• Testimonials •
About 10 years ago, my husband and I began looking for a nursery school for our son Eddie, who was born with a rare diagnosis and a unique set of challenges. We set out to find a nurturing environment along with a stimulating curriculum and a program that could support his needs. It was almost impossible! We searched under every rock! You name it, Manhattan, Westchester and even NJ!
One day, I was thinking about a friend of mine and a conversation that had occurred years before Eddie was born. This friend was Gina Oliver! We had both been parents of children at a local grammar school and we used to talk in the school yard. She would always tell me about this wonderful nursery school that she worked at and how amazing it was. I thought it would be a long shot, but I had to give it a look.
Well, Gina was right, as she always is! We fell in love! It was warm and nurturing and everything we were looking for. Unfortunately, at the end of the tour, we were told that there were no spots for the fall. We were devastated. We then immediately had to overcome another obstacle, explaining Eddie’s unique challenges to see if the school could support him. After the tour we sat with Susan in her office.
I remember it like it was yesterday. I cried while telling Susan about Eddie and she in turn was deeply concerned. She felt my anguish and became very interested in helping us. She encouraged me to sign up for the summer program and we enrolled. We began the "Mommy and Me" program that summer and hoped something would open up for Eddie in the fall. I fell deeper in love with the program each time we attended, as did Eddie. Fortunately, after a few weeks, Susan called us in and told us that she had created a spot for Eddie. We were overjoyed!!
His first year at RPC he blossomed. Susan worked tirelessly to support Eddie and our family. She had a dream and a vision of making RNSFC a place where all children could play and learn from each other. She inspired all her staff and parents and rallied many professionals to work together to create a school, RNSFC.
Eddie continues to love to learn and is once again attending school with his typically developing peers in an inclusive educational environment. Because of the strong foundation that was developed at RNSFC he attended one of the best special needs schools in New York City and now attends one of the best inclusive schools in Manhattan.
Thank you Susan for being a believer! Love you! "
- Ana and Eddie
Our teachers: Mary-Ellen, Gina, and Greg are caring and very patient. They helped me get through a tough separation process and I am so grateful.
Now he eats diverse fruits and vegetables, says new words every day. He loves going to school. Thank you RNSFC."
Sincerely, Carey Cohen & family
- Dimitra Robokos
- Francis Rosario
Choosing RNSFC has been one of the best decisions we have made. Their gentle separation approach allowed Nate to get comfortable with his teachers, peers and the classroom setting. Within a couple of months, he no longer hesitated to go into school but instead ran down the block with excitement.
Over the last 2 years we have seen tremendous growth in Nate's play skills. He is learning from his peers and starting to immerse himself in their games. The teachers are so wonderful and knowledgeable about how to work with Nate and truly include him as part of the class. The commitment to inclusion makes RNSFC a unique and very special place.
We are so appreciative of the hard working, wonderful staff at RNSFC. They have helped Nate make strides and provided him with a safe, nurturing place where he loves going each day. Our daughter Sloane loves RNSFC too! "
- Erica Langer
- Margaret Forgione