My daughter attended this school for almost three years. In that time period, she had a couple of amazing teachers and a few that were not so great. You can tell which teachers really care about their students and you can definitely tell which ones are just there for a paycheck. Some of them are quick to yell at the kids in a harsh tone and say rude things, and I've seen a teacher drag a child on the ground into the hallway by the arm. The front desk lady at the Kindergarten building (Mrs. Karen) is very sweet and helpful even though she is always super busy. I would say the shining star at this school is Mrs. Chapelle (sp?) She was my daughter's Pre-K teacher and is one of the most involved and nurturing teachers I've seen. She genuinely cared about my daughter and made her feel comfortable. You can tell she really cares about all the kids there. My daughter's Kindergarten teacher was Mrs. Cole and she is a great teacher. My daughter learned so much and is well past where she should be as a First Grader thanks to her. The school is pretty nice and large but it is in a bad neighborhood and if you leave anything valuable in your car it is likely to not be there when you come back out. I would recommend this school if you have a weird schedule since it is 24 hours, but if you can afford a school in a better area, I would do it. All in all I gave the school a 3 because they are pretty much equal in good/bad qualities.
9. Texas State of-- Department of Family & Protective Services-- Children's Protective Services Offices--
Serving the 77030 Area.
When my daughter was 2 it was time to move from home care with her grandmother to a daycare for the experience to grow and learn and socialize with other kids. Like most mothers I do not make the decision of choosing child care easily, nothing but the best would do. I found Joy after doing a lot of research and visiting many centers in the area. I knew Joy was the best place by far after my very first visit and there was no other place I would ever consider again. My daughter has loved the center and everyone there since day one, even when it was hard for me to leave her that day, worried it would be difficult for her to adjust, she just waved and said "Bye Mom" then ran off to play. The teachers are all very loving, patient, attentive and absolutely great with the kids. It's very clean and safe and has a fantastic, structured curriculum that doesn't compare to any other daycare I have ever seen. It has been 3 1/2 years now and my daughter is finally starting kindergarten already knowing how to read and write on a first grade level! My husband and I feel very blessed to have found Joy, Ms. Cher and Mr. Mel and all the wonderful teachers who have helped shape my baby girl into such a smart, well mannered and genuinely happy child. Thankfully we live close by and she will attend the local elementary school so she will most likely be staying at Joy until she is too old to go anymore :-)
In searching for a child care provider, it has been quite a hardship for my 21/2-year old daughter and I. I tried putting her in a private caregiver's home, but it just didn't work out for us. In short, my daughter was watching TV a lot of the time and I just didn't believe she was getting enough attention and or was not being looked after by the caregiver 100% of the time. She cooked their meals and went to the restroom (without a substitute replacing her) during the child caring times. This was not acceptable to me. I tried several licensed centers, but was disappointed with much of their services, because, what mattered to me most-care, safety, & program content-was lacking or not intensive enough. Luckily, I received an advertisement from Joy and went to see them. This place was more than I expected to get. Joy is a modest-size building, but has a great team of directors and teachers who have a passion for caring and teaching children. My daughter is now enrolled here. I have dropped by at many different times of the day and have always seen my daughter busy learning vocabulary & songs, making art, playing outdoors and more. What I like about Joy is that they have made me feel comfortable and my child very happy. Here, she has discovered her talents and is challenged to learn more. We feel very fortunate to have found Joy.