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Umka Day Care Inc.

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4.2
Average: 4.2 (10 votes)

Location

2073 Ford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11229
United States
Phone: (718) 769-9519
Contact: 
Ms. Svetlana S. Sumzina
Facility: 
Childcare-center
Pre-school/Nursery School
Full-Time or Part-time: 
Full-time
Class Size / Teachers: 
12

Comments

5

I think Umka Day Care has to be one of the best day cares in NY. I think Sveta and Katya do an excellent job with the children; I don't know exactly what goes on behind those doors, but what ever she is doing, keep doing it! I am basing my facts on my 3 boys who attended Umka Day Care and who are now in the 1st and 3rd grades in the gifted&talented program. There was not one day that my kids didn't come home happy. My friends and family are amazed to see how well my kids are doing, and they were shocked that they could read, write, do math, and were so well behaved for their age. All of this comes from Sveta. I hear from many Russian parents from the Russian community that they think extremely highly of her, and I as an American think the same exact way of Umka. Umka is DEFINITELY a model of all the other day cares. 
-David

5

My son has been going to Umka for two years. A lot what was said about the owner/teacher, Sveta, is right. However, I did not enroll my kid there because I liked her personality. From the first time I met with her I knew she was stubborn and authoritative. I liked the way she teaches kids and what she teaches them and that's why I enrolled my son there.

In the past year she did seem preoccupied with her personal problems. But I didn't really care. What I really cared about is the RESULT. I am happy to say that with Sveta's teaching my son got into a G&T program as well as every kid from her daycare. Everyone who is "graduating" this year passed G&T with flying colors. That's impressive. I don't know any other daycare that offers this in terms of their results.

She did close the daycare for a day to clean when one of the kids was sick with pink eye. I'd rather her do that than have my kid go there while the virus is fresh and alive.

Their food is homemade and it is great. My son raves about it.

Overall, I would recommend this daycare for a parent who is interested in giving their kid a good solid education start. I would not recommend it to someone to who cannot filter the nagginess.

4

Umka- that was a first daycare my son went to back in 2007. Owner is very accurately described previously. Also, had a few times that i was already in the car ready to leave at 7:35 in the morning and get a phone call that owner and her mom are sick and day care is closed today and tomorrow. What am i supposed to do??? Also, some on got sick in afternoon , she closed day care next day for disinfection. Yes she can teach and take care of kids , if she is in the mood. Very often occupied with numerous personal problems and talks about it with parents. I am sorry i have my own and really not very interested to hear about hers. At the same time, food is home made as we do it at home and hours are very continent as well.

4

takes good care of kids but the owner is rather strange.  She has a certain type of a personality that many parents don’t like. She often treats parents like kids.

5

 
Umka Day Care, Inc is a great place for kids.  My daughter started when she was 3 and went there for 2 years.  She is happy to go to day care every day and even when we went on vacation she said that she misses daycare, kids at day care and the teacher – Sveta.   Sveta is a great, professional teacher.  She is able to create an atmosphere of curiosity and love for learning at the daycare.  Children receive a wonderful education, they learn Math, English, Music and Dance.  They prepare magical performances for which children learn a lot of poems and songs.  Also, Umka Daycare helps prepare children for gifted and talented test.  My daughter took the test this year and I am very happy to say that Sveta prepared her well.

5

I have 5 years old son, he started going to Umka Day Care since he was 2.5 years old. I am very pleased the way they treat him there. Sveta is an amazing teacher. Every morning my son is happy to go there. He knows alphabet, he knows how to count, he knows a lot of poems, songs.....etc. I am so happy because my son passed the test Gifted and Talented and I didn't' have to take him to the tutor, because Sveta did all job! The food there is excellent, my son tells me that I have to cook the same food he eats there. I would highly recommend to bring your child there. 

5

Our daughter goes there, she is 3. She loves it. The teacher loves the kids and works a lot with them - math, reading, some english, lots of performances, dance, even homeworks for older kids. The food is good. The teacher may be a little bossy - we can tell that based on our daughter's behavior - occasionally she starts organizing everybody, requiring everybody to follow her instructions. She can actually lead a 30 minute exercise class, describing in detail what to do with your hands, feet, how to move, etc. Which says that they have pretty strict routine there.  The parents are not allowed to watch kids during the classes, only attend performances. They are full for now - 14 kids, its maximum, but we can refer someone in the fall, because they dont accept people from the street and we get 1 month of tuition off.
 

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