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

Ana Huerta Hawkins

Co-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.

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. 


Miranda Meier

Lead Teacher


Miranda is excited for her first school year with GGP. She has been a ​preschool/daycare teacher going on three years now, originally teaching outside of Portland, Oregon. On her off time from work Miranda loves exploring the city, (now wherever it is currently safe to do so due to the circumstances), as she has only lived in NYC for the past year. She also spends time working on her own art projects at home, playing with her dog, and going on long walks in the park with her partner. Miranda holds a BA in Educational Studies from Arizona State University