Play Club was founded in 2019 by Jennie Brown and Mary Bronstein after five successful years of running The Playschool. Jennie and Mary are opening Play Club in order to provide a place for children and families to play, explore and create in a supportive environment fueled by their expertise in applied child development but not hindered by the structure of a traditional school model.
Play Club is unique in that it values what we call Deep Play above all other modalities and educational theories or techniques. Deep Play is play in its purest and most focused form and is the centerpiece behind all we do.
Unlike many other programs, the founders and directors are onsite, designing curriculum and teaching programming themselves, assisted by other high quality educators. Learn about them here:
Jennie Brown has a BA in psychology and a BS in rehabilitation counseling, both from Boston University. She received an MA in Early Childhood Education from NYU in 2007. Jennie co-founded The Playschool in 2014, where she is currently the co-director, a head teacher and the science teacher. From 2010-2014, Jennie ran two other alternative home-based education programs in Brooklyn: The Little Green Schoolhouse and the Greenpoint Co-op. From 2007-2009, Jennie was a head teacher at the Montessori Day School of Brooklyn.
Her experiences outside of early childhood education include conducting ABA therapy and coordinating adult educational trainings for a non-profit. Jennie has lived in Brooklyn since 2003 and currently lives in Greenpoint with her family. She enjoys spending time outside, especially walking her dog or playing soccer with her kids.
Mary Bronstein holds a BFA in Theater from NYU, an MA in Psychology in Education from Columbia University Teachers College, an MSEd in Child Life from Bank Street College of Education and a graduate certificate in Gender & Women's Studies from Western Kentucky University. Mary co-founded The Playschool in 2014. From 2011-2014 Mary ran the Greenpoint & Williamsburg Playschool, a home-based preschool co-op for children 2-4. From 2007 to 2010 she was the Child Life Director at St. Luke's Hospital in Manhattan, working therapeutically with hospitalized children and before that worked for five years as a Child Life Specialist in various city hospitals. Mary has also spent time providing ABA therapy in an early intervention program, teaching drama at an East Village preschool and running her own drama program for preschoolers in Williamsburg.
Outside of Play Club Mary writes feminist scholarship for such presses as Demeter, McFarland & Lexington and is a working screenwriter. Mary founded Urban Girl Scouts in 2016 (currently on hiatus), a feminist city-oriented alternative to traditional scouting programs. She also co-founded and co-taught of The Code (2016-2017), a radically feminist puberty and sex education program for girls and boys. Mary has lived in North Brooklyn since 2003 and currently lives with her family in South Williamsburg.