Childtime: the best kept secret in day-care (learning center). Childtime went through a phase of not having a permanent Director and things were different. After a few months a permanent Director was appointed and things seems to be turning around. However, we had already made the decision to leave and try another day-care (learning center). We were tempted by fancy technology, defined daily learning schedules and that they never had any openings (surprisingly a slot was opened & we had to act fast). After two weeks I quickly realized I made a hug mistake. The new daycare was all smoke and mirrors. Nothing was occurring as promised during the tour. Nevertheless, leaving Childtime helped me appreciate this day-care more. So what made me run back to Childtime. 1) The friendliness in the greeting as I enter and exit daily. (no fake greetings here) 2) The Staff and Directors takes the time to listen to my concerns big or small. Even if my concerns were out of the norm (first time mom). 3) The teachers verbally telling me how my child's day went and not just handing me her daily sheet. 4) There ability to take care of my child's needs (sleeping, feeding, diaper changing) and also finding time to engage with her in developmental activities (physical, cognitive, social, emotional, etc.). 5) The class sizes are small. My child gets more attention and less accidents occur. 6) My daughter loves the staff (I watch my child's emotions because she is only 18 months old and she can't say "mommy I hate these people". The glow she had on her face when I went to visit two weeks after leaving was amazing. She wouldn't let the teachers go, I had to pull her away.) 7) Lastly, I am at ease when I leave my child because I know she is in great hands. Being able to go to work and not worry about my child is priceless. Every day-care has its plus and minus and they are still working thought some things but Childtime is right for my family.
My four year old has been attending Madinah Academy since January of 2011. We love this place! The staff is so respectable and caring. Its a smaller and slightly unknown center and they really get to know the family. I have had my son at various child care centers but this has been by far our best experience. I cant believe my son is learning to speak and write two languages along with all of the basic writing and other skills he would need to prepare him for Kindergarten. This is not to mention the wonderful values and kindness they help to instill in him. Did I mention the prices are SO affordable?! This is actually the most affordable place I could find in the Arlington area, and trust me i called around! Oh and I also love that the center is in a quiet but central location right near Park Row and Center st. If you guys are looking for a place for your child you dont have to take my word for it go and tour the place yourself!!
I have seen so many good changes here lately at the center ! I love when my kids come home and randomly start counting or singing the alphabet ! I didn't even know my 2 hear old knew his ABC! And I also love that it's a Christian facility and my children are learning how to pray . I would recommend t this center because it's clean, much cleaner then other centers I have seen! I also have noticed they don't have junk food on their menu my sons old day care gave them chips and cookies all the time . It's great center and my son and daughter love going there !