Tuesday, May 25, 2021

'Collective Kind', a Progressive Pre-School, Is Coming To Gowanus

Great news for those with little ones! Collective Kind, the first NYC-based network of Montessori Microschools "providing high quality early education for working families of all backgrounds", is coming to Gowanus.

The progressive pre-school offers a socially engaged early childhood education. It is based on the wonderful mission of creating a space where children are taught empathy for all, care of the earth, and love of learning.  Founded by Anna Caroline Tehan,  Anna Ellis Nesser and Clara Planel, Collective Kind supports "children to love themselves, their community and the planet."

This women-owned school also offers multicultural classrooms, slicing scale tuition to enable access to families of all backgrounds, flexible subsidy plans for employers of all sizes, access to co-working for adults, and above average salaries and intersectional feminist benefits for its teaching and school staff.
In short, everything we, as a community, should be supporting.

Collective Kind already has a location in Fort Greene and will soon open micro- preschools in Prospect Lefferts, Boerum Hill... and Gowanus, near Third Avenue.

Anna Ellis Nesser, the school's Director of Learning and Sustainability, wrote to us to express her excitement about the Gowanus location:
"As we, Collective Kind, are growing we are so excited to be coming to work with the Gowanus/Carroll Garden community. Adding this as part of our growth plan was a quick and easy decision - not only is Clara (one of our co-founders) a Carroll Garden resident raising her daughter in the community, this is also where Anna (another of our co-founders) grew up! Something that has not changed over the years here since Anna was a kid and Clara became a parent is the need for progressive early care that families can afford.

As our network of local families has continued to grow with families joining our adult-child classes we have been hearing that Collective Kind is just what the community wants! Anti-bias and nature-based education that supports children to love themselves, their community and the planet is what we are here to share and we look forward to having you join us soon."

Collective Kind just launched a crowdfunding campaign HERE for its teacher-led, female-founded school network. All information about the program can be found at thecollectivekind.com


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This is troubling. Let kids be kids - no reason to worry about a four year old being "progressive" - just teach them right and wrong.

Anonymous said...

Is this blog srill alive? I hope all is well.

Katia said...

thank you for checking in. Yes, all is well. Just came back from a longgggg trip abroad. I will get back to blogging as soon as I settle back into my BK life.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you are well, Katia!!

Hope you can continue the blog, even just to tell us about how to fight the shenanigans developers and the city are trying to pull off in Gowanus.


You are a valuable and much-appreciated neighborhood resource.

Katia said...

Thanks so much, Anon! I have been very busy fighting alongside my Voice of Gowanus friends.
That is part of the reason for my long silence.
I promise I will restart PMFA soon.
In the meantime, the best way to help fight this insane Gowanus rezone is to donate to Voice of Gowanus‘ legal fund. Just go to the web site. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Welcome home, Katia! I must admit that not seeing the blog updated for quite some time had me a little concerned.

I think that I can speak for most of us here when I say that we are so happy to know that you are healthy and safe!

Katia said...

That is very kind and appreciated. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hopefully you will soon be settled.

Missing your blog :~(

Lou Viola said...

Me, too, Katia, missing the blog especially with all the latest Gowanus news and Lander being elected. Very relieved to know you are well and still at it. You are a dependable news and culture reporter for even long gone Carroll Gardens residents.

Katia said...

Amazing to hear from you, Lou. It has been such a long time. I hope you are well.
Thanks for reaching out. Will try to get back into blogging very, very soon. Katia