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French preschool and private elementary school coming to Brooklyn Heights

Smith Street Workshop will open up a French bilingual preschool at 166 Montague Street in September, taking over the Kiddie Korner daycare space. The new school featuring 5,653 square feet on two levels will host 5 classrooms, a music and movement room and arts space. For the school year 22/23 it will temporarily house their elementary school program Smith Street Arts et Lettres with Kindergarten through 3rd Grade (growing one grade every year) with limited openings still for this school year. Once their permanent elementary school building in Gowanus is finished, the elementary school program will move to Gowanus and will make room for 4 additional preschool rooms on Montague Street. The preschool program Smith Street Maternelle has a few spots left in the preK program for this school year.

They will offer French after school enrichment classes to enrolled preK through 3rd grade students but are considering opening registration to the broader community. Contact their office at for further information. They also plan to offer French immersion summer camp in summer 2023 on Montague Street open to all.

Smith Street Workshop are Brooklyn-based French immersion preschool and elementary programs grounded in the fundamentals of progressive education and experiential learning. At preschool level, they offer a fully immersive program (100% french spoken in the classroom). In Kindergarten through 2nd grade, 75% of instruction will be in French, with 25% in English, and by Middle school students will learn in a 50:50 model with equal instructional time given to both languages.

Kiddie Korner daycare will be merged with the Kiddie Korner preschool at their Remsen Street location where they also offer free 3K for All and UPK (Universal Pre-K). They have open spots for ages 0 to 5, find out more here.

Will more and more French speaking families move to Brooklyn Heights now that we have two French bakeries L’Apartement4F  and Le French Tart Deli as well as a French school in the neighborhood?