My daughter came to AMA in Nov 2017, when she was 17 months old. after taking a tour of the space and speaking to Marisa, we decided to bring our little to AMA. We started off transitioning her with half-days stays(which just lasted a few days) and then she became full time. In nearly a year, she has grown so much! She has made friends, absolutely loves Marisa and Mauri, and even though they are not a school, my daughter is learning her alphabet and numbers.
Marisa has been a trusted resource and part of the village raising Lizzie. When we thought she had a speech delay, Marisa reassured us and an evaluation noted the same. Shortly after, her language skills just jumped through the roof. Lizzie speaks and understand three languages because AMA offers Spanish immersion in addition to our dual language household.
Marisa is not only responsive (sending pictures and texts constantly to reassure us and sometimes to remind us of key deadlines) but she is ORGANIZED! Her attention to detail, including updates about your child and their health and well-being , puts one's mind at peace. She and Mauri truly love these children and the love and appreciation is quite evident and mutual when the kids run into their arms at drop off in the morning.
As working parents, there's no better feeling than knowing that the people you have trusted to care for your child, will care for them as their own. With that said, I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND AMA FAMILY DAYCARE. If you are looking for a family- like setting; loving and caring staff; safe, reliable and year-round childcare, then AMA Family Daycare is the place for your family, especially in the Kensington-Windsor Terrace community!!!
Our daughter Gina attended AMA daycare in 2019 starting as an 8-month old , and up until we moved out of New York City. I can’t even begin to describe Marisa and Mauri's love, care, and kindness. Our daughter would come home from daycare with new words (many in Spanish), tricks and tools that would surprise us every week. For instance, she would remind us when we sat down to eat, 'it's time to wash my hands', by rubbing her hands together, just one of many good manners she picked up at AMA. Her first Spanish word we were able to pinpoint was "Hola!" spoken into the remote control held to her ear. Music, dance, and laughter are huge parts of this daycare. As first time parents, Marisa and Mauri were sage guides for us, gently letting us know when Gina was ready to graduate into the next phase of toddler-hood, be it transitioning to sippy cups, solid foods, or anything else. We immensely miss these wonderful caregivers and the other babies. I whole heartedly recommend AMA to anyone considering them for daycare. You will not only get daycare, but also a very fun new family.
Kate U. -2020
Our son, Emmanuel spent two beautiful years at AMA daycare. Marisabelle and Mauri were loving, patient and dedicated care takers to him, and it was amazing to send him to a place we knew he was so loved. Emmanuel made friends, watched and learned from the older kids, and gained confidence by feeling the younger kids learn from him. It was great hearing his little Spanish phrases as they developed, seeing his dance moves evolve, and watch him grow from the excellent food he was fed. This is a special place, a little spot of Caribbean sunshine in the Brooklyn landscape. We are so grateful, and hope we can stay in touch. If you are looking for a place that will shower love on your child, this is it.
Erika and Misha-2020
Our family had a wonderful experience with A.M.A. Our daughter attended the daycare from ages 1-3 and Marisabel and Mauri provided an incredibly loving and caring environment for her. Our daughter had some food allergies, and Marisabel took every precaution to ensure that the daycare was a safe environment for her. Marisabel was attentive, asked about our daughter’s status regarding these allergies, and was overall communicative - which we greatly appreciated, putting our minds at ease. We would highly recommend A.M.A daycare to anyone looking for a nurturing environment for their child!
Dave & Ro -2020
AMA Daycare was a wonderful place for my child. I was very nervous about leaving my little one in a new place, as many of us new mamas can be, but the warmth of Marisa and Mauri made it apparent that my son was in great hands.
Marisa and Mauri have become very much like extended family, offering support above and beyond what is required. I would absolutely recommend this space.
Marisa, we kept thinking this would be over soon enough to say this in person, but 2020 hasn't brought that kind of luck. We can not thank you enough- Thank doesn't really cover it- how do you thank someone for seeing, loving, caring for your child as if she were part of the family? We could never thank you enough for everything you've given to Zee and to us. Whatever happens in the rest of her life, we know that her happy, silly and joyful foundation came from her time at AMA and there are no words for how grateful we are. Zee misses you, of course, and we do too! We miss knowing there are two people in the world who love her as much as we do and being able to pepper you with every single worry and question that first- timers have. Thank you for being part of our family! Cant wait to see you when this is over.
Sarah M. & Jasmine F. -2020
Our daughter, JoJo, started at AMA when she was 7 months old. Marisa and Mauri have done an incredible job taking care of her; they treat her like family. Each day JoJo could not wait to go to AMA to see her friends. She learned so much in AMA’s care. It is a very well run daycare that does an exceptional job communicating with parents. We would absolutely recommend AMA to anyone who needs care for their kids.
Zach and Allison- 2021
Looking for childcare is always a challenge, even more so when you move to a whole new neighborhood. I was lucky enough to be told about A.M.A. Family Daycare and am forever grateful. I have never met such kind and big hearted people in my life! At AMA my child blossomed, she would always come home with new stories to tell and art projects she made. She taught us all about animals on a farm, and about the different seasons, and how to celebrate holidays of all religions. The impact that Ms. Marisa and Ms. Mauri have had on our lives goes beyond words. For a parent all you want is for your child to be happy and taken care of, and at AMA I knew that my daughter was in the best hands. The name says it all, at AMA you are part of a loving family. I'm so glad they will forever be a part of our lives.
Meli & Andy-2021
We have had 5 wonderful years with AMA, firstly with our daughter Felix, who started at 2 years old and left to start Pre-K and secondly with our son Gabriel, who also started at 2 and left to start Pre-K at 4 years old. We were looking for a smaller daycare, something that felt more personal but that still offered all the social and learning advantages of a more formal daycare setting. We definitely found what we were looking for in AMA.
Dropping our kids off with Ms Marisa and Ms Mauri always felt more like bringing them to visit family than taking them to daycare - they both genuinely treat the children in their care as if they were their own. The daycare is safe, secure and welcoming and the mix of ages is a great boon to all the kids, creating a real family atmosphere.
Ms Marisa has implemented a lot of learning which my son has really responded to and we feel confident that he is starting pre-K with a solid grounding in his numbers and letters. They also have a great outdoor playing space which the kids love.
We are so grateful to AMA for everything they have done for our family in the last 5 years. We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them to other families looking for a safe, welcoming environment for their kids to grow and learn.
Kate R. & Nick D.-2021
Parents to Felix & Gabe
Ari started at AMA when he was 5 months old. We couldn't be happier with the care both Marisa and Mauri provided for our baby. They are both incredibly warm, loving, playful and supportive of the children they look after. We sent our son to AMA during covid 19 so we've never been inside, but every time we dropped him off and picked him up, he had a gigantic smile on his face. We felt safe leaving our baby with them everyday. My partner and I had a very nice relationship with the providers and would communicate via text. We would definitely recommend AMA to other families in the neighborhood very highly.
Lauren & Sylvia-2021
Josie started at AMA in January 2022 at 20 months old. Ms. Marisa was very warm and welcoming to Josie from before day 1. She listened to and accommodated all of Josie's food sensitivities and helped her adjust to her first full time daycare. Both Marisa and Mauri were so great about helping Josie get settled in. It was difficult at first and Josie would cry, but they both helped her feel comfortable and safe and within a couple of weeks Josie would run to Ms. Mauri for a big hug every morning without looking back! We loved seeing her grow and seeing the activities she does. Marisa is thoughtful and creative in the activities and lessons and we are starting to hear Josie tell us about her fun days, which we love. We also love hearing Josie start to speak Spanish!! Through covid Marisa was great about communicating and taking the necessary precautions and making sure parents were connected. We wish Josie could've continued at AMA and would recommend any family to send their kids to Marisa and Mauri.
Q attended AMA briefly at 8-9 months, then re started consistently at 14months. We were incredibly grateful Ms.Marisa and Ms. Mauri met Q where she was developmentally and were patient with her. She walked at 17months which felt late but we knew she was being lovingly encouraged by both teachers. We've also been grateful for working with us through struggles with biting and hitting. From the photos on the website and from what we hear at home, we love the songs you all sing together and the seasonal projects. I do wish that the kids could play outside more and see less screen time (especially Disney movies that we have not exposed her too). We have loved that she knows and plays with both teachers and children and all the kids birthdays have been a fun celebration for the whole group. We are so grateful for your loving care of our daughter and will miss you all as she moves on to preschool.
REPLY FROM US: Thank you so much for your loving and kind words. I truly appreciate you and feel so grateful to have been given the opportunity to care for Q. She is amazing! And we love her so much and are going to miss her immensely!! I do want to address your concerns because I believe in transparency and want you to feel comfortable and happy with Q's experiences here. The whole time our baby girl was in our care, she was only shown no more then 20 mins of 2 Disney movies ( Luca, Encanto and a 6min short LAVA). Their attention span, inability to sit still/ quietly for long periods of time and lack of screen time won't allow anymore. They just aren't used to it and its some thing we do not encourage. I do want to clarify that I do use the monitor once or twice a week to add a video to a themed week or a read aloud book that I may not have but they are never more then 5-10mins. The monitor is something new that I just added to the daycare to help me with themed weeks. I am so sorry if this made your experience at AMA undesirable in any way. I also fully understand your concern about much more outdoor time. I spent the whole pandemic creating the outdoor space for them and its unfortunate that due to these extreme weather changes they haven't been able to enjoy it to the fullest. Please bear in mind that I'm licensed with the DOH and as long as its safe and weather permitting to do so I take them out most days before lunch for 20 mins and again an hour before pick up. We try to take pictures of everything but sometimes we forget as we get engaged in the activities as much as they do. I whole heartedly understand all of your concerns and appreciate your honesty and feedback. This will only help me be a better provider to all my babies moving forward. Thank you so much, I love you dearly and I can't wait to see how awesome Q is going to do in Preschool!!!!! xoxo.
AMA FAMILY DAYCARE- July 2022
Levi started at AMA at 2years old. He hadn't been around a lot of other kids and we were a little worried how he would adjust. He loved it by the end of maybe the third day. Marisa and Mauri create a really warm and loving environment. I love how affectionate and caring they are while also teaching self control and cooperation. Marisa worked with us when our son had conflicts and issues and gave us good ideas for continuing lessons at home and making sure we were all on the same page. Marisa and Mauri really understand what it is to be working parents and we loved taking Levi to a daycare with an emphasis on play and learning and building strong relationships with kids. Marisa and Mauri also do sweet above and beyond things, like birthday parties and gifts for each child, celebrating holidays and seasons, thoughtful Christmas gifts and even "school pictures" with all the kids which they provide us copies of! Levi will treasure all of it!!!
Aya had an amazing year at AMA. Even on the mornings when she said she didn't want to go; by the time we picked her up she was smiling and having a great time. We really appreciated the dedication to love, joy and play at AMA. Great communication and regular updates especially in this age of covid were so so helpful, also was the patience to introduce new foods. We would definitely recommend other families to check out AMA daycare.
Our son D started at AMA in March of 2021, when he was a year and a half. Thanks to the pandemic, it was his first time being in care of someone besides family and his first extended time around other children. Marisa and Mauri's constant affection and enthusiasm made the transition easy, and D was running into "school" in the mornings and leaving us behind! D has blossomed in his 17months at AMA, from being in Early Intervention for speech therapy to now chattering away and bossing us around. ( This is by far not the most important thing at his age, but he also learned to recognize all his letters and numbers and counts to twenty in both English and Spanish.) Marisa has always been refreshingly matter-of-fact in dealing with any problems, from diaper situations to misdirected payments to teaching our son to accept loud noises and attention being paid to other kids. We also really appreciate the friendships he's made with other children at the school , whom we often see at the Cortelyou Tot Lot or Parade Grounds playground, and we hope those will continue after we leave AMA. It's been a wonderful neighborhood place for D to grow over the last year and a half, and we're so grateful to Marisa and Mauri for the unfailing warmth, sweetness and generosity they extend to all the AMA kids and their families. Parents are welcomed to contact me with any questions about our experience at AMA.
Cheryl Klein (email@example.com)- 2022
My son started with AMA Family Daycare in March 2021, just shy of turning 2 years old. Ms. Marisa and Ms. Mauri demonstrated the utmost care and responsibility at all times. They are both very loving, caring and trustworthy. My son developed so many language and social skills, thanks to their work. They helped us get through the pandemic safety. We were so lucky to have AMA in our lives during this incredibly challenging time. My son was always so happy to be in their company. They have built such a beautiful community with the parents and children. We will miss Ms. Marisa and Ms. Mauri so very much. I recommend AMA to other parents without reservation.
Wendy E. - 2022
Our daughter Aurelia started at AMA when she was 18 months in August of 2020, and our baby boy Dezi is starting soon at 3 months old. we have been thrilled with our experience at AMA and are very grateful to have found such a wonderful daycare that will leave a lasting positive impact on our children. we chose AMA because of the family daycare setting, Ms. Marisa and Ms. Mauri welcome the children as part of their family. the children are so loved, and they love Ms. Marisa and Ms.Mauri in return. we also liked that at AMA we were supporting a woman and caregiver-owned small business. Aurelia became so excited to go to daycare she would run in each morning excited to see her friends. the social bonds between the children are very strong, and Aurelia has learned a lot about interacting with others. An example of this was seeing how Aurelia shared so well and made new friends at playgrounds, and we knew that foundation came from her experience at AMA. Along with socialization, the education at AMA is excellent as well. Each week has a learning theme, and Aurelia was excited to tell us about what she was learning at daycare. Ms. Marisa and Ms. Mauri work hard to give the children a wide range of experiences and exposures, as well as reinforcing literacy and numeracy skills. In fact, Aurelia now wants to be a volcano scientist because of volcano week!!
AMA is also special because children benefit from a bilingual Spanish/English setting. It also has a fantastic outdoor play space. Communication with parents is excellent, there are plenty of photos shared, and Ms. Marisa is always available via text or phone call. We very highly recommend AMA without hesitation and have immense trust in the providers.
Megan & Matt- 2022
We are very happy with the care our son has received at AMA since he was two, and we will miss Ms.Marisa and Ms.Mauri so much! I recommended AMA to a friend recently and told him that if he wants a daycare where he will know his child is loved, he should choose AMA. Ms. Maris and Ms.Mauri have gone above and beyond to to give our child everything he needs and even helped provide care for him when we had a family emergency. The bilingual education our son received is the icing on the cake. He has shown more and more confidence with Spanish and his letter, numbers and color in both languages.
B. Jordan- 2022
Our son Miles, refers to AMA as his "SECOND HOME". there is no greater comfort than knowing that your children are in the care of such loving , thoughtful and creative individuals. Marisa and Mauri go above and beyond in providing all AMA babies with an enriching and fun filled daycare experience. Each baby is treated with special care and so much respect and kindness!! we are forever grateful for AMA and will always consider their impact on our children as truly formative.