provided courtesy the school.