About Us

Who We Are

Our Story

The Playhouse was born when I started taking care of children when my daughter was a toddler. We explored the neighborhood and beyond together. I loved spending time with the children and later decided to grow the Playhouse by finding it a dedicated space. Since 2017 the Greenpoint Garden Playhouse, GGP for short, has provided care to many children in the neighborhood. Our space and program are constantly evolving to accompany the many wonderful and unique children who come to us each year, but we maintain our focus on nature and exploration as well as our commitment to provide quality care. We serve up to 16 children aged 20 months and up.  

Kasia Kaim-Goncalves, Founder/Director

Why People Choose Us

Play-based Environment

Children are explorers by nature. Our program provides an environment that includes a variety of materials for the children to learn and have the opportunity to ask questions. Playing is the child’s job and we believe it is the organic way of learning.

Food

GGP participates in a food program which follows USDA meal patterns. Our program provides breakfast, snacks, and lunch. We use organic produce and put together a healthy menu with a variety of foods. We encourage the children to learn about the importance of nutritious foods, gardening, and composting.

Outdoors

No matter the weather, we encourage the children to go outside and explore nature through it’s changing seasons. We are lucky to have a beautiful backyard space and we take full advantage of the multiple playgrounds around us.

Excellence - Quality Stars NY

GGP is the only program member of QualityStarsNY in our zip code, a voluntary state initiative which strives to improve education for children 0-5. Young children in participating programs have access to excellence and their families can trust the level of quality in the programs they choose. More info: https://qualitystarsny.org 




Meet Our staff

Kasia Kaim-Goncalves

Founder/Director


Kasia is originally from Poland, but has lived in Greenpoint for many years. She has been working with young children for over 11 years, both in the neighborhood as well as in an international setting. Kasia loves camping, being outdoors and traveling, all in the great company of her family and friends. She has a keen interest in children's music and enjoys listening to new tunes with the Playhouse crew. Kasia is a momma to a tree-climbing explorer and a loving home buddy as well as a wife to a fellow nature lover. She holds a BA in Classics from CUNY Baccalaureate Program and is currently pursuing a MS in Early Childhood Education from the renowned Erikson Institute.


Sarah Ficken

Lead Teacher


Sarah has been an early childhood teacher for almost three years; prior to GGP, Sarah worked at a Reggio-inspired and nature-based preschool as a lead teacher in the Pre-K classroom for 3’s to 5’s. She believes in a play-based, gentle and respectful approach with children, and is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach.

Sarah loves to make art, particularly paint and sculpt, and extends this interest into creating process art with children. She also enjoys being outdoors, caring for her house plants, and playing board games (especially Scrabble). She studied literature and creative writing at SUNY Purchase; while there, she also studied various art mediums such as: performance art, video art, and puppetry.


Heather Jadaszewski

Assistant Teacher

Hello!

My name is Heather Jadaszewski. I am so honored to be apart of the GGP Team. I love seeing all of your children's faces. They always brighten up my day. I received my Bachelors Degree from Grand Canyon University online in Early Childhood Education.

I enjoy reading, listening to music, watching movies and TV, spending time with family, friends and my husband.

Together we will help your children blosson as they start to develop who they want to be. 

Angelika Juzwa​

Substitute Teacher


Hello! My name is Angelika Juzwa. I am beyond grateful to be part of the GGP team again this year. I’m excited to be teaching and seeing what your children will teach me! I look forward to meeting all of our new little friends and seeing familiar faces. I play the piano for over ten years and teach it as well. I enjoy reading, dancing, road trips, trying new recipes in my crockpot, and singing all of the songs from Frozen. Throughout the year, I will be continuing my education in Children and Youth Studies. Together we will learn, explore, and make memories.