GIRAFAS Play & Learn is the first and only full-time Portuguese Immersion School for children ages 0 to 12 in Brooklyn, NY.

GIRAFAS Play & Learn, a Portuguese Immersion School, for children ages 0 to 12, was founded by NYS and Montessori certified early childhood educator Mônica Rocha. Over a decade of work with children and parents revealed that there was a special opportunity to enhance the learning potential of the Brooklyn youth through a language-driven approach. In 2010, GIRAFAS launched Portuguese immersion playgroups, which allowed children and parents to connect and develop stronger relationships through safe, fun, engaging activities, in a supportive and nurturing environment. The program has expanded since 2011 and in 2014 GIRAFAS became the first and only full-time Portuguese Immersion Preschool in the NYC area. 


Our Mission is to develop culturally conscious world citizens, by teaching children to respectfully express themselves in Portuguese, and inspiring them to appreciate and celebrate the diversities that distinguish and unite us.