The Q loves, loves, loves the term "playschool." To me, that's what it's all about, and doesn't try to overstate the goal. A teensy bit of school, a lot of play, a chance for mom and dad to do their thing while the toddler gets a bit of the social thing happening. I would argue that at 51 it's still my ideal scenario, and we don't get nearly enough of it!
From a friend whom we (the royal WE) trust comes a recommendation for just sort of sitch right here in the 'hood. A HoodSitch, as I like to call it. Below is the info. (Maybe you're not ready or situated to commit to something like the more expensive, tres pro and it must be said lovely Maple Street School, of which the Q and Mrs. Q were satisfied clients before it went all uppity at 626 - the classrooms there are top notch by the way, so I'm by no means dissing MSS, quite the opposite. But each parent has her own needs. I love the look of Rutland.)
The Q at Parkside
News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.