2011-03-11 / Business News

A Child’s Place: A Dream Fulfilled


Joan Gallagher with some of the children at A Child’s Place in Neponsit. Joan Gallagher with some of the children at A Child’s Place in Neponsit. Joan Gallagher has been an early childhood educator for more than 30 years.

She graduated with honors from Brooklyn College with her B.A. in 1972 and earned her master’s in Early Childhood Education in 1977.

She began her career as a group teacher and later became the director at the campus child care center of Kings-borough Community College. As a parent co-op, the center required extensive parent involvement, which instilled in her a deep understanding of and empathy with parents’ roles in advocating for their children. Under the guidance of her director, a Bank Street Graduate, Joan adopted a philosophy of education that incorporates the Bank Street approach to educating young children.

In 1987 she opened A Child’s Place (also known as The Blue School), a preschool program, on the first floor of her three-family home.

At that time, group family childcare was in the grassroots stage. She joined a steering committee advocating for group family childcare licensing. This early advocacy led her to become president of the Citywide Family Child Care Association for six years.

Presently she has two group family child care licenses with the Department of Health.

A Child’s Place provides two sessions of UPK, with twelve attending each session, a nursery and prenursery program. She has been collaborating with the Department of Education since the inception of UPK and was among the first group family childcare providers in New York City to receive a UPK contract to provide free services to four-year-olds.

The mission of a Child’s Place is to create a safe, nurturing, educational environment that reflects, embraces and honors the unique intellectual, physical, social/emotional and aesthetic growth of each child.

Joan Gallagher is a teacher, director, parent supporter, child advocate, entrepreneur and a mother of two grown sons. To remain intellectually stimulated and to give back to the field, she teaches at Kingsborough Community College.

A Child’s Place is Gallagher’s creation, a work in progress, and a dream fulfilled. The program is a culmination of all she has learned over the years about teaching young children and working with families.

Why Choose A Child’s Place?

Free UPK and nursery programs.

A unique and individualized curriculum.

An intimate setting.

Small student to teacher ratio.

Action-based learning environment.

Licensed by the Department of Health.

A Child’s Place is located at 141-07 Beach Channel Drive and can be contacted at 718-634-1160 or on the web at childsplace.info and achildsplacequeens.com.

Official NYC UPK registration began on March 7. Reserve your spot now.

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