CECC is a premier childcare center located in Flatbush Brooklyn. We have been serving the children in the community for over 30 years. We take pride in providing the children with a stimulating and integrated curriculum, along with social awareness. We believe that hard work leads to success, and we strive to foster an environment where all essential parts of the community are involved with the education process.


Welcome to the Cortelyou community! We are committed to the intellectual, social, and moral growth of our students. They help make Cortelyou an open, dynamic community where a passion for learning thrives. With respect, enthusiasm, and patience, we prepare our students to reach for levels of achievement they have not attempted before and encourage them to measure the success of their efforts by the progress they make.

CECC is committed to providing an excellent education that meets each student’s interests, abilities, and needs and promotes an appreciation for diversity in our community as an integral part of school life. Students at CECC are challenged to develop intellectual independence, creativity, and most importantly, responsibility toward others both within the school and in the community. CECC prepares students to reach for excellence, not only academically, but also as cultured, ambitious, and responsible citizens.

I hope our website conveys the warmth and enthusiasm of Cortelyou's dynamic community of students, teachers, staff and parents. We hope you will join us.




Cortelyou Early Childhood Center, Inc. was established on April 3rd, 1983 in the presently East Flatbush area of Brooklyn. The school was founded by Mrs. Leonie Francis-Bryan, a mother, wife, nurse, and educator.

Mrs. Francis-Bryan saw the need for child care services within the community. With a growing population of children and the need for additional space, CECC added an Annex building on Marlborough Road in 1996.

In 1999, Mrs. Francis- Bryan’s daughter, Sophia Francis, had a vision to start an elementary school. In 2001, the vision became a reality. The elementary school started with 15 children and was extended to the Annex building to accommodate 2nd and 3rd graders. The elementary school moved into its own building on Bedford Avenue in 2005. In 2004, Mrs. Francis Bryan's son came on board and assumed the role of Marketing/Building Operations Director at Cortelyou Early Childhood Centers.

Cortelyou Early Childhood Centers have been serving the families of Brooklyn for the past 30 years. We are very pleased that over the years we have been able to attain and maintain our initial objectives while developing and identifying new goals. We are very proud of our many graduates who are now productive citizens in New York City.



At Cortelyou, we believe that education is essential for empowering children to function creatively and efficiently in today’s society. The program is specifically designed to foster growth and development in our children. Children gain a sense of self respect through a variety of learning strategies contingent on the child’s ability, needs and interest.

Our integrated curriculum enables children to understand reading, math and science. Through playing, listening, asking questions and observing, children learn to interact. They eventually gain knowledge which will assist in their decision making process. Children work individually and in a cooperative group setting. Teachers organize various activities based on the child’s mode of learning.

Our centers maintain a warm, cheerful and stimulating environment to enhance the total development of the child. We provide an atmosphere where the child feels secure, confident and free to explore. Our teachers are qualified, experienced, motivated and caring.

Ideally, parents and educators play a pivotal role in the educational process. As such, a strong parent-teacher relationship is an integral part of education. As educators, we endeavor to make this experience a rewarding one for both parent and child.

With continued support and faith of our parents, teachers, friends, and the community, we hope to continue providing exceptional childcare services.

Adminisitration Staff

Leonie Francis-Bryan

E-mail: lfrancis@mycecc.com

Executive Director

Sophia Francis

E-mail: sfrancis@mycecc.com

Administrative Director

Lucretia Johnson

E-mail: ljohnson@mycecc.com

Educational Director (Bedford)

Gaylene Cuffy

E-mail: info@mycecc.com

Educational Director (Cortelyou)

Arlene Charles

E-mail: acharles@mycecc.com

Office Administrator (Cortelyou)

Garneth Francis

E-mail: accounts@mycecc.com

Accounts Department


This is the initial site of Cortelyou Early Childhood Centers otherwise referred to as the Main building. This building houses pre-school students ages 2-4 years.

MAIN:  1110 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, NY
Phone: (718) 282-6077
Fax: (718) 282-2919

The Annex location houses our Pre-K for All & Kindergarten programs as well as a school-age  after school program.    

ANNEX:  386 Marlborough Road, Brooklyn, NY
Phone: (718) 856-2880
Fax: (718) 282-2919

This is the home of Cortelyou Academy. Students from K - 5th grade are enrolled here.  A small pre-school program is housed here as well for academy students with younger siblings.           

ACADEMY:  2739 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Phone: (718) 421-9581
Fax: (718) 421-2891