Itty Bitty Adventures is fully certified by the NYC DOHMH. We offer a 12-month preschool program for children between the ages of 2 and 5-years old, as well as childcare, an after school program, and tutoring. We follow the New York City Department of Education school calendar.
Our school program is divided as follows:
All of our adventurers may be enrolled for three or five days per week, for a full or half day. Early drop-off is available from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m., and late pick-up is available from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Our full day program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The academic portion of our day takes place from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The children enjoy the benefits of our educationally enriched curriculum, as well as snack time, exercise and creative endeavors. Lunch is served at 12:00, followed by nap time from 12:30 - 2:30 (full day students are required by law to nap on the premises). Our afternoon program includes snack time, guided play, and indoor/outdoor exercise.
As part of the full day program, breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack will be provided by the school.
Be informed and stay current about your child’s care and learning through our open communication policy.
Itty Bitty Adventures' owner, educational director, and teachers are available to you every day. We want you to know what your child is doing, how he or she is progressing, and be instantly aware of any problems arising that need to be addressed. By you being fully informed, we can work together to provide the best care and learning experiences for your child.
Daily Activity Reports – Your child’s teacher will provide upon request highlights of your child’s day including care notes, learning experiences, and any special moments that may have occurred.
Parent/Teacher Conferences – Will be held December, March, and June. Three times a year, teachers will share your child’s work portfolio, writing samples (if age appropriate), and progress reports.
School Blog – Updated on a regular basis, our completely private school blog includes photos of the children doing classroom activities and celebrating special events, in order for parent's to see the fun and learning occurring in the classroom.
Teacher E-mail: Each teacher has their own e-mail address (first name @ittybittyadventures.com) that can be used to contact them about any questions you may have regarding your child's day and/or progress.
Open Door Policy – Come in any time before 11:30 or after 2:30, no appointment necessary. We welcome your input and suggestions regarding your child’s care and school activities.
Welcome to Itty Bitty Adventures Preschool, located in the
Marine Park section of Brooklyn. You can trust that our educational childcare surpasses traditional daycare. Let our experienced faculty help your child develop learning skills at a pace that supports his or her individual potential, in a warm, nurturing, and safe environment that stimulates both physical and mental creativity, discovery, and problem solving.
Pattie Merhej: Owner and Manager
Patricia Merhej is a mother of two. She has been living with her family in Marine Park since 2000. She was born and bred in Brooklyn and that’s where she chose to establish her family. She got married to computer engineer, John Merhej in 1991, and together they had 2 sons: Michael and Robert.
Pattie studied at Kingsborough Community College, where she majored in Community Health and Biology. She studied Emergency Care to become an Emergency Medical Technician, and worked as an EMT at Beth Israel Medical Center for four years.
Both Michael and Robert attended P.S. 206. Pattie, joined the Parent Teacher Association at her kids’ school and became a member for 5 years, and president for 2. She helped arrange school activities, holiday parties, school productions, fundraisers, scholastic book fairs, parent and child music programs, and much more.
In 2010 she decided that it was not time to retire from caring for kids. Quite the opposite, she wanted to apply her skills and knowledge, coupled with her passion for caring for children, into founding Itty Bitty Adventures.