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.I'm a paragraph. Click once to begin entering your own content. You can change my font, size, line height, color and more by highlighting part of me and selecting the options from the toolbar.


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.


Ana Huerta Hawkins

Assistant Teacher


Ana brings more than 8 years of hands-on experience working with children of all ages to​ GGP. She moved to New York from Mexico for the first time to work as an Au Pair and has since worked as a teacher's assistant in a program focused on caring for kids with disabilities in Brooklyn. Before having her daughter, Ana worked with several families around Williamsburg and Greenpoint as a personal caregiver. As a bilingual, native Spanish speaker, she offers the children exposure to a language that may not be spoken at home. Outside of work, Ana enjoys caring for her many house plants and spending time with her family. She graduated with a degree in Psychology in 2012 from BUAP (Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla) where she focused on child development.

Heather Jadaszewski

Assistant Teacher

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