Our Vision

Innovation and Education.


Strong Place for Hope Day Care has been providing an innovative and enriched early childhood curriculum to Brooklyn families since 1970.

We are not babysitters. We are educators.

Having devoted nearly 50 years to providing a solid foundation to the children in our care, Strong Place is recognized for the quality and excellence of our programming.

Strong Place has benefited from the leadership of our Executive Director Lorraine Pennisi since 1989. She has developed a curriculum that emphasizes and supports the unique needs and talents of each child. Strong Place group teachers are NYS certified and most assistant teachers have a bachelors or masters degree.

The communities we serve are culturally and socio-economically diverse. Our staff is also not only diverse but multilingual, speaking such languages as Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Albanian, Hindu, Arabic and American Sign Language (ASL).

Strong Place is a year-round program. Currently we have two year old, three year old, and four year old Universal Pre-K Classes. We accept ACS, vouchers, as well as private students.

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Student artwork in the style of Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night.

Student artwork in the style of Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night.


Cultivating Learners and Thinkers.


The Strong Place curriculum focuses on the whole child (the child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development). We focus on building the child’s self-esteem, competency, and curiosity. The uniqueness of each child is acknowledged and nurtured. Lessons are age appropriate and individually appropriate. Our children are provided opportunities to explore and engage through play and hands-on activities.

Children are not incidental to the learning process.

The Strong Place curriculum is fluid and adaptive to the needs and interests of the children in the class. Our children are given opportunities to think and hypothesize and hone their critical thinking skills. We consider ourselves in a partnership with parents. Parent and grandparent participation is encouraged and welcomed.


Some of the unique features of the program are the inclusion of music theory class, French immersion class (Pre-K), sign language, author studies, artist studies, classroom cooking, art exchange with schools in other countries, and an emphasis on critical thinking and an introduction to hypothesis and analysis.

We recognize that children have different learning styles. Many lessons are presented in such a way to reach auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners.

We are committed to nurturing life-long learners and thinkers and to cultivatING a basis of competencies and social consciousness in our children.



Strong Place for Hope

In June 2011, Strong Place Day Care was renamed Strong Place for Hope Day Care in honor of the late Hope Reichbach, an aide to councilman Stephen Levin (D-Boerum Hill). Hope, who was born and raised in Boerum Hill, believed in Strong Place's curriculum and the necessity of having Strong Place in the community. And in her honor, we remain committed to providing a superior and innovative early childhood foundation and to being a vital resource to this community.