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Readers' Choice: Vote for the Best Preschool

Let us know the best preschool in Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, Malverne or West Hempstead so we can put it to a vote and identify the Readers’ Choice 2012 winner.

Parents are very particular when it comes to picking a preschool for their children. How did you select the right place for your child in Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, Malverne or West Hempstead?

Patch has relaunched its Readers’ Choice program and we’ve asked you, your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers and anyone else who knows the about our area to nominate the best spots.

After the nomination period, we are opening the polls to voters on July 23.

Voting will remain open through Aug. 17. So vote for your favorite and check back for the winners.

Thanks in advance for your participation!

Diana June 26, 2012 at 08:54 PM
My daughter had a great experience at Mimi's Creative Kids in Lynbrook. Her teachers, Ms. Jay and Ms. Katlyn were amazing. My daughter just finished kindergarten, but still talks about her memories from Mimi's.
Richard Quinn June 26, 2012 at 09:11 PM
My grandaughter had a terrific experience at Mimi's Creative Kids on Vincent Avenue in Lynbrook. Excellent certified teachers. A very caring environment. The owner, Mimi Grabovenko is provides quality care by qualified, dedicated and caring professionals. Her devotion to children is evident in the school program, the teachers and teacher assistants. Overall a great learning and nurturing experience.
KC June 26, 2012 at 11:11 PM
I am very happy and pleased with United in RVC, the teachers and director are amazing!!
Kelly Anne Ambrosio June 27, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Grace Playschool Cooperative in Lynbrook
SP June 27, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Grace Playschool in Lynbrook is the perfect fit for my family! Since it is a cooperative, we are able to have frequent interaction with our children - a wonderful way to watch them grow and learn!  The flexibility of the class schedules allows for working families to find the best fit for their child. And the Enrichment Classes - including cooking and art, are a fun way for the children to learn while "doing!"
Mary Beth June 27, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Grace Playschool in Lynbrook . It is a cooperative environment where parents are very involved in their child's first school experience . Class sizes are small especially in the 2 and 3 year old classes which was very important in our decision process . All three of my children have gone there ( one still there) and the older 2 were ready for kindergarten socially, emotionally and with a great knowledge base to start their education . They also offer great enrichment programs in literature, cooking and art which my children all enjoyed as well while still being in a familiar environment .
Ryan June 27, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Grace Playschool in Lynbrook. I agree with the previous comments and want to add that the teachers are all wonderful, caring, experienced professionals who nurture and educate the children. The school's philosophy is that children learn through play and this has proven itself to be true. My 2 older children graduated from the school and were more than prepared to move on to public school. My youngest is still attending and loves it - and his progress is wonderful to watch! The staff are very much aware of each child individually and offer support and suggestions to parents throughout the school year. Also, the variety of enrichment opportunities is a real plus. I think it's a wonderful school.
LYNBROOK92 CHAMPS June 27, 2012 at 02:45 AM
I agree with all the comments for Grace Playschool in Lynbrook. We looked at many different places to send our daughter and loved the flexible hours, spacious rooms and various internal and external activities they had for the children. Arts and Crafts, reading, writing and even a cooking class that my daughter took part in. My daughter spent three years there and we couldnt have been happier with the teachers, staff and administration. She made great strides and is moving on to the kindergarten center with a great base of knowledge. I would recommend Grace to anyone.
Mary June 27, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Grace Playcshool in Lynbrook
Debby June 27, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Grace Playschool, Lynbrook, NY is the best. The children and parents are wonderful! It is a real family environment! My daughter and I met great families that we are still friends with.
Denise June 27, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Little Saints Preschool at St. Andrews Lutheran Church on Nassau Blvd. in West Hempstead, They are the best!! The Staff are Wonderful, Caring, Understanding and Very Experienced. They even have a Summer Camp Program.
Sue Reichert June 27, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I agree, Little Saints Preschool at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church is wonderful! My daughter had two great years there. They have 2-year old programs as well as the 3 and 4 year olds. The staff is fantastic- caring, loving and lots of fun!
Mrs. WE June 27, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Grace Playschool in Lynbrook. Both my children attended and I just can't say enough about this wonderful, wonderful school.
Mary June 27, 2012 at 01:41 PM
United Church Nursery School in Rockville Centre is an outstanding preschool. The new director and teachers are passionate about what they do! They have created a loving, nurturing and enriching environment where all children shine!
Maria June 27, 2012 at 02:39 PM
My wife and I feel that Mimi's Creative Kids is a very safe and secure place, providing a wonderful learning program for our children to grow and interact with others while preparing them for the public schools they eventually attended. Thank you to all the caring staff at Mimi's Creative Kids!
Andria June 27, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Little Saints Pre-School (St. Andrew's) ROCKS! They have a fantastic educational and socialization program of kids and the teacher's are fantastic. In fact, a few of them specialize in kids with learning challenges, so they are patient, careing and like to have an open relationship with the parents so as a parent you stay involved in your child's education. 4 stars all the way. However, they are not a FT program..I wish they were!
Allison June 27, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Mimi's Creative Kids in Lynbrook is an excellent school with wonderful, caring and dedicated teachers. My daughter loves going there and has learned so much this year. My husband and I are extremely happy with the care and education she has received from Mimi's school!!!
AMC June 27, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Grace Playschool of Lynbrook is the most fantastic Pre-school. The Cooperative approach to education has been a perfect fit for my family. My two boys, one entering the 4 year old program in september, have had loving and enriching experiences there. The teachers are wonderful and the programs expose the children to so many areas; music, art, science, math and literature. The school offers extended hours for families that need that extra time which is a plus. Highly recommend!
Persephone Small June 27, 2012 at 04:31 PM
My children have attended Mimi's Creative Kids for over 4 years now and the improvements in their cognitive, emotional, and academic achievements can be seen readily. Abigail, now entering the first grade, walked in the doors of Mimi's the summer she turned 3. She was very shy, and was still potty training. She gained the most confidence, and got top-notch education, through play and learn, key for children that young, and was very ready to enter Kindergarten this past fall. In turn, she had a great year in K getting 3's and 4's all thanks to Mimi G. and her very devoted staff. Highly recommended. One of the safest places if not the safest school in the southwest Nassau area. Sincerely, Persephone Small, parent, East Rockaway, NY
Melanie June 27, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Melanie My son attends Mimi's Creative Kids. He began participating in the program at 6 months of age and is now 3 y.o. He willingly enters the school building and often does not want to leave. He is learning cognitive and social skills with loving, responsible staff members. Helped with toilet training recently which was much appreciated!
MDH June 28, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Grace Playschool Co-Op in Lynbrook is such a warm, nurturing environment. I know so many kids that go there, happier for the experience. My 4 year old nephew loves going to school!
Beth June 28, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Mimi's Creative Kids in Lynbrook is an amazing place. I can't say enough good things about it. Since my daughter started going there at 2 years old she hasn't stopped learning. The staff there are the best around. When you walk into Mimi's Creative Kids you smile because it's just a happy. loving, caring place. I am so glad that I have a place like this to send my daughter to and plan to send my twins there too. Knowing that my child is in such good hands makes being a working mom so much easier.
Kevin M. June 28, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Grace Playschool in Lynbrook is the best. Even for families with two working parents. It allows for grandparents, aunts and uncles to become involved along with the parents.
Michelle B June 28, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Grace play school is the best
Christine Carolan-Murphy June 28, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Grace Playschool!!!
Dayle O'Connor June 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM
My two children went to Mimi's Creative Kids. I looked at many different places before I found Mimi's. As soon as I walked in, I knew it was the place. The staff was amazing. I felt the love they have for the children immediately. My children were well prepared for kindergarten. I would reccomend Mimi's to anyone. Dayle O'Connor
NP June 30, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Grace Playschool in Lynbrook! The teachers are wonderful and my kids look forward to going to school!!
Carol M June 30, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I loved Grace Playschool 30+ years ago when my children attended and now, I love that my grandchildren attend. Grace Playschool in Lynbrook is terrific!
LOR July 01, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Grace Playschool Cooperative in Lynbrook, my 4 boys attended and loved it. It offers a great experience for parent and child, A safe, loving environment that can't be matched!
Chris July 01, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Mimi's Creative Kids in Lynbrook!!!

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