About Us

Little Maroons is a parent-supported childcare cooperative operating from a child-led, African-centered curriculum rooted in indigenous wisdom. We are located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.

What's New at Little Maroons?

We are FULL for the 2017-2018 school year. We service students ages 2.9 through 5 years old for our preschool, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten program.

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Sala Cyril is the the current Director of Little Maroons. Originally founded by a group of parents as a means to support each other as they raised their children, Little Maroons functioned on the contributions of the parents. Mama Sala was invited to be the school's first hired teacher in 2005. She has since taken on the responsibility of providing quality education to members of the community by continuing its vision and licensing the school as a Group Family Daycare. She is a mother, an organizer with The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and an educator. She stands on the shoulders of those original 6 families, as she continues to guide the cooperative in the spirit of self-determination and self-respect.

Austin Greene is the assistant teacher and graphic designer at Little Maroons. He firmly believes in the mission of Little Maroons, and works tirelessly to help the cooperative fulfill that mission. He is an artist, political activist and educator. He also works directly with the Little Maroons After School Participants, as well as the daytime students. He brings his passion for teaching, art and young people to the Little Maroons family.



Mshairi Siyanda  

Mama Mshairi is an Atlanta native who is currently in New York as the Lead Teacher at Little Maroons. She majored in African American Studies at Georgia State University and is a passionate early childhood educator. She began her career in early childhood education at an African-centered preschool in Atlanta, then continued on her career path in New Orleans. She has consulted with the Louisiana Endowment for Humanities Prime Time family reading program, as a trainer and advocate for early childhood literacy. Mshairi is on of the founding members of The Nalo Movement, an Atlanta based theater collective. She is also one of the founding members of Wildseeds Octavia Butler Emergent Strategies collective in New Orleans and an active member of The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. She practices ARTivism as a poet, writer, educator, and artist who is committed to social justice as a proud Black feminist and nationalist. 

Shawn Banks

Shawn Banks began playing percussion for children after studying music and jazz with CUNY. For the past 20 years, he could be found at any given time leading drum workshops for the Brooklyn Public Libraries, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, NYC Parks and Recreation Dept., and/or other private events. He currently enjoys working with SCO Family of Services After School Program, and other arts and education programs throughout the city. He also has had the opportunity to facilitate the Long Island University Percussion Ensemble for two years. Many musicians and artists welcome Shawn Banks to the bandstand to contribute his talents. He has appeared at New York’s Blue Note, S.O.B.’s, Central Park Summer Stage, Lincoln Center, and many other venues in and outside of New York. At the present and near future, Shawn Banks is in the process of earning his teaching certification, and developing a music and drum program that will be available to all students within the Tri-State Area. Also, he intends to travel for further studies in drums and percussions. He teaches a weekly music session to Little Maroons students, and has been a long time supporter of the Little Maroons community.


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Austin Greene

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Jason Warwin

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Myrian Touma

Olaronke Akinmowo

Russell Shoatz

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