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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Making Winter Playtime Work Indoors

Now that colder weather is rolling in, it may seem a bit harder to fit in your children’s daily playtime. But just because you can’t really send your children outside to play andstay active, it doesn’t mean you have to skip playtime altogether — there’s still plenty of things to do inside.

Gather the kiddos, and try out a few of these indoor activities that make winter playtime all the more fun!


Freeze Dance

This is one of the best, and simplest, activities you can pick — all you need is some music and a space big enough to boogie in! You can choose to play nursery school classics, such as “The Wheels on the Bus” and “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” or you could go with more modern hits like “Baby Shark.”

Once you have the music going, make sure the kids know the one rule: when the music stops, they freeze. Not only does this keep kids entertained during playtime, but all the dancing is good exercise!

Arts and Crafts

Help bring out the inner Picasso in your little ones and schedule a day of arts and crafts. You can decide to set up easels and watercolor paints, use clay to make little figurines, or lay out some pom-poms, pipe cleaners, construction paper, and glue to make collages.

Remember: As fun as this activity is, it’s important to keep a close eye on the children as they craft — you don’t want anyone getting poked in the eye with a pipe cleaner!

Put on a Show

Everyone loves a good play, and kids love playing dress-up, so organize a short show with your children. They can pretend to be princesses or superheroes and make up their own storyline.

Not only does this allow your children to use their imaginations, but it can give them the chance to show off their directing skills, especially if one of them has a dramatic flair.

At Miss Sue’s Nursery School, our prime educational goal is the development of the whole child — socially, emotionally, physically and educationally. A multi-sensory, holistic approach to learning is provided through play, art, music, and physical activities. To learn more about the school and give your child the best pre-k experience, give us a call at 516-938-0894.


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Keeping Your Kids Safe from the Flu

No parent ever wants to see their child sick, which is why you always take such good care of them to protect them against any illness. Well, the time has come to take those precautions up a notch because flu season has arrived.

In order to keep your child safe and healthy over the next few months, make sure you follow these tips for keeping your kids safe from the flu.


Understand the Risks

Young children are more susceptible to catching the flu since their immune systems are not as strong as adults’ are. Kids also often put their hands in their mouths and can be around other children who may have the flu, increasing their risk of catching the virus.

Wash Their Hands

One of the best things you can do to keep your kids safe from the flu is to consistently wash their hands anytime that use the bathroom, are around other people, and before they eat. This can help kill germs that would otherwise infect them or those around them.

Teach Them the Sleeve Method

Children are commonly taught to cover their mouths with their hands if they cough or sneeze, but to protect against the flu, teach them to sneeze into their sleeve at the elbow. Other children are less likely to touch that area on their arm, so it prevents against the spread of germs.

Keep Them Home

If you know that the flu or another illness is going around at your child's school or karate studio, keep them home a day or two.  This allows other children to get treated and become non-contagious before your child goes near them again.

At Miss Sue’s Nursery School, our prime educational goal is the development of the whole child — socially, emotionally, physically and educationally. A multi-sensory, holistic approach to learning is provided through play, art, music, and physical activities. To learn more about the school and give your child the best pre-k experience, give us a call at 516-938-0894.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Activities That Will Keep Your Children Entertained During Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year! Between the delicious food and all the family gathering to be together, this holiday is one that truly helps you create memories that will last a lifetime.

However, there is one concern many parents have during all the Thanksgiving hustle and bustle: what are the kids going to do? It’s not safe for them to be running in and out of the kitchen, as they could easily burn themselves on the hot stove, and they likely won’t sit still until dinner’s ready. So what should you do? Well, there are plenty of activities that will help keep your children entertained during Thanksgiving!



Scavenger Hunt
If it’s not too cold outside, hide small toys and treats around your yard for the little ones to find. You can include small packets of crayons, dollar-store toys, and a few candies. Just make sure not to include too many treats so they don’t spoil their appetites for dinner!

Table Cloth Coloring
If the children in your family like arts and crafts, purchase a tablecloth they can draw on. Craft stores carry plastic and paper tablecloths that featuring coloring activities to keep your children entertained.

Thanksgiving Bingo
Print out some Thanksgiving-themed bingo cards and have old of the old cousins or another adult lead the game. You can offer a small prize to the winner, such as a toy or an extra piece of pie during dessert.

Mad Libs
We all loved Mad Libs as kids, so why not use the game to entertain your children? Not only will it keep the kids occupied, but it will help boost their imaginations with all the answers they come up with.

At Miss Sue’s Nursery School, our prime educational goal is the development of the whole child — socially, emotionally, physically and educationally. A multi-sensory, holistic approach to learning is provided through play, art, music, and physical activities. To learn more about the school and give your child the best pre-k experience, give us a call at 516-938-0894.

Friday, November 2, 2018

The Best Superfoods for Your Children

Every parent knows that the foods your children eat every day can have a big impact on their current and future health. However, it’s not always easy to convince kids to choose celery over potato chips. But not the worry! There are plenty of yummy and good-looking superfoods you kids will love.


Eggs
With so many ways to make them, eggs are an easy way to make sure your children get the right amount of protein each day. Plus, eggs are more filling than other breakfast options, such as cereal or granola bars, so they will keep your children satisfied longer and prevent the need for that mid-morning snack.


Blueberries
These little guys have been thought of as superfoods for decades, mostly due to their high concentration of anti-oxidants each one has. Research has also shown that blueberries can protect against heart disease, improve brain function, and target the fat cells that lead to obesity.


If your little ones don’t want to eat blueberries on their own, try blending them up into a smoothy or adding them to a bowl of yogurt.


Greek Yogurt
The good bacteria found in low-fat Greek yogurt is a great digestive aid and helps boost your child’s immune system. Serve it to your children with a small drizzle of honey or a bit of agave to add some sweetness to it, and we bet they’ll eat it right up.


Cocoa
We’re not talking about the fan-favorite winter drink here. Cocoa contains compounds that have been shown to reduce blood pressure and improve oral health. Sprinkle some cocoa powder onto your child’s oatmeal or melt 70% cocoa dark chocolate and dip fruit in it.

At Miss Sue’s Nursery School, our prime educational goal is the development of the whole child — socially, emotionally, physically and educationally. A multi-sensory, holistic approach to learning is provided through play, art, music, and physical activities. To learn more about the school and give your child the best pre-k experience, give us a call at 516-938-0894.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Manners Every Child Should Know

As your child grows up, there are a few things you should teach them: to look both ways before crossing the street, always show people respect, and that manners matter. Children should learn, from a young age, that a bit of consideration and kindness can go a long way, and that they should always use their manners when interacting with friends, classmates, teachers, and the like.

If you’re not sure where to start, these are some of the manners every child should know.

Please

At the very base of all manners is using the word “please.” Whether they’d like a snack or would like to spend some more time on the playground, your child should always say “please” when asking for something.

Thank You

Right after “please,” “thank you” is the next manner your child should learn. Rather than simply walk away after being given something, your child should know to say thank you.

Excuse Me

This one can be a little bit tough to teach young children who like running around everywhere with their friends, but the words “excuse me” can make playtime a bit more civil. Instead of pushing their way to the playground slide, your child can say “excuse me” to politely ask the other children to move.

Don’t Interrupt

Snowballing from “excuse me” is the courtesy of not interrupting. While many children are taught not to interrupt adults, we think this should apply across the board. Teach your child that, if someone is speaking, they shouldn’t interrupt what they’re saying. Instead, they should wait until the person is done talking to comment or respond.


At Miss Sue’s Nursery School, our prime educational goal is the development of the whole child — socially, emotionally, physically and educationally. A multi-sensory, holistic approach to learning is provided through play, art, music, and physical activities. To learn moreabout the school and give your child the best pre-k experience, give us a call at 516-938-0894.

Friday, October 19, 2018

The Best and Worst Halloween Candy for Kids

Every Halloween, children of all ages jump at the chance to dress us in their favorite costumes and go door to door for some sweet treats. The thing is, much to parents’ (and dentists’) dismay, all that candy isn’t exactly good for kids’ teeth or energy levels.


But not to worry! While you’d probably prefer your child munch on carrots rather than candy, you can pick out the better options from their trick-or-treat buckets.

Chocolate

Everyone loves a good piece of chocolate! Plain chocolate, such as a classic Hershey’s bar, is one of the best options to let your child snack on around Halloween time because it washes off your teeth more easily than most other candies. Plus, if your child prefers dark chocolate over milk chocolate, that’s even better since dark chocolate has less sugar.

Dissolving Candies

Powdery candies that dissolve quickly in your child’s mouth aren’t too bad because they don’t spend too much time near your child’s teeth. However, the downside to these candies is that they are typically pure sugar — hence why they dissolve so quickly — and that much sugar is never good for your child’s teeth.

Sour Candy

While your child may spit these out after a minute or two because the sour taste is too much for their little taste buds, sour candies can do harm to their teeth quickly. Sour candies are more acidic than sweet ones, and that acid can wear down tooth enamel.

Hard Candy

Not only can hard candy crack your child’s teeth, but it also spends a lot more time in your child’s mouth since they will typically suck on the candy until it breaks down. That gives all the sugar in the candy plenty of time to coat your child’s teeth.

Sticky Candy

Taffy, caramels, and other sticky candies are the worst candies your child could munch on. These candies stick to every surface on your child’s teeth and allow all the sugar to collect bacteria and form cavities on your child’s teeth.


At Miss Sue’s Nursery School, our prime educational goal is the development of the whole child — socially, emotionally, physically and educationally. A multi-sensory, holistic approach to learning is provided through play, art, music and physical activities. To learn more about the school and give your child the best pre-k experience, give us a call at 516-938-0894.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

It’s officially October, so you know what that means, Parents. Time to start helping your child decide what they want to dress up as for Halloween. While this is an exciting time of the year, it can also be expensive — some of those store-bought Halloween costumes can cost an arm and a leg!


But not to worry! There are plenty of unique, easy DIY Halloween costumes that you can make for your child at a fraction of the cost that they are sure to love!

Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

A Garden Fairy

All you need for this sprightly costume is tulle, a few fake flowers, a bit of ribbon, some wings and a flower crown. Craft a classic tutu that is long enough for your child to wear as a dress, and hot glue or sew some ribbon to create straps at the top of it. Use garlands of fake flowers to fashion a crown, strap on the wings, and let your little fairy float their way through treat-or-treating.

A Superhero

This is one of the easiest costumes you can make! Grab a paper eye mask and a cape, and you have yourself a superhero! You can also use fabric paint to write your child’s first initial on a plain t-shirt so they’re really their own hero.

A Chimney Sweep

Dress up your child in black slacks, a white shirt, suspenders, and a newsboy cap and create a chimney broom using a lightweight PVC pipe and extra long pipe cleaners. Add a red bow tie and use a bit of makeup to add some “soot” to your little one’s face, and they’ll be ready to start singing “Chim Chim Cher-ree!”

A Hot Air Balloon

Help your child look ready to travel the skies with only a few household items. Take a round, lightweight laundry basket and cut a hole in the bottom so your child can stick his or her legs through. Use some string or ribbon to create straps to keep the basket up, and tie a large balloon to the basket. It’s as simple as that!


At Miss Sue’s Nursery School, our prime educational goal is the development of the whole child — socially, emotionally, physically and educationally. A multi-sensory, holistic approach to learning is provided through play, art, music and physical activities. To learn more about the school and give your child the best pre-k experience, give us a call at 516-938-0894.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

What You Should Include in Your Child’s Backpack

Now that the school year is well underway, you’ve probably packed your child’s backpack a number of times before sending them on their way to school. However, do you know if you’re including the right items in their bag? When your child comes home from school, take a look in their knapsack and make sure you’re stocking it with the essentials.


Healthy Snacks

It’s no secret that kids love munching throughout the day, so give them plenty of healthy snacks to choose from. Non-refrigerated items such as granola bars, organic fruit roll-ups, and raisins are all great options for a nutritious, mid-day snack.

Just make sure you don’t include any snacks with peanuts without letting your child’s teacher know. You never know if your child will try to share their snack with another classmate with allergies.

Tissues

The earlier you can teach your child to wipe their nose with a tissue instead of their sleeve, the better. Include a small to-go pack of tissues in their backpack for easy-to-reach runny nose relief.

Glasses Case

If your child wears glasses, it’s important to keep the case in their backpack. If your kid takes his or her glasses off for nap time or when they go on the playground, the glasses will be much safer in their case rather than just thrown into your child’s bag.

A Change of Clothes

Whether it be because they didn’t make it to the bathroom quick enough or arts and crafts got a bit messier than planned, it’s always wise to have a change of clothes handy. Not only will this help keep your child clean and comfortable, but it’ll save you the time of driving a new set of clothes over to their school if an accident happens.

At Miss Sue’s Nursery School, our prime educational goal is the development of the whole child — socially, emotionally, physically and educationally. A multi-sensory, holistic approach to learning is provided through play, art, music and physical activities. To learn more about the school and give your child the best pre-k experience, give us a call at 516-938-0894.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Helping Your Child Make New Friends At School


The beginning of the school year is always filled with excitement, anticipation, and just a little bit of nerves. But if your child is starting out at a new school or it's his or her first year, they may be a little nervous about not having many friends to play with. Not to worry! You can help your child make new friends at school by working on a few simple lessons at home.

Encourage Smiles

A smile is the best way to show other people that your child is friendly and eager to be social. Help your child learn to smile when they first approach a classmate so that they create a welcoming presence.

Practice Introductions

Smiles are great, but conversation is better! At home, practice introducing yourself with your child and help them craft their own way to say “hello” to the other children at school. Simple phrases like “Hi, my name is Ryan. What’s yours?” and “It’s nice to meet you. I’m Sophia,” can help start a larger conversation with soon-to-be friends.

Emphasize Manners

“Politeness is an expensive way of making friends” and “manners matter” are statements that ring true for everyone — including children. Teaching your kids to use words like “please” and “thank you” and to not interrupt other classmates when speaking can make a world of difference in their effort to make friends.

Teach Good Conversation

Help your children understand that good conversation helps friendships grow and that they should ask questions to get to know their other classmates. “What do you do for fun?” “Do you have a favorite movie?” “What is your favorite food?” These are all questions that can help build bonds between your children and their new friends.

At Miss Sue’s Nursery School, our prime educational goal is the development of the whole child — socially, emotionally, physically and educationally. A multi-sensory, holistic approach to learning is provided through play, art, music and physical activities. To learn more about the school and give your child the best pre-k experience, give us a call at 516-938-0894.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

How to Create the Perfect Morning Routine for Your Child

Fact: it’s tough to transition from “summer-mode” to “school-mode” in any home. While this may happen year-after-year for your children, some children are anticipating their very first year at school — and there’s nothing more exciting than that! If you’re looking to prepare your child for the perfect morning routine, then here are some simple ways to do it:


Early Bedtimes

Unlike the summertime, your child won’t be able to sleep in late — since school starts bright and early in the morning. If you’re looking for the best way to help your child adjust to the time, then it’s best to set an early bedtime a few weeks before the first day of school. Not only will this make the adjustment much more comfortable for them, but they’ll wake up with ease on the big day!

Lay Everything Out

Sure, your child might want to pick out their outfit for school — but they might do that minutes before the bus arrives. To avoid chasing the bus each morning, it’s best to let your little one pick out their outfit the night before. This will not only eliminate any bus-running, but it will put them (and yourself) at ease, knowing that everything is okay and ready to go.

Once their outfit is picked out, you can then lay out their essentials in the bathroom. From their brushing essentials to their hair comb, this will help your little one greatly, while they become more independent. Of course, let them know that you’re always down the hall to assist whenever they may need it!

Create a List

One of the best ways to keep your child on track in the morning is to create a list of their morning schedule. From waking up and getting ready, to eating breakfast and waiting for the bus, this will help your little one put into perspective their school days and will definitely help them develop a routine. This will also be of great assistance, since it will prepare them for being on a schedule in the classroom, too!

At Miss Sue’s Nursery School, our prime educational goal is the development of the whole child — socially, emotionally, physically and educationally. A multi-sensory, holistic approach to learning is provided through play, art, music and physical activities. To learn more about the school and give your child the best pre-k experience, give us a call at 516-938-0894.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Family Summer Fun Before School Starts

Ah, the summertime! Known to be one of the warmest seasons on Long Island, there are a variety of fun activities that your children can partake in — such as attending Miss Sue’s Summer Fun! However, once camp ends, there’s still some time to enjoy the summer before school starts. Not sure what to do? Here are some great tips!


Go on a Picnic 

One of the best summer activities any family can enjoy is a picnic! Perfect for any environment, this will not only be a great way to catch up and gain some wonderful family time, but it’s the ideal way to feast on some delicious summer treats, too!

From the park to the local beach, there are a variety of great spots where you and your family can enjoy a lovely picnic! Of course, you’ll want to do this on a day where it’s not too hot, nor too cold. If it happens to rain on your designated picnic day, then you can always improvise by hosting it in your living room!

Your imagination will come in hand for this one! Simply lay a blanket on the floor of your living room, followed by placing bowls of snacks in the center. Not only will your children love this — but you can simply walk to your kitchen whenever you need to! It’s definitely a win-win situation!

Get Some Ice Cream

Another great way to spend some quality family time and enjoy the summer weather is to get some ice cream! Whether you visit your local ice cream parlor or get some from the frozen food aisle of the grocery store, there’s always a way to enjoy this incredible treat! Of course, if your little one is lactose intolerant, there are some dairy-free options to continue the fun!

If you’re looking to create the ultimate ice cream experience, then you can pick up a carton from the store, followed by some toppings, and you can then build your own ice cream parlor in the comfort of your home. Not only will your little ones love making their own sundaes, but they’ll always cherish this beautiful summer memory!

Already thinking about summer 2019? When you choose Miss Sue’s Summer Fun, you can rest assured knowing that your child is safely having fun in the sun, while also building the knowledge, skills, and confidence to have a successful future. To learn more about the program, give us a call at 516-366-5623.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

First Day of School Prep

Ah, the first day of school! For most parents, this will be a breeze since many have older children who have gone through this process before — but what about those parents that are sending their child to their very first day of school? Remain calm, since their first day will be an absolute breeze with these tips:


Create a Schedule

One of the best ways to prepare your child for school is to create a schedule. From brushing their teeth to eating breakfast, this will help your little one get used to having a daily routine, which will be very beneficial for when they enter a classroom!

Here at Miss Sue’s, we provide our students with a daily schedule to follow, which will not only help them stay organized but will also help your little one develop a routine. Establishing a routine is one of the best skills any child can learn from, especially when they go to grade school; will carry on with them through the years!

Reassure your Child

Of course, if your child’s very first day of school is coming up, then it might seem a tad scary to them. Indeed, this is a natural feeling, and it’s important to reassure them. When your child attends Miss Sue’s, not only will they have a class filled with a group of fun, kind students their own age — but they’ll also make memories that will last a lifetime. It's important to always reassure your child that their experience it going to be incredible — especially at Miss Sue's!

For the past nine years (and counting), Miss Sue’s holds the title for the Best Nursery School on Long Island. We not only prepare our students for grade school, but we also teach the "essentials" through fun activities, games and more! When your child is a Miss Sue’s student, they’ll be receiving that Miss Sue’s advantage that we’ve taught since 1965!

Pair them with a Buddy

Does your child have a friend that’s attending Miss Sue’s for the very first time, too? If that’s the case, then you can let your child know that fact — and you’ll definitely see a rush of excitement in their face! It’s true: when a child is aware that they won’t be alone, they’ll definitely feel more secure and eager to go attend school.

Of course, when your child attends Miss Sue’s, they’ll be placed in a variety of group activities, where they’ll make even more friends. This will not only make your child’s school experience more enjoyable, but it will also give them friends that will last a lifetime, too!

At Miss Sue’s Nursery School, our prime educational goal is the development of the whole child — socially, emotionally, physically and educationally. A multi-sensory, holistic approach to learning is provided through play, art, music and physical activities. To learn more about the school and give your child the best pre-k experience, give us a call at 516-938-0894.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

How to Overcome Picky Eating

Sometimes, serving a meal to a picky eater can seem like a challenge to some parents. From vegetables to pasta, any food can be ruled out by your child. Of course, it’s possible they’re afraid of trying what’s served to them, or they might not be a fan of the taste. Regardless, here are some ways to help your child overcome picky eating:


Make it Fun

One of the best ways to help a picky eater try a new food is to make their meals fun! Believe it or not, a presentation isn’t only an essential staple in upscale restaurants, but plays a huge part in childhood dining, too. Whether you’re making fish or vegetables, it’s vital to present the final product in a fun and exciting way! 

Of course, you’ve been told from an early age not to play with your food — but when creating a presentation to your picky eater, you might have to! If the food is solid (i.e., chicken, beef, pork), then you can take a cookie cutter and use it to make shapes! 

Now, if the food has a softer consistency (i.e., corn, spinach, mashed potatoes), then you can place them in fun-shaped serving cups/bowls. Once your child sees this presentation, they’ll be enamored by how fun their plate looks — and will undoubtedly feel inclined to try these new foods!

Dipping Sauce Helps

Sometimes, carrots might taste better with ketchup — to your child. Believe it or not, most children like the taste of vegetables and/or fish with some dipping sauce by their side. Not only will this hinder the flavor of the new food, on their end, but they’ll also feel more inclined to try anything that’s presented to them with the red staple by their side. 

If you’re looking for the best way to go about this, then you can provide a dipping sauce of ketchup with your child’s meal. If you’re looking for a healthier alternative, then you can always opt for a condiment that has low-salt. 

Next, when you serve your child their meal, you can place the ketchup on the plate (or on the side), which will give them the option to use ketchup to their discretion. Not only will this make any mealtime a bit simpler for you, but it will help your child try new foods — to which they usually wouldn’t try without ketchup!

At Miss Sue’s Nursery School, our prime educational goal is the development of the whole child — socially, emotionally, physically and educationally. A multi-sensory, holistic approach to learning is provided through play, art, music and physical activities. To learn more about the school and give your child the best pre-k experience, give us a call at 516-938-0894.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Best Nut-Free Lunches for Kids

Parents: does your child have a nut allergy? Whether it be peanuts or almonds, to name a few, there are a variety of products that are created with nut-based products. Of course, this could be a potential risk to your child (and to those around them), so it’s best to always take precaution when making your child’s lunches. Looking to change up their menu? Here are a few ideas to check out:


Create your own Snack Pack
One of the best meals to create for your little one is a snack pack. Of course, you could always purchase one of these ~famous~ lunches at your local grocery store — but it’s more fun (and personalized) when you make your own! To start, you’ll need the following:

  • Reusable plastic snack container with compartments
  • Crackers
  • Cheese
  • Pepperoni 
  • Small cupcake wrappers

Once you acquire these ingredients for your child’s snack pack, it’s then time to start building it!  To start, you can fill the bottom of the bigger compartment with crackers. From there, you can take your small cupcake wrappers and place some slices of cheese and pepperoni in them. This will not only keep these ingredients from getting the crackers soggy, but it will keep your child’s lunch neat and organized! 

After that step is complete, you can then add some addition nut-free snacks in the other compartments — and then you’ll have created the greatest snack pack on the planet! Your child will love this little lunch, and you’ll have peace of mind, knowing that it’s completely nut-free!

Make Mini Pizzas
Another great nut-free lunch to make for your child are some miniature pizzas! Perfect for the kid that loves pizza parties, this will make their lunch not only tasty but fun, too! To start, you’ll want to purchase the following ingredients:

  • A package of tortillas
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Tomato sauce
  • A muffin pan

After you acquire these essential ingredients, it’s then time to start the pizza making process! To start, you’ll want to take a preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Next, take a tortilla and cut small circles to fit into the cups of the muffin pan. From there, you’ll want to take a teaspoon of tomato sauce to place on top of each small pizza “dough.” 

Next, sprinkle a nice helping of cheese and then place the muffin pan in the oven for approximately 10-to-15 minutes. Once the time is up, let the mini pizzas cool down and then you’ll be good to go! Your child will certainly love this little pizza party that they’ll have for lunch!

At Miss Sue’s Nursery School, our prime educational goal is the development of the whole child — socially, emotionally, physically and educationally. A multi-sensory, holistic approach to learning is provided through play, art, music and physical activities. To learn more about the school and give your child the best pre-k experience, give us a call at 516-938-0894.